Chic cocktails and comfy vibe

Bosko exudes a modern, friendly and comfortable vibe. — Photos courtesy of Marwick Das

AS A long-standing neighbourhood mall, Centrepoint Bandar Utama has welcomed and bid adieu to a few establishments in its time.

But the mall has had a revival of sorts thanks to a few F&B outlets, one of which is Bosko. Opened in 2014, Bosko is a friendly neighbourhood restaurant-bar that one would frequent for a number of reasons – location, comfortable setting, food and beverages.

Located on the first floor of Centrepoint, Bosko exudes a modern, friendly and comfortable vibe, after having been renovated last June.

It has a variety of seating, from sofas and sit-down dining to a private room. If you’re an adventurous cocktail fan, Bosko has a menu of 120 cocktails. If you fancy a tea party with a twist, Bosko has a Tea Party menu with 10 tea-based cocktails served in pretty, dainty teacups.

We tried the Vanilla Bourbon, a warm cocktail infused with gin and Grand Marnier, served with a dehydrated lemon slice.

Reminiscent of a warm lemon tea, it was fragrant (from the Vanilla Bourbon tea) yet had a kick with a tangy end. Fine A** China, comprising Chinese Gunpowder Tea as a base, chrysanthemum-infused gin and apricot brandy, had floral notes, and was smooth and refreshing. We also tried The Mademoiselle, made with peach-infused gin.

This was delicious as it was fruity and refreshing. The Courtesan’s Love, Bosko’s version of a Long Island Iced Tea, was a heady mix of gin, vodka, Cointreau, mixed with mango and topped with red wine, while the Juju Sooya was a rum-and-soju cocktail mixed with Blue Curacao and Blueberry with Crème de Casis. Bosko’s extensive drinks menu, which includes a selection of soju and sake, daiquiries, vintage (or classic), as well as birthday shots, totals 30 pages.

Seared duck is among the Western fusion dishes on the menu.Seared duck is among the Western fusion dishes on the menu.

The wide selection of beverages can be attributed to its team of mixologists – Aidil, Jade, Lyon and Nicholas – whose passion and creativity are reflected in the menu.

Bosko has a buy-two, free-one cocktail promo, if you intend to go through the entire menu.

It fares equally well in the food department, too, with its pork-free, Western fusion dishes and attracts quite a crowd during lunch.

If you’re a party of four or more, try the Seafood Platter, comprising fried calamari, prawn fritters, pesto salmon, mussel diavolo and tortilla chips.

The Mademoiselle is made from peach-infused gin. The Mademoiselle is made from peach-infused gin.

For mains, we loved the Seared Spiced Duck Breast, which was tender, smoky and complemented the gnocchi served with edamame, cherry tomato, and pumpkin puree on the side. If you’re in the mood for some carbs, try the Grilled Unagi Pasta.

The linguini was al dente, full of umami flavours, and paired well with the grilled eel. For dessert, try the Semi Lemon Tart, comprising lemon curd, meringue and vanilla ice cream, served with fresh strawberries.

If you’re into chocolate, the Texture of Chocolate is a plate full of chocolatey delights consisting of choc mousse, shards, honeycomb, ganache and brownies – a perfect end to a meal. Bosko also has a private room that is ideal for a small to medium private party.

Variety is the spice of life and that’s what you will find at Bosko.

BOSKO RESTAURANT & LOUNGE BAR F9, First Floor, Centrepoint Bandar Utama, Bandar Utama, Petaling Jaya. Tel: 012-618 3877 Business hours: 2pm to 2am, daily

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