Review on La Bohème
Housed in the vaults of the historic Port of Waterford building (once home to the Chamber of Commerce), La Bohème brings a serious touch of class to the local restaurant scene. Owners Eric and Christine Théze have done a remarkable job in transforming the original site without sacrificing any of its grandeur or history.
The magnificent space shows influences of 'New Baroque' with original flagstone floors, lime-washed walls and vaulted ceilings combining perfectly with eclectic, decadent contemporary flourishes. There is a patriotic Frenchness about the whole place, from the well-drilled Gallic service to the creative seasonal food.
Inspiration comes from the market, the land and the sea, with help from Ireland's top producers. A timbale of crab is perfumed with dry Martini and dill, while a terrine of lamb's tongue comes with baby leek, onion soup gelée and grain mustard cream. Elsewhere, tranche of brill is paired with roast salsfiy, oyster mushrooms and Noilly Prat, and seared magret of duck is given textbook treatment with braised lettuce, vichy carrots and redcurrant jus.
To conclude, diners can look forward to anything from crêpes suzette and crème brûlée to carpaccio of Poire William 'Belle Helène'. Also leave room for the delights of the cheese trolley loaded with prime Gallic specimens from Sheridans. The wine list puts most of its faith in bottles from reputable French sources.
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Restaurant Opening Times
Dinner: 5.30 - 10.00pm Tue-Sat
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card, American Express