Neil Frame 29/01/18
Cafe Boheme | Pure Parisian Poetry… in Soho
Cafe Boheme was recently closed for a bit.
But don’t worry – it didn’t lose its huile d’olive.
It was merely shuttered for a (very) subtle refurb. But now the iconic, quarter-of-a-century-old French restaurant and bar propping up the corner of Soho House’s flagship club is back, and eager to feed you into the wee small hours.
Staying true to its roots the interior here retains that “Belle Epoque” vibe, with classic bentwood chairs and tile flooring, only now the studded red banquettes and silver zinc fittings have been supplanted by racing-green leather pews, a golden matte brass bar, and marble topped tables. And to complete the look, almost every square inch of blank all space has been covered in photographs, paintings, and mirrors.
Oh and, as before, it’s still open until 3am, making this one of London’s best late night restaurants. Giving the staff a mere five hours to rest before swinging open their doors in the morning, to once again begin serving:
Breakfast kicks things off as they mean to go on with classic mushrooms on toast with gruyere, or the likes of a ham omelette with fine herbs. Ironically, the one non-French thing on the breakfast menu is French Toast, with chantilly cream & plums.
For lunch and dinner they’re playing all the hits, with croque monsieurs/madames, a duck confit with an outrageously crispy skin, some ribeye steak frites, a selection of charcuterie, steak tartare, and some classic escargot with bacon & garlic. And if you roll in there after Soho’s bars close? Cafe Boheme has a late night menu with moules marinieres, or a hamburger. And you’ll certainly be interested in:
Aside from gallons of wine in the cellar and French lager on tap, they have all-original Gallic-styled cocktails ranging from their Chartreuse Swizzle (Green Chartreuse, pineapple, falernum, and lime) to their Boheme Spritz, whose St Germain & Champagne are offset with a touch of grapefruit tonic. And finally, there’s:
Yes there’s live jazz every evening, which – in such an intimate space – gives the place a little extra liveliness…
It’s positively Bohemian.
NOTE: Cafe Boheme is open Mon-Fri 8am-3am, Sat 9am-3am and Sun 9am-midnight. You can find out more, and make a booking at their website right HERE.
Cafe Boheme | 13 Old Compton Street, Soho, London W1D 5JQ
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13 Old Compton Street, Soho, Central London, W1D 5JQ
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