great good food, nice japanese place, disgustingly big sushi, excellent professional service, great vibe, great fun atmosphere, great experience
New York's swanky sushi restaurant springboards to Beverly Hills inside the luxe Thompson Hotel..
This buzzing New York sushi import is right at home in the Thompson Hotel's posh digs. Girls in silk halters and guys sporting cufflinks fill the anterior lounge while a black-clad, mostly male waitstaff whiz through the main dining room crowded with big brown leather booths and tiny tables set against banquettes. Unlike the hype surrounding its social scene, Bond Street's kitchen has had its share of mixed reviews. The menu is a blend of sushi and Asian fusion, all served as small plates. To start, the complimentary edamame is a nice touch. Seaweed salad, made of six varieties, is served in a circular stack of deep greens, red and white--it's a rubbery concoction of chewy delight. Tuna tataki oozes with smoky flavor but the arugula potato roll is more like lettuce crammed inside rice and nori, topped with shoestring potatoes. That said, the signature Chilean sea bass, served in an artful diamond-shaped form, is firm yet flaky, with a savory-sweet glaze that is achieved by marinating the fish in sweet miso for two days. Worth every penny. And at this place, that's a whole lot.
totally worth the trip. Just got back from the poorly reviewed Bond ST. and have to say that the LA times got it WRONG. The vibe was great. I was expecting some pretentiousness from all the reviews I read but quite the opposite. The staff was cool. They were actually chill yet informative. I usually have sushi at the beginning of the meal but I went through the motions, you know to have the full experience. I was worried at first that I'd be too full but not the case. I left happy not stuffed...with a cool buzz and won't have to get a second job to pay the tab! We were invited to the lounge for drinks which was nice. The music was cool so we scoped out a sofa and grabbed it and camped out till we reached our limit. Gotta say the Thompson and bond st. are quite a destination. Food 3 stars, service 3 stars, ambiance 10 stars!!! we'll totally be back.
incredible entrees. The chicken was amazing! I know...who goes to a sushi restaurant for chicken but seriously, it ROCKED! Crispy crunchy top and juicy on the inside. Service does need some fine tuning, no doubt but my food stole the show so I kind of blocked out that part. I tried cold sake for the first time. Not sure which one I had (the list has a lot of choices) but it was very fruity and refreshing. Used to the hot stuff which always makes me feel good but this was a new experience and I'll definantly try it again. I doubt ill get a chance to go to New york to compare so it's LA all the way for me
not bad. I actually had a good experience. We must have ordered right. The waiter was helpful with recommendations and even steered us away from dishes he didn't think were great. He did seem a little miffed when we ordered a few things to share.. there were just 2 of us girls and even with our shared plates and drinks we still spent over $130 before tip so he didn't need to get so huffy! : ) The dishes don't seem too bad price-wise but it adds up quickly!
HORRIBLE ON ALL LEVELS!!.
All of the good reviews are from people that work there... they are trying to make it sound better than it is.
This place is a rip off and heavily guilty of "tryin too hard" to be cool.
Go to someplace else!
Super Cute place!!!. I had a friend staying at The Thompson Hotel and we decided to try their restaurant. Surprisingly the place is hip and had good service. The food was surprisingly good too. The table for two are really tiny so order a little bit at a time. The place had a good atmosphere.
Rockin Saturday Night. just got back from Bond St. Beverly Hills. Great sake list. The vibe there is awesome, service was informed and not pretentious. I was kind of worried since it's in beverly hills and the thompson hotel but everyone was so friendly. The spring rolls were tight, full and crisp. SPICY SHRIMP are finger licking good, even with chop sticks. We loaded up on sushi but saved room for the short ribs and NY steak. Totally worth the visit and its now our new "go to" restaurant for all celebrations. Panna Cotta was like silk. You can't get this food anywhere else in LA
Cool place, authentic flavors, nice people watching. A friend who has lived in NYC and LA said I should check this place out. Yesterday I took a friend visiting from out of town. Good recommendation. Busy, dark and sophisticated, friendly vibe, s@xy place to catch up and people watch. Feels more urban than the surrounding environment or perhaps most of LA. It is upscale and prices are to match, dinner and drinks for two were $161, so... not the kind of place I will eat every night, but definitely quality. Some true authentic flavors in the dishes too. Service was classy and genuine. I need an expense account so I can go to places like this more often.
GREAT service and quality food!. I am from Japan and I am picky with my Japanese food, but this place was pretty awesome. My husband and I went there on late Thursday night, and the place was all booked so we ate at the bar down stairs. The handsome Asian bartender was so friendly and attentative. We ended up having lots of dishes and drinks (perfectly made always). The portions were small, but that's normal for Japanese food in Japan. The quality of food was good and I appreciated the excellent service. I'm not sure if we enjoyed the food more or the lively conversation with the staff. I would go back there again just to relax after a stressful work day.
smallest pieces of sushi I have ever seen. Sure, the ambiance is great, and I know this is Beverly Hills, but can they make the sushi any smaller? For my birthday, my girlfriends took me to Bond St for dinner. We ordered several dishes to try, but all the portions were very very small. Take for example our cut roll order, the pieces were cut to the size of a quarter. I still wasn't fully satisfied after several orders of sushi and other appetizer/entree dishes, so I decided to order a bowl of soba noodles to "fill up" a little. When the noodles came out, I kid you not in that I can pretty much count how many pieces of noodles there were. It looked like someone already had eaten more than half the bowl of noodles, and what they served to us was leftover. On top of that, the service was EXTREMELY slow. I wasn't kidding when I commented that they were probably out fishing for the sushi meat. If it's sushi you want, go to Urasawa. If it's ambiance and sushi you want, go elsewhere like Koi or Nobu.
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