First time was a great experience. The "wow" factor was way up there.
Second time came up last week. And I have to say, remove the novelty factor of a first time experience and the place kinda stumbles.
In some ways, many ways - the service was vastly improved over my first time. (which was fairly disastrous, but the food was so much fun it couldn't spoil the evening) But, when someone in our party pointed out that her favorite dish (which she has had it many times) was too salty - the server took back the course and...skipped right onto the next course. We never saw that dish again. We had a tasting menu too. But no dessert came? Weird. And can they tell the servers to explain the arriving food in a little more detail? A little more fanfare? A little more excitement? Part of the dining experience, part of a whole dining experience is the little bit of theatre that can go along with the presentation of a course.
The foie gras in the little buns? Great. The asparagus in some kind of bland white sauce? Not so great. Too many dishes were simply just good, or not bad. But just not enough were stellar.
I'll go back if a group wants to do it, but I won't go back when I can have far more interesting meals at Providence or Melisse.
Which brings me to another point. Irene Virbilia gives Bazaar 4 stars (the max), but only gives Providence and Melisse each 3 stars. Really? This is wrong. IMHO - shamefully wrong. If I were her (or if she was channeling me) Bazaar is good for 2 stars. And by that rating, Melisse and Providence should both get 4.