Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Irene Virbila of the LA Times Gives The Bazaar 4 Stars

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.


Loving Annie said...

I confess to liking your reviews better than hers exactly for the reasons you described. And your pictures are luscious !

Can't wait to try Bazaar this Spring, so many good things written about it everywhere.

Food, she thought. said...

Thank you Annie, and I cannot wait to see you blog about it!

Tangbro1 said...

Excellent shot of the Philly cheesesteak. Looks like you picked some good courses. Do you know the name of the first dish?

Food, she thought. said...

Tnagbro: The first pic is a dish Virbila mentions. It is the caviar cone...this is a little delicate cone made from something thinner and more crisp than a crepe, with a little creme in the bottom and lots of caviar on top. It was delicious. It's form the "cart" menu. The server puts it together for you.