CHEF SHINES AT BOND ST. IN
The owners of Bond St
restaurant in Beverly Hills have pulled off a small coup by hiring new chef Brian Redzikowski to run
the Japanese/California style eatery located in the boutique Thompson
Hotel. I have no idea what the previous guy was like, but Redzikowski has
taken it to a superb level with a series of unique dishes that demand a
second visit as soon as possible. The
original Bond St
opened in Manhattan
over 10 years ago quickly making a name for itself.
In 2001, a second version opened up a Morr’s Townhouse hotel in Miami Beach.
Now dominating the lobby and lounge area at the Thompson Hotel, you can
just go in for a drink and sample the hot and cold appetizers like the Big
Eye Tuna Cubes with Wasabi Kizame or the Ama Ebi Hura Maki with spiced
Eucalyptus Honey and soy.
The new chef hails from Long Island, and the 27 year olds resume includes
Le Cirque in
New York, Matsuhisa in
Aspen, and Mansion and Yellowtail in Las Vegas. The workaholic chef has now inherited an excellent spot in Beverly Hills
where his talents have created an eclectic menu of Japanese/American
creations, many unique to his style. Standouts
include the Szechuan Yellowtail Sashimi with Yuzu, Soy and Chilli Oil that
is as fresh tasting as you can get. I also loved the Big Eye Tuna Tarts on
a crispy cake, a beautiful and savory blend. That same theme can also be
found in the Tuna & King Crab Crispy Rice with Chipote Aioli and Micro
The Wild Alaskan Roasted Cod was coated in a succulent sweet sauce that
made this dish also a contender for the best item on the menu. The same
could also be said for the Washugyu Beef with a Wasabi Dijon and Pickled
Chantarelles that was cooked to a perfect state of tenderness.
Keeping at the high level of excellence, the Sushi Rolls were
gently covered in a spicy curry sauce as fresh as if they were just
caught. The only dish I tried
that was slightly below par was the Jidori Chicken with organic root
vegetables. It is a popular menu item however, but to me it seemed rather
out of sync with the rest of the tasting menu.
The service can best be described as an example of youthful exuberance,
but absolutely fitting for the ambience and the food. A group of seasoned
travelers on the next table were a little upset about the loud music which
seemed perfectly fine to this writer, but this is a great place for a date
or even a friendly or casual business meeting.
9360 Wilshire Blvd
, Beverly Hills
$140 for two (including wine)
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