Shiraz Restaurant [3,] Las Vegas NV

Shiraz Restaurant

Saffron infused Gin, Velvet Falernum, Chili Tonic, Salt

Mung Bean Soup with Red Chili Mascarpone Cream, Kachumber on Papri

Barbari Bread, Butter

California Cabernet

Indian spiced New York Strip Steak on Curried Mashed Potatoes with House Chips

Citrus Thyme Salmon on a bed of Barley Risotto with Citrus Oil

Mango Cardamom Eggnog

Double Chocolate Brownie Cake with Triple Berry Compote and Cocoa Whip

Pistachio Kulfi

While most savvy diners acknowledge that dining out on Valentine’s Day is foolish it was along with the lady that early reservations were made at Shiraz Restaurant, musician Christopher Williams appearing alongside a special Indian Bistro Menu from Chef Jainine Jaffer.

Located at 2575 South Decatur Boulevard and particularly polished for the special evening, a first service at 5:00pm plus another at 8:00pm each beginning with greetings by owner Raja at the hostess podium, it was after confirmation of reservations that each couple was led to their own table, many allotted comfortable four-tops lining the center with full view of the stage up front.

Arriving early enough to catch a bit of soundcheck, Williams as well as his backup singers in good spirits and even helping hold doors for guests, it was after a visit from Mixologist Jozef Letasi that dinner got started, a handcrafted blend of Saffron-infused Gin and Velvet Falernum with a bit of heat pleasing the lady while complimentary bottled Water was preferred to begin across the way.

Served in three courses, the first a duo of Canapes, it was beneath Tomatoes, Cucumbers and Onions that crisp Papri awoke the palate, each bite fresh and best enjoyed before and after a shot of Mung Bean Soup with a dollop of Mascarpone that gave the dish a consistency not dissimilar to that of Cappuccino.

Enjoying housemade Barbari Bread along with dinner, a bold glass of Cabernet selected by Mr. Majid paired to Entrees, it was between Salmon or Steak that guests were next asked to make a choice, the former moist and flaky with light Citrus playing well off springy Barley while New York Strip brushed with a Spice mix performed even better atop pureed Potatoes with plenty of Butter and Curry.

Just the right portions to leave diners sated but not stuffed, though a la carte options from Shiraz’s menu were surprisingly also available for walk-ins, it was alongside special Eggnog made by Jozef that Dessert was shared, Chocolate Brownie cubes with Berries and Whip not particularly Indian but decadent and delicious while Pistachio Kulfi came later as music played offering bright notes of Cardamom and Saffron suspended in a velvety base.

N/A: Not representative of Shiraz’s typical offerings the Valentine’s Day menu from Jainine Jaffer was nonetheless delicious, and between Mr. Letasi’s Drinks and Raja’s front of house it remains a mystery as to why Shiraz has not yet become a destination Restaurant for those seeking Indian or Persian Cuisine.

TIP: See Shiraz’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ShirazLasVegas for an upcoming list of events or stop by Saturday nights for live music, bites and drinks in the lounge. For catering, Email the Restaurant directly or take a look at EZCater for added convenience.

WHAT THE STARS MEAN: 5 World Class, 4 Excellent, 3 Good, 2 Fair, 1 Poor.

www.shirazrestaurant.com

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Gastromix [2,] Las Vegas NV

Gastromix

Challah Bread

Tomato Focaccia Bread

Shrimp Ceviche

Coffee and Mole rubbed Pork Loin

White Bean Ragout

Roasted Chicken Breast

Roasted Mediterranean Vegetables

Caesar Salad

Strawberry Shortcake

While some may not recall, it was by way of a Kickstarter campaign that Kevin Lopez and Chris Bulen announced their plans for Gastromix, a French Food Truck that was temporarily sidelined by an opportunity to cook at Andre’s Bistro which unfortunately shuttered in late 2018 due to ownership issues.

