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“Stunningly good food, strange service”
Review of Bondir Concord - CLOSED

Bondir Concord
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, French
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Description: Bondir Concord is located in historic Concord, Massachusetts. Menus showcase the pastoral and marine bounty of our New England region and offer a finely curated selection of American and European wines and beers. Chef/Owner Jason Bond has spent more than 20 years refining his technique and style, and has developed a simple philosophy of quality and care. Our offerings-vegetables picked the same day, fish hours out of the ocean, pasture-raised meats-will change daily, and will always be tasteful in preparation and presentation.
Boston, Massachusetts
Level 5 Contributor
70 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Stunningly good food, strange service”
Reviewed 25 January 2014

We were able to get a reservation a week ahead by calling the restaurant even though OpenTable said no. The friendly maîtresse d' sat us at what she described as the most romantic table - small, unique, by the front windows. It would have been lovely except that the only other table in this separate front section was a large group of 8.

Then we sat. And sat. We couldn't decide whether the service was artfully slow because the larger table's orders were just going in, but we waited for wine, for bread, and for food. The wine menu was eclectic for me, and our Oregon 2011 pinot noir disappointing. The bread was very tasty and had lovely texture but with slightly stale edges.

By the time the food arrived, we had pretty low expectations: but it was truly amazing. Unexpected combinations that melded roundly and beautifully, with bursts of flavor from tiny accents. We each had 2 small plates and then a dessert plate. I had the black trumpet agnolotti with roasted squash, spruce ricotta and mint, followed by the hangar steak with grits and roasted Brussels sprouts. Both had a truly fabulous flavor profile, and were cooked and seasoned perfectly. For dessert, I had coeur de la crème with roasted sunchokes - a leap of faith in the chef - and it was wonderful with the sunchokes like tiny roasted plums. Stunning in palate and originality! We also loved the size of the small plates - it allowed us to enjoy 3 distinct dishes each and not feel uncomfortably stuffed.

We didn't like the service. I think our server was stoned: he was friendly but far too intense in the intermittent occasions he was present. After we paid, all the staff disappeared completely from the dining room, so we retrieved our coats and just left - no great hardship but odd when they gave us a coat check ticket.

They opened 7 weeks ago, so these may be start up pains. But we will go to the Cambridge location next time.

  • Visited January 2014
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  • Dutch first
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English first
Boston, Massachusetts
Level 6 Contributor
139 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
“Growing Pains”
Reviewed 4 January 2014

The food here is interesting. It's a little too precious, with really weird deserts. The service leaves something to be desired -- it was very attentive at first and then, almost nonexistent when we needed it. The meat, chicken, and fish are done to perfection but portions are all very small -- be prepared to spend major money. The acoustics render the place noisy -- be prepared to have trouble hearing your friends over the din.

  • Visited December 2013
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boston
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76 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“complex and delicious”
Reviewed 4 January 2014

A suburban version of chef Jason Bond's Cambridge restaurant has now opened in Concord center. The restaurant was formerly a new england grill. The decor is informal. There is a back room that is quieter than the front bar section. As at the Cambridge original, the menu offers fresh, locally-sourced ingredients executed in imaginative, subtly delicious concoctions. My wife and I chose to share six appetizer-sized plates. All were quite good except for the spaghetti with perigord truffles, which was bland and surprisingly tasteless. The halibut was slowly poached in olive oil, which resulted in a moist but luke warm fish. Service was impeccable. Prices are reasonable. It is difficult for me to categorize the chef's style. He is definitively innovative and a bit experimental, while being firmly based in the use of local products. In the end there are more 'hits' than 'misses'. But one wonders whether the suburban palette and wallet will appreciate Chef Bond's talented cuisine.

  • Visited January 2014
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New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
“Extraordinarily good”
Reviewed 30 December 2013

Each dish was a perfect palette of flavors and textures. Particularly memorable were the bitter cocoa casarecce with Vermont wagu Genovese, parmigiano reggiano and cocoa nibs--perfectly cooked pasta with sauce elements that were an explosion of balanced flavors--and the New York dry aged strip loin--expertly seared, succulent and drizzled with apple cider roasting jus. We tried many of the dishes just because each was so compelling. Desserts were also excellent.

Overall, this restaurant is a gem with exceedingly polished food compositions and relaxed and friendly service. The wine list also perfectly complements. If there were one small critique it would be that the beautiful food compositions are best experienced on plain white plates. We had overly busy colored ones placed down empty for sharing. The food was visually lost on them, but the flavors, of course, still remained unforgettable. Bondir really makes you jump for joy like the French verb of its name. Bravo!

  • Visited December 2013
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