Sherman's Food Adventures: La Bonne Soupe

La Bonne Soupe

As mentioned in my previous posts, in a perfect world, Viv and I would be dining at Per Se if we weren't with the kiddies.  However, with children in tow, we were limited in where we could eat.  There were suggestions of lame chain restaurants and the standard Chinese food, but in the end, we had to find something more original.  Since we were heading to Momofuku Milk Bar for dessert after dinner, we ended up at the nearby kid-friendly La Bonne Soupe.

As there was a kid's menu, my daughter ordered the chicken strips to my dismay.  So much so, I didn't bother taking a picture of it.  Shockingly, it was my son who went off the board and had the Croque Monsieur.  He dusted the creamy and cheesy thing off.  It came with some really crunchy frites which he also finished.  He cleaned the plate!  For myself, I had the Steak Pomme Frites which also came with the same crunchy frites.  As for the steak, it was nicely seared and seasoned.  It was a perfect medium-rare being juicy and really tender.

Viv had the Duck Confit with crunchy potatoes and greens.  Featuring relatively rendered skin, the duck leg was not overly salty.  There were some tender and gelatinous portions combined with drier parts as well.  Loved the crunchy potatoes as they emulated the frites, but just in a different form.  Elaine went for the Egg White Omelette and it was soft and well-made with chives, onions and ham. Pretty simple, yet at the same time it was fluffy and light.  There was some mild flavours going on which was fine by her.

Costanza's 2 boys ended up with the Lasagne a la Francaise which was a crepe filled with bolognaise and bechamel sauce and baked with mozzarella.  As you can clearly see in the picture, it was a whole lot of mozzarella and sauce.  Hence, it ate rather wet with only thin crepes separating the meat and cheese.  It was meaty and mild-tasting with more cheese flavour than tomato tang.  Although the food at La Bonne Soupe was hardly the best French food we've ever had, it served a purpose and it that job well.  Our 2 families felt comfortable in the relaxed and classy ambiance while having the kid-friendly options available on the menu.

The Good:
- Decent eats
- Attentive service
- Kid-friendly 

The Bad:
- Decent, but have reasonable expectations 


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