The Thompson Hotel is undoubtedly one of the trendiest places in LA at the moment. The boutique hotel was recently redone, and Bond Street is still a pretty well known “secret” to most in the city. While it is commonly frequented by agents from the big Hollywood tenpercenteries, it hasn’t become as widely known as flashier establishments like the SLS Hotel’s The Bazaar or the Beverly Wilshire’s CUT by Wolfgang Puck. That should change.
Bond Street’s main dining room, accented in brown and gray, is modern but maintains a distinct level of refinement. On a recent Friday night, it appeared that half the tables were filled, with the lounge/bar area off the hotel’s lobby the most popular area to eat. The service is friendly and helpful, and dinner is meant to be served family style. Since Bond Street specializes in sushi, dishes are very easy to share and sample.
Some of the more memorable dishes include the miso black cod, the sundried tomato and avocado roll, the jidori chicken (incredibly tender), and spicy tuna on crispy rice (given, you’ll have a hard time going wrong with this at any restaurant). The drink list consists of a variety of fresh fruit-infused martinis. The desserts were all also wonderfully done.
Before or after dinner, be sure to head to the top floor of the Thompson to check out the rooftop pool and bar. Its 360-degree view is one of the best you’ll find in the entire city. The people watching is just as good.
Bond Street is located at 9360 Wilshire Blvd. in Beverly Hills.
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