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The Bazaar by José Andrés

goodhealthgourmet Feb 18, 2009 04:56 PM

SIV just gave it FOUR stars in today's Times...anyone been?

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  1. wilafur RE: goodhealthgourmet Feb 18, 2009 05:01 PM

    a quick search yielded a plethora of posts. a sampling:

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/573775
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/594859
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/593436
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/573205
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/591695

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      goodhealthgourmet RE: wilafur Feb 18, 2009 05:03 PM

      thanks...i should have known better!

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        Nicole RE: wilafur Feb 18, 2009 08:11 PM

        I'll add my review to the sampling:
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/585708

      2. J.L. RE: goodhealthgourmet Feb 18, 2009 06:45 PM

        Come on now, the 'Hounds are usually ALL OVER new restaurants as soon as they're opened.

        I just can't believe Virbila gave it 4 stars!

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          umich RE: goodhealthgourmet Feb 18, 2009 08:37 PM

          Its good but not that good.She typicall is very tough to please so this one really suprises me. That said, it is great fun

          1. kevin h RE: goodhealthgourmet Feb 18, 2009 10:34 PM

            Bazaar on the same level as Robuchon? Oh come on now...

            I've been twice now, and even a 3.5-star rating would seem generous.

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              nhb2009 RE: kevin h Feb 23, 2009 12:33 PM

              You are all probably more accomplished eaters than I. BUT I cannot imagine having a more complete dining experience than the recent trip I had here. It was EVERYTHING that I hope that a fancy meal out could be.

              Moreover, the food quality to value ratio here is off the charts. I am not sure if that is a factor in the review, but it obviously should be for all reviews. Give it 3.5 stars, if you want to quibble. Then compare Robuchon's $250 prix fixe to Bazaar's $44 equivalent!!

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                moto RE: nhb2009 Feb 24, 2009 01:54 AM

                nhb, I must concur. Going there was a 'splurge/special occasion' for us, and for <$50.p.p. before tax and tip, including a big pitcher of excellent sangria, it was a 'bargain splurge' considering the comfy surroundings and excellent service.

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                  andytseng RE: nhb2009 Feb 24, 2009 09:09 PM

                  They offer a $44 prix fixe? Is that for a limited time, or is that part of their regular menu. A friend owes me a ~$40 dinner and this would be perfect.

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                    fdb RE: andytseng Feb 24, 2009 09:38 PM

                    It's the Dine LA menu that's ending this Friday. The place is completely booked till March 8th though.

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                  foodiemahoodie RE: kevin h Mar 31, 2009 08:09 PM

                  I would have to agree with you on that. But it's a third of the price Robuchon too.

                3. shermanoaksfoodie RE: goodhealthgourmet Feb 23, 2009 03:03 PM

                  HI everyone. My friend and I just checked out The Bazaar's afternoon tea service yesterday. Unfortunately, the service was awful. We had to find someone to seat us (we had reservations, and knew it would be slow in there, but still...). We sat for at least 10 minutes before our server came to us, and that was after we flagged him down. However, once we got into the food courses, they moved along. The food was all good, and you could choose among a number of teas. I wish they came around to heat up your tea, or had something to put your individual tea pot on to keep it hot. My tea quickly became lukewarm at best , and I polished the entire pot! I thought $25 was pretty reasonable, but there could be come improvements and I've had better.

                  I have dinner reservations next month and still have very high expectations and can't wait to check it out. I think and hope dinner will be a completely different experience. I think it will be a fun spot once its packed in the evenings.

                  1. peppermonkey RE: goodhealthgourmet Feb 24, 2009 11:30 AM

                    just more proof that trusting SIV's ratings are useless....the times needs to use someone with a wider palate, that can appreciate the diversity of food that comes with the diversity of the city....GOLD is much more useful and a better read

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                      Ernie RE: peppermonkey Feb 24, 2009 11:35 AM

                      Of course SIV loves it. The place is precious and pretentious as she, and Spanish cuisine is super-trendy right now even though it is one of my least favorite cuisines (and I have Catalan family!). I can't believe they have nerve to sell pa amb tomàquet at that price, it is really just something you make with leftover bread the next day. But if it it has the air of exclusivity and trendiness, there will always be customers in this city.

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                        shermanoaksfoodie RE: Ernie Mar 31, 2009 12:45 PM

                        Just thought I should check back in since I just went to The Bazaar last weekend for dinner. Ok, this place is awesome. Forget the tea service, just do dinner. It had an incredible energy and was a lot of fun. The service was good and the food was fantastic. My favorites: Jamon Iberico (Ah-May-zing), Rossejat - paella-style pasta with shrimp (enough for 4 to share), Braized Veal Cheeks (fall apart yummy goodness), tortilla "new way" (need one per person, but so wonderful), Philly cheesesteak, and jicama wrapped guaqamole.

                        We will definitely be back, especially to take out-of-towners or just to go to the bar and enjoy some jamon, cheese and yummy tapas. Would be a great place to just grab drinks or dessert if you're in the area too.

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                      grubtrotters RE: goodhealthgourmet Mar 31, 2009 06:25 PM

                      Adding my Chowhound review: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/605717

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