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La Boheme Wine Bar & Bistro

6 Reviews
Bistro fare, Mediterranean, Tapas
Phone Number 0214348797 Opening Hours

Monday to Saturday 12noon to 10pm

Menu

Menu - Menu changes weekly

Details

Cost
R150 avg main meal
Food
Bistro fare, Mediterranean, Tapas
Corkage
R50 per bottle (2 bottle max per table)
Cost
R150 avg main meal
Ambience
Groups, Quick meals, Special occasions
Payment
Amex, Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
Facilities
Accepts credit cards, Dinner, Eat Out reviewed, Food, Functions, Lunch, Parking, Serves food, Takeaways, Wheelchair, WiFi

Critic's review

  • Ambience
  • Service
  • Food

Jess Spiro

Food

La Boheme is known for its simple, ever-changing menu, which has helped establish it as a reliable neighbourhood gem. As the name and vibe imply, you can expect hearty bistro-inspired fare here, such as their famed mushroom risotto with fillet, steak-frites, and a tasty-sounding tapas menu. Starters include springbok tortellini, a chickpea, chorizo and cabbage soup, and marinated brinjal with cherry tomatoes and bocconcini.

To get things off to a cracking start, try the perfectly cooked mussels in a deeply satisfying and creamy bisque. The mains on offer, such as braised pork belly with potato and butternut gratin, and pulled lamb neck with potato gnocchi and pecorino, have big shoes to fill and unfortunately ours just missed the mark.

The panko-crumbed hake was nicely cooked and topped with a lovely tomato and shrimp sauce. The accompanying vegetables, which seemed to resemble those from a pre-cut stir fry mix, however, were nothing special, and sadly overcooked. The cannelloni fared slightly better, stuffed with spinach, feta and sundried tomato, and topped with a creamy Napolitana sauce, as the pasta was well made, but the addition of chunks of dried tomatoes made for an odd texture at times.

The dessert menu is made up of the classics, like baked cheesecake, sticky toffee pudding and crème brûlée, which had a great consistency, despite a lack of the crisp, caramelised sugar topping.

Drinks 

The wine list features your standard local names, some of which are at noticeably inflated prices. They also stock local beers, and an impressive selection of local and international liqueurs and spirits.

Service

The service is very polite and efficient, if a little hands-off.

Ambience

As a much-loved Sea Point stalwart, you can be certain there’ll always be a pleasant buzz here.

Best for…

A casual date night.

(August 2019)

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User reviews

6 Reviews
    Has a nice charm to it and the service is good. My tuna starter was great (as part of the set menu) but the porkbelly main was underwhelming. It was under cooked and stole some of the shine of this rather nice evening.
    This used to be the best place in Cape Town, now it's a bit hit and miss. Sometimes you will have an AWESOME. But then literally the next night it will be a waste of time and money - the cheese on your pasta might smell off and/or the meat not cooked according to specifications. Most of the time it's still great though.
    I love La Boheme. I can walk there, so often take friends and visitors to Cape Town. The staff are always pleasant and attentive without being OTT. However, I do notice that if Anna or Faizel and not around, the food quality does deteriorate a little. My meal on Tuesday was really not up to their usual standard. I did not complain as had guests with me and didn't want to make a fuss, but my food tasted slightly burnt and overcooked. This is not their usual offering, so it won't stop me from going back. Just an observation.
    This place looks so unassuming but their food is absolutely amazing. Love the concept of black boards and ever-changing menus. Their food is so unique and well-presented. Make sure you book as this place is always packed!
    Overrated and over seasoned cerviche. You can find much better food in this city. Disappointed.

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