A few weeks ago, James and I returned home from work trips and decided to treat ourselves to a nice meal out. I’d had a well-paid but tough week away with clients; meanwhile James attended a conference in Canada, then interviewed and was accepted for a research position in the same department where he’s been doing his PHD. Time to celebrate with a cheeky glass of champagne 😉
Café Bohème is a lovely little French restaurant on Windmill Brae. At a guess I’d say it only seats around 30 people, and it is beautifully decorated. I love the table settings – as pictured above, a fresh rose, salt and pepper in little preserving jars, and a butter dish that looks like a service bell. The staff are very friendly and professional, and the owner, Dominique, takes a hands-on approach to all aspects of his restaurant, and it really feels like he’s welcoming you into his home.
The food is simple but delicious. We had booked in for Early Dinner and decided to go for the 3-course set menu for £18.95, and my goodness what a good deal that is. We were served delicious home-made bread both before and with our mushroom Soupe du Jour starter. For the main course we had Navarin D’Agneau (lamb stew, pictured above), and for dessert we selected the Creme Brûlée and Profiteroles.
Everything was delicious. The lamb was beautifully tender, and the gravy/sauce was quite light. The profiteroles had a chocolate filling and caramel sauce, rather than the usual cream filling with chocolate sauce – an interesting twist, tasty and rich. Three profiteroles might not seem a lot compared to some servings, but I was struggling by the end, and I rarely have any difficulty packing in dessert!
I would highly recommend Café Bohème – make sure to book, as the restaurant only opens 12:00-13:45 and 18:00-21:00 Tuesday-Saturday, and as mentioned above is fairly small. The food, service and atmosphere are wonderful, and really made for a special evening, worth every penny (and not too many of them either)!