Bohemia Jersey – A Rhapsody for the Senses

Bohemia Jersey – A Rhapsody for the Senses


Jersey is well known as a food lover’s paradise. The island’s produce is second to none, and there are some excellent restaurants. One of the best is Bohemia Jersey, the Michelin starred restaurant in the capital, St Helier.

We found it easily as it’s just a few minutes walk from the centre although I did get distracted trying clothes on along the way ;-). The rather unassuming entrance within the Club Hotel & Spa hides a fantastic space inside. There’s a cosy bistro for everyday dining, an adjacent fine dining restaurant, a chef’s table for up to 6 people and a charming rooftop terrace for sunny days, of which there are many in Jersey!

bohemia_jersey_roof_terraceThe fine dining section has low lighting and a relaxed feel despite the formal tablecloths and attentive service. We kicked off the festivities with a glass of Champagne de venoge Cordon Bleu Brut Epernay. I say festivities as we were celebrating our wedding anniversary the next day. Incidentally, the traditional gift for 5 years of marriage is something made of wood, I had to rack my brains to come up with anything suitable.

bohemia_jersey_visitWe were invited to try Bohemia’s 6 course Surprise Menu, available Monday to Friday. It changes daily so I don’t have any qualms about revealing what we ate to you! Our friendly waiter checked whether there were any foods that we didn’t eat and then brought us a selection of appetizers. The Parmesan cheese puff and savoury panacotta with crispy onion were light yet didn’t stint on flavour.

bohemia_jersey_lunchSalted and seaweed butter cones from Jean-Yves Bordier went well with a selection of white, brown and walnut and raisin bread. Bohemia prides itself on its ingredients, one of the reasons that it has acquired 4 AA rosettes and a whole host of other awards.

bohemia_jersey_breadOur first course was a quartet of venison served in four innovative ways. Venison kromesky was perfectly tender and served with an enticing black garlic puree. Kromseky was new to me but it’s a croquette wrapped in bacon around minced meat. Venison sausage roll was infinitely superior to your average sausage roll with really light puff pastry. I’m not normally a tartare fan but the venison tartare with pickled beetroot has just converted me! These delights were accompanied by venison consomme with celery, carrot and beetroot. The chef recommends tasting the venison consomme with the sausage roll for the best effect.

bohemia_jersey_appetizer1Next up was a wonderful cured mackerel served with an escabeche sauce and a gazpacho on the side. Executive Chef Steve Smith uses tomato essence to obtain a more concentrated flavour and this move has certainly paid off. Steve has held a Michelin star for over 10 years, from the age of 24.

bohemia_jersey_foodOur third course was a delicate foie gras cream with duck salad, pistachio, cherries and golden saxoheje leaves. Each element of this dish worked with the others to create a truly sophisticated end result.

bohemia_jersey_menuPerhaps the most spectacular dish was a seabass with a savoury onion glaze and puree as well as the star ingredient, lardo di colonatta. Topped with fresh truffles, grated at the table, it felt wonderfully indulgent.

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This pork back fat is cured in white marble basins from the village of Colonatta with salt and herbs.

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Although we didn’t partake of the cheese trolley, we were certainly tempted.

bohemia_cheeseHowever we moved straight on to a subtle yet satisfying pre-dessert of peach bellini with champagne mousse…

bohemia_jersey_dessertBefore our final course, a popcorn parfait served with crunchy salted caramel and a zesty lime sorbet.

bohemia_jersey_st_helierWe finished our meal with an espresso coffee accompanied by a mini salted caramel Paris-Brest. We’ve never before been offered a selection box of chocolates with coffee! I have to admit that we tried one of each 😉 We loved all of them: thyme honey and olive oil, blackforest, coffee Baileys and Dulcey, blueberry and violet and last but not least pear and Xante. Bohemia Jersey is a symphony for the senses and certainly had us in rhapsodies.
What would your favourite dish be out of these?

Bohemia Jersey, Green Street, St Helier JE2 4UH

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  • Coco Cami

    Wow this looks like a stunning meal, delicious! 🙂

    Camille xo

    http://www.cococami.blogspot.co.uk

  • I didn’t try Bohemia during my trip but so many people told me to go next time and I can see why!

  • Admittedly this has nothing to do with this post, but you always wear such pretty dresses!

    • Oh thank you Emma, I’m a big fan of dresses – they hide a multitude of sins 😉

  • yummy the food looks delicious

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

  • Hi Suze,

    The food looks as good as it tastes 😉 Brilliant. And I always laugh when I hear “Jersey”. Because I’m from Jersey too. New Jersey LOL. Neat stuff and fabulous eats. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Ryan

    • I’d love to visit New Jersey some day, I’ve heard it’s great though very different from the Channel Islands! Hope you’re having a great week Ryan and congrats on being featured on Fox News!

      • Thanks Suze! Such an interesting place. We have super urban areas then some of the priciest real estate in the USA; $60 million dollar estates, Richard Branson’s Natirar Spa, what a mix. Farmland, forest and all in between in a tiny little state 😉

  • Everything looks so good! Thanks for sharing this, babe!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

  • Your photographs are amazing! What camera do you use? Jersey and the channel islands are so intriguing, I’d love to go! x

    • Thanks Erin, I use a Panasonic Lumix, it has great 4K video too. Hope you get to visit the Channel Islands

  • Ellie Adams

    Oh my goodness Suze, every single dish looks incredible although I have to say, the popcorn parfait sounds insanely good!

    Elle
    http://www.theellenextdoor.com
    xx

    • I’m not usually a big fan of popcorn but I have to say that it worked really well for this dessert!

  • Mmmmmm! I actually went here for lunch yesterday, although only to the bar snack side! I have huge food envy now though, the foie gras course is stunning, and that cheese trolley is to die for … going to raid my fridge now, haha! xx

    • It’s definitely worth trying the other side too, I like the fact that they have both

  • Gary J Berry

    That Paris brest was heaven! I had to asked or a second helping 🙂 Bohemia was definitely on of my favourite dining experiences of Jersey. Gary x

  • Lucy

    Jersey is a foodies paradise and I should have thought about that before reading this blog post. You have tortured my hungry stomach, the food looks divine Lucy x

  • What a lovely post Suze! The food looks delicious and the presentation is spot on too. How lovely being offered a box of chocolates with dessert, I love special touches like this because you’ll always remember them.

    Laura xo
    http://www.shehearts.net