But perhaps the richest and most comforting dish on the extensive menu is the black rossejat — a paella-style pasta of thin noodles boldly tinted by squid ink and topped with shrimp and an ivory aioli. Priced affordably at $22, the plate is one of the most generous portions on the menu and could certainly function as a main course for two. It's no surprise, then, that the parade of high-heeled ladies and suited men exiting the restaurant bore ebullient grins of ebony teeth and lips — a silent symbol of the black rossejat's undeniable popularity.

Desserts sustain the restaurant's focus on South Florida, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Spain. The "pastel chocolate café con leche" — a short tower of dark-chocolate mousse cake topped with ganache — is flawlessly paired with not-too-sweet, potent Cuban-coffee ice cream. Key lime pie delicately finishes the meal in "José's way" with piped, zigzagged ribbons of Key lime cream alongside dollops of toasted meringue, foam, and scattered bits of cracker. Other desserts include tembleque, tres leches, a traditional Spanish flan, and a banana mojito served atop a bowl of crushed ice.

Overall, the service is cordial, even during lengthy rote tableside recitations of plate descriptions. Be sure to set aside a whole evening, though. A meal typically takes at least two hours to enjoy.

The finishing touch on a caprese salad. View a slideshow of the Bazaar.
The finishing touch on a caprese salad. View a slideshow of the Bazaar.

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The Bazaar by Jose Andres

1701 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Category: Restaurant > Spanish

Region: Out of Town

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The Bazaar by José Andrés, 1701 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-674-1701; thebazaar.com/south-beach-the-bazaar. Dinner Sunday through Thursday 6 p.m. to midnight, Friday and Saturday 6 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Liquid nitrogen caipirinha $5

Japanese tacos $10

Papas a la huancaína $24

Black rossejat $22

Key lime pie $12

View a slideshow of the Bazaar.

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The dining experience is as grand as its price, and the average ticket reaches about $75 per person. But the greatest problem might not be the cost of the first visit or the second or the third. Instead, the issue with the Bazaar by José Andrés is the extensiveness of the exciting menu. It would likely take a dozen dinners to sample the entire offering. And for the chance at another entrancing adventure, I'll definitely keep going back.

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