I was recently invited with a friend to try out the Boozy Snoozy menu at The Bohnam Hotel. The Bohnam is a 4 star luxury boutique hotel tucked away in the west end of Edinburgh. The Boozy Snoozy deal Comes at a set price of £94 for a table of four and includes a 3- course lunch and two bottles of wine.
The restaurant is on the right as you enter the hotel. The room has many of its original features and architecture with contemporary artwork alongside. The restaurant does have a very formal atmosphere which can be off-putting for some.
Despite being a small menu the choices were very good and would suit most people. For starters I opted for the Beetroot Cured Salmon Gravlax. I was concerned that the wasabi cream which the salmon was being served with would overshadow the natural taste of the salmon. This was not the case as overall the dish was pretty tasteless. Compressed sweet and sour apple gave the dish an element of texture but again did not add a great deal of flavour.
Beetroot Cured Salmon Gravlax
My friend had chosen the Heirloom Tomato salad. This was perhaps a bad choice as she was just back from her Spanish holiday where the tomatoes were in full season. Again this was another starter which lacked a bit of flavour. Served with chopped black olives, basil bread and a very sharp sea buckthorn sorbet this dish could have benefited from a good whack of seasoning to balance this sharpness and the under-ripe tomatoes.
Heirloom Tomato salad
To follow I had the Lamb Shoulder. When this arrived it was obvious what was missing: a sauce! The lamb was succulent and tender and the garden pea purée was fresh and gave the dish some moisture. The Violet heritage potato were seasoned well and added colour to the plate. Charred gem lettuce and broad beans completed the plate. All the ingredients were cooked well, it was really just missing a good sauce to bring them all together.
The other main of Chicken breast was being very well received at the other side of the table. The chicken was succulent and moist and was served with Herb gnocchi which were slightly fried to give texture, wild garlic and a burned corn and chorizo salsa finished the dish. The salsa was full of flavour and brought the dish together.
The desserts were similar to the mains. One very nice one but one that didn’t live up to expectations. Luckily for me I chose the Chocolate Pave which was sublime. The chocolate was smooth and indulgent and was served with zingy apricot ice cream and apricots to cut through the richness.
The Raspberry Tiramisu on the other hand was disappointing. It was more of a raspberry trifle and we couldn’t taste a hint of coffee! The raspberries were fresh, the vanilla cream was sweet, but overall it was a poor way to finish the meal.
Throughout, the waiting staff were very attentive and friendly. I feel that my experience of The Bonham had many up’s and down’s. There were some good dishes and in terms of value for money it was certainly OK. I won’t rush back but I wouldn’t say no to returning some day.
- Food - 5/105/10
- Service - 7/107/10
- Value for money - 7/107/10
- Atmosphere - 5/105/10