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Review : La Boheme, Waterford January 4, 2007

Posted by Rambling Man in Hotel & Restaurant reviews.
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Myself and the good wife (TGW) were treated to a mini-night out by our visiting sister-in-law a couple of weeks back and we decided to have a meal out in one of Waterford’s newest restaurants – La Boheme, on O’Connell Street.

Well what can I say about this restaurant ? Its fantastic ! Everything from the atmosphere, the staff who know what they are doing, the decor, the setting and of course the food …

The restaurant has been opened by Eric Theze who was once the head chef in nearby Faithlegg House Hotel and hats off to him – he has certainly done a good job with his newest venture. The setting for this restaurant is in the cellar of the recently refurbished Port of Waterford building at the beginning of O’Connell Street. It’s a huge, characterful old building and the cellar, complete with vaulted ceilings and whitewashed walls makes for the perfect setting. Guests are welcomed by a smiling attendant and can choose to sit in the small but cosy bar awhile or head to their table in one of several tastefully decorated and ambiently lit dining rooms.

The Table d’Hote menu (which we went for because there was no hope of us getting in later on …) was quite a reasonable €30 odd per person with 4 choices per course. We were also given the choice of the Á la Carte menu or the Tasting Menu so they do provide a range of choices in different price brackets. None the less, no matter what we chose we were treated brilliantly.

Now on to the most important thing – the food ! I am notoriously fussy when it comes to food (as my girth will tell you !) and I can honestly say that the quality and taste of the food at La Boheme is top notch. I would highly recommend it. It is classic French cuisine and contains some dishes that the sleeping Irish palette might not fully appreciate but is wonderful all the same. Each course contains a choice of meat, fish and vegetables – all very well prepared and presented with some unique combinations that really will excite the food lover.

We sampled 4 dishes and really got a good taste of what French cuisine is all about – flavour, rich textures and high quality food. The duck was to die for and the baked cod with Spanish chorizo was also delightful. Treat yourself to a little something special and book a table before the place becomes too widely known – then you might have to wait months to get in !!

What we had …
Crab cakes
Parsnip soup
Roast duck with wilted pak choi, berry jus and roast vegetables
Baked cod with Spanish chorizo sausage and a liqueur sauce

2 minerals and several helpings of home made bread. Cost : €68

Rambling Man rating : 10/10

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