Arch 8-9 Catalan Square, Manchester, M3 4RU
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With its relaxed atmosphere, laid back live music, and cult black and white classics playing in the background, Castlefield’s latest hotspot Bohemia Bar & Grill is certainly living up to its chic name.
Located in one of the city's favourite summer spots, Bohemia has nestled in nicely amongst firm city favourites Dukes 92 and Albert’s Shed in Catalan Square.
And just in time for the waves of summer sunshine – we hope – Bohemia has ‘sizzled’ up its menu to reflect the coming months.
Walking in the atmosphere was electric; parties of people were pouring over tables of sumptuous looking food or chatting and laughing away over cocktails.
But it was the overwhelming smell of sizzling plates of food whizzing past to various lucky tables that rushed us to our seats.
Eyeing up the menu, we knew we were in for a treat and quickly set about sampling some of the starters.
Cajun prawns, pan seared tuna and homemade crab cakes seemed like the perfect combination but our waiter Mike couldn’t help suggest his favourite, the mixed wild mushrooms, and with a grin cheekily added it to our tab.
When the plates arrived the food looked picture perfect but that didn’t stop us tucking in. The prawns piled high and drenched in garlic butter, were delicious, as was the pink marinated seared tuna and homemade crab cakes – although the portion size was rather large!
Mike’s recommendation of mixed wild mushrooms was a huge hit, served in a Pinot Grigio cream sauce and served on thin slices of toasted ciabatta.
Yet again we were spoilt for choice with the main courses but just couldn’t resist Bohemia’s unusual idea of sharing platters for one, opting for the mixed grill fish and then a more meaty sirloin steak with blue cheese and chive sauce.
Perhaps unwisely, given the portion sizes we’d seen at other tables, we also added sides of sautéed new potato’s and sautéed seasonal veg.
We ended up surrounded by the most incredible looking food and thankfully every bit tasted just as good as it looked.
The sharing platter for one was a feast in itself with half a lobster, black tiger prawns, fish cakes and sea bass!
The rich lobster melted in your mouth and the sea bass was one of the best we’d ever had.
The steak was served perfectly and just how we’d asked for it but the real surprise was the blue cheese and chive sauce, not too overpowering but creamy and really moreish.
While we would have loved to have then chosen one of the delicious sounding desserts we had to admit defeat – after the huge portion sizes and gorgeous food, we doubted if we would fit back through the door.
However, our waiter Mike, couldn’t let us miss one of Bohemia’s soon-to-be favourites, bringing over to our table a liquid dessert of Strawberry Cheesecake Cocktail.
Vodka, Cointreau and strawberry puree, topped with cream and crumbled Oreo cookies – simply a stroke of bartender genius.
Like drinking a perfect strawberry cheesecake with some booze thrown in for good measure, what could be better? Although, it’s certainly only for those with a sweet tooth.
Reluctantly we left, leaving Bohemia lit up in the dark and still bustling with people. But as we walked off our dinner, we couldn’t help but think of Catalan Square drenched in sunshine and our new favourite destination come summer.