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Bon Chemin is really a gem in Tokyo: fine meticulous French food, with a slight Japanese twist. I am actually not a big fan of Japanese-French fusion, but I think Bon Chemin managed to execute it perfectly. I came across this restaurant by casually browsing my slightly dated Tokyo Zagat book from 2008, and it was listed on the page with the heading "Highest Food Ratings" -- boasting a 27 in taste. To give this rating some context, Jean Georges scored 28 in 2007 and the French Laundry scored 29 in 2009 in 2009 (according to the other two Zagat books I have).
The head chef has worked in numerous Michelin starred restaurants before opening his own. The restaurant is small and cozy, and seats only 22 guests; but because of the limited number of diners, the head chef makes sure to come out and greet his patrons, and sometimes even explains his dishes briefly as they are ushered to the dining tables.
On to the meal (for two people):
Chips with the wine. Crispy, thin and lightly-salted, butterflied with a leaf of parsley within.
A really cute gesture
Guest Cambium, thank you for coming to our restaurant despite the rain.
Amuse-bouche: raw anchovies. Artfully executed, bold flavours, perfect dish to begin a meal.
Bread and spread. This is possibly the most amazing spread I have ever had. Normally, spreads are made from some form of oil, be it olive oil, butter or lard, but Bon Chemin brought this to a new level: tuna with foie gras butter. It's like a luxurious tuna-salad sandwich. I had 3.5 of these containers because I was so blown away.
Another bread (Whole wheat! These are almost impossible to get in Tokyo)
Gazpacho appetizer: very interesting dish, I am still unsure whether I liked it. Crab meat with tomato (didn't catch what the green stuff was when they explained the dish in fast Japanese and poor English )
Anago appetizer: this, on the other hand, is absolutely AMAZING. The beige pieces in the middle are yam, and the white surrounding is made from Japanese salt-water eel. It tastes amazing with the bitter-melon sauce on the side.
More bread and spread after the appetizer. I told you I loved it...
Fish of the day from Tsukiji: sea bass. I love, love, love sea bash, especially in French cuisine. I was delighted to find out that it was the fish they were cooking for the seafood dish. The base is a rice risotto in a cheese sauce. Rice was slightly chewy, but the sauce was fabulous.
Entree: kobe beef (cheek meat). I know it doesn't look too appetizing, but the meat was perfectly cooked, and it literally melted in my mouth, without ever needing to chew. The pumpkin sauce (yellow thing) added great depth to the dish.
Entree: duck confit.
Interior decor. The air conditioner really ruins the painting I'm going to crop it out later.
Dessert: creme brulee. It's pretty good, but I've had better, and I am not that into desserts in general.
Dessert: Strawberry tarte.
Coffee dessert: macaroons.
One complain I had with the restaurant was with its service. The server was too attentive and overly servile. To the point that I felt bad whenever he delivered me dishes or poured me water. Overall, an excellent meal.
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