Bohemian House, Chicago
If you follow me on Instagram, you may remember my blast of deliciousness from dinner at Bohemian House a few weeks back. I’m sorry it has taken me so long to get it up on the blog because it was AMAZING and the bottom line is that you should go there, like now. I was beyond impressed and I can easily say this is the best new restaurant I’ve been to in Chicago for quite some time. Looking back at these pictures has my mouth watering because I remember exactly how delicious this meal was!
I was invited to Boho for a tasting and Executive Chef Jimmy Papadopoulos was in the building and ready to wow. Their Bohemian-inspired menu pulls from German, Austrian, and Czech cuisine, all of which I love (and am currently enjoying in Europe right now)! We tasted more than half the menu and I can confidently say that there was not a single dish I was disappointed in. This is saying a lot – not because I’m overly picky or anything, but because I’ve found that most restaurants will have at least something that I feel needs a tweak or two. I’ll get to the food in a second, but first let me just take the time to call out the gorgeous space. Dimly lit but not too dark, a bit of rustic, and a whole lot of charm make Boho the perfect addition to River North.
We started the night off with cocktails because, duh. I tried the Strawberry Basil Martini and the Infused Fashion. Both were great and I’d recommend both, depending on whether you’re in the mood for a little sweet or a little bourbon. I’m not usually a big fan of bourbon and other brown booze but I think I’m slowly making the move there. The Infused Fashion was perfect for me because it wasn’t too potent and had a lot of great flavor from the vanilla-fig bourbon.
Once we were settled into our cocktails the food started to arrive, and it didn’t stop until we were just about ready to be rolled out. We started with a chicken liver amuse-bouche that was quickly followed by the Slow Roasted Beets with Apples, Smoked Walnuts, Caraway Vinaigrette & Molasses. I love beets and I loved this preparation, a bit lighter than the rest of the meal and such a great way to start. As we were finishing up the beets out came the Potato Pancakes with Cured Salmon, Apple Preserves, Kohlrabi & Dill. These mini pancakes were super cute and delicious. I loved the classic flavor combinations presented in a new, exciting way!
Bacon Buns with Bohemian Pickles & Plum Marinade and Beef Pierogis with Roasted Carrots, Sour Cream & Pickled Shallots were the next two dishes to be delivered to the table. I don’t even have a picture of the pierogis because I was so overcome with excitement that I forgot to snap one; they were probably my favorite small plate of the meal (the beets came in a very close second). The bacon buns were great as well and perfect for sopping up all the extra sauce the pierogis left behind.
After polishing off the pierogis we were all on the edge of our seats waiting for the larger plates; we were so pleasantly surprised with the meal thus far and couldn’t wait to see what was to come. The first main out of the kitchen was the Spätzle – ours was a new preparation made with Pork Belly and it was fantastic. We also tried the Pork Schnitzel with German Potato Salad, Dill Sauce & Charred Lemon. Definitely no cardboard breaded pork here! Boho’s schnitzel was tender and juicy and the breading was ready and willing to soak up all the tasty sauce underneath – delish!
At this point we would have been more than happy to call it a meal, little did we know that 2 mains and 2 desserts still awaited us. Next up was the Czech Roasted Duck with Plums, Charred Kohlrabi & Poppy Seed Vinaigrette and the Grilled Chicken Paprikash with Hot Paprika, Pickled Sweet Peppers, Kale & Czech Potato Dumplings. Wow, just wow. Both of these dishes were packed with so many amazing flavors. The duck was so unique and the chicken paprikash was straight up delicious. Chicken is not normally something I’m drawn to on a menu because it seems a little boring to me, but Boho’s chicken was anything but. It had a bit of spiciness to it, which I loved, and the skin kept the chicken nice and juicy. I would recommend any of these dishes, but I think the chicken wins the vote for my fav.
So…there’s more. For dessert we had the Caramelized Plum Kolacky with Powdered Sugar, Plums & Poppy Seed Syrup and the Coffee & Doughnuts with Bow Truss Coffee Gelato & Hazelnut Brittle. The kolackys would make any Czech grandmother proud but it was the doughnuts that stole the dessert show. They were the perfect fried balls of dough – warm, soft on the inside, and coated with plenty of sugar. Alone they were amazing but paired with the coffee gelato they were just beyond. Make sure you save room for dessert, you don’t want to miss these!
Bohemian House is located at 11 W. Illinois in Chicago’s River North neighborhood.