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Sampling Ethnic Las Vegas TR

The last line should have read "This proved to be by far the worst meal of the entire trip." (2 Forks)

about 18 hours ago
westie in Las Vegas

Sampling Ethnic Las Vegas TR

A couple of additional photos that I neglected to post.

1 day ago
westie in Las Vegas

Sampling Ethnic Las Vegas TR

Feast Buffet - Green Valley Ranch Resort

October 22

I had a MyVegas reward for 2 breakfast/lunch buffets so prior to departing for home we
stopped in for breakfast. Our server immediately took our beverage order and I was was soon preparing my first plate which included fresh melon and strawberry yogurt. I noticed in the Mexican section that there were fresh flour tortillas, refried beans and salsas so I inquired if hot rancheros sauce was available so I could assemble an order of huevos rancheros, but was told no. I went to Plan B which was a thin spinach and cheese omelet which was prepared sans the cheese. I also feasted (pun intended)on bacon, hash browns and 3 cookies. Overall, the food was pretty ordinary given the fancy surroundings.

1 day ago
westie in Las Vegas

Sampling Ethnic Las Vegas TR

Moko Asian Bistro

We arrived near the end of happy hour and discovered we were its only customers this evening. We started off with Fat Tire drafts and ordered the spicy chicken appetizer - yogurt and sake marinated thigh, Kimchi, sweet potato, sweet and spicy sauce along with a cold eggplant salad - grilled eggplant, cherry tomato, grilled shishito pepper, moko dressing. The eggplant salad was refreshing, but the chicken thigh proved to be the star.

Our server, Ryan, turned out to be the owner who took special care to explain each ingredient as it was served. Next we ordered the 30 hour braised Berkshire pork belly - Korean soybean paste marinated pork belly, carrot, cherub tomato, Kimchi crepe, black raspberry marinated salt and the pan fried Chilean sea bass, mung bean sprout, carrot, onion, hot spicy sauce. The fish was so good I questioned Ryan if it really was Chilean sea bass, he assured me yes. Both dishes were amazing though Jack Sprat and my wife may have found the pork belly too be too fatty, but I had no problem licking the plate clean.

1 day ago
westie in Las Vegas

Sampling Ethnic Las Vegas TR

Nielsen's Frozen Custard

October 21

We each ordered a chocolate concrete, a shake you eat with a spoon, that includes a choice of one add on. My wife chose cheesecake, I chose coconut, neither of us could taste the add on. Our concretes were very good though we should have shared one.

1 day ago
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Sampling Ethnic Las Vegas TR

Hot Feel

This Asian restaurant is very large and was largely empty at 5:30PM on the Monday evening of our visit. We ordered a pound of head on shrimp boiled in a bag with a copious amount of medium spiced garlic sauce. Inexpensive, oversized plastic gloves were provided, but no plates so the discarded shells and heads were piled up on cheap paper towels that could not stand up to the sauce so the table top became a disaster area. We also ordered lamb sticks, rice and sweet potatoes that were all very good. Overall, our meal proved to be a messy, but very tasty affair. (3 Forks)

1 day ago
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Sampling Ethnic Las Vegas TR

Images Restaurant - Rainbow Club & Casino

October 20

The casino shares common ownership with the Peppermill Fireside Lounge so we arrived with a degree of optimism that belayed its humble location in downtown Henderson.

A weekday $1.89 mid week casino special ($2.29 on weekends) of 2 eggs, bacon or sausage, hash browns, and toast or biscuits and gravy is offered. At these affordable prices, no coupon is required, but do expect a line unless you opt to sit at the counter like we did.

The room was surprisingly nice, a definite uptick from the neighboring Emerald Isle, and service was with a smile. The food was grease free, hot and prepared exactly as requested. The only downside to our counter seating was I could not avoid seeing the staff ladling gravy over order, after order, of biscuits. Needless to say these 2 New England natives selected the toast option. Even after a 38% gratuity, this meal proved to be an exceptional bargain. (3 Forks)

1 day ago
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Sampling Ethnic Las Vegas TR

Chada Thai & Wine

This restaurant, owned by the former sommelier of Lotus of Siam, is one I have been looking forward to since it opened two years ago. It was reasonably busy on a Sunday evening though reservations did not seem to be needed. We decided to share 3 plates starting with an appetizer, pad hed, that should not be missed - shitake and shimeji mushrooms stir fried with brussel sprouts and lotus root.

