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Gelatology -- Desyree soon to resurface on South Rainbow

This is also perhaps a fitting place to note that Art of Flavors has re-opened next to Viva Las Arepas, but has been a bit of a disappointment. I can understand some of the issues that led to the parting of the ways with Desyree in that space - her stuff was exquisite, but also a bit beyond what the original intention of what the shop was to be - an inexpensive place for someone to have a gelato after an arepa. But the reincarnation is a mixed bag - the gelato is good, not great, lacking the creative flavors that Desyree brought forward and also her execution level, while the price point has not been lowered as much as it should have to reflect that. I am not sure that they have hit the target they were aiming for.

Jul 27, 2015
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48 hours in Vegas

Something to go on the cocktails list, along with some in-house made Eastern European/Mediterrranean specialties, Forte (4180 South Rainbow), can also fit what you are looking for. One of the more interesting cocktail programs around, including barrel aging a lot of their own spirits (https://instagram.com/p/5LbjWdLrNI/).

Jul 23, 2015
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Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare remains an uncelebrated gem with seafood worth celebrating.

Those that have not been to Bartolotta yet, and are heading to Las Vegas this summer or fall, may want to put it on your itinerary; it appears that they will be parting ways in 2016.

Jul 22, 2015
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A "Deal" at Bazaar Meat?

I believe it is - there was no stipulation attached to the menu, except for being "summer", which likely means through the end of August.

Jul 19, 2015
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A "Deal" at Bazaar Meat?

Now asked and answered. Purely in the spirit of wanting to help fellow Chowhounds, a friend and I dedicated ourselves to taking one for the team, and made personal sacrifices of our time. We were more than pleasantly surprised, one of the least likely places in Las Vegas to offer a bargain turned out a terrific experience.

It started out with an exorbitant amount of Chicharron, which was a fun play off of the Cava (we did the wine pairings as well), so much brought out that about half of it was later boxed for carryout. The next cycle really does bring a series of bites - a spoon of the fabulous Andres liquid olive, one stuffed olive, one Bagels & Lox Cone, one Croqueta and one Grissini, but because of the richness and complexity of those preparations, it was a satisfying sequence. That brought on the main course, the Chateubriand, with the Robuchon potatoes and grilled asparagus, and those servings were substantial. This was not a "tasting" course at all.

The Chateaubriand (for two) is pictured, having been cooked flawlessly. There was absolutely no need for any of the Perigord sauce with it, but that sauce was fabulous with the pomme souffle (a tip - bite the top off of one of the potatoes, then pour some of that sauce into the remaining "cone", and you have a bite that is worthy of the stand-alone predecessors). The Tempranillo pairing was well chosen, being able to balance out the butter in the potatoes, and the romesco sauce with the asparagus, while allowing the meat to be the star it deserved to be.

The wine pairings were a riddle going in because of the $25 price tag, but the pours were more than fair - figure about the equivalent of three full glasses. If there was something that did not work it was the Emilio Lustau Jerez overpowering the desserts, but that is not necessarily a bad thing - if I did this again, I would have coffee with the desserts, and let the Jerez be a stand-alone to finish (perhaps a small piece of dark chocolate to go with it).

When you factor in the quality of each calorie brought to the table, and each sip from the glasses, this would be a value at far beyond the $90 price tag, and it provides a terrific opportunity for someone that wants to be able to explore a mini-spectrum of the Andres inspirations. Alas, based on the head count in the casino pit that night, you should probably also get there while you still can.

Charlie Palmer's, Veranda, D 1, Chada and other musings

...which can happen when you and a dining partner order every single menu item between the two of you...

Jul 09, 2015
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A "Deal" at Bazaar Meat?

It will truly be interesting to see how long just about anything under this roof can hang on - Katsuya and Cleo have been sold to the "One Group", hopefully with no disruption in the flow of the vastly under-rated Cleo. But the SLS was an ill-conceived idea from the start, with poor execution turning it into an even worse one.

Jul 08, 2015
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Charlie Palmer's, Veranda, D 1, Chada and other musings

District One (http://www.districtonelv.com). I am among those that find the regular menu to be good enough, though not memorable. But their seafood specials are outstanding.

