Graduation celebrations at La Bonne Table! I've been eyeing this place for almost a year now but since it's relatively expensive (for me) I've never been. Opposite to the fire station on Wakefield Street, it's hard to spot as you drive by since it's not particularly flashy. It's former life as a carpet/tapestry salehouse can be seen only by the high stone ceilings and the big carpets hanging in the foyer but other than that it has been Cinderella'd into a romantic, candle-lit modern day restaurant.
Although it's touted as Korean-French fusion, it was more like a mix of French, Italian and Australian with two Korean choices (both with kimchi). Ordering took some time since we decided to get a few small plates to start off and three mains to share between four. As for drinks, there is a long list of wines to choose from but not too many choices for the non-alcoholics.
The meal started off with complimentary bread and dippings. Yay! Who doesn't love free bread?
|Double Baked 3-Cheese Souffle with Apple Salad & Walnuts: $19.00|
|Quail with bean puree, apple infused apple & sweet potato crisp: $19.00|
|Kingfish Ceviche, Compressed Watermelon, Mango & Coriander: $21.00|
|Kimchi Risotto with bacon, sofrito & creme fraiche: $26.00|
|Chicken Supreme, Pearl Barley, Cavolo Nero, Fried Gnocchi & Veloute Foam: $34.00|
|Lamb Loin, with Lentils, Cauliflower Puree & Cherry Jus: $38.00|
Honestly, I don't think I'm coming back anytime soon. Or ever, really. Serving sizes, both 'small' and 'main', were pitiful compared to the price and it's not like the taste was there to make up for it in some cases. All of us were still hungry by the time we finished our meal and I know that two-minute noodles were on the minds of everyone.
Service was polite and attentive throughout the night and the food was spaced out pretty well, although the kimchi risotto came almost 45 minutes before the other two mains came out.