The Bazaar – Beverly Hills, CA
WOW! I left this meal a little speechless. The Bazaar honestly blew my mind. José Andrés is truly a molecular gastronomy genius. Located in the swanky SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills, The Bazaar is bizarre (no pun intended). I didn’t look up the restaurant before we headed there (very unlike me) and although I didn’t know what to expect I DID know that it would most likely be fabulous based on what I know about Chef Andrés. Oh was it! This place is UNBELIEVABLE!!! It’s kind of like a mad museum…weird artifacts, photos, art, chairs, every turn you take. No two tables are the same. They even have you move to a different location in the restaurant (The Patisserie) for dessert.
We ate ourselves silly at this dinner and I don’t regret it one bit. In fact, I’m DYING to go back and can’t wait to explore the menu even more. Below are my favorites from the night. We ordered a good 20-22 dishes between 4 of us…they recommend 4-5 per person so we were pretty much on track (at least that’s what I’m telling myself:)).
Dessert is a whole other ballgame. Although the menu is significantly smaller it’s just as daunting because everything sounds so interesting and delicious. Aside from your “normal” dessert selections there are cookies, cakes, tarts, candy, pate du fruit, etc…and luckily, you’re able to give yourself a tour of the “others”…photo at the bottom. You’re stuffed and yet you want to try a little of everything. This place is dangerous:)
Market Fish Ceviche and Avocado Roll – jicama, micro cilantro and coconut
King Crab - raspberries, raspberry vinaigrette
Not Your Everyday Caprese - cherry tomatoes and liquid mozzarella
Japanese Taco – grilled eel, shiso, cucumber, wasabi, and chicharron
King Crab Mini-Sandwiches – pickled cucumbers, steamed buns
Smoked Yellowtail and Crispy Rice – yoghurt, grapes, capers, radish
Just Shrimp Cocktail – “Yeah Right”
Ottoman Carrot Fritters – apricots, pistachio sauce
Sautéed Shrimp – garlic, guindilla pepper
Seared Squid – artichokes, chicken escabeche
Lemon Artichokes – black olive tapenade, dandelion
Baby Japanese Peaches – Di Stefano buratta, hazelnuts, arugula
Chocolate, a cookie and a bonbon that I chose…yum!
Happy Birthday Kathy!
Yes…this is the restaurant. It doubles as a store and you can buy everything from coffee table books to fine jewelry to skull shaped candles. Eclectic one might say.