Bazaar at the SLS
The Bazaar by José Andrés at the SLS hotel is my new favorite restaurant in Los Angeles. The food is Spanish tapas, served in two restaurants – ROJO the traditional and BLANCA the modern. Thankfully, you’re not tied down to one side; you can order off of both menus wherever you sit. I have eaten here six times and I have tried less than half of the dishes on the huge menu of more than seventy items! Traditional tapas include exquisite jamón ibérico – imported Spanish ham served with toasted tomato and olive oil-soaked bread. The seared piquillo peppers stuffed with goat cheese are amazing, as are boneless chicken wings with green olive purée and creamy croquetas of chicken and béchamel sauce. Be sure not to miss the buñuelos – fresh codfish fritters with honey aioli.
If you’re looking for something more inventive try the SLS version of the Philly cheesesteak. It consists of a hollow airbread, filled with runny cheese and topped with tender slices of Kobe beef. Of course, for the adventurous, there is always the foie gras served on a stick and wrapped in cotton candy.
Regardless of what you order, I suggest you accompany your meal with a pitcher of their lovely white sangria made with Spanish sparkling wine.