Jul 08, 2015
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Charlie Palmer's, Veranda, D 1, Chada and other musings

While I appreciate the compliment, is it only to avoid appearing as the true culinary marathoner that you are that you neglect to mention that District One and Chada were followed up by Raku Sweets as the nightcap (a combination that is truly difficult to beat).

Perhaps you do not want to revisit the memory, or have it be known publicly, of you and Keith literally ordering the entire menu...

Jul 08, 2015
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A "Deal" at Bazaar Meat?

Here are those pairings. All told, an intriguing as hell deal for $90...

WINE PAIRING, $25/PERSON

NV 1+1=3, Brut Parellada-Macabeo-Xarel·lo Cava

2013 C.V.N.E., Monopole Viura Rioja

2011 Emilio Moro Tempranillo Ribera del Duero

NV East India Solera, Emilio Lustau, Palomino Fino-PX Jerez

Jul 07, 2015
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A "Deal" at Bazaar Meat?

This is being presented without having made a personal appearance to try this out, but perhaps it provides an opportunity for those want to try some of the various tastes at Bazaar Meat to experiment without breaking the bank. What is actually somewhat bothersome is the price of $65. I would perhaps be more interested if it cost more, if that makes sense - at this price point I am wondering how many actual bites of each course are brought out. I will get around to it at some point, but if a Chowhound would like to take one for the team, I would love to hear the reviews.

SUMMER TASTING MENU

Super-Giant Pork-Skin Chicharrón (Greek yogurt, za’atar spices)

Ferran Adrià Olives, Modern & Traditional (Liquid green olive, gordal olives stuffed with piquillo pepper and anchovy)

Bagels & Lox Cone (Dill cream cheese, salmon roe)

Croquetas de Jamón (Creamy béchamel filling with jamón iberico de bellota)

Beef & Parmesan Grissini (Washugyu beef, espuma, caramelized onion purée)

Chateaubriand, Tenderloin (Brandt Beef, CA, Holstein, Perigord sauce, pomme soufflé)

Robuchon Potatoes

Grilled Asparagus, Romesco sauce

DESSERTS
Cream Puffs, Assorted Tarts

Jul 06, 2015
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Japaneiro: Outstanding food in unlikely location

Is this where we are also supposed to disclose that when we saw abalone on their specials board, we asked how much they had, and then ordered all of it...

All in the spirit of bringing back the best info for Chowhounds that we can, of course.

Jun 30, 2015
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Japaneiro: Outstanding food in unlikely location

You have touched upon something that may be important here Palmdoc - we decided to work the specials board, and did not peruse the menu. One of the keys to making a concept like Japaneiro successful is how consistently they can execute each of the menu items, day in and day out, and you have touched upon that very issue. That gets filed away before the next visit, when the focus will shift to the regular menu, and a better opportunity to explore how steady the level of execution from that kitchen will be.

Jun 30, 2015
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Japaneiro: Outstanding food in unlikely location

What he said...

One of the comments at the table that came up a couple of times was that on a few of the courses, Japaneiro was "Out Raku-ing Raku". That is about as high as praise can get for this kind of cuisine in Las Vegas. Both the quality of the ingredients, and the execution, were superb.

Jun 29, 2015
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Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare remains an uncelebrated gem with seafood worth celebrating.

Actually, we all help to, with shipping and handling being part of the menu tariff...

Perhaps one of those cabana tables on your summer sojourn? They are situated so that the afternoon sun does not reach that area, which keeps it from absorbing too much heat, and can leave the evenings still pleasant.

Jun 24, 2015
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Any Pho Recommendations

One of the reasons for the lack of much fresh posting on that front may be that the Las Vegas scene remains relatively unchanged - perhaps two dozen or so places to get a competent and reasonable bowl to satisfy cravings, but none yet that elevate to a higher level. The one caveat is that while I have enjoyed several of the seafood specials at District One (3400 South Jones), and their Mekong River Noodle Soup, I have yet to try any of their pho versions. So that will be coming up soon. Largely because of consistency, Pho Kinh Do (4300 Spring Mountain) is usually first preference these days, but that only means they are a slight slurp above the others.

