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Feb 2, 2009 11:48 AM

Bond at the Langham

Was there for dinner last night. Would be interested to see if other CH have been and what they thought.

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  1. what did you have and what did you think? TIA

    7 Replies
    1. re: barleywino

      It is in the former Julien space. The interior design is actually pretty cool. Tables on both sides and lounge/couch seating in the middle. The menu is all small plates for sharing, but can be used as apps and "light" entrees. The food was good, not great. We shared pork shumai and a spanish inspired shrimp dish to start. I had quail as my "entree" and my wife had their burger (which are done as 2 sliders). The quail was and burger/s were very good w/ teh quail having perfect crisp skin and the burger/s perfectly rare. We had "cheesecake lollipops" for dessert (cool in concept/presentation, but ok in taste. Bond does not take any reservations. They have a DJ that spins Thurs - Sat starting at 10 pm.

      1. re: stradacouple

        Did they put out those yummy spicy/salty/sweet almonds like they ysed to have at Julien's?

        1. re: Suze123

          No, they appear be long gone. I was a little nostalgic for the old formal Julien and upper level bar. For years we used to go to the bar a few times a month for drinks after dinner and listen to Jeffrey Moore the pianist play. The redone space is contemporary and the bar has been relocated to the far end of the Julien space opposite the "grand staircase". The decor of the room is a little contra to the "'french" style of the rest of the hotel. My thought is that they will have more of a club focus with the food as secondary, but it will be interesting to see.

          1. re: stradacouple

            Two questions: Could you tell what the old bar is used for and do you know what happened to the paintings that were in the bar?

            1. re: Fort Point

              In the old bar area there were some small tables and chairs. All of the couches/upholstered chairs and larger tables were gone. To be honest, I did not see if there was antyhing on the walls It looked as if the area might be used for overflow on busy weekend nights. Our waitress told us that the former Julien space had not been in use for over 2 years. We will go back and scout it out again, but doubt that it will make it to our "short list" for regular visits. Cool though is that there is plenty of on street parking at night when the financial district clears out, so one can avoid a valet charge.

              1. re: stradacouple

                Too bad a lot of the street parking is now gone due to the construction and snow - stopped in briefly last night, I do like the design, didn't have time to grab a drink though. I wonder if it will become the new hit 'ultra lounge"

                1. re: crazycrazypete

                  the bartending is not up to the standard of the top bars around here (ES, Green st, Drink, Craigie, etc) but it is a cool spot design-wise

    2. Was there on Sat night. Walked in just before 8 and had our pick of the lounge areas. Were told that the dinner tables around the perimeter were reserved. The seating filled up very quickly as did the standing area around the bar. By the time we left at about 10:30, there was a very long line to get in. Early, it was a very eclectic crowd. At 10:30, the line was 20-somethings.

      Nice atmosphere and music and the food was much better than I expected. The lounge area is configurable so can handle couples or larger groups, but if you don't get there early, you may be in line and/or standing around.

      They had some nice looking cocktails and some decent wines by the glass. Also some reasonable choices on the full wine list. The menu is divided into snacks, apps and 1/2 entrees. The mix of small plates is appropriate for the lounge seating. Started with a very nice snack ($8) which contained mixed olives, warm almondsand cubes of spiced feta. For apps we shared fricassee of burgundy escargots and mushroom and also the baked northeast oysters with country ham leek fondue. Both good, but I'd probably try something else next time, since there were other good sounding optinos. We ordered two of the 1/2 entrees including a very tender/tasty short rib and a sea scallop & pork belly entree. I'm a huge fan of pork belly and this, though small, did not disappoint. the 1/2 entrees (which are priced $14-$18) are indeed about 1/2 the size of a regular entree, which gives you the opportunity to try several things. (total food cost before tax/tip was $72)