465 S La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA | Directions 9004834.070000 -118.376393
Neighborhoods: Beverly Hills
A den of molecular gastronomy for the well-heeled set: This is the place to see high-rollers downing tapas-size portions of sea urchin sandwiches, sweets on skewers and margaritas topped with "salt air."
Molecular gastronomy. Recs: the Philly cheesesteak, the liquid nitrogen cocktail and the ceviche. Delicious and mesmerizing all at the same time. You'll break the bank eating here but it's well worth the splurge.
You've never had food like this before, the presentation and plating is out of this world and come in bite size portions. This place must be tried.
Food that is created with beauty in mind, while not always consistent, it is worth a trip. The decor and ambiance is certainly impressive as is the drink selection. Go for the chips during Happy Hour (fun to look at!).
Swank and scrumptious – At first I was a hesitant when told I would have to move to another table later in the evening for dessert. Some people are drinks people, some love apps, but I am one of those proud few who is thinking ahead to the sweet sunset at the meal's sunrise. So when I was told I would be given a mandatory exercise regime to get my sweet on, I was suspect. But, this was just one aspect of the Jose experience. Get ready to eat well, pay a hefty sum and enjoy a lingering experience.
I recommend the Jamon, philly cheese stake and tortilla the "new way" dish. The latter is not your typical tortilla, but melts in your mouth, absolutely divine. Note the tortilla comes in an egg shell that looks a lot like a little ceramic dish. As I was trying to dig the very last taste out of the egg/dish my exuberance led to a massive egg cracking (and this is not egg you want to get in your face). I enjoyed the cracking as a culmination to the dish (and an indication that I had licked it clean), but be weary if you are on a first date.
Otherwise, the truffle rice was good, the sauteed shrimp fresh/well spiced and the beef hanger stake cooked to medium rare perfection.
Be prepared to pay up for the experience, but well worth and I will be back.
Note, 5 stars are reserved for multiple consistent experiences and take into account price/value considerations.
Good spot in a sea of incompetence – Sam Nazarian strikes again. With Starck and Andres latched firmly on his nipple, Bazaar at the new SLS Hotel spares no expense. Well, maybe some but gets a solid win despite it.
The hotel took so long to open that I was sure of the project's death. Shows what I know. Sammy Boy Entertainment (or SBE without deeper meaning as he likes to lie to interviewers) has so much money behind it that whatever problems they were having were simply waited out. Didn't even have to sell one of his 12 cars or sub-lease the Veyron. Money clearly ain't no thang considering dysfunctions in the company ensure that not a single bar they've ever opened turns a profit. Except The Abby. Gays are profitable. LA hipsters ain't. But who cares when daddy has a billion dollars? Here's a few mil kiddo. Go away and don't bug me. Sammy got enough to buy publicity with Fortune ride-alongs, Entourage cameos and Top Chef judgeships. Good for him, but we're not here to gossip about Nazarian or envy his estate. We wish to analyze Bazaar on its own merit.
LA restaurants require LA yardsticks. Else, details like timely seating, flighty service and hour-long valet lines would sink them. Bazaar was spectacularly busy even though the place had been open for months. This means ordering will be a lottery of fame and prettiness. This time was no different except that our order was actually taken and delivered in under 5 minutes. A remarkable change of pace in a city whose default motion is through motor oil: slimy, dirty and slow. But Bazaar did better. And made us pay. The disparity between the prices of their food and drinks is canyonesque. A $23 bottle of Peay Vineyards Pinot sells for $19/glass. A Maker's neat goes for $12. Pretty steep but they're not afraid to pour making the "shot" in reality a triple. For $4 it's a steal.
