My favourite thing about Aberdeen Restaurant Week, is the chance to try new restaurants - somewhere I've always fancied but never been before. Last night I did just that and went along to check out the ARW menu at Café Boheme.
My friend and I received a warm welcome from Paul and were seated at a cosy table in front of the fire - the best seat in the house, in my opinion! Perfect for when the days start to feel shorter and the nights grow darker. With it's red walls and wooden beams across the ceiling, Café Boheme has an authentically rustic Parisian bistro feel and we easily felt at home here.
After a brief chat with Paul, who took over the restaurant in November, we chose our starters. I couldn't resist the mussels which came in a delicious garlicky cream sauce, while my plus one was after the goats cheese dish. Unfortunately the beignet won't be available until ARW officially begins on the 3rd but she did get to sample the goats cheese ravioli from their a la carte menu instead. Served with tomato fondue and a tomato comsomme, it went down a treat.
Once I'd polished off my generous bowl of mussels, it was time for the main event. My friend went for the veggie option of Spiced Carrot Pancake. We weren't sure what to expect from this dish but were both suitably impressed by it. Served with a carrot remoulade and harissa dressing, even the potatoes had a hint of Indian flavours.
My own main was the "Saucisse" or Toulouse sausage with a braised puy lentil cassoulet. It was perfectly cooked and rich in flavour, pairing nicely with my glass of red, and served with a little green bean and carrot parcel. I adored the presentation! This dish would be a perfect winter warmer and I'm sure it'll be popular come restaurant week!
Last but not least, we both opted for the incredible crème brulee for dessert. A twist on a classic with a layer of deliciously tart rhubarb underneath, it married perfectly with the hint of ginger from the warm madeleine. The perfect finish to a fantastic dinner!
If you plan to visit Café Boheme during Aberdeen Restaurant Week (and I highly recommend you do!) I would definitely book in advance - it was pretty busy when we visited on a regular Wednesday evening so I'm sure their tables will be snapped up fast. You do not want to miss this one!