We first visited Bon Bon nearly six years ago, and always wanted to go back for a second visit. In the intervening period it gained its second Michelin star and moved to a location only ten minutes’ drive from our house, so now there was really no excuse.
Compared to their previous premises their new digs were sleek and spacious. You could spend the whole evening watching the staff plating up if you wanted to, and it was possible to eat at the bar if you wanted an even closer view.
Incongruous among all the straight lines and minimalism was this old fashioned bell the staff rang whenever a dish was ready.
Our first amuse-boushe was ‘Kiwi en trompe l’oeil”; a crispy sweet tube containing kiwi cream.
Number two: fennel gaspacho with a curry foam. This being Belgium the curry was pretty mild, but it was still a nice idea.
Eggs mimosa with smoked eel. Cute egg cup.
Beetroot macaroon with horseradish.
Having chosen our menu (five courses, although there was also a seven course option) we received our daily bread, complete with Peloponnese olive oil in which to dip it.
Our first proper course was “Moscow” potatoes with caviar, chives, straciatella cheese mouse, cucumber, celeriac juice, purple potato chips, shrimp and langoustine, accompanied by a glass of cucumber and Hendrick’s gin.
Easily the prettiest dish of the evening, but also one of the tastiest.
Gambero rosso: very slightly grilled but otherwise raw shrimp. The jasmine tea dashi poured on top was amazing.
Sole with comté cheese and Jura wine. Yes, cheese with seafood can work! Yah boo sucks to the naysayers!
Lamb with peanut, artichoke, shallots and beans. I was unsure at first about this combination of flavours but it grew on me and by the end I was quite enjoying it. It was introduced as “Lamb: a souvenir of Senegal”, but I’m not familiar enough with Senegalese cuisine to comment on that.
For dessert we were given three options: strawberry, chocolate or herbs. Intrigued, we both chose herbs, and this is what we got: fresh cheese from Beersel with cucumber, pepper, sorrel and dill. Beautiful. I love light, refreshing desserts and this one definitely hit the spot.
With our coffee we chose from the petits fours trolley (my dreams of a re-enactment of the famous Victoria Wood sketch were dashed by the disappointingly competent waiter).
So there you have it. No complaints about the food from me, although a few times we were left with our empty plates a little longer than I’d expect from this kind of establishment (sometimes they stayed there right up until the following course arrived). But considering how close it is to our house I can don’t think we’ll wait another six years before we go back. Bon Bon lives up to its name.