Written by: Ashley Lee
After months of waiting through a $250,000 revamp of the venerable Thee Bungalow, feast your eyes on Bo-beau Kitchen + Bar, the new Ocean Beach eatery paying homage to Bohemian style and classic French beauty. To evoke the spirit of the Parisian “Bobo,” a bourgeois-bohemian who struggled in art to success, David Cohn enlisted Philippe Beltran, who drew from his European childhood to design romantic dining spots like Kensington’s Bleu Bohème and Vagabond in South Park.
“I am one who loves old-world traditions, as I believe they are the root of who we are today,” says Beltran. “The idea of an old shepherd barn naturally came to mind, and all the elements that would bring a soul to the restaurant.” Baroque lighting, eclectic antiques and French song lyrics are featured throughout the formal dining room and casual bar to create an aesthetic of rustic luxury. The starlit patio boasts one of San Diego’s rare outdoor Woodstone ovens, serving freshly baked, flavorful flatbreads —from roasted brie, beets and curry onion marmalade to braised short rib, horseradish smashed potatoes and chives.
Bo-beau is rich in design yet affordable in price. Start with a $9 craft cocktail, such as Le Romantique with Belvedere Black Raspberry, pomegranate-rose petal nectar, Champagne and a rose petal. Bo-beau’s food menu highlights five regionally inspired styles of mussels and pomme frites, and Executive Chef Katherine Humphus fuses seasonal ingredients with French and Mediterranean flavors into plates available for $20 or less. Beltran’s order: Goat Cheese Tartine, with Kalamata olives, honey and thyme. “It really represents the south of France: outdoor summer day, sharing, comfort, a glass of wine and great conversation.”
4996 West Point Loma Blvd., Ocean Beach | 619.224.2884 | bobeaukitchen.com