Bazaar, of Spanish cuisine, is one of the trendiest restaurants in Hollywood and Los Angeles, I finally made my way to try José Andrés’ Bazaar.
In one week, my last week in Los Angeles, I was able to try some restaurants that were on my short list. On the top of this list was Bazaar. I had heard so many mixed messages from friends, bloggers, and articles. Nonetheless, I knew I had to try it regardless.
Miss B and I, was able to get a reservation for a Friday night, only to be told that it was at an early 6pm table. When they called back to confirm, later in the week, I asked about more favorable times and got an ideal 8pm seating. This is a nice strat to use when getting call backs for table reservations.
Our waitress suggested that we order about 4 or so small plates per person, being that Andres meant for Bazaar to be a blend of tapas traditional with nouveau Hollywood style. We choose a smattering array of dishes, including a couple of their featured drinks – the Ultimate Gin & Tonic for $18 and the LN2 Caipirinha for $20. We started with Sweet potato chips, which we could have left off. Then the “Not your everyday Caprese” with the Olives (Modern and Traditional) came out with this molecular gastronomic treat. The cheese and olives were produced in a way that just pops and melts in your mouth. The Philly cheesesteak and Hilly cheesesteak featured “air bread” that was baked cheese inside with Wagyu beef and Mushrooms slices that laid gently on top. There was so much going on that your senses, usual taste ones, were being bombarded with the exciting visuals from the food and venue.
After dinner, we were lead to the Patisserie for desserts and coffee, just nearby. This whimsical area is full of unique items that MOCA would be jealous of. The desserts available included the coconut floating island, which we ordered. With a mango sour glaze, the delicate coconut shell, looking like a mushroom, broke its shell, with its gooey goodness oozing out. Accompanied with slices of banana, it formed taste sensations that I have never had.
Bazaar is the type of place where you can impress friends, out of towners, and dates.
What to Order: coconut floating island, the foie gras cotton candy, the hilly/philly cheesesteak, the caprese.
What not to Order: I would probably forgo the traditional Spanish tapas.