After immersing myself in a series of Bohemian foods and events, it only seemed fitting to round out the experience with a trip to Bistro Bohem, a cozy Eastern European restaurant and café located at 600 Florida Avenue NW.
I went with some of my usual suspects, including Very Curious George and her fiancé Han Solo, who dine there so often that they can tell which chef is in the kitchen based on the consistency of the potato salad. Let’s just say, they love this spot (and I did too)!
First off, let’s discuss the Pierogies ($8). OMG! These soft, warm pasta pockets stuffed with creamy, steaming cheesy potatoes and topped with sweet caramelized onions were a delightfully scrumptious start to the meal. I couldn’t get enough!
The Lightly Browned Mushrooms ($8) were also quite pleasing to the palate—crunchy on the outside, flavorful and juicy on the inside! The cool garlic paprika aioli dipping sauce was a perfect complement to these warm mushroom nuggets.
Very Curious George raves about the Lightly Browned Cauliflower ($10; not pictured), coated in herbed crumbs and served with the same aioli. It’s her favorite dish on the menu.
EDO tried the duck that was on special for the evening. Everyone agreed that it had a perfectly crispy crust, and deliciously moist center. She was very pleased with her choice.
The Knedlo, Vepro, Zelo ($16), which I ordered, was described on the menu as slow braised pork cubes served with homemade bread dumplings and sauerkraut. The dumplings were more of a thick, soft bread (and a little dryer than I would have anticipated). The dish had a savory comforting flavor, which paired nicely with the sourness of the kraut, but it was not my favorite item.
The star of the show for me was the Chicken Schnitzel ($12) served with potato salad. Natch was the lucky one to order it and was kind enough to share the love. Not only was it perfectly cooked, but the flavors and textures of the food were wonderful. The tangy potato salad was creamy, but not overly so. Paired with the crispy, tender, savory chicken, it was a very appealing dish!
The atmosphere at this restaurant was cozy, and the service was great (our waitress was very knowledgeable about the menu). The only slight annoyance was that the kitchen is small, so all the food arrives at different times (but, they say this on the menu). Overall, I’d say we found a gem with this restaurant, and I will definitely return, especially if I need to fill my body with delicious, soul warming food during the wintry months ahead.
If you’re interested in more about the Czech Republic, take a look at the following blog posts:
- Recipe for Czech mushroom soup (kulajda)
- Recipe for Czech potato pancakes (bramborák)
- Recipe for horseradish cream cheese spread
- Recipe for mulled wine (svařák)
- K-Hon’s annual Czech dinner
- Czech spa towns
- Czech Christmas Market in DC