Bohemian Bistro – the first reaction was, another wannabe in the densely populated Khar- Bandra area.
Did a quick glance and realised a long list of Teas, some of them really worth trying, and off I went, asking for an afternoon slot, because “Who drinks tea after 6?” Right? 😎
Chef Rahul who is one of the partners and was on hand – looking exhausted due to the opening and work pressure – but enjoying himself thoroughly.
As is my case, decided to ask him to offer recommendations and I would select from that list.
Began with Salads (Disc: Not a Salad person at all)
Watermelon and Feta: This was ace. Vodka infused chilled watermelon, mix of mascorpone and feta, garnished. Hit the spot and was finished within a minute. ⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️
Fattoush salad: The veggie friend demolished it in double quick time; I tasted it, found it quite good, but too many leaves for my taste. 😄⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️
Tea Leaf Salad: Another veggie option, however fish oil is used so did not work, but I actually liked the taste and had couple of fork full of it. ⚡️⚡️⚡️
Tried their version of Poppers and was quite delicious, and not the normally soggy one.
Moved to other dishes.
Hummus Bin Lamhe: Meat served in hummus tart with grilled pita. Very nice combination and just the small plate which can be eaten cleanly with your glass of wine or sangria. Or maybe Sheesha. ⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️
Mushroom Risotto: Do not eat mushrooms, but the risotto was perfectly made, rather the way I eat once in a while 🙂 ⚡️⚡️⚡️
Given that there was one veggie and one who was allergic to seafood, we gave ‘calamari prawns’ a miss. But I intend going back to try those out.
Wondering if the Eggs Kejriwal should be tried and compared, Chef was a tad disappointed but then my eye fell on the Egg Sandwich and we ordered that.
Along with it, decided to try out Gauva mocktail. Try it.⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️
Egg Sandwich: Just the right size for a meal or sharing. It came perfectly layered – cheese, scrammbled eggs, tomatoes, fried egg, onions, olives – and three bites each. ⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️
Shakshouka: baked eggs with tomato salsa and pita. Perfect. ⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️
The pasta and pizza did not really interest me much so decided to try out one of the Tea. My companions opted for the adrak masala chai, but I wanted to see the ceremony and taste; so asked Rahul for his recommendation. Besides the generic ones, he said let me give you the one which 80% people did not like but was his personal favourite. Lapsong Suchong. No contest, decided on it.
Lovely kettle, but more importantly the double glass heat protector were used to serve the tea, took me back to the middle east tea houses. The infusion can be used thrice, so drinking tea or sharing tea is quite lovely.
As Rahul said “Bohemian Brew is a modern age bistro, sheesha lounge and tea room that serves a global selection of handpicked, organic, single origin, exotic, direct import teas.” They use brewing equipment and create lovely drinking experience. Over the weekends, Sangria rules.
Food is a mix with tea infusions and pairs quite nicely with the teas. There is an outside seating for 75 odd people and a small PDA for 16 people.
Disclaimer : This review was done on an invitation from the restaurant. As usual my bias for good service will prevail 🙂 Please use your discretion.