I discovered Bohemian Bar & Restaurant, a Spanish influenced brasserie, on a work lunch. As a bunch of work colleagues and I bustled into Bohemian Bar & Restaurant, we were warmly greeted by a friendly waitress and whisked off to a reserved table.
The sitting arrangement was warm and classy with sleek, wood tables and chairs dotted everywhere. One wall of the restaurant was adorned with huge, chic windows with comfy leather couches underneath. A well-stocked bar decked one of the other walls. I noticed bold twirls above the bar announcing various drink specials and Flamenco nights. The décor echoes the interiors of Spanish eateries with earthy tones for colours and dark wood and soft leather sitting arrangements.
The one page lunch menu was simple and basic enabling our decision-making process to be smooth and easy. I opted for a chicken and prawn paella. Once everyone had ordered the waiting game began. The restaurant was quite empty apart from us and 3 people at a neighbouring table.
After sometime the prawn paella appeared with a flourish in front of me. The paella was beautifully presented in a small pan garnished with king prawns, chicken slices and a lemon wedge. I slowly took a spoonful of the rice and tasted it. The rice was soft and quite appetising. The chicken was tender and tasty. The prawns were definitely the highlight of the dish. Big, succulent and delicious, I savoured each prawn with relish. The serving size was quite big making it impossible to finish it. Overall, I found the paella quite average. If the paella had some more flavours, I would have some poetic accolades to pass on.
Once sated, I turned my mind towards the dishes of my fellow diners. Some of my colleagues had ordered chicken and chorizo paella and found it quite ordinary. The scant pieces of chicken and chorizo along with the ordinary rice had not managed to gain their respect.
One colleague had ordered a beetroot paella. The paella looked lovely and was served with a small serve of salad. Upon enquiring, she commented that the dish had an overwhelming beetroot flavour but was quite flavoursome regardless. The accompanying salad was healthy and filling.
The biggest drawcard of Bohemian Bar & Restaurant is the excellent view of the Yarra. As you enjoy your lunch you can take in the beautiful views of the Yarra and the bridges over it. If you are feeling a bit adventurous you can come and try the Sangria Sundays or special Flamenco nights. Shangria Sundays incorporate 4 types of Sangrias to choose from, live music, all days tapas menu and pinxtos, commencing from 5pm on Sundays.
Bohemian Bar & Restaurant entertains guests for lunch and dinner. The service is good, the prices are reasonable and the Spanish fare is satisfactory. Located at 35 Dukes Walk, South Wharf, Bohemian Bar & Restaurant enjoy a good location where you can catch lunch and dinner with friends and colleagues in a cosy environment, while revelling in wonderful views of the harbour.