Had a birthday dinner at Café La Boheme and liked it.
The room is unique. Theres a 3-story high wood ceiling, huge windows, a large Krishna fountain, a mezzanine and a lounge area.
We were seated on the ground floor by the water feature, which was kind of loud. The music, too, was a little loud. Unfortunately, there was also a draft from the storm outside so it was a little cold, and along with the water made the atmosphere less than perfect. But the decorations are good. This would be a great place to rent out (the whole restaurant if theyd do it) for a really hip party.
The waitress was a little distant. She was soft-spoken, so we couldnt really hear her; and she didnt come around very often.
The helper/busboy on the other hand was the best Ive ever had. He was cool (rasta hair), very personable, totally professional and really on top of the service. We were never wanting anything. He also waited until both parties were done eating before clearing the dishes: a plus in my book.
The food: I had the beet salad and the rack of lamb. My bride had the tuna tataki and the red snapper.
The beet salad was big enough for a light meal. There were red and yellow beets, goat cheese, big slices of bacon, avocado and arugula. And over the top was a nice tangy dressing. My only complaint was that it wasnt totally fresh. The goat cheese was very firm and you could see the cut marks. The avocado slices were chilled, and they seemed like they were cut then refrigerated. Overall good, though.
The tuna tataki came in the usual tower in the middle of a big plate. It tasted fresh and was served with daikon and dabs of wasabi mayonnaise around the plate.
The red snapper was a large dish that came with artichoke mashed potatoes, olives and capers and a nice light tomato sauce. It was pretty good. I wasnt in the mood for fish, but I could tell I would like it if that were my thing that night.
But the real show stopper was the rack of lamb. It was served over a Moroccan eggplant spread, which was like baba ganoush with Moroccan seasoning (yum). Also with it were chick pea fries, which were ground garbanzo beans (like hummus) formed into fries and (big surprise) fried like French fries. These were also good, but a little much for me. Finally, there was some steamed chard served alongside. The lamb was perfectly cooked, and coated with a delicious spice mixture. There was a red wine reduction sauce that went over the top, and was excellent for dipping.
Starters $10-$15. Main courses $20-$30.
It was our first time there, and we will definitely be back. Next time we will ask for a booth, though, as it is louder and colder at the tables.
Café La Boheme
8400 Santa Monica Boulevard (2 blocks E of La Cienega)
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Fri -Sat 5:30pm- 1:00am
Sun -Thu 5:30pm-12:00am
Tel: (323) 848-2360