Monday, December 6, 2010

High Tea at the Bazaar Review: Unique Twists, but Not Enough Food

After a late night out Saturday night, late afternoon tea at the Bazaar with my local sorority alumnae chapter sounded like a perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon recovering.  We had choices of two different carafes of teas and shared a three tiered food stand as well as well as miniature ice cream cones.  Three people shared one stand of food and most everything was one bite.  Highlight was probably the goat cheese sandwich that looked like a mini macaroon.  Everything else was good, but not particularly noteworthy.  I left still quite hungry; usually traditional afternoon tea could replace dinner for me between the tea sandwiches, scones and little cakes, but these little bites did nothing to fill me up: I had my usual big dinner just a couple hours later.  The ambiance is nice, but I prefer the excitement of the dining rooms and the charm of the patisserie more.  At $37 per person including tax and gratuity, I thought it was a little overpriced for what you get.  Good thing I street parked and avoided the $15 valet parking charge.  At least we had an enjoyable afternoon of catching up with new friends, which is ultimately what the day was all about.
Ice cream cone with creme fraiche and salmon roe
Caviar steamed buns, cucumber with tomato caviar, PBJ, goat cheese macaroon, smoked salmon and foie gras sandwiches and chocolate covered pop rocks in the back
Mint chocolate, chocolate with sea salt, chocolate with pink peppercorns and assorted pastries
Raspberries with raspberry gel in the pipette and saffron gummy candies in edible rice paper
The Bazaar by Jose Andres
465 South La Cienega Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA
(310) 246-5545

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