Two Cornish hen entrees were listed in the online menu, though neither appeared in the printed version. Instead, we shared orders of pad see eiw with chicken - flat rice noodles stir fried with egg, Chinese broccoli and black soy sauce plus pad kee mao (aka drunken noodles) with chicken - flat rice noodles, hot chili, garlic and basil. How we managed to order 2 rice noodle dishes is beyond explanation, but both were very good albeit a little too similar. (4 Forks)
Again, I apologize for the bad pictures of good food.

1 day ago
westie in Las Vegas

Sampling Ethnic Las Vegas TR

Manan Bakery

I had an expiring LivingSocial coupon and it was not far from Bounjour so we stopped by and purchased 4 desserts to go - a pistachio macaroon plus slices of dream cake, katrin cake and chocolate mousse roll. These were consumed over the following 3 days, but, with the exception of the delicious macaroon, each was exceptionally dry and not particularly good. Since we have enjoyed pastries in the past from this bakery, I suspect we just made poor choices on this trip.
(2 Forks)

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Sampling Ethnic Las Vegas TR

Bonjour Bakery & Deli

October 19

It has been 5 years since our last visit so we decided to stop in for breakfast and ended up sharing a palmier and a cream filled donut. Though I have seen palmiers (aka as elephant ears) in bakery display cases, this was my first and I initially was disappointed because it was so crusty, but the more I ate the better it got until I decided I had made a tactical error by sharing it with my wife.

1 day ago
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Sampling Ethnic Las Vegas TR

Bachi Burger - Windmill

This restaurant has been on my To Do list since it opened some 4 years ago. We decided to share 2 different Asian influenced burgers. The Ronin burger included caramelized onions, Japanese coleslaw, miso goma dressing, fried egg, katsu bbq and yuzi citrus aioli plus Kiki's - sauteed shitake, enoki & eryngii mushrooms, caramelized bacon, sweet onion marmalade, Gruyere cheese, and garlic chili aiole.

We also shared an order of sweet potato fries with yuzi citrus aioli. At first glance I could not imagine how I would get my mouth around the burgers, but most of the height came from the soft roll as the actual angus patty likely weighed in at a 1/3 of a pound. We both felt Kiki beat out Ronin and, though the overall experience was good, I did not feel wowed by the experience and consider the burgers to be overpriced.

1 day ago
westie in Las Vegas

Sampling Ethnic Las Vegas TR

Japanese Cuisine by Omae

October 18

This one of the newest, hottest restaurants in Las Vegas with prices to match, however, 2 time Michelin winning chef Takeshi Omae was serving lunch in October for the benefit of a Japanese orphanage where he was raised so I made the required reservation for 12:15PM. The only entree offered was spicy tonkotsu ramen soup topped with tender slices of pork, scallions and egg. This was by far the best ramen we have ever experienced. The $10 price tag also included a small portion of green tea tiramisu which was better than Soho's but still nothing like its Italian counterpart.

1 day ago
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Sampling Ethnic Las Vegas TR

Prime Rib Loft - Orleans

Several years ago we dined a few times at this restaurant and were not impressed, but I had points to burn and the current menu indicated 21-day, dry aged beef is now being served so we (actually I) decided to give it one more try - silly me.

Entrees include a choice of potato and salad with my wife choosing garlic mashed that were puree like and garlic-lite. My baker with sour cream was better. The salads were primarily iceberg lettuce that had been topped with diced tomatoes, a couple of olives and red onion tossed in for good measure and dressed with bottled blue cheese.

Though our slabs of cow were served medium rare as requested, it took a Herculean effort to just to cut them into bite sized pieces. Our server seemed to be on auto pilot and never once stopped by to inquire if we need anything or had concerns. This was proved to be by far the

1 day ago
westie in Las Vegas

Sampling Ethnic Las Vegas TR

Feast Buffet - Red Rock Resort

I had a MyVegas reward for 2 free lunch or breakfast buffet so we decided to stop in for breakfast before continuing on to Red Rock Canyon. I began with an assortment of fresh melon, strawberry yogurt and OJ. My second plate was limited to a Mexican tart topped taco meat and salsa on an inedible base. I fared better with plate #3 by ordering a thin spinach omelet, though the chef forgot the requested cheese, plus a dollop of corned beef hash and breakfast potatoes. Plate #4 consisted of a small taste of 2 salads, watermelon/tomato and a very blah, jicama. Overall I found the room out shined the pedestrian food.

1 day ago
westie in Las Vegas

Sampling Ethnic Las Vegas TR

Soho Japanese Restaurant

Noted for its high quality ingredients, innovative cuisine and excellent service, it was with much anticipation that we entered the restaurant at around 8PM on a recent Thursday evening. We started off with a pair of shrimp tostadas which were made from taro. For entrees we shared orders of sansho butter salmon with mixed root vegetables and free range chicken with garlic butter soy, pea greens and pickled vegetables. Each dish was nicely plated and portioned. The meal was closed out with a matcha (green tea) tiramisu which did little to enhance our otherwise exceptional dining experience.
(4 Forks) Again, I apologize for the quality of the photos.

