The Bazaar--A Memorable Dining Experience!
On Saturday Dec. 19th my wife and I dined at Jose Andres’ Bazaar Restaurant located in LA's SLS Hotel. The minute we walked in to the restaurant we noticed that the vibes were cool and trendy, we knew at that moment we were at “the new popular L.A. hang-out.” We checked in with the hostess and strolled around the vast area called the Bazaar. We found the central bar and ordered a few cocktails. Cocktails in hand we wondered over to an art gallery created by Murray Moss [I had to look this up on the web]. The MOSS gallery of the Bazaar is similar to an art gallery, a unique collection of art, books, statues, etc.. The hostess found us in the gallery and guided us to our table located in the Blanca tapas bar section of the Bazaar. We sat comfortably and opened the menu; you could say that we were overwhelmed with the number of tapas. Shortly after sitting, our server welcomed us and presented the menu. This was our first tapas meal, so we had really no idea what to expect. At this time the manager introduced himself and answered all of our questions. After the menu presentation we defaulted to them to order our entire meal. My wife ordered a glass of 2006 L’Argata, Joan d’Anguera Spanish Red Wine and I ordered my favorite cocktail, a cotton candy mojito. The first tapas to hit our table were salt infused baby potatoes served with a unique dipping sauce consisting of olive oil, cilantro, cumin and parsley, a simple dish but rewarding. Next served were the sweet potato crisps served with a dip which tasted of yogurt, olive oil and anise, it was refreshing. The next two dishes were canned versions of tapas—sea urchin with vegetables and a crab dish. The crab was served with a raspberry sauce which was a perfect match; this dish surprised me on how delicious it was. Our server then brought out a tomato and mozzarella salad, simple and tasty, the cool thing about this salad was that the mozzarella cheese was actually a liquid ball an amazingly play of textures, a wonderful salad! The selection of ham was truly unique and delicious. We were served three different types of ham; the best was the back pig ham [Jamon Iberico de bellota Fermin] which had a fat content similar to Kobe beef. After the ham, we enjoyed tomato cheese toast, Spanish sausages [similar to the sausages served at Black sheep Bistro], brussel sprouts, an egg and potato foam dish and boneless chicken wings. A tapas dish that really stood out was the squid in its own ink, the ink was salty but delicious when paired the squid. The final tapas were wagyu beef cheeks and the famous Jose Andres’ Philly cheese steak which consisted of air bread, cheese foam inside and a few strips of waygu beef on the outside; this was a hit, delicious!
After dinner, our server guided us to the Patisserie section of the Bazaar where my wife was overwhelmed by the selection of candy, bon bons, cookies, cakes, lollipops, fruit pate and assorted pastries. Our new server took us on a small tour of the desert display, wow! I’m not one for deserts, so I ordered a 10 year old Laphroaig while my wife sampled several treats. Simply put my wife was in heaven. Then our server surprised both of us with a birthday desert along with a candle. We stayed at the Bazaar for almost 5 hours but it only felt like 2 hours, time flys when you’re having fun! We will go back.