I went to Bondir last night and it was amazing, thought I would post in case anyone else is curious about it. It's very small and cozy and everyone is clearly very enthusiastic about opening. They have a fireplace, which may have biased me slightly given how cold it's getting.
They started us with three kinds of bread which they bake in-house, very hearty and crusty. One had goose cracklings in it, which I loved, but my favourite was the rosemary-chive.
All the dishes come in half-portions as well, so we split four half-entrees between two people and it was perfect. We had lobster stock risotto with mussels, a dish of grits with roasted vegetables that was incredibly good, lamb over stewed beans (also incredible), and a beef dish that was slightly more peculiar. It came with a mole sauce that I thought didn't go very well with the otherwise very French flavours, but my friend loved it, and sopped it up with the rest of the bread.
All the desserts seem to have a savoury element, which isn't what I normally pick, but they were also great. I had a 'jerusalem artichoke tart', which was caramelized sunchokes on a thick slab of gingerbread-like cake. It was a really unusual dish and absolutely delicious. My friend had a tangerine concoction with thyme ice cream - I was less enthusiastic about this because I thought the thyme was a bit much, but he thought it was great.
All in all I thought it was a lovely place, with really interesting and good food, and everyone was very warm. Also cheaper than I expected for what we got - when you get a half-portion of an entree it's only 11-15 dollars, so we really didn't end up spending much considering how many dishes we tried.
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