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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

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.

Jul 02, 2014
lvnvflyer in Home Cooking
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any tips to replace Lotus of Siam

Chada Thai is terrific and in some ways I prefer it to lotus. It's in Chinatown but not too far off the strip. The food is flavorful and very fresh and there are terrific wines. I would make a reservation there but I don't think you should have any problem

Jun 27, 2014
lvnvflyer in Las Vegas

What is the best place on the strip to watch the world cup?

Todd English PUB is a good option. Also has a tv outside for outdoor viewing.

Jun 20, 2014
lvnvflyer in Las Vegas

Wedding Reception restaurant - $3k budget, including tax/gratuity, 30 people

Mon ami is a good choice. Todd's unique in Henderson might be able to do a reception at that price point. Other possibilities : I'd check with the Barrymore, very fun and old school. I'd also consider panevino, just off the strip and also think about downtown...andiamos at the D might be an option

Jun 04, 2014
lvnvflyer in Las Vegas

Giada at The Cromwell - Opening Night review (long)

I enjoyed Grace and would recommend it, and think fauna is probably the better option. The rest of my table did fauna but I am allergic to scallops (one of the courses) and not a huge fan of sweetbreads. In the fauna menu there was a terrific lamb courts and a great beef course. I think we all found the desserts disappointing. Great great service throughout and a very nice room
I spend about equal amounts of time in las and Chicago, so it's fun to compare

Jun 04, 2014
lvnvflyer in Las Vegas

Giada at The Cromwell - Opening Night review (long)

I believe chef stratta is consulting, and possibly cooking, at marche Bacchus, a local restaurant. I enjoy MB; it's on a manmade (natch) lake and also doubles as a very good wine shop where you can buy wines at retail for your dinner. However, my last few dinners there were pretty uneven. I have not been back in about six months. It could be worth checking out when you return to LV.

Having just dined at Grace in Chicago, where the food alone was 205 per person, I'm interested in the value analysis. I did not think that there was a significant use of luxury ingredients in that meal, especially in the flora menu that I had (there are two choices, flora and fauna). In that case, I felt you were definitely paying for the labor intensive nature do the dishes, the impressive presentations, and the luxury of the overall dining experience.

Jun 04, 2014
lvnvflyer in Las Vegas

Parent's 40th Anniversary dinner

The Barrymore.

May 25, 2014
lvnvflyer in Las Vegas

Quick Bite and a Conversation

Tea at the MO is great. Also you can check Mozen, their in house restaurant where you can likely get a snack at that time. It's very nice and quiet. Also could look at the Wolfgang puck resto at crystals. Todd English pub has a variety of snacks but can be loud.

May 10, 2014
lvnvflyer in Las Vegas

Mandalay Bay or near by - top picks - 3 nights

Any restrictions on type of food or budget ? I agree w robuchon, and I suspect (having been in Chicago) that Yushon would be great. I'm less excited about Mix although love it for a beverage. Also recommend press at the four seasons for a low key beverage.
I like a fair number of the choices at city center, including twist at the mandarin and sage at aria, as well as docg (more casual ) at the Cosmo.

If the sky's the limit,I would probably do twist, rubochon, and Cut (for a Vegas steakhouse experience). You will be poorer, and your cardiologist will be richer, but it will be fun!

Apr 07, 2014
lvnvflyer in Las Vegas

What's for dinner #289 - Spring Poems Edition! [Through April 7, 2014]

After a lot of excesses, it is time for salads. baby kale with roasted buttnernut squash, cranberries, almonds, and celery; lentil salad with cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, scallions and mustard dressing; blueberries and strawberries w yogurt & honey; and roasted asparagus. not vegan but pretty close. hoping to counteract some delicious but not dietary food

Apr 04, 2014
lvnvflyer in Home Cooking
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Good Eats close to Lake Las Vegas

todd's unique in henderson is a pretty short drive. i have not eaten at any of the restaurants in LLV for a couple of years; it just got too depressing when all the retail was closing. also in henderson, good sushi and cooked food at tokyo boys. sort of average italian, but an excellent view, at ventano's. all would meet your price point.

