We visited La Boheme last night for a romantic meal before we joined friends for a night on the town.
Location: The building is located in the heart of Waterford City within a five minute walk from a range of good bars and night spots.
Exterior: The building's exterior is very tasteful and pleasing on the eye, warm, friendly and inviting.
Interior: The restaurant is beautifully decorated with a very warm atmosphere. The walls are adorned with the beautiful artwork of Mr. John Cullinan, one of the region's finest artist who's paintings include beautiful yet very unique local landscapes. The main dining room has a warm, cellar style decor, with stoned walls, beautifully set tables and an active and bustling vibe. My partner felt the dining room was chilly towards the end of our meal but I did not agree.
Service: The service is outstanding. Due to unforeseen circumstances we were 45 minutes late for our reservation and yet were we greeted warmly and brought straight to our table without delay. The hotel was very busy and yet the waitresses and waiters were extremely attentive and really made us feel like they cared about our dining experience. The menus were brought promptly. We were provided with fresh bread and water and the waitress helped to pick out an excellent wine. The courses came at exactly the right times with us neither feeling rushed or waiting for the next course. Superb. We did have to order our tea twice and a waiter did forget to bring us our bill (same chap both times) so I in-turn asked who I believe was a manger but nothing worth complaining about. The service was excellent especially on such a bust Saturday night.
Food: The food was exquisite. I ordered a pork belly starter which was the nicest I had ever tasted. Cooked beautifully and full of flavour. For my main course I ordered the lamb. I ordered the meat cooked medium/rare and it could not have come with more taste and succulence, cooked to perfection. My only real complaint regarding the entire visit was that both mains were more lukewarm than hot but the food was outstanding. For dessert I ordered the deconstructed cheese cake which was creamy, tasty and a beautiful end to a wonderful meal. My girlfriend ordered the chocolate fondant which was beautifully presented, rich and full of deep chocolate.
Price: The restaurant is not cheap but like most things, you get what you pay for and what you get at La Boheme is dining at its finest. Whilst the menu is expensive they offer both an early bird menu and a €35 all evening menu. We ordered from the €35 menu which contained a wide variety of deliciously sounding options. Overall, including a €31 bottle of wine, a table bottle of still water and our three course meal, we paid a total of €111. Very reasonable and we will definitely be back.
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