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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

Location and contact

341 Main Road, Sea Point, Cape Town

Critic's review

  • Ambience
  • Service
  • Food

Annelize Visser

A small menu that changes weekly, and an always-on set-menu special, makes this well-run modern bistro a neighbourhood favourite.

Food
There’s just one downside to a menu that gets tweaked according to what’s fresh and abundant at the market – you may not find the dish you promised you’d be back for the last time you visited this popular Sea Point eatery. Or if you do discover that the braised pork belly is back in rotation, take note that instead of pulled pork and goat’s cheese ravioli and wilted greens, this time it may share the plate with roasted butternut and tomato and beetroot chutney.

Ditto the rabbit, much fancied by the La Boheme kitchen, who apply classic French techniques to this tricky meat but play around with accompaniments, such as potato gnocchi, edamame beans and roast cherry tomatoes alongside confit rabbit; or a hefty helping of aubergine and potato puree whose sheer volume seems to concede that the rabbit and bacon ballotine is on the dry side.

Vegetarians will typically find a single option each among the starters and mains, which is fine when you land the coconut lentil curry with salted pears, less thrilling when the grilled halloumi with strawberries, watercress and asparagus turns out impervious to the chilli dressing.

There’s a Mediterranean-inspired tapas menu if small plates are your thing, and crowd-pleasers such as sticky toffee pudding and apple tart for dessert.

Hot tip? If the springbok carpaccio with roast garlic, crème fraiche and horseradish isn’t on the menu, ask if the chef can rustle some up. It’s sublime.

Drinks
BYO is permitted, but seems almost churlish when this much enthusiasm has gone into composing an extensive wine list that overflows onto a blackboard on the wall. In fact the wine choices so vastly outnumber the items on the food menu (plus there’s a full bar) that the missed opportunity seems to be a more curated list that gives greater consideration to what the chef is up to. A tight budget narrows down the choices. There are plenty by-the-glass options, starting at R50.

Service
Friendly and competent, with this easily-remedied flaw: choosing where to sit is cool when you’re a local who knows the joint inside out, but on a first visit a bit of guidance is helpful.

Ambience
Still looking spruce after 10 years, the inside area runs to the elegant end of bistro-casual, while things get more rustic outside. In case it matters, it’s a bit too low-lit to get a decent shot of your dinner for your Instagram account. Two reasons why you should Uber when you go: parking is scarce, and it’s a wine bar after all.

Best for…
Second dates and midweek treats.

(2018)

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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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