This year I was lucky enough to go to Bondir for my birthday dinner with my fiancee. We were there on the evening before my birthday (a Thursday) due to the difficulty of getting a reservation that Friday (book early people!). Bondir has been on my must-try list since I walked past the place after first moving to Cambridge. It did not disappoint.
Inside the restaurant is cosy and the rustic touches lend charm without being too faux. Our waiter was very charming and very french. He was attentive and friendly without being intrusive and was well-versed with the intricacies of the menu.
My fiancee and I both had the prix fixe menu. Satisfying mouth feel and intricately blended flavors are the order of the day at Bondir. My Bresaola salad expertly melded the flavors of the salty, deliciously musty bresaola (which I think was aged in-house) with lighter notes of white asparagus and the sharp contrast of pickled radish.
The Salt Cod Brandade was the standout dish of the evening and the favorite of both my fiancee and I. The salt cod flavor was allowed to shine through and was complemented, rather than overwhelmed by being paired with both lobster and pancetta. I’d go back and eat this dish right now if I could.
For the main course I was torn between the local Scituate Scallops, the duck and the Tamworth Pork Shoulder. In the end I chose the Rouen Duck Breast and Confit Leg. Duck two ways! Double duck delicious! I got the best of both worlds with the perfectly cooked duck breast and the yummy, crispy duck confit. My fiancee had the Tamworth pork and that was delicious too.
For dessert I chose the Caramel Poached Rhubarb Tart. Unlike many places, Bondir doesn’t skimp on the desserts and the portions will be pleasing to dessert people everywhere. I am not a dessert person but managed to scarf down my dessert, the birthday confection kindly provided by the restaurant and wonderful mix of ices that my fiancee couldn’t manage to finish. It’s been a long while since I stuffed myself so gluttonously but it would have been a shame not to when the food is this good.
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