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Saam: worth going over the top

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highermath May 1, 2009 06:56 AM

Pretty amazing, particularly considering that they have only been open three weeks! We were served 23 perfectly sized, paced and plated courses ranging from the dragon's breath (a hoot) to the sublime tournedos Rossini 2009 (kobe beef wrapped in fois gras) and from the simple sweet potato chips to the molecular nitro gazpacho. The service was friendly and professional and the space was as elegant as Bazaar is wild.

The wine flights are not paired, but fit the meal well. All and all, a real delight and certainly one of the best tasting meals I have had (and I've had some good ones). The price - $120 pp plus $40-45 for wine - was very reasonable considering the quality and complexity of the meal.

They have already had one menu rotation (in three weeks), so it probably won't get boring, either.

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    FranklinJefferson RE: Brussels Sprout May 1, 2009 09:41 AM

    Saam is the private restaurant within the Bazaar at the SLS Hotel. Jose Andres' place...

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      kevin h RE: FranklinJefferson May 1, 2009 03:09 PM

      I just dined there recently as well. Sounds like the OP and I had very similar menus. Currently most all the items at Saam are on Bazaar's regular menu, but I'm pretty sure that'll change once they get settled in. The original concept was to have a totally different dining experience compared to Bazaar.

      See the report: http://www.kevineats.com/2009/04/saam...

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        btgordon RE: kevin h May 1, 2009 04:03 PM

        This looks great! I have been looking for a place like this for my birthday. How does one get reservations? Just call The Bazaar?

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          kevin h RE: btgordon May 1, 2009 06:35 PM

          Yep, just call them up and ask for Saam specifically. I think the reservations are actually managed separately.

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          ronnie_gaucho RE: kevin h May 1, 2009 06:41 PM

          Just curious...How do they pronounce Saam? Is it like Saab with an m? BTW Your blog is awesome

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            kevin h RE: ronnie_gaucho May 1, 2009 07:47 PM

            Thanks Ronnie. It's pronounced "Sam" as in "Sam Nazarian." ;)

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              ronnie_gaucho RE: kevin h May 2, 2009 12:13 AM

              I see...well that's pretty weak...My name is Saam and it's definitely not pronounced like "Sam." Then again I don't drive a Bugatti Veyron

      2. martiniman RE: highermath May 2, 2009 04:17 AM

        Been to Bazaar, before and spent like the same amount last time. I will have to try this sometime.

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