Our second time at the Bazaar was very different than our first experience. This time we sat in the more traditional room, the Rojo side with the open kitchen.
Rojo at the Bazaar
Secondly, we rarely order cocktails, but we had decided ahead of time that we wanted to experience the theatricality of the Bazaar and do everything, including a tarot reading and a caricature. (more on that later).
First up cocktails:
“New Way” Dirty Martini
Dry martini, olive spherifiation and olive brine air – I have had the olive spherifiation at El Bulli and yes it was Adria’s “olive.”
“Salt Air” Margarita
Classic margarita topped with salt air
Papas Canarias, Salty Wrinkled Potatoes, Mojo Verde. The potatoes are cooked in seawater or salt in the style of the Canary Islands so that the potatoes are creamy inside and suffused with salt. Irene, the Los Angeles food critic loved this dish, but to me they were just potatoes.
Sea Urchin, pipirrana, Andalusian Vegetables – the uni was not the quality of Urasawa’s, but the 1/8 inch dice of vegetables would have made the French Laundry brigade proud and the effect was almost like eating gazpacho.
Kumamoto Oysters, lemon, black pepper – this was a repeat dish and excellent.
Cotton Candy Foie Gras – this is absolutely sensational and a must order. In retrospect, I wish I had ordered at least 3.
Toro “Nigiri”, Wasabi, Watermelon, Soy, Shiso and Jalapeno. Instead of rice, the tuna sat on top of a watermelon cube. The foam on top was soy based. I really liked this dish, although my husband wasn’t as taken with it as I was.
Time for a tarot reading by Cynthia. You can have a private session with her for $60 for 30 minutes. At SLS, it is free. Personally, I wouldn’t bother, even for free.
Sauteed Shrimp, garlic, Guindilla Pepper – delicious and another winner.
Sauce with the shrimp – of course we asked for bread to dip up the sauce.
Foie Gras, Quince, Brioche Buns – wow and double wow – perfect A+
Philly Cheesesteak – Air Bread Cheese, Kobe beef – another repeat dish for us and also another winner.
Time for a caricature. I did say I was going to experience all aspects of the Bazaar.
Beef Hanger Steak, Piquillo Pepper Confit, Ice Plant – I was debating between this dish and the lamb and if I was going tonight I would order the lamb.
Service was excellent and our waitress, Kim was not only efficient but beautiful.
Bazaar is an experience. Even the bathrooms are worth a visit. Is it 4 star dining? Not the way I see 4 stars. Is it fun? Yes, plus some of the dishes are “destination worthy.”