Band of Bohemia - Food and beer truly killing it?

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DietPepsican
beers 1592 º places 63 º 22:13 Mon 1/11/2016

I was lucky enough to have seats at the chefs counter at Band of Bohemia over the weekend and I have to say it was the best food experience I’ve ever had at a "brewpub". 15 or so courses of ridiculously well done food paired half wine, half house made beers. The beers are interesting, with unique ingredients.

The beer all was on the dry side. The added ingredients were mild, complimentary, and refreshing. Nothing is going to hit you in the face like an imperial stout or an IPA. The hop profiles seems old world, perhaps saaz or something along that range. I dug it quite a bit myself. I do feel they are a bit out of place without the experience, but I also feel like this is a good move forward. I can get used to this sort of thing with food. Seriously.

Cocktails were beyond good. A steal in the city at $10-12 each. House made sodas beyond unique. Wine pairings on point. Basically a liquid powerhouse on all fronts here, but I think the beer has the most room to grow. Really looking forward to how that progresses, and a great step in that direction.

On the food front, this was a roundhouse kick to the face. Multiple amuse and small bites brought every few minutes. Main course brought at a feverish pace. Big portions. It was a welcome and refreshing to other restaurants that seem to last the whole night. I like both honestly, but can appreciate having the option to come in at 6 and leave before 9 with this many courses. Huge focus on fresh, seasonal, and local where possible. Modern technique but nothing overboard or weird. The giant fire pit as the focus point pumps off wonderful heat in the cold months and is making excellent meat. My wife being a pescatarian that hates mushrooms including truffles was super impressed, they were very accommodating to all of her requests.

The service was some of the best in the city without being stuffy. Napkins refolded while in the shitter of course, but totally attentive and shadowing you but you never really notice. Clean shitters. Mentioned wanting a taste of the soda to my wife and a soda randomly shows up. Super friendly service all around.

This truly kicked ass. At only the 5th service for the chefs table and first batch of beer, I’m really interested where this goes.

 
DietPepsican
beers 1592 º places 63 º 22:19 Mon 1/11/2016

Gratuitous food pics, low res, iphone 3gs, unedited

Embassy in the Rabat



Kitchen counter view



Brewery to the right



Plating prep as we were seated



Macaron, sweet corn, uni, lime



Gruyere chip, charred broccoli, cheese powder



Sturgeon bacon, leek, parmesan, creme fraiche



Charred pearl onion, cauliflower, smoked trout roe, chive



Sweetbread, smoked beef fat, fresno chili, blue cheese



Potato, romesco, piparras, smoked olive oil



Duck, collards, blueberry, pistachio



Pork, pastrami celery root, sweet potato, black garlic



Chicken, celeriac, truffled chicken jus, chicken skin



Prawns, roasted vegetable jus, cabbage



Beef, gochuhang, grilled cauliflower, charred onion



Foie Gras, banana, marcona almond, black truffle



Tangerine togarashi sorbet, cashew praline, walnut crumble



Chocolate mousse, passion fruit, cocoa nibs, chocolate tuile



Mignardises



A truffle goodbye

 
MacBoost
beers 2053 º places 38 º 12:21 Sat 1/23/2016

Yeah, but I just bought a garbage plate for $7.

 
t0rin0
beers 102 º places 1529 º 12:59 Sat 1/23/2016

What drink was each dish paired with?

 
DietPepsican
beers 1592 º places 63 º 17:24 Sun 2/14/2016

Ate here again over the weekend, will report back with a write up in a few days. Beer was better, some rebrews. Food was on that level again, just a great house vibe here as well.

 
Art
beers 3222 º places 131 º 07:02 Mon 2/15/2016

This looks awesome. I’d love something like this in Pittsburgh.

 
JulienHuxley
beers 6219 º places 450 º 08:17 Mon 2/15/2016

Originally posted by DietPepsican
Ate her again over the weekend,


DietPepsi Valentine’s special

 
JulienHuxley
beers 6219 º places 450 º 08:18 Mon 2/15/2016

Looks pretty amazing!

 
DietPepsican
beers 1592 º places 63 º 14:59 Sun 3/6/2016

Originally posted by t0rin0
What drink was each dish paired with?


Good Q and something I took notes on over the next visit. Got into a wicked 40 car pileup the day after so it’s been a few weeks coming.

Anyways, we went for another visit mid February at the chefs counter. Our menu was completely different from what we had 4 weeks prior. Being a difficult month for fresh sourced and local, this had a big focus on the sea. The chef specifically mentioned wanting to not repeat courses for us and make my pescatarian wife happy. I think everything was new minus the goodbye course. We had another wonderful experience from start to finish. Our cocktails to start the evening were amazing and again...for the city....super inexpensive. I’d definitely recommend coming in an hour early and having a seat at the bar to try a few along with the house soda.

The food itself was generously portioned, well thought out, and perfectly paced. We again were served at a lightning (yet not rushed in any way) pace. Small bite amuse portions coming first rapid fire followed by overwhelmingly crushing mains served a bit slower and a long build for dessert. For the most part, the food was flawless. Possibly perfect oysters. Prawn on point. Perfectly cooked scallops. Etc.

On the beer pairing end, we were served 3 beers with the courses. The Culinary Noble was served with the Prawn. Grilled Apple Tarragon was served with the salsify. Orange Chicory Rye paired with the lamb neck. Everything was very well paired for beer. Subtle and not overpowering. I wouldn’t say it was better than the wine pairings, but it was certainly well thought out. Anyways, food pics:

Kusshi Oyster - rutabaga, beer vinegar



Chicken Liver Mousse - rye toast, mostarda



Duck Bacon - espelette, mustard



Cured Mackerel - dashi, kabosu



Patagonian Prawn - oyster emulsion



beer pairing of Culinary Noble



Diver Scallop - romesco, allium relish



Sturgeon - seaweed, root veg, horseradish



Maitake - black garlic, hazelnut, truffle



Beets by Dre - roasted, pickled, raw



Salsify - hollandaise, skate wing



Flank Steak - boredelaise, marcona almond, olive



Octopus - red wine, marcona almond, olive



Black Cod - green go-chu-jang, mango



Lamb Neck - green go-chu-jang, mango



Palate cleanse



Forbidden Rice Pudding - blueberry, licorice, oregano



Chocolate - malt ice crea, rosemary, yogurt



Mignardises



 
sloth
beers 3177 º places 93 º 15:16 Sun 3/6/2016

Looks yummy, looks pricey too. Enjoy!

 
DietPepsican
beers 1592 º places 63 º 15:24 Sun 3/6/2016

It’s actually pretty damn inexpensive for an all in experience. Maybe 7-8 pours of wine and 3 pours of beer? I have had wine pairings pricier than dinner here all in.