Café Bohème is put to the test – .

Café Bohème is put to the test – .

Staycations are the new topic for foreign climates, but you can still have that urge to feel transported away from Aberdeen.
There are parts of town where if you squint your eyes – and apply a generous dose of the imagination – you can almost think you’re in a more exotic place.

The Brae Windmill may not seem like the most obvious competitor, but in a certain light and from a certain angle, the old street may be reminiscent of the famous cobblestones of Paris, for example.

So it’s fitting that this wynd is home to a restaurant that doesn’t need a fancy flight to pass for a French inn.

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The interior does not disappoint.

This is what Café Bohème seems to be designed to be, with its wood panels, mirrors, bricks, soft candles, and tall shutters and doors suggesting a rustic inn.

And nothing says classic French cuisine like the a la carte menu at Café Bohème which was the reason we headed to this popular restaurant on a Saturday afternoon.

The place was buzzing and the atmosphere was filled with chatter from people happy to be there. Staff can be included in this, given our warm welcome.

The food

The selection of starters saw classics like French onion soup and mussels, scrambling for attention with duck orange and ratatouille. My wife and I went with the onion soup and the mussels.

Considering our trip was on a windy and cold day, the soup was a treasure. A delicious croque monsieur has given way to the richest and beefiest onion broth.

Plump nuggets of braised beef cheek lay at the bottom, just waiting to melt in your mouth.

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The French onion soup went well.

I know it was good, as I was only offered one scoop “for research purposes”.

Still, my side of the table was quite happy.

My bowl contained a visually appealing mussel nest, sitting nicely in a bright yellow broth – or seafood nage to give it its Sunday name.

It was a light broth, singing with white wine with a delicious touch of herbal tarragon topping.

The Shetland mussels themselves big, plump, tender and nicely cooked, I nibbled on everything. If I had one small complaint, it is that a little more seashells would have been welcome. But it was fine cuisine, not an all-you-can-eat buffet. Although I could have eaten a lot.

As our entrees were cleaned, we relaxed in the stillness of our surroundings, sipping a carafe of chilled white wine (Piqpoul de Pinet) and became super mellow.

For our main courses, we decided to see what the kitchen could do with the simpler named dishes on the menu – fish and lamb. The response was remarkable things.

My other half’s choice of chicken was a nice dish that had a pretty strong punch on the flavor front.

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The chicken was beautifully tender.

The roasted roulade was like two small mini duck breasts, sublimely tender and spiced up with a red wine juice.

Meanwhile, the candied thigh easily fell off the bone and had a deep flavor that would spoil your taste buds for normal chicken forever. It was so intense.

Mashed shallots added spice, as did the Parmentier potato. Both were presented with a minimalist touch, to the point that at first glance, one wondered where they were.

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A feast for the eyes and the stomach.

But it was such a subtle and rich dish that it was more than satisfying and filling.

Except for the royal oyster mushroom, which my wife found too slippery for her taste. I liked it, however.

I also liked my own food, having discovered that “the lamb” was an assortment of goodies.

As with the chicken, at first glance, I thought I would get hungry later. There is still this minimalism. But, like all good things, less is more.

He came with sweat bars that I pushed aside first. Not my favorite things, they were crispy and flavorful, making the dish well.

The roast lamb loin was seared, but deliciously pink in the center.

Café Bohème prides itself on using the best local products.

This shows from the first bite of the most lamb lamb. He might have benefited from resting a bit longer before reaching the plate, however. There was a bit of a leak.

Accompanied by mash dots around the plate which were the essence of the peas, while the Dauphine potatoes were perfectly executed.

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Dinner is served.

Adding another layer, including a bit of a welcome bite, was a little mixture of peas, onions, and bacon.

Again, this was a dish that just had to be admired and enjoyed.

We wondered if we should stop at this point, both being quite full.

But why get satisfied when you can get stuffed, especially with a simple piece of “chocolate”.

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The awesome dessert hit all the right places.

This turned out to be one of the most delicious desserts we have had in a while.

A mouthwatering chocolate pie black hole with a sub-taste that made us guess cardamom, fennel or even mint. Tonka beans apparently. Pleasant.

The verdict

So it was a job well done.

A lingering experience that got us out of our way with great food.

Checking in at £ 80 and up wasn’t the cheapest of Saturday lunches, but since it was fine dining well done, it was easily one of the nicest meals to eat, day or day. by night.

Price £ 83.50

Address: 21-23 Moulin Brae, Aberdeen


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