La Bonne Table
La Bonne Table is a sister restaurant of the famous 2-Michelin-starred L'effervescence, my top French restaurant in Tokyo. As the second restaurant of chef Namae-san, La Bonne Table serves French food in a much more casual way. Taken the trendy concept of farm-to table, the dishes at LBT are mostly lighter and healthier. Here at La Bonne Table, you can enjoy Michelin-standard dishes wwhich won't hurt your wallet.
La Bonne Table only serves fixed menu for both lunch and dinner. A three-course set lunch is priced at only 3800 yen for your choice of appetizer, main course and dessert. Dinner is priced at 6800 yen. Plus complimentary breads and a amuse of organic salad.
There were only two appetizers on the menu: cod brignet and artichoke soup. Both of us picked the cod bridnet. It was well-done, the skin was crispy and not oil at all, the cod inside was succulent and delicious. We love vegetables, and very few French restaurants servers so much vegetables. I know a lot of people don't like vegetables that much, but those in this dish actually were actually quite tasty.
Same as L'effervescence, the bread was provided by a famous bakery from Osaka. I really loved the crackling outside, and airy, chewy center. The bread was served with butter, but i prefer the tofu spread from L'effervescence.
My friend had the roasted rainbow trout for main course, she really enjoyed the lovely combination on her plate. The trout itself was fork tender, so was the bedded turnip and topped scallop and green laver mousse. The lemon butter sauce was right to point, creamy but light. Nice.
Everyone who've been to L'effervescence knows the famous 'apple pie' without apple inside, it is one of the best creations of chef Namae-san. Here at LBT, the pie was actually a real 'apple pie' with apple inside. The size of the pie was similar to the one from L'effervescence's lunch menu.
The pastry was perfect for my liking - a crispy and flaky outside and soft buttery inside. The red-wine-braised-chicken was succulent and so flavorful - i even forgot i was eating chicken but not red meat. Together with shrimp which gives a umami flavor from the sea and mashed potatoes gives a creamy texture, the apple was sour and sweet which nicely balanced very well. Another really enjoyable part was the yellow carrot sauce made with carrot from Kyoto, very creamy and deep flavor with a lovely sweet aftertaste. Well-done.
We skipped another dessert of fresh strawberry soup with cotton candy, because the persimmon and chestnut mousse sounds much better. It was indeed special that chef uses vegetables instead of fruits for making ice cream and it was surprisingly good. The entire dish was full of different texutres and flavors from the land, very natural flavors, healthy and enjoyable.
Finally we were served two lovely 'sweet Takoyaki'. It seems cheap and probably shouldn't appear at a French restaurant, i didn't change my thought until i realized it is actually chocolate fondant with a very creamy center. The flavor was deep and very delicious. This really surprised us.
The bill arrived only slightly over 6k JPY with 2 glasses of wines. It was incredibly worth of value for dishes at this high quality. I also like the cosy ambiance which is more relax and casual than fine dining restaurants, the open-kitchen concept also granted a better dining experience. Somewhere one shouldn't missed for a quality, affordable, and light French dining experience.
Date: Jan.16.2016 (Lunch)
Address: 東京都中央区日本橋室町2-3-1 COREDO室町2 1F
Hours: Daily 11:30-3pm, 17:30-11pm
Cost: Lunch 3800++ Dinner 6800++
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