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Nov 19, 2013 08:43 AM

Bazaar Valet!!!

I finally made it to Bazaar last Friday night ...the decor was standard Starck - interesting at first, and then got quickly irritating - in particular the uncomfortable chairs in the dining room and silly desert area. Don't even get me started on the urinals with the three sided mirrors :)

Food was uneven...started great, and went downhill. When the best dish was the ham sampler, which you could replicate by going to the Beverly Hills Cheese Store or similar places, it doesn't say that much about the food. Also, sharing and dividing every plate (over 16 dishes for three of us) gets really tiresome by the end.

All in all, about what I expected.

What I didn't expect, though, was an obscene $14 valet charge (no, they don't validate). Virtually every other restaurant on "Restaurant Row" is in the $5-6 range, I think. It's not as if we're going to park at the SLS and walk somewhere else - there is nowhere else to go!

Rant over.

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  1. Park on San Vicente. Walk 2 minutes. Save $ and order 1 more dish/cocktail/dessert.

    3 Replies
    1. re: TonyC

      As a native new yorker, I despise valet parking on principal...however, when I'm going out for a "luxury" meal (dropping in excess of $150pp without expensive alcohol), I like to be coddled from start to finish.

      Driving around looking for a parking space sort of kills that feeling.

      1. re: manku

        Coddled from start to finish means that the restaurant validates the parking. I hate paying $150 pp without alcohol and then getting stiffed with a ridiculous valet charge. The restaurant made enough already with the meal, don't gouge me again walking out the door.

        1. re: bringiton

          But sometimes you get to stand next to Lamar Oden or Jennifer Hudgens while waiting at said $14 valet. That's what the extra $8 is for. At least I thinkt that's what it's for. Who knows.

          It's no worse than the valet at Cut

    2. For $14 that better be a British "valet" that (as Wikipedia puts it) "...performs personal services such as maintaining his employer's clothes, running his bath and perhaps (especially in the past) shaving his employer." (g)

        1. re: ipsedixit

          I would tell him not to play the ponies...

          1. re: ipsedixit

            Yes...not going to take out the silly service charge on the valets. But I didn't double my normal tip!