Jun 13, 2015
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Vegas Venue for 120 near Venetian?

Ordinarily a crowd of 120 would tax a lot of places - you might have to take over the entire restaurant. But there is one right at the Venetian that can handle that size, and may be a good fit: Canaletto (http://www.venetian.com/restaurants/i...).

Jun 11, 2015
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My Vegas Trip Report

I can certainly understand the change in personal policy, when it comes to Komol. But through the years there has also been an underlying factor that can matter - Komol stays open during that late afternoon pocket when Lotus is closed, and is also open for lunch on Saturday and Sunday. So when cravings hit at certain times, they remain an option. Now I have to figure out where Arawan fits into that rotation...

Jun 10, 2015
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My Vegas Trip Report

This can be a good spot to begin the Arawan discussion. You might think that arguably the worst place in Las Vegas, and one of the worst in North America, to open a Thai restaurant would be within walking distance of Lotus of Siam and Komol. Some will remember this as the location that was once Tokyo. But it will be interesting to see how it plays out.

Arawan is the product of Yanika Bumroongsawad, who once had "Stick E Rice" in a location on east Desert Inn that was not conducive to success (Maryland Parkway seems to be the east/west dividing line for being able to make an Asian restaurant work). It has a clean and comfortable decor, and while the menu is far more limited than Lotus or Komol, there are plans to do a lot more on the dessert front.

Here's the thing - Bumroongsawad knows her way around a kitchen. The last visit was one of the $9.95 lunch specials, which includes a cup of soup and dessert, the latter this time a mango/sticky rice combination formed like a large piece of nigiri. The entree was chili mint chicken, which brought a high level of execution and deft spicing. It was also more of a dinner portion than a lunch serving, with brown rice ($1 surcharge), and perhaps what would best be called a "twice fried egg" (on top of the rice in the photo), a sunny side up egg quickly fried a second time. Not an easy thing to pull off, but it worked.

Is there room for another Thai restaurant in the shadows of arguably the two best in Las Vegas, and among the best in the US? Also two that have more than withstood the test of time and have already built loyal followings? That is a good question. The food at Arawan has been terrific, and would be worthy of a first-choice in many neighborhoods. But it will be difficult to ever be more than #3 in this location.

Jun 10, 2015
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"The Noodle Man" (return of...)

She was there yesterday, but not quite in a "hosting" capacity - since the posted seating capacity is only for 38 people (and I am not sure how they would squeeze that many in), she will likely not be a greeter as often as in the past. And all of the wontons and dumpling are made in-house; I got to sample some from a dining companion, and there was that nice chew involved. Perhaps the best sign of all was that when we left our table at lunch on a routine Monday afternoon, there were already three parties waiting for it. In this location they have a real opportunity to be successful.

May 19, 2015
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"The Noodle Man" (return of...)

Some good news for Las Vegas Chowhounds, and especially those that had to deal with the unfortunate direction as this old thread progressed - (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8587...). It was well-prepared food in a location that just was not viable for that kind of cuisine. But those same folks are back now and arguably better than ever, under the heading of "The Noodle Man", at 6870 South Rainbow. They are still a ways from the Spring Mountain corridor, but at least there is easy access, with the location in a strip mall immediately off of the 215-Rainbow exit (southeast corner).

The restaurant is small but has a nice vibe to it, including an open kitchen, and you can sit at bar stools and watch the noodles being made. As one would expect the menu is focused on noodle dishes, from soups to lo meins, but also includes several varieties of house-made dumplings. There is nothing over $8, which makes it outstanding bang for the buck. Today's visit was a "Shanxi Noodle Soup" with wide noodles and the right balance of pickled vegetables to cut through the fat of the meat, while also providing for a little kick. It was a quick reminder of why the first location was a regular part of the rotation while it lasted.

May 18, 2015
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Vegas Trip Itinerary with 2 + 4 year old

And if you do Raku with kids, it means an opportunity to walk them a couple of doors down to Snowflake, for a "snow cream" afterwards. Which is something that many of us adults also do (Snowflake is a great finish after any kind of Asian spice)...

