Fresh off the boat from the Island of the Gods in this first month of 2017, get yourself acquainted to Bo & Bun PIK. After roughly two years of success in Bali, Eat Company expanded their wings and joined the never-ending battle of new establishments in this part of the capital. Bo & Bun PIK carries the same spirit and atmosphere with its older sister: chic Asian Eatery with an emphasis on Vietnamese cuisine.
The way the tables are placed, the chandeliers, and the dim atmosphere of the place evoke a somewhat French bistro feel. Perhaps it’s a nod to the olden days when Vietnam was ruled by France, leaving a lot of French influences, including the baguette-turned-banh mi. Despite the decor, at the core of it all, Bo & Bun PIK is undeniably an Asian Eatery. Rowdy talks and hearty laughs that fill the whole space are proof that this place manages to capture one of the essences of food for Asian people: accompanying heart-to-heart time with loved ones.
From its kitchen on the third floor, Bo & Bun PIK churns out choices of small bites for sharing, banh mi, pho, salads, stir-fries, grilled dishes, plus a couple Thai food classics like Tom Yum and Pad Thai.
“The 12 Hour” Pho is a fun beefy bowl of pho with plenty of fresh greens. Fragrant, savory, and it doesn’t make you feel thirsty afterwards. It would’ve been perfect if the portion was bigger. The next one on the tasting table is Lemongrass Chicken Banh Mi Thit. Compared to other banh mi in Jakarta, this one has an extra score in terms of authenticity thanks to the presence of pate. It has nicely seasoned chicken and whole lotta veggies, although still not as generous as ones in its original country. Crunchy baguette, but the inside could have been more airy.
The beverage list at Bo & Bun PIK is as merry as, if not merrier than, the food. If Frozen Gingerade was any indication on how the other specialty drinks would taste, I would come back just for them. The gingery flavor is bold and its iciness instantly cools down your body—the name ain’t a joke. There are also Vietnamese coffee, juices, beers & ciders, wine, and cocktails.
The newly opened Bo & Bun PIK outlet indeed benefits from the fact that Bo & Bun is a household name in Bali. The crowd is there, even during weekdays. Having said that, Bo & Bun PIK does have the goods to back it up: the place is visually pleasant, the food is pretty good, and the staffs are full of smiles. Solid start.
Bo & Bun PIK
Address: Rukan Garden House Blok B, No. 18 C, PIK
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Price Range: IDR 40-135K (Food), IDR 15-475K (Beverage)