José Andrés, chef at The Bazaar at the SLS Hotel, is in town. And to celebrate, he's giving away free Philly cheesesteaks Friday from 5 to 6 p.m.
If you've ever tried Andrés' Philly cheesesteak, you'll know better than to expect steak, onions and peppers on a roll. And don't even think about cheese whiz.
Andrés' tribute to the American classic includes Wagyu A4 strip loin, Fiscalini cheddar espuma and onion jam. Would you expect anything less from the man who sometimes serves his croquetas de pollo in a shoe?
To make the cheesesteak bread, a pita bread dough is thinly sheeted and baked in the oven until it puffs up into mini footballs of "air bread." The bread is then filled with Fiscalini cheddar espuma.
A sweet onion jam is piped onto paper thin slices of Wagyu beef, and they both get a little heat from a blow torch before topping the air bread. Then the cheesesteaks are finished with chives and sea salt.
When the Spanish chef isn't giving them away for free, the Philly cheesesteaks are available on the menu For $11.
465 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, (310) 246-5555, www.sbe.com/restaurants.
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