May 17, 2015
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David Chang: How to Eat Well in Vegas

If you are a chicken fingers gal, have you ever tried Mochiko (http://mochikolasvegas.wix.com/mochik...)? 2012 North Decatur, in the Trader Joe's plaza. One of those great little gems around our valley.

Apr 28, 2015
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Trying to duplicate garlic prawns at Lotus of Siam

Here is a difference that I am noting from your steps, and also a bit apart from the recipe linked by Melanie - it sounds as though you coated the shrimp without peeling the shell back, and cooked them "whole" (which is traditional). I believe the difference at Lotus comes from carefully peeling the shell back, though keeping it connected near the tail so it remains one piece. That enables a coating on both sides of the shell, and cooking it not attached to the meat may be what creates that unique texture. Just speculating, but the theory makes sense (and I have only eaten about 200 or so of them over the years).

Apr 23, 2015
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best diner, drive in or dive?

I love your enthusiasm to get off the beaten path, and hate to rain on the parade at all, but walking east/west from the Aria to get away from the Strip is not very pleasant, and is also a pretty long slog before you find the kind of places that you are looking for. The area immediately to the west of the Strip brings I-15 and an industrial section, while heading east on Harmon or Flamingo for "DDD" type places requires a walk pretty much to the UNLV campus before things get interesting (perhaps the closest being Naked City Pizza at 4608 Paradise - the original across town was featured on "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives" a few years back, or Ellis Island at 4178 Koval).

Apr 16, 2015
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Mom & Pop Mexican

Unfortunate, most of the Las Vegas Mom and Pop Mexican falls a distance from the Bellagio. For just about all of the places listed below in this thread, the cab ride will cost more than your meal (of course part of that are some of the great food bargains in that category).

Apr 11, 2015
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Mom & Pop Mexican

And more. So many times it comes down to a single dish that a place does well, which really is the epitome of "Mom and Pop". These all fit the description, much like Los Molcajetes, where the matriarch passed away a few years ago, but the kitchen continues to do her memory proud -

El Rodeo
2115 North Decatur
(May not look like much in an old strip mall, but they have been there for over a decade, and I can not recall ever being there when the proprietors were not on hand. My go-to when the mood calls for tacos.)

Las Cazuelas
9711 South Eastern
(Tiny place where everything is cooked with a lot of heart, and my favorite mole in the valley.)

El Birotazo
4262 East Charleston
(A superb Torta Ahogada, by folks from Guadalajara that know how to do it right.)

Los Antojos
2520 South Eastern
(They have been around since the 90's. A slice of Mexico City; "D.F. street food" the way it should be, a steak huarache being a personal favorite.)

La Mexicana
3675 South Decatur
(Another place that has withstood the test of time - a change of pace in the Chinatown area that is to the west side of town what Los Antojos is to the east side.)

El Menudazo
3100 East Lake Mead
(When Menudo or Posole are called for.)

Apr 10, 2015
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Fine dining off the strip?

What will be fun to watch in the years ahead is if The Royal actually becomes old-school chic. The owners are creative folks who have tried, and failed, to carve out a niche, largely because of that location, and in the past two years have pretty much let it sit there. But with the Convention Center now building out all the way to the Strip (taking over the Riviera location, following the soon-to-be scheduled leveling), and Resort World finally breaking ground across the street, The Royal will go from being one of the worst locations near the Strip to one of the better ones. It could ultimately be a success story for those involved, who have been gutting it out through some lean years. I wish them well on that front.

District One, pleasant surprise well worth the visit!

Unfortunately, Lagasse's only fits half of your criteria.

Mar 31, 2015
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District One, pleasant surprise well worth the visit!

The basic drill for some of us with District One is to follow on Facebook or Twitter, and when they post that they have Razor Clams or Surf Clams available any night, head over. Upon being seated, ask how many they have left, and if the count is somewhere between 8-12 or so, order all of them, to be brought out a little at a time. The regular menu has come across as respectable, without necessarily a "wow" factor, but those clams, and some of their fresh seafood specials, get knocked out of the park. Some decent beer pairings to go along, and also a few terrific Japanese whisky's to finish, something not easy to find in Las Vegas.

Mar 31, 2015
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