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Bazaar - a brunch quickie

soniabegonia | Jul 13, 2009 02:26 PM

Sunday brunch at Bazaar, pretty empty – 2 parties when we arrived at 11, 5-6 as we were leaving noonish. Loved the eclectic Starck interior and overall chill vibe.

A sparkling lemonade with rosemary syrup – nice and refreshing but really strong and sweet. 20% more sparking water would have been great.

Kumamoto Oysters w/ lemon, black pepper – raw, not canned. Found it misleading to list this under the “latas y conservas” part of the menu. I like Kumamotos for their small size, fresh, slightly crunchy texture and lack of milkiness. These were quite plump & large, and very creamy. I wouldn’t be surprised if, in fact, these were not Kumamotos. They were flavorful and I enjoyed them just fine, but I found them salty. No need to salt oysters, imo, but maybe that’s what makes them “conserva.”

Plate of 3 cheeses - Valdeón, a pungent and pleasantly creamy blue; La Serena, a creamy sheep’s milk with an odd greasy texture; Idiazábal, a firm, sheep’s milk cheese, nutty and smoky

Buñuelos Codfish fritters, honey aioli – my favorite dish, lightly crisp on the outside, piping hot and soft inside, full of cod meat, nice flavor. Didn’t care much for the greasy feeling aioli so I sauced lightly.

Beef Hanger Steak Piquillo pepper confit – good and cooked perfectly medium rare but again, too salty

Japanese Tacos – tasty little eel tacos in cucumber shells, 3 to an order – at $10, a bit steep

Mozzarella-tomato pipettes w/ micro basil, instructions – peeled cherry tomatoes on liquid mozzarella filled pipette “skewers.” Though the menu said it came with instructions, we didn’t get any from the server. Not a problem since it was quite obvious to us what to do – eat the tomato and squeeze the liquid mozzarella. Nice flavor and fun.

Olives, traditional and modern – traditional olives were stuffed with anchovy and something else. Very very salty – spose that’s expected… loved the olive spheres – pure olive essence and luscious texture - but found it odd that that they brought out a set of 4 spoons but spooned out only 2 – why not just bring out 2 spoons on a plate instead of leaving us wondering if we got shorted 2 olives?!

Service was a bit stiff and borderline amateurish. Also, a minor gripe, but with the exception of the olives, everything came in odd numbers: 5 oysters, 5 fritters, 5 slices of steak, 3 tacos, etc. which was kind of annoying for sharing between 2 people.

Wouldn’t mind going again for dinner if someone else were paying, but everything seemed to be about 20% overpriced, even after factoring in the abundant hipness.

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