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Mar 11, 2009 10:38 AM

*Bazaar* - Impressive? Would I go back?

Dined at Bazaar last night

Food: B/B+ (girlfriend rates a tad higher B+)
Decor: A
Service: B (nice but a bit robotic)
Drinks / Bar: B (Cotton Candy Mojto A-)
Pastry / Candy Area: B-
Overall Value: B+
But Would I Go Back???: Probably not (if I was paying)
Total for 2: $160 (I was not full, girlfriend was)

Prediction: This place will be hot for awhile, but cool off tremendously and Bazaar will have a lot of furniture but not so many people.

More specifics at Bazaar:

Thanks to reading pasts posts I was armed with a list but made some last minute decisions based on my girlfriend seeing things she liked on the menu - so let's get right to the food:

Soy marinated salmon roe cone ($4) / American Caviar Cone ($8)-
Let's start with one of the biggest disappointments of the night. The smallest item ever served on a plate – ah make that cone holder- Spagos and even French Laundry's salmon caviar cones were 20x better...and bigger.

Sweet potato chips ($10) Yogurt, tamarind, star anise-
Very good as the chips were decent but the yogurt was light, airy and unique

Tortilla de Atun, tuna belly omelet, dry bonito flakes ($10)-
Unimpressive dish—the egg didn’t know if it wanted to be - scrambled, an omelet or a poached egg – imagine all three with canned tuna mixed topped in and bonito flakes on top. Not good.

Not your everyday Caprese ($12) Cherry tomatoes, liquid mozzarella –
I was going to pass on this dish as I “got” the gimmick by researching so had no real desire to try it. But girlfriend wanted it and she enjoyed it very much.

Tortilla de patatas “new way” (Per Person $3) Warm potato foam, egg 63, caramelized onions-
Impressive dish – even though I am still not quite sure what I ate. Girlfriend, who I thought would not like it because she hates runny eggs – thought it was great. Great value.

Japanese taco ($10) Grilled eel, shiso leaf, cucumber, wasabi, chicharron
If going I would skip this. Nothing special and I think I still have a mini eel bone in my tooth.

Croquetas de pollo, chicken and béchamel fritters - Delicious item but not terribly original. both my girlfriend and I were fans of this and I would recommend.

Miso “linguini” $10 (Tomato, lemon, salmon roe)
An original dish, but I did have much better (and bigger portion) at little yakitori shops in Vancouver. When we ordered, the server wanted to make it real clear that this wasn’t “Italian linguini” – I just ordered foie gras on a stick, an eel taco, and caviar cones – thanks but I get it.

“Philly cheesesteak” Per Person ($8) Air bread, cheddar cheese, Wagyu beef-
Exceeded expectations – my only complaint was that the cheese inside could have been a tad warmer.

Beef hanger steak, piquillo pepper confit ($10)
Loved this dish – perfectly seasoned and I dislike red peppers but they were sweet and a great compliment to steak.

And I guess the more bazaar (play on words) a dish, the more bazaar the effort is to get it:

Foie Gras Cotton Candy ($5)
- I ordered with waitress
- Caviar / Cotton Candy Lady comes around and I said “yes I would like all three- I just let our waitress know as well”
- I get the caviar cones no sign of cotton candy
- 15 minutes go by so I ask the waitress – “oh it’s coming”
- 15 minutes go by – I ask again – “oh let me check on that”
- We are escorted to Pasterrie area – I ask matrie’d wtf?– “sorry about that”
- Finally 2 arrive – it was good – and removed from bill.

Recap of Patisserie Section
Take a regular sized higher end Hershey bar – cut it in 18 pieces and charge yourself a $1 per piece

Then take a chocolate chip cookie – cut it 4 pieces and charge yourself a $1 per piece

Pop Rock Chocolate was different but gets old after awhile

I believe when you walk out of a restaurant you should full, not stuffed, satisfied and be thinking in your head when will I be back next. Unfortunately, these criteria's were not sufficiently met.

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  1. Idea -- Do you think you could set up a real Philly cheesesteak cart outside of Bazaar? Imagine how much you could charge for them!

    1. "Spagos and even French Laundry's salmon caviar cones were 20x better...and bigger." -- And free too. ;)

      With all the ebullient praise Bazaar has been getting as of late, I'm glad to see that at least someone's not completely enamored with the place. I happen to think that it's a good restaurant, but not THAT good.

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      1. re: kevin h

        It's funny Kevin -- before i went I thought you were tough on the place based on your review (compared to others more positive) -- usually it's the opposite with you -- but i have to say your experience was a pretty fair assessment and similiar to mine.

        1. re: radman123

          Indeed, I was tough on The Bazaar (because it deserved it), but I do think the place has improved since I've been there. I'll probably make my way back eventually.

      2. Absolutely agree re caviar cone.

        1. Good review - as I detailed in my review it has hits and misses, but I quite liked it. The Tortilla de patatas is unreal for the price.

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          1. re: uhockey

            unhockey- yeah your review made me order the Tortilla de patatas - good call

            I also was looking for the Apples “Carlota” Bread pudding you recommended but I did not see it on the menu

          2. honestly, i feel bad that your service was not great. both times i have been the service has been above or equal to anything i have had in los angeles. and while i have loved both meals, i haven't adored everything that has come across my plate. however, as an experience, i loved it both times. i am going 2x in april (one 40th bday and one dinner with friends, their choice) and I am looking forward immensely to going back and not regretting at all that I am doing the same place 2 more times when there are places that are new that I have not been to.