Apr 04, 2014
lvnvflyer in Las Vegas

I'll tell my friends you picked the restaurant

You have some good suggestions below. Another thought would be the Barrymore. Again, a bit more diverse than just steaks and also has an interesting atmosphere, good cocktails and a reasonable price point.
Another place that I think is overlooked but always delivers solid food in a very nice setting is verandah at the four seasons.

Apr 03, 2014
lvnvflyer in Las Vegas

Trip report Santa Barbara: Los Agaves, the Lark, D'angelos, etc.

Just returned from a terrific weekend in Santa Barbara. Although the weather was a bit chilly, it was still great. We had some very good meals, although we realized we had gone much more than usual to places where you order at the counter and get a number! We also went to the Garagiste festival in Solvang, and realized a bit more why making wine in your garage might be a bit of a stretch...

Los Agaves--we started here with lunch and really enjoyed it although we very much over ordered. We had their ceviche, guacomole and chips, and two specials: the enchiladas verde and the fish tacos (one shrimp, one fish). The ceviche was probably the least favorite: nothing wrong with it, but not the lively flavor we were hoping for. The enchiladas were terrific, cheesy and delicious without being overwhelming. The fish/shrimp tacos were also a winner, with a delicious slaw and a really amazing side salad that stole the show. Also a very nice salsa and condiment bar. Good service (counter style)!

D'Angelos- We had breakfast at D'Angelos and had an excellent cheese danish. One of us had the egg sandwich on a croissant, while the other had pumpernickel toast with a poached egg. The egg sandwich seemed a bit dry. The pumpernickel was excellent; we had heard raves about the bread here, and they were justified. Coffee was also very tasty. Another counter order place.

Jeanine's American Bakery in Montecito-Also for breakfast; notable for the siting of a lesser Baldwin brother. A very pleasant location, marred a bit by neighboring construction. One of us had the breakfast burrito, which was pretty average but had outstanding salsa; the other had a frittata with goat cheese and asparagus, which was very tasty. They forgot our sourdough toast, but were very apologetic when reminded. Excellent mimosa deal: second one half price. Again, counter service.

The Lark-Had dinner at the Lark, which was a lot of fun. Even on a Sunday night it was pretty busy. I would use caution following the suggested ordering: I thought it we had listened to the server, we would have had way too much food.
We had a snack of brussels sprouts, which were very nicely roasted and very tasty (and a reasonable portion); a salad of asparagus and arugula with a poached egg, which was very large and filling although sadly a bit lacking in the asparagus department; tasty, but seemed like too much lettuce; a smoked salmon mid-sized platter (we wanted oysters but they were out), which was bread, salmon and creme fraiche; good salmon, not the most creative dish, but solid. Finally, we had the mussels, which were an asian preparation and which we thought were very good. We also had an ice cream sandwich for dessert, which was quite tasty. The folks next to us had the steak platter and it was very large.
A few other points: service was very good, and the interior and exterior areas were both very nice and interesting in design. There are a lot of heaters outside (although we ate inside) and people appeared comfortable, even though it was a bit chilly. Prices were in line, given the fresh ingredients and care taken in preparing. Good wine list and solid cocktails.

El Encanto-visited only for a cocktail. On a Monday night, not at all crowded, very pleasant service. We had a beer and a martini; they brought us the blue cheese olives separately to try (had onions in the martini). Very good drinks and a beautiful setting.

Arigato-Dinner on a Monday night and a half hour wait for the sushi bar at about 7.15. We browsed in the book store across the street until called. Really enjoyed the sushi bar and had some very good yellowtail, snapper, salmon as well as an oshinko roll and a couple fo specialty rolls. Everything was tasty, fresh and service at the bar was very good. Is it worth the wait? I don't know the options that well in SB, so if you are jonesing for sushi, it may well be. We enjoyed it and will be back.

Renaud's (the smaller one)--another counter order for breakfast! Excellent lattes, terrific almond croissants (atlhough they almost are more like bear claws!) and very good egg sandwich on brioche. Also a really nice egg white omelet. Small inside, but no problem finding seating. We were there later in the morning; I would guess it is a bit more of a scene earlier on.

Look forward to returning and trying more delicious meals!