1 day ago
westie in Las Vegas

Sampling Ethnic Las Vegas TR

October 15

Bronze Cafe

This vegan/vegetarian friendly restaurant is located in The Center that serves as the LGBTQ's community center. We were given small samples of the day's soup, a delicious tomato- vegetable delight, while considering our options.

My wife chose the Tree of Life pita, the most popular menu item that included roasted red peppers, avocado, mixed greens, tomato, house-made pickled onions, house-made vegan cashew "crema", brazil nut crumble, and mango cilantro ginger vinaigrette. Not to be out done, I chose the LGBTQ – house-made bacon jam, maple-glazed bacon, mixed greens, tomato, cucumber, basil aioli, and lemon vinaigrette on a ciabatta. OMG, these were 2 of the best sandwiches ever conceived. (4.5 Forks)

1 day ago
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Sampling Ethnic Las Vegas TR

Del Mar Deli - South Point Casino

I had to cancel our dinner plans (Cleo @ SLS) because my wife had an upset stomach this evening. After resting for several hours, I purchased a tea and a bowl chicken noodle soup for which, though pricey, was just what the doctor would have prescribed. I did not neglect my tummy so I ordered a corned beef on rye which included one side dish. Normally I would have ordered a 1/2 sandwich, but the difference in price for a full sandwich was only about $2. The corned beef was very tender and virtually fat free.

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Sampling Ethnic Las Vegas TR

October 15

Jean Philippe Patisserie - Aria

I had a pair of MyVegas dessert rewards. We are not impressed by Jean's overpriced desserts so we took a chance and ordered berry souffle-style crepes. The ordering process is inefficient and time consuming because the cashiers are also responsible for filling coffee orders as well as taking orders for both the crepperie and dessert sections. Fortunately, our long wait was rewarded with a pair of delicious crepes.
The $1 up charge for "soufle style" makes a significant difference as we discovered on our last visit. (4 Forks)

1 day ago
westie in Las Vegas

Sampling Ethnic Las Vegas TR

Ellis Island Casino

Ellis Island operates 2 restaurants, a cafe and the B-B-Q restaurant. This review is of our experience at the latter. We had planned on trying another Rollin Smoke, but after having drinks at Ellis we decided it would be prudent to dine in. We put our names in with the hostess and encountered only a short wait before being seated. My wife and I each opted for the 1/2 rack of baby back ribs which came with garlic toast, bbq beans and coleslaw.

The ribs are steamed prior to a quick flip or two on the grill. Each was slathered in sauce during the grilling process so I did not feel a need to add any more though YMMV. The meat was exceptionally tender and delicious though the accompanying sides, excluding the coleslaw, were entirely forgettable. You need to swipe your slot card at the kiosk to get members' pricing, but the system was down this evening so we just presented our slot cards. (3 Forks)

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Sampling Ethnic Las Vegas TR

October 14

Tides Seafood & Sushi Bar - Green Valley Ranch

We again shared another pound of Cajun style peel and eat shrimp plus crab cakes with a chipotle tartar sauce and a few greens. The sauce for Cajun shrimp was a bit less concentrated than on our earlier visit, but the shrimp were otherwise just as good. Our crab cakes were of good size, but definitely benefited from the accompanying sauce. (2.5 Forks)

1 day ago
westie in Las Vegas

Sampling Ethnic Las Vegas TR

Soyo Korean Barstaurant

Neither of us was particularly hungry so after a few glasses of merlot at the South Point, we decided to have a “light” late dinner (lol) at Soyo. We received complimentary bowls of barley tea and 6 banchan. After reviewing the menu we settled on spicy pork ribs with spicy Korean BBQ sauce, kimchi fried rice with egg and spicy grilled chicken with mozzarella. The grilled chicken with mozzarella was as good as our prior visit and I would be happy to order the pork ribs again, but the kimchi fried rice was kimchi lite. (3.5 Forks)

1 day ago
westie in Las Vegas

Sampling Ethnic Las Vegas TR

Braddah’s Island Style - Rainbow

This was our second visit to Braddah's for lunch, once again sharing a Kalua pig burrito with seaweed rice, black beans, charred pineapple verde, lettuce and tomato. Even though management committed the unpardonable sin of running out of cilantro, our burrito were still very good. The staff seemed less friendly or engaged than on our first visit just 6 months ago. For example, no samples were offered, tables had not been bussed, and bottles of sauce were not put out until a good 10 minutes after a customer made the request. (3.5 Forks)

