It took more than 15 years to get things rolling but finally, this past Spring, BoMé Cheese and Café opened its doors to the general public.
When Horst Boehm and his wife Bibi Menge immigrated from Germany in 1999 and settled in Coombs their dream was to produce artisan cheeses. However, various bureaucracies had other ideas. Between milk quota problems, equipment containing brass elements that were no longer allowed and a variety of other delays the couple had to persevere. They constructed a state of the art cheese-making facility with a pretty café above, looking down on the production area.
We recently ventured out to the café for lunch and were delighted to find a variety of German-themed foods on the blackboard menu. The culinary offerings harken back to Bibi’s past as a hotel and restaurant operator in Germany and, while quite simple are nonetheless flavourful and plentiful.
We each started with a cup of soup – creamed carrot for my better half and a spicy goulash soup for myself. Both were served with a tasty slice of in-shop-made foccacia accented with BoMé’s cheese. My husband’s carrot soup was a smooth blend of the bright orange vegetable that resonated with carroty flavour. My goulash soup was substantial enough to serve as a meal all on its own, with the hearty flavours of Germany shining through.
I ordered the pork donair for lunch, a crammed-full triangle of lovely fresh bread stuffed to the max with a tasty combination of pork and slaw. We could easily have shared this and been completely satisfied, but my husband was dealing with an equally-delicious schnitzel sandwich that included a slice of the BoMé cheese, pickles and other accoutrements.
We should have stopped right there. But there were four tempting desserts lurking in the display case. We ended up sharing a slice of Frankfurter Kranz cake – a dense buttercream creation layered with a creamy concoction featuring, once again, the BoMé cheese and finished with crunchy caramelized nuts.
By the time we were done we both agreed that a very light supper was in order that day. We purchased some of the delicious foccacia to take home and enjoy with home-made soup that night,
One of the really nice things about the BoMé café is that the tables are spread out (we figured there was seating for about 24, plus outdoor availability of tables on the patio for fine weather days.) The view downstairs to the cheese-making facility offers a different kind of ambiance, and the old family photographs on the walls add a hominess and different interest to the place.
The other nice thing about BoMé is that you can purchase some of their specialties to take home and enjoy if you feel so inclined, saving the hassle of cooking or making for a quick and delicious meal on a busy day.
Service was quick and friendly at BoMé and, although the café isn’t even mentioned on their website word of mouth has brought patrons through the door on a regular basis. Located just off the Alberni Highway between Parksville and Port Alberni, BoMé offers a tasty, nutritious, reasonably-priced and easy dining option if you don’t want to battle the crowds at the famous Goats on the Roof just down the road.
Further information on BoMé can be found at the website:
Price Rating: $-$$
BoMé is located at 1876 Alberni Highway, near Coombs.
GPS co-ordinates are:
Lat. 49.306247 Long. -124.393805
N 49 18.375 W 124 23.628