19 Jan Cafe Boheme New Chapter
It’s a new chapter for a popular Aberdeen restaurant as it gains a new owner.
Over the past 14 years Café Bohème, on Windmill Brae, has developed a reputation for giving fine dining a cosy feeling.
In that time, its founder and owner Dominique Mancellon has taken great care of its devoted clientele, ensuring the main ingredients of his French formula remained intact: great food, great service and a celebration of the simple things in life.
Having now reached the young and eager age of 59, the restaurateur is ready to move onto pastures new – a retirement in a truly bohemian style; but before he makes his departure, he is making sure the French legacy of his family business will live on.
Paul Mair – the new owner of Cafe Bohème – is anything but novice to the Aberdeen food scene. Chef of 15 years, he had trained at the Olive Tree, added the spark to the Courtyard, run the kitchen show at Cafe 52 and, for the last 5 years, coordinated four venues for PBDevco as their Executive Chef.
Despite this predominantly Scottish portfolio, his culinary heart certainly lies in
France, with outmost appreciation for tradition and detail, inherited from his time at Rhubarb – the fine dining restaurant at the 5-star Prestonfield House Hotel, Edinburgh.
“I have known Paul for many years and when I found out he was looking to open his own restaurant, I knew he would be the perfect match for Bohème,” Dominique said.
“He has huge respect for quality, locally-sourced produce and a passion for traditional cooking techniques, so the foundations for running a French restaurant were already there.
“He’s also a great guy, easy to get on with and previously a regular customer to the
Cafe himself, so I have full confidence that he will preserve the magic that makes Bohème so special for our customers, some of whom have been with us for more than a decade.”
In the new year, Paul is looking to give his cheffing heritage a bit more prominence, as he will work with head chef John Pattillo to develop a Winter/Spring menu,
celebrating all things local – with a particular focus on Scotland’s exceptional fish and seafood.
Expect Caterline lobster with Cafe de Paris butter, scallops St Jacques, whole lemon sole and moules marinière, but also other French classics: duck confit, rabbit and, of course, beef steak.
The official launch of Café Bohème under new ownership will take place across January and February, with the event programme promising food tastings, wine pairings and a healthy dose of networking – but how new will it actually feel?
“It is a privilege to be taking over such a well-loved place, and in the few weeks that I’ve been here I’ve met a great deal of customers who have been coming here for years,” Paul said.
“That’s a huge responsibility to provide the memorable food and atmosphere that they are used to – but with the support of the existing team, including Dominique and the restaurant manager Maxine Mancellon, I’m confident we can continue to deliver these unforgettable experiences going forward.”