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Jan 25, 2012 06:06 PM

Bazaar on Mt pleasant

There is a new spot on Mt Pleasant called Bazaar Global Food Bar, in the spot where Lai Toh Heen was. anyone know anything about it or been?

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  1. I just noticed that yesterday myself and was going to ask about it here! Would love to have an interesting new option in that neighbourhood.

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    1. re: TorontoJo

      Is it open yet? There's also Mt. Pleasant's first Starbucks going in right beside it, where Sweet Gallery was.

      1. re: Yongeman

        I saw people coming out of it when I drove by, but I couldn't tell if it was open.

        I just found this article about it. It's part of the Amaya family:

        And let me just say that it isn't looking promising:

        "Expect a mash-up of Italian, Indian, Middle Eastern and Mexican cuisine on the menu (it will be sit-down service) along with burgers topped with kimchi. And, since this is an Amaya enterprise, Bhagwani says he wants to add a butter-chicken pizza."

        Oh dear.

    2. I'm surprised that LTH lasted as long as they did quite frankly.

      Great to hear that there will be another option (though unqualified) near my office!

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      1. re: Sadistick

        I for one think it sounds fun. Most family restaurants have a mish mash of cuisines - these guys are just being more overt about it. If the food is good, it could be a success, no?

        1. re: MeMeMe

          The restaurant is opening this Friday at 5PM - just got word from Amaya Restaurant.
          The menu looks interesting to me; there's an option for everyone. The neighborhood needs some variety.

      2. Went there last week with a group of 10. It was great! Casual food with interesting spices and prices were very reasonable. Cauliflower manchurian was a good app, and curry crunch burger was crunchy and tasty. It's a good place to share several apps, and is kid-friendly. Didn't try pizzas, but would definitely go back.

        1. We bought an online coupon for $28 which entitled us to one starter and two entrees. We went on Saturday night at 8:45 p.m. It was pretty empty; maybe 4 other tables. The service was friendly, the atmosphere of the restaurant was really very nice -- very different from when Lai Toh Heen was there. But, that's unfortunately the end of the positive remarks. I must say that my husband and I are both huge fans of everything Amaya, so even though we had read negative reviews we were still hopeful. Boy, were the reviews right and were we wrong! We both found everything extremely over-salted. We ordered tacos as an appetizer and there were 3 in an order -- they allowed us to have one of each of the duck, chicken and korean kolbi tacos instead of having 3 of one type. The kolbi tasted burnt, the duck was extremely spicy and the chicken was just eh. Not a good start. My husband ordered the lamb shank with mashed potatoes. Although he said it was salty, he didn't mind it. I ordered the 16 spice chicken and I think that 15 of the spices must have been salt. The chicken (which was a boneless skinless breast) was sliced on an angle and very overcooked, to the point of being difficult to cut into. There was a green sauce on part of it and a red sauce on the other. I was hoping that maybe they were Indian sauces, but they weren't. Also, lots of mashed potatoes on my plate. Needless to say, we won't be going back. Even with the online coupon we felt that we overpaid. Too bad.

            1. re: magic

              It's being moved to Baldwin street (at the site of the old Jodhpore club)


              " low weekday traffic and high rents are responsible for the closure"