From the plaster figure of a Jane Bom-Bane herself above the front window to the mechanical tables inside, everything about Bom-Banes is eye-grabbing.
Luckily style does not completely swamp content the menu features hearty Belgian fare which should ensure you leave the restaurant with a full stomach and a head full of music and laughter. At the heart of the cooking here is stoemp mashed potato, vegetables and, if you like, bacon.
After a plate of stoemp and sausages washed down with Belgian Beer followed by a Big Bombowski (vodka, Kahlua, milk and cream), you might think your mind is playing tricks with you as the entertainment unfolds. Just to prove it isn't here is the inimitable Jane Bom-Bane performing for the diners.
Video link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nXbPrsL7PIU
This restaurant is the stuff of hallucinogenic dreams. My table had a salt shaker which made the chimes on the wall play. Another table spins, another goes up and down, another has Brighton pier along with its own tidal wave feature!
Not only that, but the goats cheese salad with beautiful, the owner came and had a chat with us and was really friendly. Wine was good, great selection.
I just had a really good time! I think that's the defining thing for me - that I left feeling really happy, full and having a new experience in a tiny restaurant which was like looking into the owners imagination.
Go to Bom Banes - I guarantee if you have a sense of humour you'll have a really good time. Just don't take it too seriously.