Now that XIV has successfully launched, the website is up for The Bazaar by José Andrés, SBE's new food and bev concept at SLS Hotel described as "a vibrant mix of sophisticated cuisine and playful lounge spaces where dining transcends into fête extraordinaire.'" We heard about it all before, but really, is SBE just fucking with us? What's with all the mystery verbage? Is this Bazaar concept so bizarre that it just can't be put into words? It's all so...intriguing...but it doesn't stop there. The official descriptions of the "restaurant" are as whimsical as chef Andres himself, but there are some things to get excited for: Manhattans with liquid cherries and margaritas with salt air; an authentic "jamon y queso" bar; a frosting-pink patisserie with cakes, bon bons and coffee service.
"Cocktails become adventurous undertakings in the center of The Bazaar, where Chef Andrés plays with a variety of fresh herbs, fruits and vegetables, as well as modern tools of liquid nitrogen and organic emulsifiers to elevate the classics and re-imagine the modern mainstays. Welcome the next generation of inspired cocktails, where Manhattans with liquid cherries and margaritas with salt air accompany delightful raw bar and caviar selections."
Rojo y Blanca
"A story in contrasts, the tapas-style Rojo y Blanca mixes tradition and ingenuity in true Spanish style. Root yourself in the regional cuisines of Spain, including everything from traditional tapas to an authentic Jamon y Queso Bar. Venture into chef Andrés’ food and vegetable-focused fantasy, where dramatic dishes feature a decidedly modern twist on the small plate concept. The restaurant’s décor also suits a variety of moods – including intimate indoor seating areas, ranging from both rich and robust reds to ethereal organic woods and whites, hydroponic tanks showcasing a sustainable mini-garden and an airy outdoor terrace that recalls a Mediterranean café."
"Playful with a touch of whimsy, the European-inspired Patisserie is a fanciful dream of sweet delights, with a pink décor as sugary as the treats it serves. Centered around a glass-enclosed display kitchen, the Patisserie offers an irresistible selection of cakes, bon bons, chocolates and fruit confections throughout the day."
Andres told to the LAT a few weeks ago: "Who needs one more chef in one more building with four walls and a kitchen?...I'm bored with the system of it. I want people to be able to move around, not feel chained at a table. I want energetic, unpretentious, fun." Well, there you go. It all makes sense now. We heard the debut should happen around November 14 but it's not confirmed.
· The Bazaar at SLS Preview: Waiting For Jose [~ELA~]