Tonight we decided to eat locally (since it was raining) and went to the Bon restaurant situated in a lovely building on Rue de la Pompe as you can see in the above photograph. We have passed by several times during the day and it seemed to have a lively lunch trade. According to “Best Restaurants in Paris” the interior has been completely renovated by Phillipe Starck and features a new “world cuisine” menu dominated by Asian flavors. The interior is very nice with lots of stainless steel as you can see from the photos. I particularly liked the ultra-modern “rocking chairs” shown in the second interior shot.
We ordered the shrimp and avocado carpaccio for a starter and found it to be very fresh with hints of cilantro, mango and pomegranate. I did not care for the included dipping sauce. For the entree Lisa had “Crying Tiger” beef which I tried and found rather bland with a really bad dipping sauce.
I had the China Town crispy duck which was cooked adequately but did not have a crisp skin (I don’t know what was supposed to be crispy). My entree is pictured above and the most notable element were the “Dim Sum” like rolls which may have been made with rice, seen above behind the dipping sauce. We also ordered a side of shrimp rice which was served piping hot and was a welcome addition. My dipping sauce was the only one even edible although it could have used some additional seasoning as could both of the entrees.
Bon is reputed to have a fine wine cellar and Lisa’s red was very nice. The service was friendly but considering we were one of three tables, not exceptional. They mixed up our entrees and no one really checked on the progress of our meal. We decided to skip desert and the bill came to a reasonable 100 euros. In summary, Bon is an adequate restaurant with a nice decor and mediocre food. If you are in the neighborhood you might try it for lunch but I wouldn’t go very far to dine here.