Aberdeen Restaurant Week | Dinner at Cafe Boheme

Aberdeen Restaurant Week is back, and I'm delighted to be collaborating with Aberdeen Inspired as an ambassador for the event again! For the July instalment of ARW I was asked to review the menu at Café Boheme for you guys. This is the kind of restaurant I'd usually save for a special occasion (it's actually my birthday this week, so it worked out perfectly!) but restaurant week gives you the perfect excuse to treat yourself for no reason, because why not?

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Cheers! Cocktails and beer at Cafe Boheme

We arrived on Tuesday evening at the bustling bistro, packed with happy diners tucking into the best French cuisine in town. Service was quick but not rushed, and the staff were super friendly and attentive despite being so busy. As the designated driver Gordon sipped on an alcohol free Jupiler pilsner while I toasted my birth week with a crisp apple martini.

Lamb dish with quails egg and pancetta
Cafe Boheme's French onion soup

For my starter I chose agneau - crispy lamb belly, petit pois a la francaise, pancetta & quail egg. The lamb was cooked to perfection and complimented by the flavoursome crispy pancetta. A perfect light bite to begin. Gordon's however was a hearty bowl of the best French onion soup I've ever tasted, smothered in deliciously gooey, grilled Comte cheese. I was more than a little jealous!

Gooey cheesy French onion soup
Rustic interiors at Cafe Boheme

Our main courses arrived swiftly and again, Gordon's dish stole the show. Port and orange glazed beef cheek was presented immaculately and literally fell apart at the touch of the fork. The black pudding dauphinoise was an absolute treat too!

Beef and black pudding potato dauphinoise
Coq au vin with creamy mash

My coq au vin was a sizable portion of classic French chicken casserole packed full of mushrooms with a healthy serving of beautifully creamy mashed potatoes on the side. Overall I'd say the portions were slightly smaller than my previous visit, with this dish being the exception. However we were still pleasantly satisfied - none of that horrible too full to function feeling!

Dark chocolate mousse with candied pecans
Vanilla creme brulee

Dessert was a no brainer for me. It has to be the ridiculously moreish vanilla crème brulee! I could have done with another one to take home. Meanwhile Gordon went for the chocolat and enjoyed an indulgently rich dark chocolate and Armagnac mousse, with a candied pecan topping adding a little crunch. 

Tucking into creme brulee at Cafe Boheme, Aberdeen

If you haven't booked in for Aberdeen Restaurant Week yet, you'd better move fast - I'm pretty sure tables at Café Boheme will be snapped up in a heartbeat! However, don't worry if you can't get in - our waitress told us they actually offer 3 courses for £20 on their regular lunch and early evening menu!

Cafe Boheme exterior and bike

But what is Aberdeen Restaurant Week?

An initiative from Aberdeen Inspired designed to encourage people to get into the city centre and visit different restaurants and cafes. Treat yourself to a 2 course lunch for just £10 or 3 course dinner for £20. There's also some special events and tasting menus to choose from!

When is it?

15th - 21st July 2019


Nearly 40 eateries across Aberdeen city centre!
You can view the full selection on the Aberdeen Restaurant Week website.

Let us know in the comments where you'll be dining and don't forget to share your dinner stories on social media using the official Aberdeen Restaurant Week hashtag - #ARW2019 

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Aberdeen Restaurant Week - Dinner at Cafe Boheme

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