This is our review of Bohemia, Jersey. Spoiler – it was amazing! I have eaten in many restaurants but hands down, Bohemia is my favourite. When you go to Bohemia you know that you are in for a culinary masterpiece. Your taste buds will be tantalised and your mind will be blown. I was very lucky to be invited to stay at the Club Hotel & Spa and now I was looking forward to dinner. After an hour luxuriating in the hotel spa I was more than ready to eat. The head chef at Bohemia is the culinary genius, Steve Smith. Steve earned his first Michelin star at the young age of 24. Impressive! At 24 I was pleased with myself when I managed to soft-boil an egg. When I lived in Yorkshire, Steve was head chef at the Devonshire Arms, which was just around the corner from us. Sadly, we never made it the restaurant to sample Steve’s creations. Steve then moved to Bohemia in 2012 and when we moved to Jersey a couple of years later (not stalking you Steve, I promise) we were finally able to eat at his Michelin starred restaurant, Bohemia.
We were booked to eat in the restaurant at 7pm on a Thursday night. I was worried that this might mean it would be a bit quiet. I couldn’t have been more wrong. The hotel bar was busy with people enjoying cocktails and there was a lovely vibrant buzz about the place. The restaurant itself is an intimate affair, adjacent to the bar. A gloriously dark and moody restaurant with soft lighting. It is classy and understated, a wise move as the food is the star of the show here and we don’t want anything distracting from that.
Review of Bohemia, Jersey
The format of the restaurant is that you choose a tasting menu. I went for the vegetarian menu whilst Mr C went for the pescatarian menu. You can also choose to have a wine matched to each course. We chose to do this too and we are so glad that we did. The sommelier was extremely knowledgeable in his wine and every wine was matched to our dishes perfectly.
Before we started the main event our taste buds were gently kicked awake by an amuse-bouche and nibbles. We had what was effectively a mini pork roast. It was exquisite. This small dish packed a beautiful punch with the sweet tones coming through and then the crunch of the crackling. It was a fantastically clever dish. Alongside this was a Panna Cotta and mint puree with a horseradish and beetroot foam. It was silky and gorgeous with just the gentlest kick of horseradish. We were now really excited for the main courses.
As well as an amuse-bouche we were given a delightful hessian bag of freshly baked and still warm bread. This also came with two different types of butter, one being a seaweed butter which was fabulous and gently salty.
Potato – Quail Egg – Cepe
I was nervous about this course but that is what I love about Bohemia, they push you to the edge, they take your taste buds on an adventure and you trust them because Steve Smith and his team really do know what they are doing. When I go to Bohemia I am always willing to try new things that I wouldn’t normally. This is part of the genius of the tasting menu because it might push you out of your comfort zone but you won’t regret it! Let’s face it going to a restaurant should be about tasting new foods and sharing new experiences. I have to say that this was one of my favourite dishes of the night. It was velvety but then this contrasted with a coldness that was in the dish. It sent my taste buds into overdrive. It was a fun and intriguing dish and not at all what I had expected. Pure perfection.
Mr C also had this dish too and equally loved it.
Swede Dumpling – Rainbow Chard – Cheddar
A dish that was light, delicate and perfectly balanced. I realise that I have been using the word ‘perfection/perfect’ a lot but there really is no other word. It was another example of Steve Smith’s culinary genius. He really is a gastronomy wizard. The textures worked really well and there was a slight bitterness of the chard that brought the whole dish together.
Mr C had Oyster – Cucumber – Dill – Caviar. Mr C might have also used the word perfection. He loved the oysters and then the pop of the caviar.
Parsnip & Vacherin Panna Cotta – Winter Vegetables Salad
I had never had a vegetarian Panna Cotta before. They normally contain gelatine and I was curious to discover how this would compare. It was sublime, an underlying sweetness of the parsnip and the smooth Panna Cotta.
