Date of Visit: various, once or twice a month
How to Get There: From City Hall Station in Daejeon, take a taxi to “Timeworld Galleria.” Bon Bon is somewhere in that whole mumbo jumbo that is Timeworld. I honestly don’t know how to get there. I just follow people everytime.
Searching for decent foreign food in Korea can prove to be quite a challenge. Especially for a picky eater like me. The basics are worthy: McDonalds, Burger King, Popeyes, KFC, TGI Friday’s… but Italian food? Korea is void of the classiness that is Olive Garden. Your best bet for good foreign food in Korea would be Itaewon… but for non-Seoul citizens like me, other options are needed. Luckily, I live 5 minutes away from one of the most (if not THE most) happening place in Daejeon — Timeworld. Tucked within Timeworld (which is like the Daejeon version of Hongdae) is a cute little Italian restaurant called Bon Bon.
Bon Bon is usually bumping some house/trance music as opposed to the flowery traditional Italian stuff you would hear at Olive Garden. There is a separate wine menu as well as an impressive food menu. The menu includes: cream pastas, tomato sauce pastas, oil pastas, pizzas, risottos, & salads. During the few times that I’ve eaten here, I’ve chosen the exact same thing. Call me unadventurous and boring but I just know what I like. My dish of choice — the risotto pollo — is a cream-based risotto with bits of tender chicken and king mushroom. It is seasoned with a generous amount of garlic as well.
My friends Grace & Heather were also dining with me on the day these pictures were taken. Some of the other food we ordered included: pollo pizza — a simple chicken pizza with a croissant crust & a Mediterranean salad. The salad is a favorite of mine even though I normally don’t eat salad AT ALL. It’s a toss of salad, cheese, chicken, & an amazing sauce. It has this really unique sweet fruit cheese in it… I have no idea what it is called but it’s DELICIOUS! Salad & cheese… who knew??!?
Overall, Bon Bon is always an enjoyable experience. I’m not much of a wine drinker, although I wish I knew more about wine. I usually opt for their sparkling lemonade which is equally enjoyable. The prices at Bon Bon are very decent as well. My plate of risotto was 11,000 won. The salad is 15,000 won. Drinks range from 3,000 won & up depending on what you get. I love everything about this place – especially the atmosphere. It is filled with vintage knick-knacks and wooden tables. There is a bar as well as a DJ booth. All the ingredients that make a great restaurant. If you’re ever in Daejeon, do head to Time World & try out Bon Bon for yourself!