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Published February 22nd 2016
$25 Paella Thursdays
Soak up some rays of sun on an outdoor table while sipping sangria. Continue here if the weather permits, or move inside for a cosy and quieter atmosphere.

South Wharf is certainly an underrated place in the CBD, full of restaurant choices with much more affordable prices compared to it's neighbouring competitors along Southbank. The Bohemian Spanish Bar and Restaurant is no exception to one of these hidden gems.

We started our meal with wine and tapas; beautifully presented char-grilled octopus served with potatoes and a divine paprika aioli, sprinkled with pomegranate. Our second selection was char-grilled king prawns which had an appealing subtle smokey flavour, moist, and as good as it looks. Meant for eating with your fingers, served alongside, a bowl of warm water with freshly cut lemon wedge.

Char-grilled octopus @ The Bohemian #BED
Char-grilled octopus @ The Bohemian #BED
King prawns, The Bohemian, BED
King prawns, @ The Bohemian, #BED

 

Wednesday nights special offer is Spanish roast suckling pig with sweet potato chips and a glass of wine for $25; however I could not resist the temptation of $25 Paella Thursdays with a choice of 4 paellas! Catering for carnivores and vegetarians, select from chorizo/pork/chicken, chicken/prawn/mussels, calamari/prawn/mussels, or green bean/artichoke/parsnip/spinach. Perhaps order them all!

Seafood paella @ The Bohemian #BED
Seafood paella @ The Bohemian #BED
The Bohemian, #BED
The Bohemian, #BED
Being a party of only two, we chose the seafood paella special to share for our main meal, which was a satisfyingly filling serve, with a lot of seafood, and paired perfectly with a glass of chardonnay. Great value for money at $25!

If paella is not a dish you enjoy, there are many other choices available on the menu, including Gluten free options.

While a limited selection for vegetarians, the wait staff informed me that modifications to the menu can be catered to - something I always appreciate!

For dessert, coffee and churrios served with dark chocolate, hit the spot. All this wonderful food and wine, totalled $100; a great priced night out for riverside dining.

Churrios with chocolate @ The Bohemian, #BED
Churrios with chocolate @ The Bohemian, #BED

Fantastically friendly and attentive wait staff, and an encouraged ambience of slow dining with extended conversations long into the evening - a place to return to!

The Bohemian is open 7 days a week, for lunch : Monday to Friday 12:00pm 3:00pm and Saturday and Sunday 12:00pm 4:00pm; and for dinner : Monday to Sunday 6:00pm - late.

Located at 35 Dukes Walk, South Wharf, with parking available at DFO South Wharf (ask for 50% off parking when you dine here), and also accessible via public transport, being a 15-20 minute walk from Southern Cross Station.

What's coming up?

Celebrate Bohemian's 4th Birthday on the weekend of March 12th & 13th 2016, from 11am-5pm. Celebrations will include with live music, art stalls, paella cooking classes, and Spanish wine tastings. See you there!
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Why? Riverside Spanish Tapas & Paella
When: Lunch: Monday to Friday 12:00pm 3:00pm, Saturday and Sunday 12:00pm 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday to Sunday 6:00pm - late
Phone: 03 9682 0566
Where: 35 Dukes Walk, South Wharf VIC 3006
Cost: Tapas from $7.50; lunch from $12; mains from $25
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