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10 years ago
04/23/2011, 01:15 AM
I love this place! – I have been here a couple of times now and it has been great both times!
The drinks are slightly pricey, but they are worth it! The liquid nitrogen caipirinha is my favorite, but I also love the Jale Berry (pronounced ‘Halle Berry’ it’s a cute play on words for this blackberry martini with a jalapeno finish).
The servers that we’ve had have been extremely knowledgeable & attentive on both occasions, doing a fantastic job of walking us through the experience, making recommendations, offering more drinks, etc. There are so many people working here! It seems like a different person brings each dish to the table, but they always describe what it is as they deliver it. This last time I was slightly disappointed with the busboy that we had, he was just a little gruff and didn’t do as good a job at clearing the empty plates and keeping our waters refilled (but they did bring us clean sharing plates a couple of times, and it was a busy Friday night).
OK, most importantly: the food! Absolutely incredible! Stand-out favorites: philly cheese steak (must have!), caprese with ‘mozzarella spheres’, caviar steamed buns, Norwegian lobster, garlic shrimp, veal (server explained that it is a free-range veal that stays with it’s mother in pasture and is not given antibiotics or hormones). I was disappointed not to be able to get 2 my two favorite dishes on my second visit because they are not currently in season: the truffle rice and the baby corn on the cob (a-mazing!). I will definitely ask for these dishes each time I come, hoping that I am there at the right time.
The dessert room is not to be missed! Seems a little strange at first to move for dessert, but it’s a nice change atmosphere & a good chance to see the unique items in the ‘gift shop’ adjacent. I’ll be getting the chocolate lava cake and the edible paper caramel every time I come.
I can’t wait to bring my brother here next month when he comes to visit- he lives in NY and has been less than impressed by LA restaurants in the past. I think The Bazaar might actually live up to his high standards (I’ll let you know).
PS While I didn't see any celebs while I was there, a friend of mine said she was here last week and saw Gordon Ramsey dining with David & Victoria Beckham and Eva Longoria!