La Boheme review
I once walked home from the gym, along Seapoint Main Road. To pass the time I counted the restaurants I passed and came to about 80, although that was including takeaways. I have to say that out of those 80 restaurants, there weren’t that many that I would rush to eat at. There are some which are not bad, like Posticino’s or, um, the Ocean Basket. I am pleased to announce that there is now a restaurant on Seapoint Main Road that I am actually quite excited about.
After Posticino’s (on the left as you head towards Camps Bay) and next to La Bruixa, is a new place called La Boheme. It’s a very small restaurant, but La Boheme and La Bruixa are actually linked and will become one restaurant offering the tapas menu of La Bruixa as well as the more sophisticated menu of La Boheme. Currently there is seating for about 25 people in La Boheme as well as another 5 or so tables outside. We started at the outside tables and enjoyed the European sidewalk vibe. Anna from La Bruixa assisted us with drinks (Brewers & Union Beer for R32, much cheaper than at &Union), while Faizel explained the menu options available. They are currently running an opening special which is excellent value, 2 courses for R85 or 3 for R105. I started with the duo of pork roulade which was great, as one would expect from any dish containing bacon. My dining partner had the carpaccio which he liked but I found it a bit fragile.
After that we moved inside because it was getting a bit chilly. The decor is simple but creates an ambiance very effectively. La Boheme is a classic example of how you don’t have to spend a fortune to create a pleasant environment. For mains we tried the Osso Bucco which was fantastic. Normally osso bucco is a really heavy dish but this was actually quite light but still tasty. It was served with herb mash and veggies. We also tried the beef fillet with mushroom risotto, which was also top drawer.
I drank a couple of glasses of Tokara red (R28) but did notice that the wine list was very reasonable with a wide selection of wines at little over R100. As with most owner run establishments, the service was attentive and personal. It’s the kind of place where you can get to know the proprieters and receive a warm welcome each time you visit. A lovely addition to Seapoint and a place I will be visiting often.
341 Main Road, Seapoint
021 434 8797