It had been a while since we’d visited The Bohemian. With so many new vegan options available across Newcastle it is easy to forget about the classics. I was keen to return to try out the newly launched BFC (£10.95), Bohos’s very own take Fried ‘Chickun’. After trying out Fat Hippo’s Notorious VFC last week, we felt it was important to try out all of the options currently on offer in the North East and report back 🙂
My friend was also happy to accompany me so they could sample Bohemian’s Chip Shop Special, beer battered tofu and sausage served with mushy peas and chips (£10.95). There’s still favourites on the menu that everyone seems to love like the Jackfruit Kebab and the Boho Burger.
We started off with a vegan cheese-topped Garlic Bread as a starter to share while we caught up on gossip. The cheese was actually decent and had melted well. We felt the base could have been a bit firmer and a little more garlic, but that is perhaps just our preference.
The Chip Shop Special was pretty impressive, although the batter was heavy. The tofu was wrapped in seaweed to give it a fishy flavour and it was great to be served proper chips like we would have had from a proper chippy.
The BFC was served with onion rings – a little dry – and coleslaw. It certainly looked impressive, especially with the ‘chicken’. Using the same substitute as Junk It Up, I was hopeful this was going to be a good burger. I wasn’t keen on the smoky taste it had and felt it overpowered the whole experience. Again, this might just be my tastes but some creamy Mayo may have stopped it from being too much. A good melty cheese is being used to top the burger.
The bun fell apart while I was eating it which meant resorting to using a knife and fork, and the fact it was individual pieces of ‘chicken’ rather than a patty contributed to that. It’s good, it’s just not Fat Hippo/ Notorious VFC good. I think FH have really thought about all the components and how they work together which has created an epic vegan burger. The BFC, unfortunately by comparison, doesn’t seem to be as well executed. As it also costs more than the VFC I was hoping for something more finessed.
Although we were struggling with space in our full tums we resolved to try Boho’s Cookie Brownie dessert to round off the meal. I’m so pleased we did. Not only does it look incredible, it tasted it too! Boho have topped a cookie with a brownie which, on its own, probably wouldn’t have been that good as it lacked a fudgy centre. Both were warmed through and topped with dairy-free ice cream and chocolate sauce. It was on the sickly side which was why sharing it was a good idea but we’d recommend giving this dessert a try.
The Bohemian’s menu is full of dishes that are different to what other vegan restaurants in the area are offering and that’s what gives it its USP. I feel with some tweaking the BFC could be a star on that menu, but I’m sure people will be flocking to try it regardless.
Thanks for reading,