$$ Bopha Devi, Rakaia Way, Docklands

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July 13, 2014 by jarfed

THURSDAY 24TH APRIL 2014

 

Following a string of Jar Fed sessions close together, it felt like ages since we had gone, so we were both excited to see what this week bought!!

 

Bopha Devi (Contemporary Cambodian)

 

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Cambodian isn’t a cuisine that is saturated on the Melbourne restaurant scene. With that, Jar Fed has its advantages, when we aren’t familiar with the menu, it doesn’t matter what we roll! Elaine has traveled to Cambodia so she had an idea of a few of the dishes and loved the sound of them!

As we arrived, Elaine commented on a review on urban spoon, “We all know that Docklands is a windy hell hole, but thankfully Bopha Devi exists” Haha so true, docklands is a windy hell hole, but did we agree with the reviewer? Time to find out!

 

ENTREE

 

 

# 5 – K’dom (Chicken and crab meat rolled together in crispy bread)

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Sounds delicious, chicken, yum, crabmeat, yum, rolled together, double yum !! They were predominantly chicken with a touch of crab. As you can see they look like spring rolls, with a twist, they aren’t in pastry. The crispy bread was really fresh and not oily. Definitely a good start to the meal, however if they were served with a homemade sauce, instead of sweet chilli (which was clearly out of a bottle) we would have scored even higher.

 

          Usually            Score             Order

          Order?              /10              Again?

 

E          Yes                8.5                 Yes

B          Yes                 9                   Yes

 

 

MAIN

 

 

Elaine –  #8 – Char Kroeung

Wok cooked prawns with crushed peanuts, lime leaves, lemongrass, turmeric, onion, bean shoots, beans, carrots and capsicum. Served with steamed rice.

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Cambodian, like a lot of asian food, is good to share! So we shared both our mains. This isn’t a dish Elaine would normally order, because compared to other dishes on the menu it sounded a bit plain and she was right, it was a nice stir-fly. Nothing remarkable or memorable, it needed something to take it to the next level. It could easily be replicated at home and that misses the mark on why we eat out!

 

          Usually            Score             Order

          Order?              /10              Again?

 

E           No                 5                   No

B          Yes                 6                   No

 

Bez – #9 – Trei Char K’nyei

Pan-fried barramundi fillet with julienne ginger and salted soy beans. Served with steamed rice

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I have a knack for rolling fish dishes for Jar Fed it would seem! Fish again! Also ginger is not my favourite of flavours! So i was a little apprehensive especially when it came to the table and there was a lot of ginger! Surprisingly this dish was amazing, it had that little something that took it to the next level. It wasn’t oily and was so fresh, it had that wow factor! flavour explosion in your mouth!

 

          Usually            Score             Order

          Order?              /10              Again?

 

E          Yes                7.5                 Yes

B           No                 8                   Yes

 

 

DESSERT

 

# 3 – Black Rice Crumble

Black rice crumble topped with grated coconut caramelised with palm sugar

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There were 5 desserts to roll from, none of them sounded overly exciting. We both said if we were to choose it would have been a char-grilled banana one they had. Alas we do not get to choose, so we rolled and black sticky rice came up!

As far as rice desserts go, it was actually ok, it didn’t blow our minds and you wouldn’t rush back, just for dessert, but to be fair it was tasty and it did all get eaten! Again (like the entree and using sweet chilli from a bottle) it would have been nicer if the ice-cream wasn’t scooped from a tub and was homemade. Its the little things that bring a dish from average to memorable!

 

          Usually            Score             Order

          Order?              /10              Again?

 

E           No                3.5                 No

B           No                 4                   No

 

Bopha Devi is fighting an uphill battle, its in the docklands, which lets be honest, as another reviewer said, “its a windy hell hole!” The docklands has never taken off, apart from being windy and cold, it has no character.

With so much competition around Melbourne, if you want to bring the people in, you have to be memorable, you have to have that spark and this is where Bopha Devi is let down.

The staff were attentive, but why wouldn’t they be, when you are one of only a few tables to serve! For 20 plus dollars a main, we have higher expectations.

 

           Overall                  Back

           Score /10              Soon?

 

E            6                If we were in the area

B            6                If we were in the area

 

Price: One entree, Two Mains & One Desserts

 

Total – $76 (Two People)

 

K’dom- $14.00
Char Kroeung (wok cooked prawns)- $24.00
Trei Char K’nyei (barramundi)- $27.00
Black Rice Crumble- $11.00

 

 
E & B xx

 

Bopha Devi Cambodian on Urbanspoon

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