Was there last night. The vibe is great. The decor engagingly eclectic. The service was on par for the price. The food was a let down after all the glowing phrases knocked around by the lemmings. In all we covered 16 different items, most of which were gleaned from the chaff on the various boards. Maybe I am spoiled, but the Bazaar had few, if any, OMG moments. It was steady and for the price enjoyable. It is not El Bulli, it is not Melisse, Spago, or for that matter TFL..
Come on people; let's not think that somehow this is Nirvana. Some honest notes from a non-lemming-
1. Tortilla de patats- mom's egg salad- (my mom makes great egg salad.)
2. Watermelon and seeds- it the gook inside a tomato on top of Watermelon.
3. Caprese- okay, I thought you throw out the buffalo water?
4. Cotton candy Foie- this was good and whimsical
5. American Caviar cones- go to TFL if not get them here
6. Pa'amb tomaquet- think bruschetta with Manchego
7. Sautéed shrimp, garlic, guindilla pepper- good deal, plump shrimp and garlic oil
8. Croquetas de pollo- this is well executed but traditional and not special
9. Olives “Ferran Adrià” old and new- If you have never had a spherification-try it- once you have tried it -stick with the traditional stuffed olives which were great.
10. Sliced apples and fennel- Looked really promising but the apples and the fennel had little apple and fennel flavor.
11. Sautéed cauliflower “couscous- Again for tapas is was really good.
12. Ottoman carrot fritters- Nice colors, lack some ommmff on the flavors (judging by the over 50s crowd in the place more flavors are a must)
13. Tuna ceviche and avocado roll- again bold flavors are lacking. Taste your food before it leaves the kitchen- to put together lovely plates and ingredients and then not spice them to bring out their layers is just wrong.
14. “Philly cheesesteak”- Everyone raves about this one. It’s cute and once again visually pleasing but the sharp oozing cheese masks the wagyu. (and I love gooey epoisse)
15. Hot chocolate mousse- it's hot Pudding with cubes of pears, nuts and rice crisps- this was good.
16. Apple Carlotta- Again a well put together dish- saffron hints- and overall a good end to an adequate meal.
All of the above (doubles on the Foie, Philly and Cones)-
$150 sans tax and tip
Had the Magic Mojito which was great, but not $16 great
The Caiproska- good but not $16 good.
Go there, try it for yourself and decide.
Would I go back with a mind free from everyones gasps and talks of greatness-yes. Would I stray more towards the traditional tapas- definately.
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