4 stars for Jose Andres and The Bazaar.
Is it heresy to admit that I don't love Virbila's reviews? I feel as though she does a nice job with atmosphere and general description of the places she reviews, highlighting a special dish or two.
I just feel that she stops short in terms of describing the actual food, the flavors and the experience of eating it, using all four senses in the description.
Maybe I am overly analytical and the majority of people who read restaurant reviews don't want this level of investigation into something that is here today, and gone within just a few moments.
Food and dining are purely experiential in nature. I like to think about what I am putting in my mouth, what it does, what it is made of, the artistic composition, who cooked it, the history behind it. How does it smell? What utensils will I use to eat it?
I enjoy depth and breadth in a review. It's captivating and exciting.
Much like Jose Andres' food. Which Virbila, whose opinion Los Angeles holds in high esteem, gave 4 stars. 4 stars = outstanding on every level. And she definitely got that right.