Thursday, October 15, 2020

Restaurant Month supper at La Bohème, Sea Point

Lock down has been hard on many people and restaurants have really struggled. No trade for months and then they had to reinvent themselves to keep going, doing take aways and deliveries. But none of these made them the revenue they needed to survive. If you have a favourite local restaurant, please try and support them, even if it’s in a small way; they need your help

We discovered that La Bohème in Sea Point was featured on Restaurant Week - which is running for the whole of October, so should probably be retitled Restaurant Month. You can still book and get the specials run by the restaurants who have joined. Here is the link: We made a booking and, when we alerted friends who live close to us, they also made a booking and we sat together. It was a wet Friday night so, sadly, we could not sit on the terrace, which we had hoped to do

Through a glass darkly! We hadn’t seen Peter and Michele for over 6 months, so it was a joy to sit and chat, gossip and hear stories of what they have been up to, of work, family and friends. We had a lovely young waitress called Angie who saw to our every need. Sadly, the restaurant was not very full for a Friday night; we do hope it improves

The special Restaurant Week menu. It was a very reasonable R250 per head for three courses

While we waited, some oiled, toasted bread was served with olive tapenade and aioli

We ordered a bottle of Mooiplaas Chenin Blanc, one we can always recommend

A classic, elegant Bush Vine Chenin grown on the high slopes in Stellenbosch with great fruit and good crispness

Some good choices of starters; most of us chose one that contrasted with our main course

This was the Smoked salmon tortellini with burnt sage butter and pico de gallo

Michele had the Beef crudo with caramelised onion purée, pickled ginger and watercress

There was some food envy; this looked and tasted very good. (She gave us some to taste)

Our palate cleanser: a very delicious mango sorbet

Grilled West Coast Sole was topped with an Asian salsa, and came with crisp prawn croquettes and garlic aioli. Sadly John's camera’s SD card has behaved very badly and did not process the photo he took of our very tender Steak au Poivre served with fondant potatoes, green beans and spinach. We asked for medium rare and the three small pieces of steak on the plate were meltingly tender and perfectly medium rare. The black pepper cream sauce was suitably peppery. A dish we hadn’t had for a long time, and thoroughly enjoyed. It needs to be revived; it is a classic that should not disappear

We ordered a bottle of Spier Shiraz to go with the main courses, lovely and rich berries and spices with dark wood supporting

Sad to see the restaurant so empty, it usually buzzes and it has been difficult to get a table

The classic Crème Brûlée

And the rich and creamy Vanilla Baked Cheesecake;

the berry coulis came a little later, but just in time to enjoy

Our bill with service means R400 a head with some good wine. The owners, Faisal Khakoo and his Catalonian wife Anna Rascola, really know their wines and the wine list is compact but very good. We will be back

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