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Is their a sushi place in Las Vegas similar to Sushi Minato in Reno?

I've not been. I think it's on eastern. If I was going to that area, I'd probably go either to island sushi or Osaka. Island sushi is a very casual place, while Osaka is a more traditional place. Both with good fish, but island is usually mobbed while Osaka is more sedate

Nov 20, 2014
lvnvflyer in Las Vegas

Early Thanksgiving Take Out

Whole foods could be an option. There's one on Green valley parkway not too far from anthem

Nov 20, 2014
lvnvflyer in Las Vegas

Is their a sushi place in Las Vegas similar to Sushi Minato in Reno?

I will certainly try your rec next time I'm in Reno. In Las Vegas, I'd recommend goyemon (great AYCE) and Tokyo boys for off-strip good quality neighborhood sushi.

Nov 19, 2014
lvnvflyer in Las Vegas

Nominate your favorite restaurants in Las Vegas for "Best of 2014."

Chada Thai
DB brasserie
Raku

Nov 19, 2014
lvnvflyer in Las Vegas

SLS: "Social Sunday" for locals

We took advantage of this offer last night despite the Marathon (which caused some interesting traffic issues). It appeared to me that a lot of folks were also brought to Ku by this promotion; it was quite full between 615 and 730. It was busy enough that although we had a reservation we ended up with the worst table in the house and switched to the bar.
The bartenders were terrific and the service very good except for a misplaced order of green beans which arrived at the end of dinner. The room is a bit odd...a large bright front area with some communal seating, the bar and three oddly placed tvs (they can only be seen by the bartenders) and a back area with some comfortable looking booths and tables. There is also an open kitchen for noodle making.
We had a nakamura cocktail and a beer to start. The cocktail is a cucumber spin on a Cosmo although less sweet. Well made and enjoyed.
We ordered the lamb shu mai to start, the green bean salad, and two noodles: the cold sesame and the warm tomato/egg. The shu Mai is five pieces, and comes with a vinegar dipping sauce. It was fresh, well prepared, and the lamb and cumin made a nice change from the usual shrimp/pork.
The noodles were both hits. The cold sesame noodles are garnished with carrots, cucumbers, cilantro and nuts,and served in a dark, sesame oil dominated sauce. You need to toss the whose assemblage together when they arrive, and the noodles then soak up the sauce and become very delicious.
The tomato noodles are served warm and come with a scrambled egg and black garlic. They are very soothing noodles, and although the black garlic is visible, it does not add a lot of garlic taste. But the combination of tomato , noodle and scrambled egg proves irrestible ....at least, there were no noodles left to tell the tale.
The green bean salad should have arrived before the noodles (ours mistakenly went to a neighboring diner) and instead arrived in Parisian style near the end. This is a pretty simple but tasty stir fry of green beans, ginger, and garlic, with some dried red pepper for zip. The beans had a nice char, which I prefer, but were still snappy. We did not finish them (the order is pretty sizable) but thought that they were quite tasty.
Service was generally friendly and efficient with a few glitches. Total tab, with four drinks: $50. A very good value and it will bring us back to the SLS for future Sunday nights.

Nov 17, 2014
lvnvflyer in Las Vegas

ISO Steak House Recs

We just did a birthday celebration at STK in the Cosmo and it was excellent. Terrific service, very fun atmosphere, and an interesting and tasty menu. It exceeded our expectations by a good measure. On a just food basis I probably like CUT better but STK definitely was a very good experience.

Oct 25, 2014
lvnvflyer in Las Vegas

Old School Steakhouse on the Strip?

You might also think about the Barrymore, right off the strip north of the Wynn. It's got a nice menu and a retro vibe. It's good for folks who want something other than steak and they have a good bar.
Raku is great and your mom should find plenty to eat.

Sep 09, 2014
lvnvflyer in Las Vegas

What's for Dinner #324 - School's Back in Session Edition [through September 7, 2014]

No school at our house and the Las Vegas valley is not cooling off yet. Dinner tonight is bruschetta with honey roasted cherry tomatoes on half, fennel and peppers on half; a zucchini dish from pure simple food (just for the record it wasn't that simple and I'm not sure something that used that much olive oil is "pure "); chicken cutlets marinated in buttermilk and panko crusted, then baked; orzo with pine nuts and lemon; melon salad; and ice cream. Saturdays are great

Next trip coming soon, but first...

Been to comme ca twice and was disappointed both times. Generally am a fan of the Cosmo 's restaurant line up and would be happy to see something new in that space.

Sep 04, 2014
lvnvflyer in Las Vegas

Next trip coming soon, but first...

Completely agree. Would suggest db brasserie instead

Sep 01, 2014
lvnvflyer in Las Vegas

Las Vegas Restaurant Week

Had two rw meals: a very solid dinner at rx boiler room and a stellar lunch at DB brasserie. Tremendous value and really terrific food, especially the fennel three ways the trout, and the chicken. At 20 for three courses (and w 7$ glasses of wine available) a terrific meal and definitely a rw positive

Aug 26, 2014
lvnvflyer in Las Vegas

E by Jose Andres, any other secret restaurants?