Apr 02, 2014
lvnvflyer in California

cocktails, raku, wild, and art of flavors

Just wanted to highlight a few good food and drink experiences we had this past weekend. Sometimes locals don't post when we have had good experiences and that's too bad because there is a growing and diverse restaurant scene that deserves a lot of love.
On Friday night we started with cocktails at the Velveteen Rabbit. This is a terrific stop; craft cocktails, a great beer list, and a great price point. In addition to the bar, there is a large backyard area as we head towards the outdoor drinking season. I had the cucumber punch and my companions had the cucumber mule and the boulevardier. all terrific.
Dinner was at Raku that night, and it continues to be terrific. particular standouts were the sashimi and the fresh tofu (which converted an admitted non-tofu eater). We then headed to Sweets Raku; we each did the three course dessert, but I think next time I would split it with a companion and potentially get a cheese plate. Everything was terrific and the artistry is tremendous, but it is a lot of dessert.
On Saturday, we went to Wild for the second time. Wild is in the Ogden and has a fairly short menu featuring a number of nice salads and flatbreads. The quinoa salad is excellent, but the true standout is the caprese martini. One of the best drinks I have ever had, capturing the taste of a delicious caprese in liquid form.
We then ventured over to the Container Park, which has a very lovely policy of imposing a 9 pm curfew for children, after which adults start to enjoy the slides and tree houses as well as the various food and beverage choices. The 702 wine bar has some nice choices of wine and small plates, while the Boozery has an overall good bar
We then went to Art of Flavors for the first time and it deserves all the kudos it has gotten here and otherwhere. I had a simple stratichella gelato and it was terrific. It was not very busy but we were there at close to closing time, and it appeared that it had been busy earlier. There was also a very interesting apple and asparagus that I sampled and liked but something more traditional was calling my name.
All in all a very nice weekend....

Mar 24, 2014
lvnvflyer in Las Vegas

Group Dinner - On Strip

Mon Ami Gabi has a side room that might work well.
Andiamo's at the D (downtown, not the strip), nice steakhouse at a good price.
Verandah at the Four Seasons.

Mar 21, 2014
lvnvflyer in Las Vegas

help pick one fab dinner

Joel Robuchon. But be aware it is magnitudes more expensive than the other choices.
Of the other two, sage is the clear winner. Mix is great fun for a drink but the food was disappointing.

Mar 21, 2014
lvnvflyer in Las Vegas

Santa Barbara/Solvang

Hi all, we are going to be in Santa Barbara 3/28 for three nights (Sat, Sun, Mon) We are looking for dinner recommendations for our stay inSB or Montecito. I have booked the Lark for one night, but am open to changing that. We like all food (really, almost without exception); asian, french, 'eclectic' (what does that mean!), so long as it is done well. We are not too price senstive on this trip.
We also were looking for a recommendation in Solvang for lunch as we may drive up there one day.
Thanks very much.

Tha

Mar 21, 2014
lvnvflyer in California

What's for dinner #283 - MARCHing towards spring? [through Mar 16, 2014]

You take one jalapeño and seed and cut into half rings. Soak it in 2T rice vinegar w a little salt for a bit (I would say at least fifteen minutes). Add 2T drained capers and 1T olive oil. I also added a little bit of chopped fresh cilantro. Next time I would double it. It's very tasty and the brief vinegar soak makes the jalapeño milder but still zippy. It was very tasty on the roasted salmon and broccoli.

Mar 15, 2014
lvnvflyer in Home Cooking

What's for dinner #283 - MARCHing towards spring? [through Mar 16, 2014]

I appreciated this post as we are going for two for one martinis at Happy Hour. After that I'm going to try to make roast salmon and broccoli with a chile caper sauce and rice/corn/bean salad. A lemon yogurt cake is already baking, since making cake after Happy Hour is definitely a bad idea.
Happy Friday.

Mar 14, 2014
lvnvflyer in Home Cooking
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40th birthday dinner

Sage is a great idea and I think would probably have something for everyone in your party. You can also walk there from the MO. They make a very very nice martini. I might also think about Milos at the Cosmo (upscale Greek focused on fish).

Mar 14, 2014
lvnvflyer in Las Vegas

What's for Dinner #282 - Spring Daylight Savings Time Edition [through March 13, 2014]

Thanks all. The best part of the dinner was a cowgirl creamery cheese with pretzel rolls fromTJs.

Mar 10, 2014
lvnvflyer in Home Cooking