While the Bleu Boheme restaurant itself is casual, jeans are just fine attire, the menu is all French, with each dish exquisitely prepared.
With three people at our table, we opted to begin our meal with “La Planche Degustation— a very generous sampling of Bleu Boheme’s traditional charcuterie and cheese selections, served with a variety of accompaniments. The house-made duck paté was a standout, with the cheese selections showcasing a variety of cow, sheep, and goat cheeses, including a favorite, a triple crème Delice de Bourgougnon.
Other appetizers we couldn’t resist were the cassoulet d’escargot, served with an aromatic sauce of butter, fennel, and shallots. Offered as an appetizer, the Pariesienne gnocchi, served with prosciutto, summer squash, and heirloom tomatoes, was without a doubt the best gnocchi we’ve had the pleasure of eating. Gnocchi can be notoriously difficult to get right, and often ends up dense and rather leaden. Blue Boheme’s gnocchi is beautifully light and tender, and will surely be something to look forward to on a return visit.
If you are a fan of mussels, Blue Boheme has an entire menu section devoted to the humble bivalve. Traditional moules provençales and moules marniere are available, along with moules au harissa for those who prefer a spicier version, and moules au Roquefort for the cheese lover at your table.
The restaurant of course offers a variety of salads and traditional “grands plats,” or main courses. Traditional boeuf Bourguignon is a fall staple, and perfect for the upcoming chillier months, and the chicken paillard, served with seasonal vegetables, is perfectly prepared, moist, tender and loaded with flavor.
Though hamburgers aren’t necessarily considered traditional French fare, if it’s served open face on a brioche bun and renamed “Croque de Garçon, it’s suddenly transformed into a wondrous entrée, made complete with the addition of smoked ham, brie, and caramelized onions. Served with house made frites, it’s perfect for the beef lovers in your dining party.
If you have room for dessert, which we hope you do, the chocolate mousse and bread pudding will make the calorie splurge entirely worth it. Other dessert items are a selection of house made ice creams, crème brûlée, and a Nutella crepe.
Blue Boheme is located at 4090 Adams Avenue in San Diego. The menu is seasonal and is updated weekly, and can be found at www.bleuboheme.com