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Bon Appetit at Maison de Bonbon

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

I'm someone who's always looking for somewhere new to have a memorable dining experience. Maison de Bon Bon has been around for quite some time already, but it had always been the kind of place that I would see, want to go to, but would never have the chance. Then a fortunate Saturday finally happened, and I decided it was time. To be honest, I was expecting small servings with ridiculous prices, as what I had heard, but thankfully that impression didn't last. All of my judgments were swept away the moment the food arrived on my table. When it comes to French-inspired cuisine in Cagayan de Oro City, Maison de Bon Bon just knocks other cafes off the list. 

For me, a restaurant or cafe can be considered good when it satisfies three things: the atmosphere, the taste and the people. 

The Atmosphere

Found in the popular hangout The Nest, Maison de Bon Bon proudly graces all of this spot's visitors with its charming white exterior. The restaurant has that "I know I'm fabulous but I'm just gonna be humble" kind of feel. It's modestly beautiful yet it oozes with class. I loved that this quaint place had huge windows to complete its pretty look, but inside, you could still have your privacy. 

I fell in love with the interior. With its massive chairs, pretty wallpaper, and the multiple delicate frames by the staircase, Maison de Bon Bon is a lovely little restaurant that demands to be photographed. The main floor holds the primary dining room, while the upper floor holds the wide function area that can seat up to 80 people. Its tall windows allow light to shine through, which is perfect, so you can fulfill so many Instagram goals here! 

The Taste
I'm going to make this simple. The food here is incredible. On their menu, you can find all kinds of soups, salads, entrees, sandwiches, sweet and savory crepes. Their specialties include Salisbury Steak, a beef burger with mushroom sauce and potato croquettes. Their list of drinks is pretty normal, serving drinks from sodas to shakes. You should note that prices here are a bit high (the cheapest on the menu is their Cream of Mushroom soup, PHP 150/3 USD) but definitely worth it.

Here are some of the mouthwatering dishes on the menu:
Truffle Macaroni and Four Cheese with Paprika Chicken, PHP 320
A blend of mozzarella, gruyere, parmesan, and blue cheese truffle macaroni perfectly paired with paprika chicken. 

Baked Honey Mustard Salmon Fillet, PHP 395
Prime cut of salmon flavored with honey and mustard. Served with rice pilaf. 

Hot Cheesy Salmon Dip, PHP 295
Cream cheese, mozzarella and parmesan dip mixed with shredded salmon fillets served with a side of sliced baguette. 


Hawaiian, PHP 220
Smoked farmer's ham with sweet pineapple and mozzarella cheese

The Hawaiian Crepe was my favorite. Paired with a side salad with green apples, the flavors balance each other out perfectly. It's like eating a fancy pizza! Rice lovers, you should know that their dishes don't include rice. Be adventurous! Skip the rice just this once. You'll be so distracted by its memorable flavors that you'll forget you don't have rice, anyway! For the full menu, visit thenestcdo.com.

The People
When I think good service, I think friendly and attentive. The moment you enter the restaurant, a smiling server will lead you to your table. She'll leave for a while to let you decide on your order before coming back to take your order swiftly. I even took pictures with my huge camera, while moving around some decor to get a better photo (sorry about that), and they weren't bothered at all. They even allowed me to explore the second floor. A+ for hospitality.

Gorgeous interior, mouthwatering dishes, and quality service. Maison de Bon Bon is a must-visit place for any foodie. It has days since I've eaten there, yet I can still remember the flavors of their hot dishes. Am I coming back? Definitely yes. On my next paycheck... if I can wait that long.
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