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SilverSpoon Takes Miami: More Bizarre Foodie Creations at The Bazaar

When Mr S and I were on honeymoon in LA, one of favourite restaurants was The Bazaar at the SLS Hotel. With gorgeously eclectic design, innovative cocktails, and unique food creations, The Bazaar was a real winner for me.
When I heard there was a Bazaar at the SLS in Miami, new since our visit, we were excited to try it.
I do prefer that in Miami you can easily walk everywhere. The SLS hotel was a five minute walk from our hotel (The Setai) whereas in LA we’d had to drive or get taxis everywhere. It was good to know we could easily walk back later on without a 40 minute wait for a cab.

I really liked the hotel’s grand entrance, and Mr Silver (top fashion blogger) got his red carpet moment outside. I’m planning a round up of my favourite hotels in Miami so I’ll let you know a bit more about the hotel then and concentrate more on the food for this post!

I loved the interior of the restaurant which is designed by Philippe Starck, which features huge chandeliers…

 

 

And cool 3D effect wall paper.

The chef at The Bazaar is the award winning Jose Andres and I was excited to see that the menu in Miami was actually quite different to the one in LA and it showcased local produce in the ‘Miami meets World’ section. Though primarily Spanish, there are lots of Asian influences on the menu, particularly from Singapore. A country that also embraces the Art Deco aesthetic that Miami is famous for. As well as this there is the Spain ‘Yesterday and Today’ which features classic Spanish tapas as well as inventive dishes.

Mr S had had a very cool liquid nitrogen cocktail at the Bazaar is LA and he decided to get it again.

It was very interesting as they made a show of preparing it table side and the finished result was like a slush puppy…do slush puppies still exist? Anyway, you know what I mean!!

The menu was very strange and it was difficult to know what to have…

My first choice was Mediterranean mussels, as the seafood is a big fave for Mr S and I.

The presentation in the sardine tin was cool and I hate to start on a negative but the mussels were cold and chewy, I didn’t enjoy the dish at all. The rather less fussy Mr S, happily munched away.

Better was the the Jamon de Toro, a salt-cured tuna like Spanish ham, it was like a delicious sashimi with a twist. Basically hammy-tuna…

Japanese taco was very unique and innovative, the taco shell being a thin piece of cucumber stuffed with eel and pork. A slightly sweet sauce was a great accompaniment for the fusion dish.

As I wasn’t keen on the mussels, the waiter kindly bought along the dish above, a crispy Asian pork dish that more than made up for the disappointing seafood.

An Asian influenced raw scallop dish…

 

Not Your Everyday Caprese was a deconstructed tomato and mozzarella salad, and probably my favourite thing that we had, the cheese was liquid on the inside and beautifully creamy.
Beef sui was totally delicious, I love dim sum so it was great to have an Asian dish on the Spanish menu.

 

 

Salmon had been beautifully steamed in a bag.

The steak had been rubbed in coffee and had that slightly bitter but totally addictive coffee taste. At the Bazaar in LA, the teeny, tiny tapas dishes weren’t really filling us up but here the portions were bigger and we were definitely feeling satisfied.

Mr S finished off with a light sponge cake…

And I couldn’t resist the lure of chocolate chip cookies. I mean even the word ‘cookie’ brings joy to my heart…

Banging tunes from The Hyde Beach club drew Mr S and I outside…

 

Where we met a new friend…

 

Before heading into the club to dance the night away…

 

It was interesting to visit the Miami version of an LA restaurant we’d enjoyed. I actually preferred the decor and the intimacy of the Miami Bazaar but I thought the food in LA was better.

Either way both are definitely quite bizarre…but very fun!