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Michelin 2-star Restaurant Bon Bon, Brussels – Menu Impro Review

By alison - August 29, 2014 (Updated: November 30, 2015)

Bon Bon - Two star Michelin restaurant in Brussels, Belgium

We tested out 2-star-Michelin Bon Bon Restaurant in Brussels, Belgium and share our menu with you.

While Andrew and I eat out regularly, we don’t often go out to discover new restaurants in Brussels just the two of us. So, this summer, we set ourselves a ‘Wednesday Date Night Challenge.’ At the start of the summer, we each picked five restaurants we wanted to try for the first time. One of the five would be our ‘splurge’ restaurant. We then scheduled them in our calendars (yes we’re nerds) alternating his choices and mine.

You’ll see many of these new restaurants popping up in our social media feeds and in our weekly newsletters, (we still have a few left to try). The best ones will wind up in our Restaurant Round-up articles here on the site.

So far, one restaurant has stood out, as a true ‘gastronomic experience,’ and I wanted to share it in a full post, as I’ve found little detail about their actual menu online. The restaurant was Andrew’s ‘splurge choice’ and has two Michelin stars (although we didn’t realise it at the time) – Restaurant Bon Bon, in Woluwe-Saint-Pierre.

First of all, the location is lovely. It’s in a large white house in a green and residential part of Woluwe-Saint-Pierre. It was particularly pleasant on the warm summer evening we visited, because we could enjoy our apéro in the garden terrace. We even saw the chef nip out to the little potager to pick herbs for the dishes – a clue to the freshness. (Our menu also noted the restaurant works with 95% bio-organic produce.)

Our table on the pretty terrace at Bon Bon

The view from our table on the pretty terrace at Bon Bon

For our meal, we had a choice of ordering a la carte or choosing a five-course “Menu Impro” or seven-course “Menu Passion,” both served with or without wines. We opted for the Menu Impro with wines, which was still a splurge (all current prices listed below). In retrospect, I’m glad we didn’t do the full seven courses, as the food was endless with just the Menu Impro.

While we were making our choices, little treats started appearing before us. I don’t have the fancy names for these as they weren’t listed on our menu cards, (you’ll see what I mean in a moment). I’m also missing a photo of one dish that was just impossible to photograph.

A lovely little gazpacho with 'snow'

A lovely little gazpacho with ‘snow’
This little seafood soup was so tasty, with its Asian zing, I wanted to lick the bowl

This little seafood soup was so tasty, with its Asian zing, I wanted to lick the bowl

After we enjoyed our three pre-menu starters, we were escorted to our table inside to begin the ‘Menu Impro.’

Restaurant Bon Bon's interior - stylish but not stuffy

Restaurant Bon Bon’s interior – stylish but not stuffy

At this point, I will also say the staff was excellent. They were extremely professional, while still being warm and helpful. We had a nice chat with the sommelier while he served our first wine and, as we waited for our first official course, a server arrived with a little menu card listing the dish. Initially, we thought these were for the servers to remember who was getting what dish, but all was revealed at the end of the meal…

Our handy menu card to tell us what we're eating

Our handy menu card to tell us what we’re eating

Our first course, won the dish of the night award from both of us, although it was a tough race.

Les Bijoux d’Huitres “Perle Blance” Menthe corse et gelée de vodka-tonic. Jewels of ‘White Pearl’ oysters with Corsican mint and Vodka-tonic gels. Everything about this dish came together perfectly and we loved the little explosions of vodka-tonic from the gels. I would definitely order this dish a la carte.

Jewels of White Pearl oysters with Corsican mint and Vodka-tonic gels

Jewels of ‘White Pearl’ oysters with Corsican mint and Vodka-tonic gels

Salaison de lieu jaune de L’ile d’Yeu au sel de sapin et choux Fermenté. Salted Pollack from Yeu Island with pine salt and fermented cabbage. This was a light and refreshing dish. I really enjoyed the pine salt and acidity from the cabbage.

Salted Pollack from Yeu Island with pine salt and fermented cabbage

Salted Pollack from Yeu Island with pine salt and fermented cabbage

Sole de grand fond “Purple Style.” Sole ‘Purple Style.’ I was actually surprised how much I enjoyed this dish as I normally dislike beets and even the slightest hint of them turns me off. Despite the purple colour, the dish was not ‘beety’ at all and had a nice combination of textures.

Sole Purple Style.

L’Agneau de l’Averyron Cuisiné comme un souvenir du Sénégal. Lamb from Aveyron cooked like a memory of Senegal. The lamb was exquisitely tender and the sauce had a subtle peanut-y flavour. This was a close runner-up for best dish for me.