Now back on track but currently operating as a catering outfit, @gastromixfoodtruck frequently posting its offerings on Social Media, it was for Valentine’s Day that Chef Lopez was called upon to feed a staff of twenty-five, his early arrival seeing everything set up and ready to go on time with all items presented temperature appropriate along with plenty of serviceware.

Deferring the menu largely to Kevin, inclement weather necessitating Chicken be baked instead of grilled creating a rather unappetizing visual for those arriving first, it was using tender Breasts as an addition to Caesar Salad or a medley of Vegetables that some got started, the combination of Zucchini, Peppers, Onions and Artichokes a surprising hit, as too were Ceviche Shooters bright with acid and pieces of Shrimp.

Enjoying scratch-made Challah and fluffy Focaccia, the latter standing on its own thanks to Tomatoes and Sea Salt while eggy braids were ideal for sopping up the roasting Juices of Pork brightened by Mole, feelings were a bit mixed on White Beans, Corn and Carrots as many found it sort of bland, though all seemed to enjoy a simple Dessert of macerated Strawberries and Whipped Cream atop, presumably store-bought, Angelfood Cake.

N/A: Making it blog policy to not ‘rate’ places based on catering alone, though that is precisely what Gastromix is in its current iteration, consider giving them a try for any office event or party and don’t hesitate to make suggestions based on likes, dislikes and restrictions.

RECOMMENDED: Tomato Focaccia Bread, Shrimp Ceviche, Coffee and Mole rubbed Pork Loin.

AVOID: White Bean Ragout.

TIP: 480-323-8081 to arrange, or use the chat box on the Facebook page listed below.

www.facebook.com/gastromixfoodtruck

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Rosallie Catering [3,] Las Vegas NV

Rosallie Catering

Quiche Chevre – Sauteed Spinach, Roma Tomatoes, Fresh Goat Cheese

Croque Rosallie – Paris Ham, Sweet Onion Bechamel, Mozzarella Cheese on Croissant with Simple Salad

Brioche French Toast – Strawberry Jam, Whipped Cream, Pure Maple Syrup

Holiday Cookies – Sable, Langues de Chat, Meringues, White Lady

Sugared Raspberry Linzer

Chocolate Dipped Coconut Macaroon

Blueberry Bostock

Palmier

Madeline

Nutella Almond Croissant

Walnut Pie

Almond Croissant

Almond Pear Tarte

Apple Turnover

Organic Apple Pie

Nutella Almond Tarte

Although Henderson’s Breakfast scene has grown by leaps and bounds over the past five years the Southwest remains limited, a handful of Instagram Cafes doing nothing but assembly of store-bought ingredients hardly qualifying as quality in comparison to Chef-driven concepts or places like Rosallie where Jonathan Pluvinet and his team continue baking everything in-house daily while changing the menu frequently enough to keep luring back regulars.

Now inhabiting 6090 South Rainbow Boulevard for three and a half years, a second location in Florida actually outpacing the original in sales, it was by way of catering that some forty items both sweet and savory were delivered by General Manager Chrisophe at 7:00am on Valentine’s Day, staff arriving to find the break room perfumed by Butter, Yeast and Sugar.

Not about to re-describe over a dozen items tasted throughout the Holiday, but starting out with a fluffy wedge of Quiche riddled by Chevre and Spinach, it was additionally several French Toast Sandwiches and Croque Rosallie that comprised savories, the lone “plain” French Toast carefully dressed with Strawberries and pure Maple Syrup again impressing by way of housemade Brioche while the slices topped in Blueberries and baked with Glaze are even better, and at this time Las Vegas’ only available Bostock.

Adding a few Cookies to the February 14th menu, Christophe’s Langues de Chat just as good as they were at Christmas, it was after a buttery Palmier that a Coconut Macaroon took center-stage, both flavor and density peerless while Jonathan’s Almond Croissant and one with added Nutella remain standard-bearers for not just Sin City but the entire United States based on a fairly substantial bit of travel and tasting.

