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Oct 18, 2011 04:14 AM

Providence or The Bazaar?

we are wanting to have a great meal while in la and also wanting to take my wife's father for a special meal. We had previously been to providence when we were in la last time and really enjoyed it. However we have been reading about the Bazaar and it sounds really interesting.

The question is: Bazaar or Providence?

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  1. Providence will always be the top in my eyes.

    If you want something different, you can definitely try Bazaar.

    At the end of the day, I'll always pick Providence.

    1. The Bazaar is my favorite. Providence is kind of meh to me.

      1. It's apples and oranges. Providence is very much an elegant fine dining, quiet conversation, super refined food experience. Probably my favorite place in Los Angeles for that. While Bazaar is a noisier - in a good way - fun verging on wacky, people watching, playful sort of a place. I think the food at Bazaar is excellent, though a little more hit and miss than at Providence, but it's hard to compare them as what's on offer is so different. Bazaar is a little bit cheaper than Providence, depending on drinks or added extras.

        1. Depends on your tastes. They're kind of apples & oranges, from a dining room standpoint.

          The experience at Bazaar feels quixotic and impusive, whereas you get more of a true fine dining vibe at Providence.

          Both are great.

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          1. re: J.L.

            exactly what J.L. says. ive been to providence twice and bazaar once. if i had to pick food, i may stick with bazaar, but over all dining experience i gotta give to providence.

          2. Could never forget the cheese service at Providence. Best l have ever encountered worldwide in last 15 years

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            1. re: Delucacheesemonger

              Have you been to Bistro LQ for their cheese service, Delucacheesemonger?

              Bistro LQ
              8009 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90048

              1. re: Delucacheesemonger

                Here is a view of the cheese cart offerings at LQ (circa January 2011)...

                1. re: J.L.

                  Thanks for the suggestion. On the cart shown l can recognize most of the French cheeses which predominate the cart. My recollections of the Providence cart sampled in February was that there were 20 or so cheeses, each in perfect condition, and served by a waiter who explained all of them in great detail. This was necessary as half of them l had never encountered before. This rarely happens to me.

                  1. re: Delucacheesemonger

                    the LQ cart i believe is supplied by Nicole's Gourmet Foods in south pas, which is a shop that specializes in french products (though they have other things). it's a nod to Laurent's french heritage.
                    The Providence cart is more diverse.
                    Best cheese plate i ever had was in the midst of Spago's 10-course tasting menu (plus 6 amuses) about 7 years ago. they brought out 13 cheeses, and after we selected a few, the server just asked if we'd like a plate of all 13. no-brainer. we wound up being served well over a pound of cheese for just the two of us. gluttony galore.

                    176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

                    Nicole's Gourmet Foods
                    921 Meridian Ave, South Pasadena, CA 91030

                    1. re: Delucacheesemonger

                      IF you'll note my review of the cheeses at LQ (back at Bistro LQ) I was extremely frustrated that the server had no clue what ANY of them were save for goat/cow/sheep due to location on the board. Couldn't even name epoisse with the damned label on it. I mentioned this to Chef afterwards - he came out to chat - and it seems they've since added labels to them all since moving to starry kitchen.

                      I am certainly not the cheese enthusiast you are, but Providence's Cart was very impressive - the only ones I've seen more numerous, equally well aged, and better explained were at Michel Rostang and Joel Robuchon.

                      To answer the original question of this thread - Providence is special. The Bazaar's room trumps the Bazaar's food - and I went under Voltaggio's post.


                      Bistro LQ
                      8009 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90048

                  2. re: Delucacheesemonger

                    Could never forget the cheese service at Providence. Best l have ever encountered worldwide in last 15 years

                    That says A LOT! Especially considering you've been lovingly dubbed THE Cheese Locust on the France Boards...having single handedly relieved cheesemongers of their best wares in a single sitting...