Bon Bon (update), Brussels, 4/25/19

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We last visited Bon Bon, a 2 star Michelin restaurant, 2 years ago.  The interior decorations of the old mansion haven’t changed much but now the whimsical sheep are also by the front door to greet you.  The white painted tree branch still extends into the room and the lovely old wood floors have nice rugs that provide sound absorption.  Tables are well spaced and with the ceiling sound panels, noise level is really not a problem, even with soft music playing in the background.  The large open kitchen is still humming and there are some counter seats for those who want an even closer view.  Windows around the perimeter look over the lush gardens outside.   They now offer a 6 course surprise tasting as well as a 5 course vegetarian one, in addition to an a la carte menu.  After a heavy lunch we chose the vegetarian option and ordered our own wine.  Pacing of the meal was good as was portion control.  Chef Christophe Hardiquest was in the kitchen and cam out to speak with each of the tables. Continue reading

Bon Bon, Brussels, 4/26/17

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Bon Bon has been in this location for 6 years, a medium sized place with a cozy fun vibe.  There are 6 counter seats where the chef interacts with guests but all the tables have good site lines to the open kitchen.  Soft jazz music plays in the background and lighting is low.  The convivial atmosphere is demonstrated with the whimsical sheep purse stools, which separate the seats at the bar and watch over the room.  Service is very friendly and good English is spoken.  Tables are well spaced and the lower ceiling with dampening tiles keeps the noise at a good level and your table conversation private.  Each table is placed on its own rug and you can’t help but notice the large painted white tree branch that extends into the back portion of the dining room.  They offer a la carte as well as a 5 or 7 course surprise tasting menu.  Wine pairings are available as well as an optional cheese course.  We chose the 7 course tasting menu and ordered our own bottles of wine.   Continue reading