When it comes to fine dining, nothing should surprise us anymore. In fact, quirky trends are often welcome by those who enjoy splurging on the finer things in life. The Bazaar by José Andrés, located in Los Angeles’ SLS Hotel, has taken this concept and applied it to something you’ve possibly never seen before: a water menu.
Last Friday, The Bazaar by José Andrés was included as one of the best new restaurants in the country so it seems fitting that with that new accolade, the restaurant steps up its culinary experience and introduces something to set itself even further from the pack. The new water menu offers patrons a selection of water that includes the limited edition, microbiologically pure water from a 500 million year old rock formation and water drawn by monks from a still dating back to Roman times. They also have a Ferrari coachmaker-designed bottle and a “health tonic” dating back to 1888.
While they don’t currently have a water sommelier, so to speak, when the LA Weekly inquired about it, a hostess actually pondered the notion and said, “That’s a really interesting idea…”
So it appears that the days of “tap water” are gone, at least in some places. Here is a more detailed look at what The Bazaar is offering to help quench your thirst nowadays:
Wattwiller Still (500ml) – $10
Its pedigree dates back to Roman times, with the source ultimately controlled by the monks of the Abbey of Murbach in 735 AD. With salty aftertaste, this elite water delivers terrific calcium, magnesium, sulphate, and fluoride.
Speyside-Glenlivet Still (750ml) – $10
Speyside is drawn from the 500 million year old Braes of Glenlivet rock formation, situated inside the Crown Estate of Glenlivet. At a total mineral content of 58 mg/liter, it is light, slightly alkaline and virtually sodium-free and nitrate-free.
Lauretana Still (750ml) – $10
Lauretana proclaims this is the most microbiologically pure, natural drinking water known to the world. Bottled in a unique 750 ml clear glass bottle designed by the famous Ferrari coach-maker Pininfarina.
Gerolsteiner Sparkling (1000ml) – $12
Drinking Gerolsteiner is the closest thing to taking mineral supplements. It is in the naturally carbonated classification, with the signature low pH associated with most of the high-TDS “nat carbs,” and has been a famous health tonic since 1888.
Vichy Catalan Sparkling (1000ml) – $12
Ancient water with an astonishing 3,052 milligrams per liter of Total Dissolved. There are no missing minerals or salts in Vichy. You get plenty of calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium, bicarbonate, fluoride, and silica in this medicinal potion.
Source and photo: LA Weekly