Hi everyone!! I’m out on a dinner date right now…see it all on my Instastory! Every July, restaurant business in LA will be experiencing a boom! What’s the rush?!@ right? Restaurant Week is a consecutive 12-day event that takes place bi-annually in the summer and the winter. Hundreds of fine dining restaurants in Los Angeles, participate in this showcase of cultural diversity as they offer prix fixe meals to locals and tourists alike for a fraction of their normal prices.
Husband and I really make an effort to attend at least one of them. This year, I decided to go back to The Bazaar by Jose Andres, as they have the most attractive tasting menu of eleven signature courses and new additions for an elaborate 2.5 hours. Bazaar did not disappoint and I’m going to just let my picture and review of each course do the talking, as the experience was amazing.
Welcome Glass of Txakoli – dry, crips and bold. Perfectly compliments the food that we are about to receive.
Cotton Candy Foie Gras – Their signature amuse bouche, the sweetness of the cotton candy contrast with the buttery foie gras and balances each other for that melt-in-your-mouth texture.
Oysters & Hibiscus (passion fruit, finger lime, vanilla oil) – Thoughtful creation, however I felt that the hibiscus foam over powered the original flavor of the oysters, it was a little to strong and sour for my taste. Plating and presentation gets A+.
Jicama Wrapped Guacamole (chipotle salsa, micro cilantro, corn chips) – Absolutely LOVED this dish, it captured the summer flavor so well with light crisp jicamo slices and california avocados. The corn chips was a nice addition mixed into the guac for that extra crunch with chipotle salsa adding the little heat. This was Husband’s favorite dish.
Not Your Everyday Caprese (cherry tomatoes, liquid mozzarella) – Leave it to Jose to insert gastromony into your everyday dish and make it extraordinary. The liquid mozzarella burst in your mouth mixed with the sweetness of cherry tomatoes creates an unique experience for your taste buds.
Beef Tartare (kimchi crackers, picked shallot, fried capers) – Another solid dish. The beef tartare was fresh and buttery, the crunchy kimchi cracker adds flavor and texture to the overall experience.
Pork Banh Mi Bun (foie gras, mint, cilantro, serrano chili, pickles) – Deep fried bun, bold south east Asian flavor of the pork banh mi and insertion of western flavor of foie gras makes this dish a perfect fusion creation.
Uni & Eel Rice (black garlic, strawberry, wasabi) – I loved this dish…I mean what can you not like about uni and eel? The sweet and tartness of the strawberry mixed with the creamy texture and flavor of the rice balances out so it is not too heavy.
Grilled Spanish Octopus (caramelized onions, chicken escabeche, cherry tomatoes) – The octopus is so tender and soft, perfectly grilled. I love the sweetness of cherry tomatoes balancing with the char and the chicken escabeche served as a great sauce.
Catalan Spinach (apple, pine nuts, rasins) – If there is a favorite dish of mine, this would be it. I was so pleasantly surprised by the presentation and flavor of this dish. When you see “spinach” on a menu, it is usually not sexy. But the spinach made into a medallion shape, topped with apple, rasins and pine nuts, makes it a bite sized morsel of healthy vegetarian goodness.
Seared Mary’s Farm Chicken (honey dates, mustard caviar, mustard greens) – Very solid dish, of perfectly sous vide mary’s Farm chicken. Tender, moist and flavorful. I loved the sweetness of honey dates adds to the tart mustard caviar for a bold flavor.
Philly Cheesesteak (air bread, cheddar, wagyu beef) – Another signature Jose Andres creation. I have had this dish many times and each time it does not disappoint me in the flavor and presentation. The thinly sliced wagyu beef with perfect marbling meets the liquid white cheddar that bursts and oozes out as you bite into the fluffy air bread for that crunch.
After we stuffed out faces with the savory creations, we were ushered into a separate dessert seating area for the restaurant patrons and I had to get a tour of their dessert station to choose from. Dessert was included in our DineLA menu, however I couldn’t help myself to ogle and drool over these amazing desserts.
The Chocolate Cake Of Your Dreams (salted ganache, Peruvian chocolate mouse) – First of all, presentation of this dessert alone is enough to swoon me over. I couldn’t bear to destroy the perfectly shaped chocolate heart. Fluffy chocolate mouse on the exterior meets the dense salted ganache is the way to my heart.
Traditional Spanish Flan (vanilla, citrus) – I loved this creamy and sweet flan. Sweet vanilla cream with citrus caramel sauce creates a contrast and harmony in overall tasting experience.
Finally for those that are wondering, I wore my new dress from Carbon28 Passport Collection, the name of the dress is Los Angeles, how appropriate is it for DineLA?! Also paring my new Lock bag from HiEleven for a ladylike look. You can find more details of the outfit below.