One bite of the food at Boca is enough to convince you that you’re having a meal in Portugal itself. Set in a row of shophouses along Bukit Pasoh Road on the borderlands between Chinatown and Tanjong Pagar, Boca definitely stands out for its authentic Portuguese dishes. Divided into three specific levels each with a different Portuguese-themed design, customers are seated according to their consumption choices - snacks, mains, or wine and tapas. While a modern restaurant, Boca provides the ambience and traditional flavours native to Portugal.
As an international food hub, Singapore fusing global and local delicacies for foodies on the daily hunt for the best in cuisine. Located on Bukit Pasoh Road in Chinatown, Boca focuses on authentic Portuguese hospitality. Boca is adorned with Portugal’s national icon - the andorinha, birds symbolic of love, loyalty and family and devotes each of the restaurant’s three floors to a different dining experience. Following the flow of your usual meal structure, the first level caters to those looking for simply finger food, seated in a modern environment. The second level provides a cosier environment where diners can sit in booths.
Finally, the third level is set aside for wine tasting. Leading the kitchen are two young and talented Portuguese chefs, Helio Goncalves and Francisco Vaz. Whet your appetite with delicious cod fritters or rosemary shrimps, and continue on with a Portuguese-style steak. Authentic Portuguese flavour extends beyond main courses to include desserts and beverages. Finish your dining experience with a Portuguese egg tart and a dessert wine or cocktails. It is Singapore’s pleasure to have Boca bring a different and less common cuisine into play, and what better place to be than in the historical ethnic enclave of Chinatown? Make an online reservation today to avoid waiting for a table.
Cosy place that sits about 20 ple yet is not noisy so you have good conversations with your friends. Went for dinner and ordered sauteed pork cheeks (highly recommended), cured codfish (suggest for sharing rather than to have this dish for 1 person) and Portuguese egg tarts! The egg tarts were more custard-y than egg-y, so it is up to one's preference. I like it but my friend didn't. Need to be a bit patient in waiting for the food, so if you are hungry suggest that you order starters or bread. Price wise, about $40-50/pax. Very friendly staff, would definitely come again!
Great service, awesome authentic Portuguese food! Would love to come back again:) Portuguese egg tart it's a must to order, it melts in your mouth!
Nice food, quiet 2nd floor for nice and cosy gathering with friends. Would like to try out other dishes, drinks and desserts for future visits.
Overall super-attentive staff (Danesh is his name) and of the owner (Daniel Alvies) came by our table a few times to chat up with us. Food was awesome !!! (Clients and bosses were thrilled) - my 1st time here however I have Portuguese clients with me hence it was smooth. A definite RETURN to BOCA on my own leisure dinner/lunch.
Staff does not seemed to know what they are doing. An example - we were given new glasses when we requested them to serve our 2nd bottle of wine. That is nice but they only brought the glasses and not the wine. Our bottle of wine was only brought to us after repeated requests. More importantly, all the dishes we ordered (steak, stew, lamb, pawns, cod etc. ) were cold when it was served to us! Last but not least, it was stated on Boca's instagram that there will be a 10 pct discount for all ala carte orders on Dec. 9. The discount was not reflected on our bill and they only gave it to us when we pointed it out to them. We were looking forward to having some Portuguese food and we were pretty disappointed with the overall experience.
My 2nd visit to Boca. 1st visit was excellent because the pork cheek is just so wonderful. However was told that it was removed in my 2nd visit hence tried Clams in white sauce with additional order of sweet potato bread which were really good match. Love it as much as pork cheek. Other dishes that I ordered were not to my liking but it is more of a preference.
I was being told by my partner that the food they serves are authentic and made him feel like home. The food is too salty for my taste but that's Portuguese food the dish is packed with tastes and a bit heavy... make sure you come hungry. If you are planning to go out after dinner I suggest that you order a few starters rather than going all the way for 3 course meal. The fish fritters is amazing, I love the octopus rice and you need to complete the experience with a glass of vino verde a mild sparkling white wine. Refreshing ~ Enjoy
My wife and I had a very nice dinner at Boca. The serving staff was attentive, helpful and knowledgeable of the food. Her recommendation was spot on. Highly recommended!
We got a nice place upstairs. Good selection of starters, our choice was Salada de Polvo. Also the mains Bacalhau a bras and Espetada Madeirense were very delicious. Very good red wine from Monte de Zambujeiro. The Mousse de chocolate was a bit too sweet with some cubes of chocolate dough in it, we didn’t like so much. The staff was very friendly, good service.
Great food and wine. Lovely decor. Really attentive waitress/bar staff who made my little boy a fresh lemonade when he said he was a bit worried Sprite was unhealthy - we told him not to be fussy but she listened to him. Impressive. The Portuguese tarts were to die for.....perfect.