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Bohemia (Hengshan Lu)

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    • ADDRESS:
      191 Hengshan Lu,
      near Wulumuqi Nan Lu
      衡山路191号, 近乌鲁木齐南路
    • PHONE:
      158 0071 4883
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    • AREA:
    • METRO:
      5 mins walk from Hengshan Rd
    • HOURS:
      Daily, 11am-12.30am
    • WEB:
    • OPENED:
      Unknown. Listed since Feb 2019
    • Editor's Description
      The Czech beer and meat joint rebranding of La Bodeguita (the company behind it is Czech). Gone are the prepackaged Latin good-time vibes, in comes the Slavic pub ambience: Bohemia exists to sell Pilsner Urquell out of classic Czech side-pull taps, paired with modernized Czech cuisine ("cuisine") like goulash, potato pancakes, fried cheese and pork knuckle. 0.5l mugs of the foamy golden liquid go for a cheap 55rmb, the food is good and the price is a little elevated but still reasonable.
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      The Beef: In the form of goulash. Which was a rather disappointing “best of the worst dish”.

      As part of my zealous commitment to great foodie journalism, I brought along my Czech friend to evaluate the authenticity of these dishes – admittedly not much of an experienced Czech connoisseur myself. Bohemia proudly servers Pilsner Urquell, the world’s first pale lager and probably the most well-known beer to have come out of the Czech Republic. This is what really drew us to the place, in addition to the dearth of Czech restaurant options in town – my friend was over-the-top excited about scoping out this place. Well, we can sum up the experience in one quote, “Too many high hopes, too many disappointments.” – unknown

      The space itself is great, felt like a cool hangout and plastered with Pilsner Urquell paraphernalia - lending us to more false hopes. The manager/owner was even also Czech (an enthusiastic “Dobrý den!” on the way in).

      Seated and excitedly perusing the menu, we got us some beers to start. The pricing structure is a bit odd, 55RMB for 500ml but 125RMB for 1L because it comes in a specially imported bottle. The Pilsner Urquell was fantastic, a merited “grandfather” to all pilsners – we salute you!

      However, the food – ugh, pretty disastrous. The “potato pancakes” were oily, the “confit duck” was tough as rubber (a rubber duckie!), the “pork schnitzel” was dry. The only decent dish was the goulash but even the beef wasn’t tender – and only contained literally 4 bite-sized chunks of meat swimming in gravy.

      The Motive: Wouldn’t come back for the food but could be a nice hangout to grab a few beers in the outdoor patio when the weather/air are acceptable for al fresco drinking. No pets inside the Yongpingli complex though so leave the beer guzzling canines at home.

      The Damage: Approx. 600 for 4 people including beers and a few apps/mains to share. Appetizers averaging around 50RMB, mains around 100RMB.

      The Down n’ Dirty: Located upstairs of the restaurant, clean and no complaints.

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