I recently checked out the Japanese restaurant BONDST with a few eating buddies. We partook in the omakase, or Chef’s selection, and sat at the sushi bar – one of my favorite seats in the house. Presented with course after course of artfully prepared cuisine, I was stuffed at the end. But how did the food measure up?
First a pictorial overview – there was no menu, so I don’t have the names/contents of everything: We first started with a selection of oysters and sashimi adorned with gold leaf, accompanied by sake:
This next course was one of my favorites – beef carpaccio with shaved truffle and truffle oil – SO yummy!
A selection of sushi – the crab with crispy rice (bottom left) was unique and delicious:
In addition to all the courses, the omakase meal allowed us to order any sushi/sashimi we desired – we ordered several pieces of my favorite, uni (sea urchin):
The sushi bar was buzzing on this warm, summery Friday night:
We ended our meal with a selection of desserts, including one of my favorites – mochi ice cream. We had green tea, strawberry and black sesame mochi, as well as green tea chocolate, fruit gelees, almond cakes and more:
The omakase selection at BONDST was delicious, artfully prepared, and filling – I especially appreciated the “order any other sushi/sashimi you want” perk. The sushi chefs were humorous and approachable, engaging us in conversation and asking what we thought of each presentation. Absolutely no complaints about the food and the sushi chefs!
The only gripe I’d have regarding BONDST is about the hostesses and waitresses – now I *know* that they are hired for their looks rather than their hospitality (every single waitress and hostess was at least 5’10”, slim, beautiful and wearing the “uniform” of a short black mini), but their attitudes were highly unappetizing. I’ve got to give them props for maintaining a consistently condescending demeanor right when we walked through the door to the minute we left. While I might return for the food, I admit I’d think twice due to this distasteful service.
6 Bond St. (btw Broadway/Lafayette)
Food = delicious; service = blah.