The newly opened Bohemians offers cosy spaces, a dreamy vibe and global cuisine
When you visit a place where the decor in itself is a talking point, it is not uncommon to wonder if the food will match up. But luckily for us, when we visited the dreamy Bohemians, a new restaurant on Indira Nagar’s 12th main road, we found both to be impressive. Formerly a house, the space was converted into a restaurant by Manisha and Sanjay Bajaj, who moved to Bengaluru from Delhi 16 years ago to set up the Subway chain of eateries. As the name suggests, it has a Bohemian aesthetic with vintage woven chairs, kilim and handblock-printed upholstery, teal French-style windows and bamboo lamps.
We settled down at a table in the indoor area and quickly ordered a few drinks, so we could have some time to play with the resident cats, Koko and Lola. Our attempt to play with them was met with snobbery, as is common with most felines, and when our drinks arrived, a few minutes later, we aborted our mission. The Fermented Beetroot and Carrot Drink sounded intriguing, and it was not disappointing. The savoury drink was earthy but refreshing. Subtly sweet and brimming with the flavour of coconut, the Ibiza Coconut Yoghurt Cooler was also on point.
The drinks were followed with an assortment of small plates, starting with Chargrilled Chicken Strips. Succulent and packed with flavour, the chicken was marinated in peri peri spices and served with a tangy sour cream. The Skewered Prawns, tossed in aromatic Thai spices, was smokey, fragrant and delicious.
However, our favourite was the Turkish Vegan Imam Bayildi. A must-try for both vegetarians and meat eaters, the Turkish classic features whole eggplants, stuffed with onion, garlic and tomatoes. The natural flavour of the eggplant was well complemented by the stuffing and we couldn’t get enough.
Next, we tucked into the Bohemians Souvlaki, which comes in three variants — vegetarian, chicken and beef. We opted for the beef, which was tender and well cooked. The souvlaki was also filled with shallots, tomatoes, salsa, sour cream and garlic yoghurt, to make for a simple but wholesome and delicious dish. Dessert was a layered chocolate cake from the blackboard menu. The sponge was light and airy, and the cream, rich, thick and chocolaty — a lethal combination that saw the generous wedge of cake disappearing from the table in no time.
A fine balance between the ‘industrial’ and the excessive, this restaurant is a truly unique space where you can enjoy delectable world cuisine.
Rs.2,100++ for two. At 12th Main, Indira Nagar