Cafe Bon Bon
Cafe Bon Bon is one of the prettiest Asian fusion places around. Found behind Time Square Mall in Richmond Hill, it's outfitted with yellow-gold accents and plenty of contemporary wall art.
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The kitchen churns out elevated takes on Asian fusion dishes. A prime example are The Deviled Tea Eggs ($7) which fuse the creaminess of this classic dish with the tea and soy-marinated eggs that normally come with ramen.
The Arancini Takoyaki ($11) are stuffed seasoned rice balls much like traditional Italian arancini, but imparted with a sweet-savoury flavour and topped with Japanese bonito flakes.
The Drunken Fried Chicken ($11) are chicken thighs brined in Chinese wine and breaded with light puffed rice. Get them in Sweet & Sour or Spicy varieties.
The 48-hr Short Rib Donburi ($21) it totally worth it for how tender and well-marinated the organic ribs are. They're topped with scallions, short rib jus, and enoki, with a light drizzle of sweet sauce on a bed of rice.
The Crab Cake Tostada ($21) features Thai crab cake with avocado crema, Asian pear, and pickled red onions among other ingredients. It's tasty and packs a lot of crab meat, but might be a tad too dense for some.
To drink, there's a selection of cold-brewed teas (starting at $8 per bottle) that are crisp and refreshing.
There's also the Sea Salt Cream Iced Coffee ($8), which is sweetened cold-brewed coffee with a thick layer of lightly-salted creamy milk foam.
Don't miss the Espresso Rock with Milk ($8). Pouring warm milk over a perfect sphere of iced espresso is a sight to behold.
Or indulge in the Japanese souffle pancakes ($14) which passed my jiggle test. They're extremely fluffy with a velvety smooth chocolate cream.
Finally, there's the Dark Chocolate Lava Cake which is a super-rich way to cap a meal with a molten chocolatey fudge centre. It's a chocoholic's delight.