I was excited to try Bistro Bohem, as it's in my neighborhood and we tend to get worked up about any and all new restaurants. But what was amazing was that it wasn't just great for the neighborhood, it was great in general.
I went with my notoriously picky parents when they were visiting, and my mother announced at one point that she was going to cry from the deliciousness. The table of six next to us was equally enamored and kept ordering more plates (at one point, one of the guys said "Order all the things!").
We had the fried mushrooms with paprika dipping sauce (never frozen mushrooms, so they were creamy on the inside, not soggy), the incredible homemade pierogi with cream sauce that was to die for, the peppery and spoon tender beef goulash, the potato pancakes with spicy chicken and red pepper paprika cream sauce (the potato pancakes were mashed potatoes rather than grated, which was interesting to me), and the juicy and crunchy chicken schnitzel on creamy potato salad with gherkins in it for sweetness. Then we shared a huge portion of house-made tiramisu, which was surprising. It wasn't overly sweet, it wasn't gloppy or soggy, and it had walnuts for texture.
For all I know, that's a traditional Czech way to make it, but I'd never had it like that before, and it was really eye-opening. Definitely worth a trip to Shaw!
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