There is a "secret" bar at commonwealth called the Laundry Room. Don't know of any secret dining spots....sad to say.

Aug 21, 2014
lvnvflyer in Las Vegas

Last Minute Recommenations

Thanks! That's a good catch. And I agree still a good value

Aug 21, 2014
lvnvflyer in Las Vegas

Last Minute Recommenations

Downtown is a lot of fun now and worth checking out (including the container park). It's better at night but fun during the day as well. I'd check out Carson Kitchen, Le Thai, or EAT.

Aug 21, 2014
lvnvflyer in Las Vegas

Last Minute Recommenations

Well, if you want to stay near ceaser's, I'd consider either Mesa Grill or Joe's Stone Crab. Or you could hit the bar at Guy Savoy, where I believe they have a bubbles and bites menu.
Although I know you indicated budget was not an issue, I have enjoyed the three course lunch at Milos in the Cosmo which is also well priced at 20.14. Db brasserie is doing some nice looking three course lunches but I have not gone there yet so can only say the menus look interesting

Aug 20, 2014
lvnvflyer in Las Vegas

8/16/14 Dining Report - 24 Seven Cafe, Earl of Sandwich, Carson Kitchen, Viva Las Arepas, Art of Flavors, Slice of Vegas

Like I said, it was a bit of a sucker bet. There was plenty of carbs in the very pleasant tater tots that came with the sliders (and which I forgot to mention) so there really was no need for Mac and cheese (and it certainly wasn't weather appropriate ) We should have gone flatbread.

Aug 19, 2014
lvnvflyer in Las Vegas

8/16/14 Dining Report - 24 Seven Cafe, Earl of Sandwich, Carson Kitchen, Viva Las Arepas, Art of Flavors, Slice of Vegas

I think I may have to get one of these very soon.

Aug 19, 2014
lvnvflyer in Las Vegas

8/16/14 Dining Report - 24 Seven Cafe, Earl of Sandwich, Carson Kitchen, Viva Las Arepas, Art of Flavors, Slice of Vegas

Glad to see the review of Carson Kitchen; I've been meaning to mention having dinner there and you've inspired me.

A couple of notes before the food: this is a really quite small space, and slightly unusually arranged. In the main restaurant, there really are very few "tables" but rather, a number of communal high tops, the main bar (where you can get food w/your drink), and the bar around the kitchen, which is essentially stools separated from the kitchen by a relatively narrow counter. There is also an upstairs patio that has more traditional seating, but it was not open the evening we were there, most likely due to the not-insignificant heat.

We sat at the kitchen bar. We went for an early dinner (around 6.30 or so) and got seats without a problem; by the time we left, there was a wait. The room also has a very low ceiling....it's almost hobbit-esque. I think it will be much cozier seeming in winter.

Our server was generally good natured and checked in frequently. I would not describe him as particularly knowledgable or engaged, but he was fine. There seemed to be a few front of the house issues the night we were there; I noticed a manager having words with a couple of the servers, but ours did fine.

One failure on our part was to ask for a more deliberate pacing, as described above. We got our food (all of it) pretty quick, which both wasn't terribly pleasing from a dining standpoint, and also resulted in our little patch of bar getting pretty crowded (it can be pretty territorial at those bars). Next time I would be quite specific on that.

We only got four dishes ( I just feel like a piker compared to 11!). Green Beans tempura from the "social plates"; Root beer glazed short rib sliders from the "Between Bread" arena; Broccoli crunch; and mac & cheese. The prices ranged from roughly $7 to roughly $13. Portion size was quite generous and we took home both some broccoli and some mac and cheese. I predict this could become a popular downtown lunch spot with the more hipster folks downtown: it's quite close to the federal court house, and to the Zappo's HQ. The prices are lunch friendly, I'd say.

Of our four dishes, I'd probably go green beans, sliders, broccoli, mac & cheese. The green beans, and particularly their pepper jelly laced dipping sauce, made us sit up and say wow. The sliders were juicy and well put together; however, I detected nary a hint of the root beer glaze. The broccoli crunch was nice and light....too light. I wanted more of the tasty tarragon dressing, which was fairly skimpily applied. The mac & cheese was....mac & cheese, and we were probably suckers for going for it, but there you go. It was perfectly fine and reheated nicely for lunch, so obviously we liked it enough....but not enough to take it on a second date.

We would definitely return; there are a lot of things to enjoy downtown now, and this is certainly one of them. Quick shout out to the bar around the corner, the Wayfarer in the Inspire Theater building: definitely a craft cocktail bar, including the current fad of barrel aging, but not pretentious and terrific space.

Aug 19, 2014
lvnvflyer in Las Vegas

Private room for Birthday Party - 12-14 adults, 6 kids

First, glad to hear that Jaleo looks like it will work out for Obessed and his family. I do think it's a pretty fun place and the Cosmo has a very lively atmosphere. I have noticed that children seem to be allowed to sit on the outer banquettes of the Chandelier bar if people are interested in a cocktail.

