Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Even More Bazaar

For my third dinner at The Bazaar by José Andrés, I sat in the Blanco Room with Mr. Monkey and our friends, The Oros, during dineLA in October. By chance, we sat right next to the insomniacs. This was the second time we were at the same restaurant at the same time while not actually dining together!
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Totally different vibe from the Rojo Room, no?

I started with a nitro caipirinha cocktail with cachaca and lime ($20), which involved quite the tableside production by our server. Double, double, toil and trouble! Fire burn and cauldron bubble!
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I am obsessed with liquid nitrogen! Three cheers for alcoholic slushees!

Our dineLA dinner cost $44 per person, and we were limited to selecting our tapas from a slightly truncated version of the usual menu.

Tortilla de patatas new way, potato foam, egg 63, caramelized onions.
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As good as I'd remembered from my first visit way back when all I had was a kit lens. So airy yet luscious. Really something special.

Hilly cheesesteak air bread, cheddar, mushrooms and Philly cheesesteak air bread, cheddar, Wagyu beef.
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Mrs. Oro doesn't eat red meat, so she noshed on the mushroom version while the rest of us played carnivore. She said her little sandwich was great.

Buñuelos -- codfish fritters, honey aioli.
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Who can resist gorgeous golden crunchy fish? Not me! Like fancy fish 'n' chips sans chips.

Sea scallops, Romesco sauce.
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Simple and beautifully seared.

"The ultimate Spanish tapa!" -- ensaladilla rusa potatoes, carrots, mayo, tuna belly.
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This may be the one and only dish at The Bazaar that I don't like. There's too much going on, and I just can't handle all the mayo. I don't even like regular potato salad.

Japanese taco, grilled eel, shiso, cucumber, wasabi, chicharron.
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Huzzah for an unagi taco! Huzzah for the melding of two things I love!

Sautéed shrimp garlic, guindilla pepper.
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An oldie but a goodie.

Embutidos platter, chorizo, lomo, salchichon.
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Charcuterie is the new black. Embrace it.

Brussels sprouts, lemon purée, apricots, grapes, lemon air.
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Yes, the sprouts again. Had to get them for Mrs. Oro! She is bonkers for Brussels!

Apple and fennel, Manchego cheese, walnuts, Sherry vinegar.
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Tangy and refreshing, but probably not something I'd order again.

Croquetas de pollo -- chicken and béchamel fritters.
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Deep-fried chicken and cheese is the bee's knees and sure to please the Weez.

Boneless chicken wings, green olive purée.
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Bite-sized nuggets of wonderful. More than finger-licking good.

Ottoman carrot fritters, apricots, pistachio sauce.
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It's a fried fest, yo. And carrots are spectacular when fried, too.

Butifarra Senator Moynihan -- Catalan pork sausage, white beans, mushrooms.
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Not sure what Moynihan has to do with sausage. Not sure I want to know. I am sure, however, that this was plump, juicy, and splendid. Yes, that's what she said.

Beef hanger steak piquillo pepper confit and natural jus.
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It's back. Can't come with meat eaters like Mr. Monkey and Mr. Oro and not get this.

Time to go to the Patisserie for dessert.
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Traditional Spanish flan, vanilla and fruit.
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Predictable but yummy.

Greek yogurt panna cotta, apricots, and muscat gelatin.
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Still my favorite.

Creamy chocolate heart, coffee, and cardamom.
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Warm and gooey.

The requisite Through-the-Looking-Glass-type shots.
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See this finger? It is pointing at you and telling you that you're missing out if you haven't been to The Bazaar by José Andrés.



  2. methinks merveilleux is super duper jealousE. freak show.

  3. I wish I could shove a little of this food down my piggy throat. Looks divine!

  4. Merveilleux is the polar opposite of what her name implies.

  5. Everytime you go I'm intrigued by a different dish...round fritters? How very eeeenteresting.

  6. i drove by this place over the weekend and you were the first person that came to mind. I don't even know who Jose is. :)

  7. don't look at me, i'm MARRIED to her! =(

    for the record, i love this blog.

  8. Bazaar forever holds my heart.

    merveilleux, stay away from Bazaar. They don't speak 'trash'.

  9. merveilleux is just jealousE that she doesn't eat fabulous food all the time like weezermonkey.

  10. Dear Merveilleux,
    Pigs are actually well known for their willingness to eat a variety of new foods in order to sustain themselves. Highly intelligent, they are also well regarded for their life saving organs and the fact that their bodies most resemble the human body.

    Oh, and your mouth is not vertical it is horizontal. I think you meant shoving food down one's throat.

    Hope you don't choke on your dinner tonight. Bad karma can do crazy things.

  11. The server making your cocktail is beyond win.

    Your gorgeous pictures make me feel like I was right there with you, thanks for paying! ;-)

    Merveilleux, you suck. I'd say it in French but you aren't worth the time it would take to translate.

    Merveilleux's husband - I'm single. Call me.

  12. I'm going here next week for the first time! Yay! I will be using your blog posts as Cliff Notes for my dining experience. Thank you!

  13. that was a good time! I liked that nitro man... lol

    oh and merveilleux est une chienne malodorante.

  14. I need to taste that panna cotta.

  15. After these posts, I am ready to go back!

  16. ha, I love your commentary! particularly about the charcuterie...mmmm...

  17. OMG Both of these posts make me want to run out and eat there. Actually, they really make me want to win the lottery and then hire you to dine with me all the time :oP

    And to merveilleux, I will never understand people like you. Don't you have anything better to do? Apparently not. You pretty much proved that by turning cowardice into an art form. Maybe someday you will get a life.

  18. Your pictures are making me so hungry.

  19. merveilleux - seriously sweets, you can't demand something that you yourself will refuse to do.

    psst Tameka, I see you girl!

  20. Gah, I really need to go to the Bazaar!!! Your posts are makin' me foam at the mouf.

    Merveilleux, you really need to get anal warts or something along those lines so that you have something more important to worry about than bugging WeezerMonkey over here.

  21. Great shots and an even better post WM! :)

    So were those shot on your 35mm or one of your new lenses?

  22. I've died and gone to heave. Crunchy fish, scallops and chocolate...yummy! The rest of the food is just a bonus.

  23. These pics are making me drool right now.

    merveilleux, go shove it down your own throat.

  24. Mmmmm!

    merveilleux is a piece of work.

  25. Weemo, you have a cyber bully?

    Anyway, Bazaar looks so yum. I wish I had taken a trip there before I moved. Would it be totally outrageous to just order the "cheesesteaks" and the hangar steak? Because I'd totally do that :)

  26. Hi weezermonkey,

    Great photos as usual! :) I'm glad to hear The Bazaar is still putting out some good dishes. I love the liquid nitrogen drinks as well. :)

    Next time you go, you have to get their Jamon Iberico de Bellota. :) Wonderful.

  27. Comment question-
    I submitted one a few days ago... was I rejected? I hope not! But I'll give it another go round: I just wanted to say that I've always enjoyed your blog. Keep up the fantastic photography.

  28. Wha? huh? I was still thinking about that egg concoction.

  29. Mrs Monkey, what beautiful pearls you have on there ;)

  30. one of the best photos shoots for Bazaar i've seen so far. *thumbs up*

  31. My croquetas de pollo came in a sneaker! I win!


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