Faisal, the owner, was previously with Caveau Wine Bar, and has owned the restaurant next door on Main Road, opposite Marais Road, called La Bruixa, the witch, Faisal’s pet name for his Spanish girlfriend Anna, for the last four years, with Anna running it.
A bistro-style menu board lists seven starters, six main courses and six desserts. A two-course meal costs R 85 and a three-course R 105. Starters include a French onion soup, crumbed mushrooms, beef carpaccio, roast veal and pork roulade, ranging in price from R 20 – R 34; the mains cost R 70, and include pork belly, ravioli and mushroom and black ham, stuffed chicken, beef bourguinon, and beef fillet. Desserts cost R 20, and include Creme Brulee, chocolate pudding, crepes, tiramisu, and orange and carrot malva.
The pork belly was a generous portion, served with a mustard mash (the mustard dominated the dish too much), apple sauce and mixed vegetables. The tiramisu had a section which was not as tasty as one would have liked it.
An extensive wine list offers a good selection of wines, by the glass too. The Tokara Zondernaam costs R 25 per glass. Glassware, crockery and cutlery are of a good quality, and material serviettes are used.
At La Bruixa a board of 15 tapas options in Spanish style is offered, at the cost of R 20 – R 30 each. Patrons sitting outside may order from the La Boheme or the La Bruixa menus.
It was noticeable that the waiters all looked happy and unstressed. La Boheme is an unpretentious friendly bistro, offering exceptional value. Faisal and Anna are hands-on, and one could mistake them for waiters, both wearing an apron. The two course meal, the glass of red wine and cappuccino cost R 126.
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