But the food sure hits the sweet spot. And saltiness. And umami. Mention must be made of the Jose Andres take on Philly Cheese Steak which consists of a toasty dumpling filled with melted truffled cheese and topped with a near-raw slice of Wagyu. $8 for a single but worth more. Astounding. I ordered one and got two. It was meant for the party next to us. They let me keep the extra portion. Then, a few minutes later, I got ANOTHER plate delivered with the proper single serve. I didn't eat it out of politeness but really wanted to. The most expensive item was the lamb at $16. It was worth it. The rest of the items, although good, could not match the the Philly. It was the evening's highlight. As was the bill. Had we nothing to drink, 8 dishes would have cost $90. Recession pricing indeed.
The evening's low is LA, not the restaurant itself. They did not seat us until we checked up on our status. An old trick and with the bar prices, a profitable one. The waitress, although competent, had that annoying personality common to those who believe their life to be a stage. And the valet line took 20 minutes to pay the bill and another 25 to get the car. Incompetence by any yardstick. But the people here wait and say nothing which is so different from the adolescent tantrums they throw at every other thing. What is it about cars and parking that bring out LA's best when it should bring out its worst? I'd rather treat my waiter well and leave tire-tread on the snout of whoever schedules valets. Plan ahead moron. But, it is not fair to judge an LA restaurant by its support services the problems of which are endemic in the city. Bazaar is a fantastic deal in a place where deals are hard to come by. You should go before Sammy Boy Nazarian changes his mind.
Decadent flavors in bite-sized portions – My boyfriend and I went to The Bazaar this week to take advantage of their dineLA $44 dinner menu. Yes, it is quite pricey (we walked out of the restaurant after dinner, tax, tip + 1 drink each spending $150), but the experience is quite worth it.
We started the night off at Bar Centro with JaleBerry cocktails -- fresh blackberries muddled with a bunch of fun liquor and an ever-so-slight squeeze of jalepeno for a little kick. Afterwards, we went and sat in the Rojo portion of The Bazaar at the tapas bar and got to watch the chefs slice and dice with such precision.
The highlight of our meal by far was the patatas "new way," a dish that comes served within an egg shell with creamy yolk, potato foam, tiny chives & caramelized onion bits. This dish brought the term "gastrogasm" to a whole new level. With every slurp of my tiny spoon came the richest flavors. I was truly amazed at how something so small and simple looking could be packed with so much goodness.
For me, the innate simpleness of even The Bazaar's non-traditional tapas is what made this dining experience so enjoyable. Sure, there may be foams, liquid nitrogen concoctions or essence of whatevers, but the true reason this place remains heralded is that their dishes are just packed with flavor. Each bite is an experience that your brain will not forget.
Heavenly – One of my fav spots in LA, love the decor, great people watching. Best bathroom lighting for photos! Tapas must-haves include: Cotton Candy Foie Gras and liquid olives melt in your mouth with an orgasmic explosion! A must!
A Delicious Little Wonderland – This is a wonderful choice for diners (or happy hour seekers) who are looking for something out of the ordinary. The Philippe Starck interiors alone are mesmerizing, as is Jose Andreas' selection of dishes - from the traditional, to the playful and unusual.
Everything I've tried here has been presented beautifully and even the signature cocktails are served with a bit of flare. The flavors of the food are wonderful and the tapas style dishes are great for sharing.
I would recommend ordering just a few dishes at a time. The wait staff will pace your meal very well, while being attentive but not obtrusive.
For a Special Night – I ate here for the first time with family this past Friday night and we each had the Anniversary Taster Menu. We were in the Blanca room, which is a little better lit and has a brighter vibe than the Rojo side. Every item we tried was awesome!!!
Drink-wise, my favorites were the Magic Mojito (spun sugar--mmm), the garnacha and the sherry we had with dessert. My favorite dishes were the caviar cones, the liquid olives, the caprese, the shrimp fideua and the beef hangar steak. Dessert-wise, hands-down the Coconut Island. A little macchiato before heading out and I was perfect.
The service was great, waiters were informed, and they didn't rush us. Yes it's a scene - very LA - but we just went with it. The decor was funky-cool...you know, Philippe Starck.
I really loved The Bazaar. It was a memorable night!!
