Bazaar has become one of our favorite restaurants. The food and service is exceptional. A word of advice, though, do go early for there is little or no scene and people are there to dine. You can order one dish at a time and create an incredible tasting menu. One other advantage of going early, you can actually carry on a conversation with your dining companions.
Aaron Sherman handled the wine with class. I should have expected that as he is Paul Sherman’s son. We have known Paul Sherman for over 25 years and I might add son takes after his father. Paul was the manager at Michael’s starting in 1985 and is now sommelier at Valentino.
Alex – tonight’s wonderful server and Josua – our last terrific server
BYO Magnum of Chandon Champagne
All notes were lost somewhere on the table or getting to the car or who knows where. As a result, my descriptions rely heavily on what is on the menu. Also, one member of our party of four couldn’t have gluten, but I must say Alex handled this not as a problem, but as a way to introduce us to dishes we might not have ordered.
Tortilla de Patatas “New Way” – warm potato foam, caramelized onion with a slow cooked egg 63 and topped with chives and crispy small dice of croutons – this was done with a quail egg which is far superior to a regular egg as the yolk remains runny and the white congeals nicely. I do love the slate presentation and I am stealing this idea!
purchased slate for presentation at home
Cotton Candy Foie Gras – absolutely spectacular – eat this in one bite and the cold foie gras terrine rolled in corn nuts with the sweet cotton candy is a marriage made in heaven.
American Caviar Blini – Crème fraîche, steamed buns and lemon air topped with caviar – another one bite wonder
BYO White Wine
Acorn-fed, free-range Ibérico ham —- Jamon Iberica de Bellota Fermin – – this ham is extraordinary and worth the extravagance – much better when shared by 4. It is served with Catalan style toasted La Brea baguette with tomato – you are suppose to eat the ham separately from the bread; a custom my husband ignores.
Brussel Sprouts – Lemon purée, apricots, grapes, lemon air – never in a million years would I have ordered this dish, but this was an add-on for our gluten-free friend. Perfect.
Japanese taco – BBQ eel, shiso leaf, cucumber, wasabi, chicharron – The cucumber functioned as the wrapper and the eel was sushi bar spectacular. The chicharron (the skin of the pork) were deep fried and served as the crunchy topping for the eel.
Sautéed shrimp, garlic, guindilla pepper, parsley puree – perfectly cooked shrimp with perfect saucing – we inhaled this dish and then immediately asked for bread to sop up the sauce
BYO White Wine
Croquetas de pollo – Chicken and béchamel fritters – an old favorite
Sauteed Cauliflower “Couscous” – Cauliflower purée, harissa, lemon, fried quinoa – this was another add-on for our gluten-free friend. I honestly don’t remember the saucing, but the cauliflower itself resembled couscous with a crunch from the quinoa
Tuna ceviche avocado roll – Jicama, micro cilantro, coconut dressing – another nod to Asian cuisine
Not your everday Caprese – cherry tomatoes, liquid mozzarella, air-bread cubes, pesto, Jimenez reduction, olive oil, tomato impregnated baby basil - this is a must order dish
Stuffed piquillo peppers, goat cheese – another add-on and what a surprise – we ordered another round – enough said
2 Bottles of BYO Red Burgundy – no pictures
Foie Gras – Quince, toasted brioche sandwiches – another old favorite
“Philly Cheesesteak”- air bread filled with oozing cheddar cheese and topped with Wagyu Beef – I just love this dish and make it a point to order it every single time.
Butifarra Senator Moynihan, Catalan pork sausage, white beans, mushrooms – and a third old favorite
Beef hanger steak piquillo pepper confit and natural jus – I didn’t taste this, but the plate was licked clean
Traditional Spanish Flan – Vanilla and fruit
Dark Chocolate Cake– caramel and vanilla
I don’t have a clue
The Bottom line – go for the food, not the scene. Go early. Don’t treat this as a Chinese restaurant and order 5 dishes at a time. The servers are knowledgeable and more than willing to help you compose a leisurely “tasting” menu. Just go.