visited Friday August 30, 2013
This is hands down my favourite place in the city for casual fine dining and unbelievable food. I've been here several times before and have never been disappointed. It's been awhile and I was pleasantly surprised to see the place newly renovated. The space has been opened up with big windows in the front and lighter paint colours plus more lighting, which is nice because the food presentation is always beautiful and its was a shame not to be able to fully see it and appreciate it. You've probably driven by Boo's many times before on James street and maybe never noticed it.... but take my advice its worth noticing!
This restaurant is a wine bar and focuses on east meets west fusion cuisine. You can read up on the chef "Boo" on the website, but in a nutshell he is Malaysian born and has worked in many staple restaurants in Hamilton, before venturing off to hone his unique culinary approach at his own restaurant now.
Its highly recommended to make reservations here, as its always busy and is a small place to begin with. We were seated promptly when we arrived and the two servers running around the whole room were sweet and polite. The place was filled with patrons and had lots of good laughs and conversations beaming throughout it. The vibe is swanky and refined without being stuffy or uptight. I especially love the cutlery, glassware and dishware...they just add extra elegance to the place.
Although its a wine bar and I love wine, I really wasn't enticed by any of their selections to be honest. They carry some beautiful bottles from California, Italy and Argentina but only 2 selections from Niagara in which you have to purchase the whole bottle. I'm kinda a local wine snob and prefer when restaurants make use of the beautiful wines we have right here in our backyard. Nonetheless I survived and quite enjoyed my sangria which was fruity and bold.
|Complimentary Baked Pita Crisps with Cumin Lentil Topping|
|Bombay Crab Cakes $16|
I asked for a recommendation on choosing an app and our server who had just started recently called the manager over who could better direct us. She was fabulous and informative and mentioned she really thought Boo had come into his own with his menu lately and was creating some amazing dishes. Our app was timed to come out perfectly. We ordered the Bombay Crab Cakes $16 to share. The crab cakes were made with pure lump crab, peppers, onions, mustard mayo, curry and a red onion marmalade. The crab meat was succulent and there were no fillers in these cakes. The outside had a nice golden crust and the red onion marmalade hiding underneath was such a perfect compliment to all the flavours in the cakes. I could've eaten a jar of just the red onion marmalade!!! For $16 these may have seemed small and overpriced, but we both agreed that they packed so much flavour and so much crab meat that they were quite filling and just the right portion.
|Spiced Duck Breast $29|
|Chicken Supreme $27|
We passed on dessert and coffee but next time we'll save room for them for sure. For $90 we had one special dining experience. I don't often splurge that much on dinner, but its such refined tasty food that I just couldn't recreate in my own kitchen, that its worth every penny!
Food 5*, Value 4.0*, Service 5.0*, Décor/Ambiance 5.0*
Overall 4.75* I love Boo's Bistro so much that if I could afford it I'd be there every weekend. I guess I'm content saving it for special occasions out but I'd love if you'd all go and share this wonderful restaurant experience with me. Innovative food like this is hard to find in Hamilton....Boo's has filled the casual fine dining void perfectly.