Le Bon Ton

Oysters, absinthe, smoked meat and a 24-hour licence.
Julia Gaw
Published on March 19, 2014
Updated on July 31, 2023


American BBQ-style restaurants will always be in vogue. The formula goes something like this: Pull the pork, barbecue the chicken wings, smoke the beef, add a side of slaw fries and a stiff drink with which to wash it down.

Le Bon Ton, from the American brothers behind Chignon, jumped on the southern-style bandwagon way back in 2014. It might seem all too familiar, but its saving grace is the myriad of personalities contained within its fun and fierce identity. Anywhere you can feasibly find pit-smoked meat alongside a dozen fresh oysters, a glass of real champagne and an absinthe cocktail has got something going on. One thing pulls it all together, and that's the homage to America's Deep South: meat smoked as if in Texas, fish prepared with thoughts of Louisiana Gulf Coast and an underlying ode to the French-influenced city of New Orleans. There's a sophisticated authenticity here that other venues lack.

Upon entering at meal times you'll be hit with the smell of the meat smoker that lives in the courtyard, supplying luxuriously tender beef, pork and sausages. The 12-hour smoked pork belly was perfectly cooked, and provided a great excuse to pour the house-made BBQ sauce and fiery habanero onto the plate.

The chicken wings have become legendary, and there are plenty of sides to accompany your meaty choices — think house made pickles, seasoned fries and BBQ broccoli. 

Also a saloon, cocktail bar and absinthe house — with a late night licence, no less — Le Bon Ton is a real all-rounder. It's sure to lure you in, whatever your fancy, and provide enough reasons for you to sit and enjoy, hour upon hour, snack upon snack and Sazerac upon chest-hair-inducing Sazerac.



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