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Tasting Menu at The Bazaar's Saam

wineanddine2nite Jul 11, 2012 05:50 PM

Has anyone ever added additional tasting courses to the Saam menu? I know, as if twenty courses isnt enough, but I dont want to miss a thing! If it is a possibility, what courses are a must?

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    FED RE: wineanddine2nite Jul 12, 2012 10:49 AM

    as far as i know, the only offer at saam is the tasting menu. i don't think the do ala carte, though that might have changed. i've done it twice and have to say it's a mind-blowing roller coaster. great fun. i'm not much of a fan of molecular, or modernist, or whatever you want to call it, but the food i've had has been really interesting intellectually, but also quite delicious. what more can you ask?

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      cochon21 RE: FED Jul 23, 2012 09:42 PM

      All cooking is "molecular gastronomy". No one was stupid enough to call it that until recently. Thanks to advances in technology creative chefs have new ingredients, and equipment to advance cuisine. I guess what I'm saying is don't be afraid to like something that you clearly enjoy. I generally dislike the pretension that can come with some of the fancier places, and when a chef is more in love with innovation, than making tasty food.

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        FED RE: cochon21 Jul 24, 2012 06:10 PM

        this is true ... and not. there has always been a bit of manipulation of ingredients when it comes to cooking, but i don't think there has ever been a time when technology has allowed it to the extent that is possible today. in the hands of a gifted chef, that is the delight of molecular. in the hands of a lesser talent, it can be nothing more than pretentious twaddle.

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      andytseng RE: wineanddine2nite Jul 12, 2012 10:27 PM

      When I went to Saam, their tasting menu included almost everything that would have been a can't-miss thing from Bazaar. The one notable item missing from my experience was the foie grass lollipop, but that's not gonna be an issue for you. They did offer a truffle Risotto to be added on for $60 iirc, which was delicious

      1. estufarian RE: wineanddine2nite Jul 22, 2012 11:19 AM

        I was impressed enough at Saam, to go back to the 'regular' restaurants at Bazaar (Rojo, or Blanca - identical menus) a couple of days later. But couldn't have eaten much more at Saam. That way I got to try everything I fancied - but Saam includes some 'greatest hits' from Washington - and a few other places.
        One suggestion is to pass on the 'wine accompaniments' at Saam - this was the only disappointing part of the meal for me. At Rojo we ordered from the wine list and it was far better value.
        I also found the dessert bar disappointing - and VERY expensive for what you got. Desserts at Saam were excellent - but if at Blanca or Rojo, fill up on the savoury dishes.

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          wineanddine2nite RE: estufarian Jul 22, 2012 08:07 PM

          Would you mind telling me why the wine accomaniments were dissappointing? I was planning on doing the pairing, but would love your insight and suggestions on substitutions. Thanks

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            estufarian RE: wineanddine2nite Jul 23, 2012 07:16 AM

            I'm going from memory here but the pours were small and the cost high - and not that many 'hits' IIRC wine pairings were around $100 - so $200 for two.
            A good cava would take you through much of the meal for $75.
            At Rojo we ordered the stunning Pazo Señorans Seleccion de Anada (NOTE not the 'regular' Pazo) which is one of my favourite whites from ANYWHERE - this is the only time I've seen this available anywhere in North America (although I understand it is imported into Connecticut - which I haven't visited in many years).
            Unfortunately, I just checked the on-line winelist at Bazaar, and no longer see it there. This has been the only wine I've brought back from Spain on my last two trips there.

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          Bert RE: wineanddine2nite Jul 23, 2012 05:38 PM

          Agreed with the other posters that the food already includes the "greatest hits." I wasn't stuffed, but it was definitely plenty of food. If you want the full bazaar experience, you should supplement your menu with some of their unique cocktails (i think that's definitely the way to go instead of getting wine).

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            wineanddine2nite RE: Bert Jul 23, 2012 06:38 PM

            Substituting cocktails sounds like a fun way to go. Suggestions?

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              Porthos RE: wineanddine2nite Jul 23, 2012 08:07 PM

              My 3 favorites are:

              Magic Mojito. Fun presentation
              Uve Bella: muddled grape cocktail. Off the menu.
              And of course...the liquid nitrogen caipirinha. More of an ultra-fine cachaça slushy.

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                Bert RE: wineanddine2nite Jul 24, 2012 10:00 AM

                The mojito is great and fun. so is the caipirinha, though as Porthos mentions, it's more of a slushy rather than a drink. Other signatures are Salt Air margarita and the dirty martini. Those are probably the 4 drinks that you'll see every table with. They have new / seasonal drinks all the time, though, so feel free to see whats' out there.

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