Prompted by a "top sushi in Miami" query, we visited Bond Street tonight for the first time. I was pretty darn impressed. Despite the clubby feel, they take their fish pretty seriously. Unfortunately, the price is pretty steep.
It's a shorter menu than a traditional Japanese place, with a not-encyclopedic but still decent selection of fish (I vastly prefer this to someplace that keeps things on the menu that won't stay fresh), about a half dozen salad / tartare / fish carpaccio type items, about a half dozen cooked apps, and a few other things (some skewered teriyaki meats and fish, a few cooked entrees). Also had a list of probably at least a half dozen specials.
We tried several items, both sushi and not - yellowtail belly, amberjack, and salmon nigiri; spicy tuna roll, spicy yellowtail roll; spicy crispy shrimp; and a special of lemon shiso cured salmon with cucumber noodles.
The nigiri was very good quality. Sizes here are appropriate - you can actually fit a piece into your mouth in one bite without contorting or choking. The menu prices are listed with 2 pieces per order, but be forewarned that two pieces here are probably roughly the size of what most people are accusomed to seeing as one piece. The nigiri were also generously, though appropriately, dosed with wasabi. No added wasabi needed. The maki were not quite anything to write home about - decent but not great. The yellowtail roll was topped with little pieces of fried shallot, an interesting touch.
The shrimp were yet another variation on the famous creamy spicy shrimp at Nobu. Here they used regular shrimp, not rock shrimp, and they were tossed in a chipotle aioli and served aside a nice little salad of baby greens tossed with a calamansi vinaigrette. For this kind of item I prefer the texture of the rock shirmp, but the flavors were great with the chipotle adding a nice slightly smoky kick - and the dressed greens were perfect. The lemon and shiso cured salmon sounded great, but unfortunately the fish really didn't pick up much of the flavors.
Not quite satisfied, I asked for another 6 pieces of nigiri of the chef's choosing. A really interesting assortment came back - tuna topped with a little dollop of caviar and gold leaf; a shrimp which had been marinated briefly in some type of vinaigrette; fluke with a little bit of spicy fish roe; octopus which had been given a marinade or brush of some tasty sauce (some of the most tender octopus sushi I've ever had); one item I'm blanking on; and seared beef (didn't think this would be my thing, but it was quite good). All were very good.
The only big drawback, as previewed above, was the price. Nigiri prices range from about $7 - 10 for 2 pieces (except for toro) but you will probably end up ordering about twice as much as you may be accustomed to because of the appropriately mouth-sized portions. We probably spent close to $50 a head (without drinks, before tip) which is pretty steep for sushi.
A word should be said about the atmosphere. It is very much a clubby place. We sat at the bar (which is always fine by me) rather than sit on a goofy little tuffet at a cocktail table. At about 8 pm there was still plenty of room but over the next hour it got pretty filled up and elbow room could be at a premium.
Though pricy, I thought the food was high quality and would definitely go back for a sushi fix.
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