Mr C had Crab Custard & Tart – Mango & Coriander. I felt that this was a brave dish with all those flavours and custard! It would take a deft of hand to make it work just right. Mr C thought that it was divine. I am told that the flavours were a taste explosion. I am jealous because as I have a shellfish allergy I was unable to sample this dish.
Slow Cooked Bantam Egg – Shimeji – Pumpkin & Parmesan Espuma
This was a dish full of richness and despite it being my least favourite of the dishes, I still wanted to bathe in its gorgeousness. The sommelier’s choice of wine balanced this dish perfectly. To be honest, the sommelier had matched every dish with the wine to perfection. I was so pleased that we had decided to do the wine pairing, it really added to the experience although by now I was starting to feel ever so slightly tiddly.
Mr C had – Scallop – Cevennes Onion – Lardo di Colonnata – Truffle. I was so jealous of this dish. It really was a feast for all of the senses and there was also an air of the theatrical. The lovely waiter produced several truffles before selecting the perfect one. Oh the aroma as he gently grated the truffle over Mr C’s dish, just gorgeous. Mr C tells me that it was his favourite dish.
Heritage Carrot – Sea vegetables – Sea Buckthorn
We were getting towards the end of the meal now and this dish was perfect. Light and very clean tasting. It was just what my palate required.
Mr C had the same with the addition of sea bass and mussels. Again, he told me that it was superb.
Selection of artisan cheese from Jean-Yves Bordier.
I love a good cheese board and usually will always sacrifice a pudding for a cheese board. However, in this instance the term cheese board is a massive understatement. Having already eaten here many times before, I knew what to expect and was looking forward to the trolley laden down with some of the finest cheeses you have ever seen and smelt being wheeled out! Oh cheesey heaven. However, I had to admit defeat. I was full to bursting and needed to save myself for pudding. It was with great reluctance that I had to send the cheese trolley away. Next time.
Apple and blackberry textures
Delicious and refreshing or as my notes said YUM!
Mr C had the same.
Almond Cake – Roasted Pear
This was a perfectly balanced cake. The pear was succulent and the cake moreish. A sweet and very satisfying end to the meal. The wine that the sommelier matched to this course was my favourite. A sweet dessert wine from a region in France where the best dessert wines come from. I am not normally a dessert wine person but I would make an exception for this wine. In fact, if I only had to drink one wine for the rest of my life then it would be this dessert wine. I will just have to go back to Bohemia so I can try it again.
Mr C had Yuxu – Jivara – Lactose. Again, it was utterly delicious.
Coffee and Chocolate
By now I was full and very content but then they brought out the chocolates and obviously, I had to finish the meal with chocolate and coffee. These chocolates are made by Steve Smith’s wife, Ellen de-Jager. If Steve is the wizard of gastronomy then his wife must be a chocolate sorceress because I have never tasted a chocolate that was better. First of all they were so pretty to look at that it almost seemed a crime to eat them but eat them I did! Every single chocolate was a taste sensation. The flavours were:
- Pink Grapefruit
- Chai Tea
- Irish Coffee
- Pecan & Butterscotch
- Orange Blossom & Honey
All fantastically clever and a treat to enjoy.
Eating at Bohemia is a real foodie’s paradise. A dining experience to be really savoured. Your food and wine will be served with a flourish and the food is a real delight. I could not fault anything about our meal. This is a restaurant that will surprise you with its innovative menu, it makes you want to try new taste combinations and textures but it will reassuringly guide you through the experience too. They also make the best out of Jersey’s local produce. The Michelin starred restaurant is a must visit for anyone that lives on Jersey. If you are visiting Jersey on holiday then you need to make the time to pay Bohemia a visit. You won’t regret it.
Book at Bohemia
If you would like to eat at Bohemia then they have several options:
- Bohemia one course lunch – £19.50
- Bohemia afternoon tea with a glass of fizz – £24.95 (You can read our review of Bohemia’s afternoon tea here)
- The fantastic Bohemia Surprise dinner – 6 courses -£49
Disclaimer – we were invited to visit and share our honest review of Bohemia, Jersey. However, as always all words are my own. I really did love the food.