I hear what you are saying, LVI, on tapas not being family style in the way, for example, a good serving of pasta or a large salad would be (which I agree is very traditionally family style). I guess in this context, with multiple generations and eclectic tastes, the thought of many dishes that people can sample, seemed family style-esque . I find that I follow Dave Feldman's strategy at a tapas or small plate restaurant, that we order multiples of items for groups so that every three or four people have the garlic shrimp, for example. Then usually people don't have to pass too far, and get a fairly substantial portion. I almost always make it more difficult myself at true Spanish tapas restaurants by ordering the gazpacho, which is my personal weakness....so then one person out of a dozen has a soup, whilst the rest are proceeding to devour the other delicious food.

Glad that they were able to work with you at Jaleo, and look forward to hearing a report!

Aug 19, 2014
lvnvflyer in Las Vegas

Private room for Birthday Party - 12-14 adults, 6 kids

What about Jaleo? I saw that they have a private room. Very tasty food and tapas are a family style item in my book. I don't know if they have a per person charge for the private room.
A number of the places that come right to mind would be steakhouses including the Barrymore and Andiamos. I think that that depends on how much your vegetarian is willing to go with a nice set of veggie side dishes.

Finally, you might also look at Cili at the Bali Hai country club on the strip (south of Mandalay bay). They have very good private rooms and you could customize your menu. I have not been there recently for an event but have been favorably impressed in the past.

Aug 11, 2014
lvnvflyer in Las Vegas

Thursday Night Dinner

I am assuming you are staying on or near the strip. A couple of options: if you haven't palmed to go downtown, that could be your opportunity. Good craft cocktails and beer list at the Velveteen Rabbit, and then do dinner at Le Thai (make a reservation ). Then you can check out the container park and some of the other bar options.

Another option would be culinary dropout at the Hard Rock. Upscale bar food at pretty reasonable prices, with a nice outdoors, and a pretty fun atmosphere (live music as well). Well set up for larger parties.

Jul 28, 2014
lvnvflyer in Las Vegas

July 2014 COTM: Radically Simple - Pasta, Fish

Made this tonight using California halibut. Liked it but think it got a bit overlooked. It would suggest using thin prosciutto slices; mine were a bit too thick. Served it with a tomato burrata salad and lime mint green beans. Would try it again.

Jul 27, 2014
lvnvflyer in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #313 - There's a Summer Place Edition! [through July 21, 2014]

WFD...curried maple mustard chicken breasts, and chickpea and orange couscous from the Radically Simple book. I always get great ideas from this thread.
The chicken breasts are done in the oven, as it's 103 and too hot to grill.....

Jul 20, 2014
lvnvflyer in Home Cooking
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Sunday Dinner rec., near Canary Wharf

Thanks for all the suggestions! We are going to the Gun, as it seemed to hit the mark. I am at the wharf fairly often for business and agree that the restaurants actually on the wharf are uneven and that Sundays are a bit of a ghost town. However, we are landing early Sunday and will probably wander over to borough market for a light lunch, so I didn't want to go too far for dinner. Monday night we are headed to NoPI which I enjoyed when I went previously. I may try the Turkish or Lebanese recco later in the week. Will report back, and thanks again.

Jul 12, 2014
lvnvflyer in U.K./Ireland

AYCE Sushi in Las Vegas

Thanks for responding! I did mean wait for a table. The sushi comes out pretty promptly. When we have to wait at goyemon, we usually repair to mcmullans, a nearby Irish pub. They are good at calling and usually the wait is a bit less than quoted

Jul 12, 2014
lvnvflyer in Las Vegas

AYCE Sushi in Las Vegas

Well, speaking only for sushi mon on Maryland and goyemon, sashimi is not part of all you can eat. It's not a buffet, you order from a staff member. I mildly prefer goyemon but agree that sushi mon is also good. In either place be prepared to wait

Jul 11, 2014
lvnvflyer in Las Vegas

AYCE Sushi in Las Vegas

Agreed. For ayce, goyemon is the way to go.

Jul 10, 2014
lvnvflyer in Las Vegas

Sunday Dinner rec., near Canary Wharf

Hi, Looking for a dinner recommendation near Canary Wharf for Sunday evening; any cuisine is okay, and most price points (not super expensive, but above moderate is okay). Good mixed drinks a definite plus...thanks for any thoughts.

Jul 09, 2014
lvnvflyer in U.K./Ireland

Bachelorette Party - 11 women

I would think about Jaleo at the Cosmo, which I think fits the bill pretty well. I'd also consider culinary dropout at the hard rock. Pretty fun and a nice patio to hang out on

Jul 08, 2014
lvnvflyer in Las Vegas

What's for Dinner #310 - The Yankee Doodle Dandy 4th of July Edition! [through July 6, 2014]

tonight's dinner is salmon with creme fraiche mustard chive topping, and barley salad, and corn on the cob....kind of an all american precursor to the 4th. Still trying to figure out my fourth menu, but it will include WF Tuna Poke, which my SO loves.

It's 112 in NV so we don't venture outside until well after the sun is down; makes grilling a tough proposition.