le bon is all about personalised service in a relaxed and rustic setting. The interior is effortless – some white washing, some bare brick; huge industrial pendant lamps hanging low; a shabby chic chest of drawers as the waitress’ station.
Taking a seat at a rustic wooden table, laid with mismatched vintage cutlery, pillar candle and a potted succulent, you’re presented with just a wine list, no mention of food.
Food is instead displayed on a three foot tall blackboard, maneuvered around from table to table by the friendly waitress, who then translates and talks you through each and every dish in great detail. There’s fresh cut sourdough with homemade flavoured butter to munch on while you deliberate.
Despite the comfortable and relaxed setting, the dishes are quite complex and unusual, with a variety of novel finishing touches – such as popcorn crackling, pumpkin sorbet and marigolds – that elevate each homely dishes to stratospheric levels of flavour and quality.
We drank German wines (a delicious Riesling for only 4€ a glass), and devoured Portobello mushroom starters, chicken with scallops (him) and havelländer Apfelschwein (pork – me), and finally a lemon-scented and perfectly blow-torched crème brulée.
Visit during the day for lunch dishes, juices and coffee.
le bon is a romantic, rustic setting in which to enjoy a fine dinner for two for around 100€ (three courses and a glass of wine each, plus service).
Boppstraße 1, Kreuzberg 10967, Berlin