Lamb from Aveyron cooked like a memory of Senegal

Lamb from Aveyron cooked like a memory of Senegal

Le café turc Revisité. Turkish coffee revisited. Crunchy, icy and delicious; a nice palate cleaner after the rich main course.

Turkish coffee revisited

Turkish coffee revisited

Glace Turron espagnole fruits secs caramélisée et herbes cristallisées. Spanish Turron (nougat) ice with caramelised dried fruits and crystallised herbs. This was my favourite dessert and sadly, the photo does it no justice – perfectly balanced and lovely.

Spanish Turron (nougat) ice with caramelised dried fruits and crystallised herbs

Spanish Turron (nougat) ice with caramelised dried fruits and crystallised herbs

This is where our menu ended, but the food kept coming. First, there was a dessert cart, because obviously, two desserts simply isn’t enough.

Seriously? More desserts?

Seriously? More desserts?

I know it’s hard to believe, but I couldn’t find room for cheese. It would have cost extra and I simply didn’t have anywhere to put it. But just look – it’s a thing of beauty.

Maybe I'll go back just for the cheese course...

Maybe I’ll go back just for the cheese course…

Oh, and coffee… well, that came with more desserts, because you can’t have coffee in Belgium without a little something…

Very full and very happy after our 'five' course menu at Bon Bon

Very full and very happy after our ‘five’ course menu at Bon Bon

As we settled our bill, a server returned with all of our menu-cards bundled together in a little souvenir book of our meal. What a great touch!

Our little take-away - the Bon Bon menu

Our little take-away – the Bon Bon menu

Overall, our meal at Restaurant Bon Bon was fantastic. But the big question (with this and really any Michelin-starred restaurant) is was it worth the price. We actually debated this all the way home and still couldn’t come up with a great answer.

For your reference, the current prices break down like this:

  • A la carte starters €28-66
  • A la carte mains €36-80
  • Le Menu Marché (3 course lunch only) €80
  • Le Menu Impro – €145 (with wine €200)
  • Le Menu Passion – €175 (with wine €255)

For us, it was a once in a lifetime thing, much like our Dinner In the Sky experience. Would I recommend it for a very special occasion (or a regular occasion if you have much bigger wallets than we do)? Absolutely.  We had an incredible meal and don’t regret the expense for a wonderful night out in Brussels together.

Have you been to Restaurant Bon Bon or another Michelin-Starred restaurant in Brussels? Tell us about your experience in the comments below. Want more great dining suggestions? Check out our Restaurant Review Page for more restaurants in Belgium.

Restaurant Bon Bon
Avenue de Tervueren 453,
1150 Woluwe-Saint-Pierre, Brussels, Belgium

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Alison Cornford-Matheson is a Canadian freelance writer and travel photographer and the founder of Cheeseweb.eu. She is the author of The Foodie Guide to Brussels: Local Tips for Restaurants, Shops, Hotels, and Activities. Alison landed in Belgium in 2005 and, over the years, has become passionate about slow and sustainable travel, in Europe and beyond. She loves to discover hidden gems - be they museums, shops, restaurants, castles, gardens or landscapes, and share them through her words and photos. She has visited 45 countries and is currently slow travelling through North America in an RV, with her husband, Andrew, and two well-travelled cats. You can also follow her work on Google+
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2 comments

  1. Comment by Emma

    Emma September 2, 2014 at 10:55

    Wow, this menu looks amazing ! Bon Bon is on the top of my “restaurant wish list”, the chef’s cuisine is so creative. However I understand the discussion you had at the end of the meal, as I am still not sure either that this is worth spending that much money on a menu. I know so many gastronomic restaurants which also serve delicious food and sometimes for half this price. I hesitated again to go there 2 weeks ago, and we finally ended up in Le Chalet de la Foret, it is also a 2-Star restaurant but we paid “only” 75€ per person for a 3-course menu with wines(and including a lot of “mises en bouche”).
    I am curious to discover the other restaurants you tried this summer ! For my part, next on my list will probably be Kamo (the 1-star Japanese restaurant) as it just reopened at a new location !

    • Comment by Alison

      Alison

      Alison September 2, 2014 at 11:10

      OH! Kamo is #1 on my list right now. We’ve been trying to go for sooo long! Maybe now I can get in 🙂 75 for Chalet de la Foret seems much more reasonable. I think you could ‘do’ Bon Bon for much less than we did but ordering a la carte. It would still be a great experience I’m sure and not nearly so expensive. Lunch would be another good option to keep costs down.

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