Location: 465 S La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048. 310.246.5555
Date: July 31, 2011
Cuisine: Modern Brunch
I follow José Andrés on twitter, and I was reading (and crying) about the final meal at elBulli, so when the restaurant selection for brunch with friends came up, the SLS came to mind.
Enter the whacky world of Trés at the SLS.
Inside is the same kind of bizarre Philippe Starck space as at Bazaar. High tables on one side.
Comfortable lounging on the other.
The brunch menu is here. There are buffet, ala carte, and “experience” options. We went for the experience which is the buffet + an entree + a mimosa for only $10 more (the mimosa alone is $16).
The buffet is endless, but i’ll begin with breads and pastries.
And the table des fruits.
Various fruit juice “waters.” These are lighter than regular juice. There were about six exotic types.
If you are so inclined, you can add them to these glasses of fruit for a blend of fruit and juice.
And these spectacular yogurts with fruit.
The the vege station. Prep glasses for gazpacho.
A zoom of one. You add the gazpacho yourself, and there are other condiments.
Pull back for the big picture.
Then the meat and cheese station.
Pig, pig, and more pig. Hams and salamis.
And rolls and condiments. To the rights are jams and butters.
Inside are mini steam buns (more on that later).
Amazing smoked salmon and caviars and accompaniments.
Creme fraiche, chives, onions, quail eggs, two types of caviar (including the real stuff).
And an extensive assortment of petite fours from the pasticerie. Passion fruit pate des fruits on top, bon bons, cookies.
Our meals came with mimosas. This is the classic. The alcohol is cava (Spanish champagne).
Or the even yummier grapefruit mimosa.
A close up of a bit of caesar salad. Very tasty.
The gazpacho was amazing. Just totally amazing. I had three helpings as did several others.
A plate of goodies. You can see the caviars (and meats).
I made a couple of these custom steam buns. Wow!
An omelet with mushrooms and zucchini blossoms.
360 degree eggs, toasted brioche, hollandaise air, and Jamon Serrano. This was one of the better eggs benedict I’ve had — and I’ve had a lot.
This Greek yogurt with fruit (this one had apricots) were so incredibly delicious! Sweet though.
Then some desserts, which are more or less highlights of the Bazaar’s desserts. These are mango and cream.
“Hot chocolate mouse, three layers,” mini version.
Some of the whacky decorations.
And this crazy zesty lemonade, which served nicely as an aperitif.
Overall this was a fantastic brunch. Different than your typical one, but fantastique for sure. It holds up in every way to the quality level of the various José Andrés offerings at the SLS!
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The entrance again, behind us is the parking zoo. And it’s a serious zoo.