The Boheme - Orlando
Went to The Boheme restaurant in the Grand Bohemian hotel last night. Haven't been there since the hotel was the Westin, so figured I'd write a little review. First, reservations for 2 at 7pm on a Friday night and the place was EMPTY. And I don't mean a few people, I mean not a single soul in the place. We said screw it b/c we were hungry and ventured in.
Started of the meal by sharing the Bohemian Tapas and the Roasted Pototo Gnochi. The tapas consisted of 1) kobe short rib with horsradish cream - three nice, small pieces of beef that was complement nicely by the bite of the horseradish; very nice, 2) blue cheese crusted scallops - one large scallop, perfectly cooked and lightly crusted with a fairly stong blue cheese; again, this was nice as well, 3) 3 peices of seared duck breast with a jus of some sort, also nicely done. The gnochi was nice and light, with chanterelle mushrooms and pancetta. I liked this dish as well, but was a but heavy by the end.
Mains were a sea bass crusted with asiago breadcrumbs over zucchini spaghetti and a crab minestrone. Dish was fine, but could have used a bit more salt and a little something else. Not sure what, but it just lacked anything that made me say wow, although the ingredients themselves should have made for a better dish. Second main was salmon over roasted finglings, asparagus, crab/arugula salad, and spicy aoli. Again, dish was fine, but nothing I'd order again.
Desserts were an apple and toffie cake with vanilla ice cream. This was really good, just could have used another scoop of ice cream. Other dessert was doughnuts with a milk shake. The milk shake was great, but the doughnuts were probably the worse I've ever had. The literally crumbled when I bit in to it, just a disgrace of a doughnut.
Dinner for 2 with tip was $280 including drinks, wine, and after dinner drinks and espresso. While it wasn't necessarily bad, I don't think I'd go back anytime soon. I guess now I know why the place was empty - the experience just didn't add up to the $280 price tag.
It's been quite a while since I have eaten at the Boheme, it was pretty good back then, but can't comment on current food. Have you been to The Black Olive since it opened? I've been a few times, I think the food is very good. But they seem to be struggling in this economy (especially for dinner). They are having a wine dinner next monday.