Jason Bond Responds to Bondir Concord Review
By Scott Kearnan
February 10, 2014
Bondir chef Jason Bond posted an impassioned response to Boston Globe food critic Devra First's middling review of Bondir Concord, the suburban sibling to the Cambridge New American. In her review last week, First was not unimpressed by Bondir Concord; she writes that the food is "often wonderful," "the staff welcoming," and the restaurant "the best thing to happen to Concord-area dining in some time." But First ultimately awards the spot two-and-a-half stars (compared to three-and-a-half for the original), feeling that "the element of surprise is absent" and that "the cooking at the new Bondir isn’t always as exact as one would wish." First suggests that all the pieces are there. "Yet somehow it doesn’t feel quite as magical."
On Saturday, chef Bond posted an open response on the restaurant's website and Facebook page. He writes that he was "extremely disappointed" in First's review. "I wish she had looked at Bondir Concord as a unique restaurant, with the eyes of a new guest, walking into a beautiful restaurant with a lively crowd and a very unique menu," writes Bond. He continues that her estimation "does not recognize the work and the quality that goes into a guest's experience. It does not recognize the small touches one sees on every wall, the drape of a linen, a hand-blown vase with a bud, a particular china matched to a particular table, the unique experience we are offering our guests. Bondir Concord is not a suburban branch of Bondir in Cambridge - it is its own entity and as serious an effort as the first." You can read his full response here.
Meanwhile, Bondir Concord sous chef Rachel Miller, recently honored as one of our Boston 30 Under 30, has moved on from her role - though the transition is not related to the review, she tells Zagat. "I have resigned from Bondir to explore other opportunities," Miller explained in an email. "It has nothing to do with the review. Just bad timing."