Venice Mtl brought a focus on healthier Californian cuisine, perfect on a hot summer day when you want to eat light but you’re tired of salads. Then came the birth of Boho next door! Same owners, same sexy tropical style, this little bar is somewhat speakeasy-like, hidden behind Venice Mtl’s take out corner and popsicle stand. Only once you’re standing in Venice Mtl’s takeout corner do you realize that a door opens up into Boho in the back. Sneaky sneaky!
All the cool kids are eating at Venice Mtl and boozing at Boho these days, it’s a good little spot to start your night in Old Montreal. Not too rowdy, and perfect for a night with the girls! And the best part? Boho serves food from Venice Mtl, so if you’re there for a 5 à 7 and you feel peckish, you can order the usual divine poke bowls, flatbreads, salads and tacos to compliment their tropical cocktails. Of course, we did just that!
But let’s talk about the cocktails. Remember that popsicle stand that we were talking about? Well those popsicles aren’t just for grabbing on the go while roaming Old Montreal, at Boho, some of their cocktails include a popsicle which keeps the cocktails cool but never dilutes them. We know, we sound basic, but sometimes it’s fun to let loose and get girly. Especially while enjoying a tropical drink with a popsicle, we can’t always drink vodka straight from the bottle!
We loved the Miami Vice cocktail with white rum, guava juice, lime juice, toasted coconut flakes and pineapple. It was a spin on a pina colada, less creamy and less thick, and more citrusy. It came with a coconut popsicle that was wonderful! We also enjoyed the Santa Monica with tequila, Aperol, strawberry syrup, fresh lime and raspberry and basil. This time we enjoyed it with a strawberry popsicle! Talk about having dessert before dinner…
Venice Mtl is known for its poke bowls, so we had to indulge! Our waitress recommended the tuna poke bowl and she did not steer us wrong. Plenty of fresh tuna was tossed with mango and watermelon radish and topped with poke sauce and spicy mayo. The combination of flavours was great but there was a bit too much iceberg lettuce for our liking. It was a large portion and there was plenty of fresh tuna, and if you’re extra health conscious, for an additional cost, you can substitute the rice for kale.
The flatbread was our absolute favourite, again, the portion was rather large for 12$, we were quite impressed with Boho’s prices. Plenty of parmesan and mozzarella lay on the flatbread with pulled pork, pineapple, jalapeno, red onions and coriander. We loved the spicy yet fresh flavours from the accompanying ingredients. We would definitely order this again! We also ordered a side of guacamole, and to be honest we’re guacamole snobs, but we loved the guac at Boho. Even their tortilla chips aren’t crappy Tostitos but top quality chips!
They have a few tacos on their menu and we opted for the turbot fish tacos with kale salad, pico de galla, plenty of fresh avocado and a lime sour cream. It was citrusy and tasty; we loved the generous piece of avocado that topped our tacos.
The noms from Venice Mtl, coupled with the cocktails from Boho make for a fun (and healthier) girly night on the town! Boho is Old Montreal’s newest cocktail spot, especially if you’re looking for something cool to combat the heat.
Our Rating: Splendid
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