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“Bond never fails to impress”
Review of Bond - CLOSED

Price range: $28 - $32
Cuisines: French, International, Wine Bar
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Dining options: Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Neighborhood: Vondelpark
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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52 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Bond never fails to impress”
Reviewed December 19, 2013

I took my extended family - eight adults - to dinner at Bond last night. It was a special occasion, marking our reunion to celebrate my Dad's 75th and my parent's 50th. I spoke with Koen, the restaurant manager, ahead of time and he presented a fantastic meal. We have eaten here several times and the chef and Koen never fail to surprise and impress us. Last night we enjoyed light starters followed by the most delicious salmon I have ever tasted. It was raw, marinated and then topped with a tandoori crust. The flavors just exploded in your mouth - I've never had anything like it. Shrimp and breen in a lobster bisque followed and then Dutch beef. The dessert was mocha semi-freddo and chocolate. The entire meal was absolutely fantastic. Koen had carefully matched different wines with each course and the combinations were brilliant. He even organized for some sparklers during dessert. Throughout Koen's service was attentive, funny and sincere. He even remembered which wines my Dad had ordered when we ate here last April. Wow. When my husband arrived at dessert because of a late meeting and then cancelled trains, Koen asked the chef to quickly whip up a main course for him. Bond has terrific food and amazing service; we will return again and again.

  • Visited December 2013
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Thank jabula
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
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English first
Oxford, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Overpriced and disappointing”
Reviewed November 27, 2013 via mobile

This restaurant looks lovely. The decor is stylish and the menu looks promising. We went for the four-course surprise menu ... Definitely a mistake judging by all the good reviews here. Our first course was described as house marinated salmon and was horrible ... Tasted like a curry wurst sauce. Lobster soup as a second course was lovely but spoiled by the bits of raw tuna floating in it. I quite enjoyed the duck in an orange sauce which almost too subtle ,but it was unremarkable. All in all, ended up wishing we'd gone somewhere else.

1 Thank musotraveller
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State College, Pennsylvania
Level Contributor
6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Culinary Delight”
Reviewed November 24, 2013

Had a night booked at the Apollolaan Hilton and needed a dinner spot within easy walking distance of the hotel. Bond surpassed our expectations of a neighborhood bistro! Menu offered several nice options: beef, duck, fish, etc. Ordered the three-course menu and was pleasantly surprised: a lovely salmon appetizer, an exquisite wild duck main, and a stylish dessert of olive-oil gelato and chocolate torte. Wine and service was also outstanding. Dining room was comfortable and relaxed. All in all a superb evening.

  • Visited November 2013
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Thank OhioGirl808
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
Level Contributor
50 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Memorable, brave approach to dishes, expertly done”
Reviewed October 27, 2013

Had a three-course meal here. Salmon starter that was an incredible work of visual and taste art, it really was just incredible.

Rest of meal was top quality (beef loin entree) and again expert prepared, but not really memorable like the starter.

Service was average for Europe, no complaints, very friendly, a tad slow on the wine/drinks, but we did have a big group.

Visited October 2013
Thank Jon K
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Level Contributor
64 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Bond could be easily better”
Reviewed October 9, 2013

A bit of a surprise to find this reataurant in Valerius Street, not quite in the Center of Amsterdam. Terrace was lovely, with good atmosphere on a good Autumn night and inside there is a good mix of congeniality with the modern furniture which is hard to accomplish normally.
We were with a big group of eight people and there were of course a lot of different comments. Most people really liked what they ate, some just loved it, but to the opinion of most of us we had some slight setbacks that made 4 stars not just the reflection of what we had. The details were minor but on the whole of it, it did influence us to give Bond a 3 star and not a four star.
- we thought that the service was hasty and confusing, when all wanted something to drink the lady was too hasty to conclude things which ended up in her walking three times in stead of once. We understand that she was probably the only person serving, but the consequence is that you just cannot serve the entire restaurant well.
- When you get served a steak tartare it is imperative that you either serve toast or bread or fries with it. When there was only a thumb-like piece of toast because the restaurant ran out of bread, you should automatically serve fries. They came as an afterhought when we asked and were not half as well fried as the fries the others had from the start. I fear to think further about them.
- Three or four of us had the oysters and we all thought they were not fresh. Of course it was a Saturday?
So our conclusion is that the restaurant can easily remedy the details to end up with a four star next time.

  • Visited October 2013
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1 Thank HermesseJames
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