I must agree with the other recent guest -- something is very different about the "new" Bohemia. We had two previous wonderful meals at this restaurant; so when guests wanted to go there, we were delighted to host them. With an 8:30 pm reservation on a busy Saturday night,one can expect a glitch or two at the best of restaurants. Rarely have I had a dining experience that was so totally and consistently bad. After seating the 4 of us, the waitress was only slightly confused over the 4 wine selections, actually recommending the "house" wine as pretty good. We ordered a mid-priced Merlot that was good. Once bread and wine were served, we were told that three (of the 7 or 8) entree selections were sold out -- stuffed shrimp, ribs among them. Our guests decided to try the lamb and a chicken dish. I agonized between the duck and the quail special, but went with the duck. When my partner asked about the grilled quail special, our waitress pointed it out on the neighboring table and asked those guests to share their opinions. They loved it, and so would he. SOLD! We quickly ordered and 3 of our party requested a dinner salad, since none was on the menu. After a brief discussion, the waitress said she would see if the kitchen could put together a simple green salad.
Within 5 minutes, she returned to say "Oops. Sorry. The quail is also sold out." (Had we not been entertaining guests, this is when my date and I would have paid for the bread and wine and excused ourselves, saying we would try again on another evening when things were running more smoothly.) Instead, we cancelled the duck and decided to share the lamb since we were beginning to lose our enthusiasm and our appetite. The waitress returned with salads and a message from the chef that "the duck was already being prepared, so in addition to the lamb, they would also serve the duck, compliments of the house. We expressed our gratitude for the gesture and determined to salvage the meal. Alas, the house salad was dressed only with a vinegar so tart that I considered it inedible (and I am NOT a picky eater),.
Minutes later, she appeared again and announced that she had, in fact, notified the kitchen in time, so that they would just be serving the rack of lamb, but the chef would "waive the split charge for our dinner". (This is when everyone else would have walked out -- politely or not.)
I then realized this was not the Bohemia of old -- no way would that caliber restaurant offer a complimentary 'anything' and then rescind the offer minutes later. At no time did the chef, restaurant manager, or host/hostess ever visit our table to address any of the issues. Needless to say, when the meal was served, all 3 lamb chop dinners had to be returned because they were quite rare -- not even warm in the center. The asparagus was overcooked and the gratin potatoes stacked below required a knife to deconstruct as they were lukewarm and the cheese sauce had dried to a sticky goo. As we were the last diners (at 10:00 pm) and it was clear they were waiting for us to close, our waitress struck up a conversation with one of our guests and recited her entire employment history from security guard to school resource officer to waitress -- and all the trials and tribulations you can assume that entails.
While my fiance and I took turn apologizing to our guests, I requested the check to end the evening as quickly as possible. That meant no dessert options. The final straw was when she came back with the check and said his company credit card (a well-known local industry) had been rejected -- first time in 20 years. Anywhere. I could only laugh. Clearly this place is nothing remotely like the prevous Bohemia -- fabulous and creative entrees, a wide variety of fresh ingredients; well-trained continental service..
We will miss an upscale restaurant in Hot Springs; particularly in the north part of town. However, at no time did I feel we were getting the service of a quality ownerswhip team, a top-notch chef, or even the benefit of the doubt from a waitress who has never heard "the customer is always right,"
With such a thoroughly unpleasant dinner experience, I cannot imagine giving it another try and expecting anything to improve. It seems no one affiliated with the restaurant has any desire to do so. Stick with your memories of the 'good old days of Bohemia'.
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