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Bond Street at Thompson Beverly Hills Gets Majorly Dissed by LAT

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April 17, 2008 at 3:49 PM | by | ()

The Bond Street sushi restaurant inside the Thompson Beverly Hills received zero stars and zero love from LA Times restaurant critic S. Irene Virbila.

Much like the hotel review from her counterpart Valli Herman, Virbila liked the Dodd Mitchell design. This place used to be a crappy Best Western and now it strikes the right notes with the trendy Hollywood people looking to be seen. Yet there's something lacking on the inside at Bond Street.

For instance, Virbila recommends staying away from the raw fish...in a sushi restaurant! The scallop carpaccio makes her want to "scrub off my tongue." And there's more. In Virbila's words:

I'd previously ordered the marinated tuna -- two cubes of raw tuna coated with Maytag blue cheese. I thought it was possibly one of the worst sushi experiments I'd ever tasted but wanted to see what my dining companions thought, so I order it without cluing anybody in. One friend pops a piece in his mouth and then spits it out in his napkin -- What? Blue cheese with raw fish? -- making a face.

But that's not the only such innovation. There's goat cheese crab cakes, a gooey mix of cheese with shredded crabmeat rolled in crushed rice crackers. This is equally awful, and without the lift of pristinely fresh crab.

Virbila has some kinder words for the entrees and vegetable dishes like chef Nakahara's signature arugula crispy potato roll. But with prices so expensive "$12 for two very small pieces of big eye tuna, or sweet shrimp sushi" and a scene where people are only there to be seen, this is a sushi joint and possibly a hotel to skip.

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