When Boudha (formerly Boudha Lounge) first opened on Buiten Street in April 2019, it quickly became known among party-goers as the spot that remained open long after the others on the strip had called last rounds.
It wasn’t until July the same year that the owners decided to change direction, which led to an extensive upgrade to the interiors, food and cocktail menus – and transformed the late-night lounge into the fabulous dining and entertainment destination it is now.
In addition to a slew of live performances and local DJs setting the scene on the decks, the innercity eatery serves authentic Cantonese, Vietnamese and Thai dishes – and divine tipples – in a moody interior designed to transport you straight to the alluring streets of Guangzhou.
As they do in Asia
Head chef Wesley Chen – who has served in some of Cape Town’s top Cantonese restaurants and has over 25 years’ experience in this style of cuisine – has compiled a small yet exceptional menu.
Specialities (all of which we can vouch for!) include the Peking duck (that can be served whole upon request), crispy pork belly, and black truffle and mushroom udon. For starters, we highly recommend the spicy cucumber salad, har gao (steamed prawn dumpling), and sesame prawn.
As for the cocktail menu… whisky lovers should definitely give the Geisha Sours a whirl, while purists will be delighted to know that the extensive sake list has over six varieties to choose from. But no matter what you choose, you won’t be disappointed.
The romantic interiors – plush chairs, red, dim lighting and Chinese ornaments – allude to late-nights in Beijing – with live jazz on the last Wednesday of every month, classic cabaret performances, and hot DJ beats (every Tuesday and Thursday) tastefully enhancing the dining experience long after dinner is done.
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