Friday, September 9, 2011

Urban Eats @ The Bazaar by Jose Andres

With over 80 tapas on the menu plus a lounge and patisserie next door, we had no idea what to order for dinner at The Bazaar by Jose Andres in the SLS Hotel, Beverly Hills. 

Lucky for me, one of my favourite fashion bloggers from Toronto, Nelia of Style Blog (left) was also visiting Los Angeles so we went on this foodie adventure together...

So what's all the fuss about? Chef Andres trained under Ferran Adria at elBulli Restaurant in Spain, which was consistently ranked one of the top restaurants in the world.  Andres himself was just awarded The 2011 James Beard Foundation's Outstanding Chef award and The Bazaar has been busier than ever. The menu features traditional and modern tapas with beautiful presentation in mainly bite-size amounts. Most of our choices were from the modern side.

The hype was all in the Cotton Candy Duck Liver ($5/per person) and it was strange and delicious at the same time. The whole thing just dissolves in your mouth with a savoury centre. It's perfect and surprisingly good.
Tortilla de patatas “new way” ($5/per person) with potato foam, egg 63, caramelized onions was also hit. It was like drinking a shot of creamy, buttery mashed potatoes with an egg mixed in and onions on top.

The Grilled Squid
Seared Scallops in Romesco Sauce ($14)
Your life will change Dashi linguini ($11) with Parmesan, quail egg and basil was interesting. The noodles were glass like and the tomatoes bursts in your mouth. Quail eggs and cheese sit on top.

Grilled beef hanger steak ($12) was cooked perfectly 
Butifarra Senator Moynihan, Catalan pork sausage, white beans, mushrooms ($12)
From The Some Little Sandwiches section was another winner, “Philly cheesesteak” ($8) with air bread, cheddar, Wagyu beef. The bread is airy on the inside and filled with hot, gooey, melted cheese which caught me by surprise. I was worried that my 'air bread' was going to be invisible. The steak is thinly sliced, seared and sprinkled with sea salt and chives. 
Tuna ceviche and avocado roll  with jicama, micro cilantro, coconut dressing ($16)

Sweet Potato Chips ($10, left) were beautiful, thinly sliced, crispy chips accompanied by a yogurt, tamarind and star anise dip. I thought the dip was ok, but the chips were the real stars and came in little paper bag. The Artichokes (right) did not taste differently then those found in a can. We would probably not order this one again.

I definitely recommend this restaurant with a group so you can try as many things as possible. Some things were amazing and others were a bit of miss, which is expected with a menu this large, but disappointing at the same time when each item is so pricey. Regardless, it's a fun experience to try at least once.

The Bazaar inside The SLS Hotel, Beverly Hills

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