Bolaven, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Bolaven used to be Cafe Zambra and has been recently renovated and renamed. I can’t really remember what Zambra was like, went there for coffee only so not sure what the food was like. I was catching up with a couple of high school friends, the doctor and the accountant – two of my favorite peeps in Hong Kong! The accountant, M, suggested this place as it is close to her work.
Bolaven serves IndoChinese cuisine, I heard that the restaurant owner is from Laos,. Both the doc and I couldn’t go past the Lao breakfast, two sunny side up eggs, with bacon and cha (which is Vietnamese sausage). It was a relatively simple breakfast, it was tasty and I really enjoyed the cha.
The accountant couldn’t go past the pho – it was a relatively small serving. She thought it didn’t have enough flavours – and she was still hungry afterwards!
I didn’t have coffee, but both the accountant and the doctor thought the coffee wasn’t that great. It was too bitter, like it was burnt which is a shame as we are always on the hunt of good coffee.
Service was polite and welcoming and food came out relatively quickly. I was quite pleased with my dish but the accountant definitely wasn’t which was a shame.
GA’s ratings: 6 / 10
G/F, 239 Jaffe Road
Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Ph: +852 2598 1322