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SAAM: Jonathan Gold’s 101 Best Restaurants 2015

May 20, 2014

José Andrés is the chef who brought Spanish-style modernist cuisine to the United States; the kind of mists, airs, gels, snows and encapsulations made famous by his friend Ferran Adria at elBulli. Like his Minibar in Washington and his é in Las Vegas, SAAM is a restaurant within a restaurant — kind of the couture inner sanctum of Bazaar — serving luxurious 22-course tasting menus, including uni pouches, odd cocktails and cotton-candy dumplings, that both expand on and improve on the pleasures of the larger dining room outside. You will encounter more edible gold than you have ever seen in your life.