With a view out to the sakura, a bright, vernal interior, and a very reasonably priced lunch set on offer (main, dessert and coffee/tea for ¥1000), this chic brasserie proved the perfect location for an early spring lunch date. The scarlet interior, reminiscent of a swanky 20th century Parisian boudoir, set the tone for a stylish and unpretentious menu of fusion food spiced with French sophistication, while the service was initially snappy without being overbearing.
If you like your vegetables fresh, organic and specially grown in Kyoto, then the eggplant and sweet potato curry, presented with a simple side salad, will be sure to impress. A mild to medium curry that didn't dominate the flavor of the garden-fresh vegetables, it was also fairly light. The same couldn't be said, however, for my companion's oversized potato lasagna, which, while tasty, didn't leave much space for sweets. But with enough time to sit back and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere, we were soon ready to contemplate a tidy and tantalizing serving of faux tiramisu spiced with coconut and covered in chocolate sauce. That might have spelled the end, but there was still room for the bottomless cup of coffee included in the set, with my cohort savoring a finely brewed jasmine tea.
As regulars know, the Bon Monsieur kitchen will try to accommodate special requests, particularly in the evening. One loyal patron so impressed the chefs with her eclectic request for lobster and potato in a garlic sauce that they added it to the menu and named it after the indomitable doyenne of Dentsu (Theresa Special JY2900). Other standouts on the menu include roasted wild duck with wasabi sauce (JY3800), sashimi salad (JY1600), roasted bamboo shoots (JY1200) and daily specials. Located within walking distance but set discreetly away from the hubbub of central Roppongi, Bon Monsieur offers an engaging but tranquil dining experience.