We recently joined a group of bloggers and food writers as the guests of Bond at The Langham, where we had not been in a while. The elegantly appointed room is the site of a former U. S. Treasury Bank. The setting is upscale and opulent yet still intimate, comfortable and relaxed making for a great date night destination. After perusing the cocktail menu, I started with the Bond's Buy, a generous drink of Dewar's Signature, Sweet Vermouth, Grenadine and Orange Juice. Light. Refreshing. Delicious.
It was then onto our first bite: Vietnamese Fresh Rolls with Shrimp, Chicken and Spicy Peanut Sauce. These were every bit as good as they look with a mildly spicy sauce.
Next up was the Stracchino Cheese and Heirloom Tomatoes plate. Drizzled with an excellent virgin olive oil and balsamic, another light, refreshing flavor.
Crispy Point Judith Calamari with Sweet Chili, Black Sesame and Cilantro. This was one of my favorite dishes. I loved the spiciness balanced with the crisp, lightly fried calamari. Delicious.
Grilled Baby Corn with Espelette was served with Cotija Cheese, Aioli and Lime.
The Flat Bread Pizzas were good but I like my flat breads very crispy. These were close but not quite crisp enough for me.
The Sweet Soy and Ginger Chicken Wings, however, were excellent. Small enough to eat without covering yourself with it, the sauce was perfect and the meat moist and fall-off-the-bone tender.
Time for another cocktail! This is the Sawbuck Martini: Grey Goose La Poire, Domaine de Canton, Fresh Lime Juice and Basil Leaf. The basil was a nice touch without being overpowering.
Lobster and Chorizo Quesadilla with Queso Blanco and Sweet Corn. Very generous on the lobster, this was another one of my top picks.
The Chocolate Tasting: Smoked Chocolate Cake, Milk Chocolate Powder, White Chocolate Brulee and Guanaja Ice Cream. All were good. The Brulee was outstanding but I think the Ice Cream wowed me the most.
The second dessert we sampled was this Strawberry Rhubarb Gratin with Mascarpone Mousse, Mint and Black Pepper Sable. The mousse was superb but I am one of those people who is just not a fan of rhubarb. I think rhubarb is one of those flavors that you either love or hate, there is no in-between.
Expect soaring ceilings, huge chandeliers, low lighting, comfy, plush seating with lots of dark nooks and corners. This is a serious step up from just going to a bar and the big money, high finance theme adds to the ambiance, setting the tone for elegance. There is even a jazz trio playing to help set the romantic theme.