On my recent travels across the Americas, I have twice encountered the combination of Phillipe Starck and an Adria protege. Not quite sure what that little statistic means, but when there’s good and funky food in equally funky surroundings, there’s never a lack of discussion topics that are centred around the space you’re in and the experience is breathes upon you! The SLS hotel in Los Angeles is hom e to Bazaar, where El Bulli graduate Jose Andres flaunts his wares in a Starck designed dining room that plays on the name Bazaar and its permutation of bizarre, a space where the dining room is split into the actual dining space and a bar, patisserie and walk through market space displaying luxuriously priced knick-knacks, a sort of uber souk. Given the nature of the menu and it’s design for sharing, I have to say that with the help of Mr. W and Ms. B, there was fair justice done!
So, in November I was told that there were no tables for Friday or Saturday dinner even in February, three and a half months later. In fact, there were no Saturday or Friday dinner reservations available for a YEAR! Well, it’s only the restaurant Can Roca, 2nd best restaurant in the world, 2011, 3 Michelin stars and one only needs to step into the wonderland of the premises to realise that there’s something really special about to take place over the course of the next 4 hours. Yet another family affair, The eldest Roca heads up the kitchen, the younger Roca looks after the wine and the youngest Roca takes care of the pastry. Quite a combination!