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The "new" BAZaAR

Maximilien | | Dec 23, 2007 02:54 PM

Went to the new BAZaAR location today for a quick brunch.

The food is as good as one can expect from the BAZaAR staff.

With the mimosa, I was served a small portion of "toasts" that were not really toasted or particulary interresting with a small portion of figue confiture (very good!).

Started with a yogurt with pistachio and honney with a side of fresh fruits; the combination of the yogurt and the nuts and the honey was perfect, They are using real yogurt, not the cheap stuff we can find in stores ( maybe they make their own).

Continued with the "Petit Déjeuner du Moyen Orient", a combination of a warn spicy bean salad (chik peas another bean and tomatoes), really surprising and good, next to that was a small serving of yogurt with olive oil, and some olives; next to that, was the egg, served on a little bit of braised lamb with 2 small pieces of "bread" (not what is served at night at BAZaAR), one was with cheese, the other with herbs and spices.

Very good.

ok, that's enough for the food.

Now, I don't like the new place at all; smaller than the original restaurant, feels "cold" and the space is not well organized, there is a small window front "bar" where one can sit down and eat (a bit like what is done as Bouchonné), 2 tables next to that, and further at the back, a smallish banquette ( 10x2 places?) and another bar with what looked like 5 places.

One of the issue is that they kept the steel "industrialish" floor of the old store in the front and it does not, again, feel good with the chairs they have. nothing middle-easternish at all, lost is the atmosphere at the old place.

Service was ok for a brunch (I think).

I'm kind of afraid that Anise/BAZaAR lost its position as a destination restaurant to a neighbourhood bistrot; except for the food, there's not much to go to; maybe it will change in time, but it does not look like it.

As a brunch place, I believe "Le Réservoir" will keep the first position in my book.

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