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Sampling Ethnic Las Vegas TR

October 13

Donut Hut

After visiting Sam's Town in the pre dawn hours, I made a short detour down Desert Inn Road in order to pick up a pair of blueberry cake donuts at this modest bakery. As I waited for the owner to bag my donuts, I noticed the photos posted on all the walls and realized I had once read a story about the owner who has been nicknamed the Cambodian Rambo. The donuts were indeed cake like and there was a desirable undertone of blueberry flavoring. (3 Forks)

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westie in Las Vegas

Sampling Ethnic Las Vegas TR

Lao Sze Chuan - Palms Casino

This recently opened restaurant is located in the space formerly occupied by Little Buddah. The room is now more open and brighter than in the past. A spicy cabbage salad was delivered to our table while we reviewed the menu. We started off with shrimp spring rolls that were light and tasty. For entrees we chose sole filets in a fresh black bean sauce plus the chef's special chili chicken.

There was an exceptionally long delay between courses so our waitress brought us a second dish of cabbage salad and eventually comped us desserts. The chicken dish was a crunchy delight though not nearly as spicy as one would believe given the quantity of red chili on the plate. The sole was tender and equally delicious. Prices are moderate for a casino restaurant and entrees are generously portioned.

Our individual cheesecakes, though hardly Asian, almost brought one senior to tears. On entering I had secured a grand opening card from the hostess that was good for 25% off menu prices through October 15th. (4 Forks)

I apologize for the quality of the accompanying photos.

1 day ago
westie in Las Vegas

Sampling Ethnic Las Vegas TR

JinJu Chocolates -Downtown Container Park

Once again kudos our extended to Michael U for his review. Owner Jin Caldwell greeted us warmly on entering. Her background includes 7 years as Master Chocolateer at Ethel M's before opening her own business in 2011 that continues to sell directly to high end casinos and the public online and via catalogs. We each chose a dark chocolate truffle - my wife's was cappucino, mine salted caramel. We normally share such treats so each has a taste, but I forgot and woofed mine down and then, can you believe this, she refused to share hers.:) Both were excellent and likely will be reordered the next time we visit downtown.
(4.5 Forks)

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westie in Las Vegas

Sampling Ethnic Las Vegas TR

October 12

MTO Cafe

The restaurant was close to capacity this Sunday morning, but we were able to secure a table for 2 in the very chic dining room. Chef/partner Johnny Church recently departed RX Boiler Room to open this restaurant that puts a spin on comfort food. It has proven to be so popular that a 2nd location has now opened in Summerlin.

My wife chose an order of lemon poppy seed pancakes with blueberry-ginger compote that no one short of Fat Albert could possibly finish in one sitting. My avocado griddle - eggs with tomatillo sauce, red onions, cilantro, poblano peppers and jack cheese over home fries was more than filling. Hers was good, mine was nothing short of excellent. (4 Forks)

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Sampling Ethnic Las Vegas TR

Arisra Thai Seafood & Steaks

We were the only customers throughout our stay on a Saturday evening which is a shame because our meal proved to be excellent. The first of our shared entrees was a whole sea bass stuffed with (real) crab meat enclosed in seaweed and shredded coconut topped with a nominally spicy mango salsa. Our 2nd entree was spicy (not really) catfish with red chili paste, lime leaf, horizon root and zesty young peppercorns. Both dishes were perfectly executed and delicious. As we prepared to depart, the chef came out of the kitchen to thank us for our patronage. (4.5 Forks)

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Sampling Ethnic Las Vegas TR

October 11

Badger Cafe

We frequent a wash and fold laundry in the same run down shopping plaza where the Badger Cafe is located, but have never noticed it before. I was initially hesitant to even enter, but it turned out to be a pretty ordinary coffee shop that primarily serves as the restaurant for the adjoining Rum Runner Lounge. My wife ordered coffee, French toast and bacon while I chose easy over eggs, sourdough toast and hash browns. Everything was spot on with service to match. (3 Forks)

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Sampling Ethnic Las Vegas TR

Maza Mediterranean Grill & Lounge

On entering we found this very large Turkish restaurant was largely empty early on a Friday evening. We started off with the Sultan's Delight appetizer - a generous portion of braised lamb over silky roasted eggplant (babannush?) that we almost finished. For entrees we shared orders of lamb and chicken skewers which came with jasmine rice, a ate grilled pepper and tomato, pita-type bread and side salads. The chicken was moist and the lamb tasty though more overdone than we generally prefer.

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