You have to believe me and comprehendo when I tell you I went to one super cool restaurant. The Bazaar by Jose Andres. It’s situated in the SLS Hotel Beverley Hills. This place is awesome! That’s why it’s been over 2 weeks for me to write a review. I haven’t known where to start. so… enjoy the photo’s.
This Spanish-inspired tapas styled restaurant is set amongst collectables, trinkets and antique items, all for sale. An eclectic collection protected by glass casings and shelving. You might think you’re in a museum. Unique pieces of jewellery, old fashioned perfume sprays and framed pictures. You can even sit amongst all of this as part of your dining experience, or opt to sit in the main dining area, which is what I did.
Let me take you through some of the ‘culinary masterpieces’ we dined on during the 4 hours we were there.
Olives Ferran Adrià – spherified olives. I had to look up the meaning in order to explain just what this is –Spherification is the culinary process of shaping a liquid into spheres usually using sodium alginate and either calcium chlorate or calcium glucate lactate, which visually and texturally resemble roe. Basically you put the olive into your mouth and it explodes……..Oh Yeah!!
Or what about Cotton Candy Foie Gras? What’s Foie Gras I hear you ask? I had no idea when I ate this. Bang, the whole stick went into my mouth….and it tasted great. Sort of a popcorn flavour after the floss melts. I looked up the meaning of Foie Gras when writing this review and to be honest I can’t say I’m really comfortable with how they make this stuff… so let’s say I won’t be eating this again.. however at the time I did enjoy it.
I know, I know….crazy. My friend asks me how about some “Philly Cheesesteak?” I visualise a long bread roll filled with steak, onion, cheese and gravy….Ah, not what you’re thinking…have a look at this.
I’m instructed not to tilt my head back when I bite into the bread. Why? When you bite into these puppies warm melted cheese oozes out. Oh My!
Next…… Jamón Ibérico de Bellota Fermín. This melts in your mouth like a thin wafer. Notice the crusty bread smeared with fresh tomato. I can’t write this anymore. I’m starving….
I must say the service and attention to detail was faultless. While you’re savouring these dishes, there’s theatrics going on at different tables. I watched these guys being entertained by chef making a dessert concoction at their table. It was like a scene from The Adams family.
More food and more food. I didn’t want it to stop. Notice the above photo wall? (yes I did get distracted from the food once.) Photo’s of the backs of people’s heads. Interesting!
A great evening with a dear friend ending with a fancy Margherita…….
Check out their website for all the information you need including menu, how to get there and how to book. If you are ever in LA, check out this place, even if it’s just for a drink at the bar.