Saturday, February 20, 2016
Bohemian House - Chicago Restaurant Week Brunch
Bohemian House has been a restaurant on my radar since shortly after it opened about a year and a half ago but I had never made any firm plans to dine there. I had tried some of their food at various benefits and really liked what I had, but I had not experienced the restaurant. A friend, though, invited me out for brunch during Chicago Restaurant Week so I decided to see what it was about. As it's name suggests, Bohemian House, or Boho, focuses on the food of Bohemia (a region of the Czech Republic) and Eastern Europe in general. While there is a sign outside on the awning, the restaurant is in an old office building and is not exceptionally obvious. The alcove leading to the door has some really ornate tile along one edge, so that can also be used as a marker as well. Entering the modern glass door in the alcove, there is a stair leading to the right, at the top of which is a big, heavy, wooden door behind which is the restaurant. The space is very open with unfinished ceilings and large wooden beams supporting the ceiling. There is a large, long, and heavy-looking wooden bar opposite the door with a nice liquor selection as well as some antiques on the bar shelves for decoration. The floor of the dining room was hardwood as were the tables, a combination of high two tops, four tops, and communal tables. The seats were padded with leather. Also along the same wall as the entrance was a line of booths with soft leather padded seats, padded pillows, and a half-round table. This is where we sat. The kitchen was in the back behind a large arched window and tiled wall. It's a beautiful space that reminded me of the European-inspired beer halls of The Publican and The Radler.
I am glad my friend invited me out for brunch so I could actually see the place. I really liked brunch and would return again for brunch or dinner.