Oak Tree Lane, Selly Oak, United Kingdom
Bohemia Selly Oak Reviews
A little bit of luxury in Studentland! Mar 05, 2008
Bohemia is a neat little bistro-cum-restaurant that my friend Nickie and I discovered in Selly Oak a few months ago. Since then, it's been our regular haunt after weekly lectures - and with good reason!
The food is simply fab - we've yet to have a meal there that we didn't like. The lunchtime menu offers a variety of ciabattas, paninis, sandwiches and salads, as well as various hot pasta dishes - such as king prawns stir-fried with noodles and fresh vegetables. There are also daily specials, which can be anything from a bacon, chicken and cheese wrap to smoked salmon tagliatelle. The mezze menu is also worth checking out - I usually have olives with roasted garlic and olive oil, and both Nickie and I fell in love with the toasted pitta breads with hummus, peppered aubergine dip and mint yogurt!
Paninis are our usual order, and they arrive with a dressed salad and a handful of crisps or tortilla chips. Fillings range from ham, vine tomato and mozzarella and goat's cheese, spinach and red pesto to peppered beef with red onion marmalade and tuna with black olives and cheese. There's definitely something to suit every taste. There's a daily homemade soup, too, ranging from sweet potato and parsnip to tomato and basil.
Bohemia also offer a range of freshly squeezed/prepared smoothies and juices, and we highly recommend the cranberry, raspberry and banana smoothie - perfect for the day after a big night out! Other drinks include homemade iced coffee and other soft drinks as well as a range of hot coffees and teas, and Bohemia is licensed, so serves a selection of beers and wines.
They have a small choice of desserts - the chocolate brownie is to die for! - although we generally can't manage one, as the food is quite filling. Our typical bill - smoothies, soda water, paninis and olives - usually comes to between £18-£20, so a little over £10 each. This can seem a little dear, but it's well worth the price.
The restaurant itself is clean and tidy, with eclectic paintings lining the walls, a wooden floor and plenty of exposed brickwork. The service is always polite and with a smile, and the food is always well-prepared and tasty.
Bohemia is in Selly Oak, on the outskirts of Studentland. It's just off the Bristol Road as you head away from Selly towards Northfield (look for Blockbuster on the left!). It's only a small place, but it's usually busy at lunchtimes, and for good reason. Please note, though: it does close at 3pm! It's open for evenings on Thursday and Friday, but Nickie and I have yet to visit it then.
All in all, it's a great little place with a fab menu and a nice atmosphere. Well worth a visit!
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