Unbelievably Horrible Food – Even for a tapas style menu, the portions are tiny, expensive and completely without merit. I ordered the garlic shrimp, hanger steak, goat cheese stuffed peppers, and shared a cheese plate with my client. The cheese plate was fair, but the rest of of the dishes were almost inedible. The shrimp tasted like metal, the peppers were bland and poorly presented, and the extremely rare hanger steak (which the waiter gave rave reviews) was tasteless even though it was swimming in reddish sauce of some kind. Even when I made several comments on why I did not finish the food on all of my plates (which is saying something because there might have been 3 bites per plate), the waiter just said, "Sorry you didn't care for that" and made no effort to remedy the situation. I paid $20 for a cosmo without knowing the cost, then quickly switched to wine, none of which were remarkable. There were a sea of open and empty tables throughout the 2 hours we were there, although they insisted that they were completely booked when we made the reservations (my client was staying at the SLS) and we might have to wait for awhile... The attitude by the host was quintessential Hollywood--"you are so lucky to be here. Wait awhile and we might feel like seating you..." Granted, the interior is like something out of a Lewis Carroll novel and very lovely. (Come in for a look, if you can find a parking spot for free. Do not miss the bathrooms.) Bazaar falls in line with most heavily-hyped restaurants in LA--like cotton candy, they are pretty to look at but all fluff, no substance, leaving you more hungry than you were when you bought it....
Check your bill – the place is fun and quite tasty but beware if after you place your order the waiter says they're going to bring you some additional items to "try"...they are charging you for them! We had ordered more than enough food and the waiter said they wanted us to try some of their new items to see how we liked them that she'd have them sent out.... The next day we noticed the additional charges on the bill and have put in a call to the management. because that's not right the way the waiter presented it was very misleading, as though they were complimentary. ...it's been two days and management hasn't returned the call...let the buyer beware!
I'd rather eat soap – I just left after spending over $220 on food and I could not find one thing I enjoyed
or could even force myself to eat. I've eaten at all of the high end restaurants in LA including CUT, BLT, Comme Ca, Dan Tana's and I can honestly
say, don't believe the hype. I tried the lamb, pork, two types of tuna dishes, chicken, guacamole cones, potatoes and I could not find one thing I liked. We are going to a
restaurant down the street, I wish I could wash my mouth out with soap.
An amazing culinary explosion in your mouth – I completely disagree that this restaurant is anything less than a 4-star experience. I've been there twice now in the last two months, and going again in two weeks to introduce it to more friends. Its a refreshingly unique experience, and every item on the menu is deliciously wonderful...or just good at its worst. Yes its expensive, but if you can afford it (or save up for a fun night) its worth the experience. Life's too short...
It's a bazaar world after all at SLS hotel's sceney eatery. – Don't get confused--before you head into this place, just know that it's all the Bazaar by Jose Andres. And in case you don't know who he is, he's the big-time Spanish chef who's practically owned the Washington DC dining scene for years. True to its name, the sprawling space is indeed like an indoor marketplace (maze?) where the trendy, spendy and sceney descend to dine on creative tapas and drink fancy cocktails. A duo of dining rooms--Rojo is the red-hued portion with its own "jamon and cheese" bar replete with life-size black-and-white photos of matadors, while Blanca is the more modern white space--serves up traditional tastes such as chorizo with garlic and more modern twists like mozzarella tomato pipettes (you literally have to suck out the cheese from a plastic tube) and liquid olives (thin-skinned membranes that explode in your mouth like mini saline bombs). Bar Centro, centered by a massive communal table, serves a wild variety of vittles ranging from caviar and cauliflower creme fraiche cones to foie gras wrapped in cotton candy. For drinks, try the edible caipirinhas (it's sorbet for grown-ups!) to margaritas topped with whipped "salt air." And finally, The Patisserie is a gorgeously pink dessert dream (think Marie Antoinette meets Willy Wonka) with an open kitchen and counter-style shop of homemade candy like saffron drops wrapped in edible paper and tres chocolate mousse. Now you know.
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