It’s highly probable that after an evening here, you’ll break out into the kind of operatic song that would make Puccini proud. The cause? A seemingly neverending parade of European beers and traditional food handed down through generations. The streets of Balmain must be somewhat quieter now due to La Boheme’s defection to Glebe.
For the past few months, builders worked night and day restoring the 1870 Stonemason’s Cottage, bringing it back to life with open brickwork, polished concrete floors, medieval chandeliers and artwork that provides glimpses into the history of the house.
Happily just as much attention is given to the food. Sausages are made exclusively by La Boheme’s own butcher with imported spices from the Eastern bloc. A house baked pretzel arrives swinging from its stand begging to be slathered in herb butter followed by a magnificent red Le Creuset pot overflowing with spicy Chorizo, spinach and cheese pierogi dumplings (Czech’s equivalent of gyoza) and a giant rack of ribs that gets heads turning. Amp it up with a side of velvety sprouts followed by a delicious apple and walnut strudel.
La Boheme is food coma heaven so don’t worry too much about rugging up; there are enough warm hugs in this food to send you home with a warm glow and a song in your foodie heart. Just remember to be kind to its Glebe neighbours or, alternatively, take some singing lessons.
Tues – Thurs 5.00 pm – 11.00 pm, Fri – Sat 12.00pm – 12am, Sun 12.00pm – 10.00 pm (BYO only during the day)
T: (02) 9660 5639
199 Glebe Point Road, Glebe