Seeing another speaker at lunch, but returning to Rosallie for Dessert, suffice it to say that no Pecan Pie in the Valley comes close to Rosallie’s lightly-sweetened Walnut version with virtually no binder, the Nutella and Pear Pies each served on the same handmade crust also enjoyable while two Pastries offering Apple also stand out, the Turnover almost textured like Applesauce on the inside while the Pie is a little bit sweeter but mellowed nicely by Cinnamon.

N/A: Making it blog policy to not ‘rate’ places based on catering alone Rosallie once again outperformed expectations by arriving before their store even opened with this Breakfast spread. It is for precisely this reason that the idea to #supportlocal in all catering endeavors was hatched and why places making everything from scratch deserve guest’s business over places who buy their Bread from USFoods or Sysco, slap some Jam on it and suggest a hashtag to post in front of some balloons or a wall full of plants.

RECOMMENDED: Croque Rosallie, Almond Croissant, Blueberry Bostock, Langues de Chat, Almond Pear Pie, Chocolate Dipped Coconut Macaroon, Walnut Pie, Apple Turnover.

AVOID: N/A.

 

TIP: 7a-6p daily. Call ahead for pre-orders or catering and consider Yelp! on-line delivery for smaller orders if you can’t make it to the store.

WHAT THE STARS MEAN: 5 World Class, 4 Excellent, 3 Good, 2 Fair, 1 Poor.

www.rosallie.com

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Purple Potato Catering [5,] Henderson NV

Purple Potato Catering

Cici Salad – Kale, Spinach, Sweet Potatoes, Gala Apple, Roasted Cauliflower, Goat Cheese, Garlic Almonds, Dried Cranberries, Balsamic Maple Dressing

Rita Salad – Kale, Romaine Lettuce, Cherry Tomatoes, Corn, Avocado, Bacon, Egg, Feta Cheese, Tortilla Chips, Lemon Dijon

Lipa Salad – Spring Mix, Black Beans, Cabbage, Corn, Cherry Tomatoes, Avocado, Cilantro, Pickled Red Onions, Pickled Jalapenos, Smoked Maple Coconut, Lemon, Toasted Pumpkin Seed Dressing

Sushi Rolls – California Roll with Crab Mix, Shrimp Tempura with Unagi Sauce

Beef Rice Bowl – Brown Rice, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Spicy Teriyaki Dressing

Bacon Adobo Rice Bowl – Brown Rice, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Purple Cabbage, Sesame Seeds, Teriyaki

Tuna Bowl – Avocado, Nori, Kimchee, Edamame, Red Bell Pepper

Garlic Rice

Vegan Chocolate Brownie

Pistachio Miso Ube Monster Cookie

Always a good choice for lunches featuring guests with dietary restrictions, a nearly-endless degree of customization available across Salads and Rice Bowls, it was again on Wednesday that Purple Potato helped the office #supportlocal, a timely arrival complete with serviceware seamless and everyone getting their fill for under $15 per person.

Owned and operated by Chef Ramir Bolanos DeCastro, the former head of Yonaka now fully committed to his fast-casual concept that additionally provides healthily meals on Delta Airlines business and economy class, it was around 11:20 that Chef and one assistant arrived to set-up, the recent addition of Sushi Rolls coming by popular demand and the whole tray gone in sixty minutes with most favoring crispy Shrimp complimented by Sesame Seeds, Avocado and Unagi Sauce over California Rolls filled with Crab.

Deferring the menu entirely to Chef Ramir, cubes of Ahi going over well though many fished them out at the expense of Kimchee, it was largely the heat of Beef and Rice that saw it favored over Pork Adobo that brought more sweetness, and for those opting against Meat a trio of Salads offered great diversity with the Cici apparently favored since only a few Leaves of Kale remained at day’s end.

Not forgetting Dessert, all twenty-four Vegan Brownies devoured without one staff member noticing a lack of Milk or Eggs and all singing the moist Muffin’s praises, those seeking something a little more unique additionally raved Purple Potato’s signature Monster Cookies that on this day featured Pistachios, light Miso and creamy Ube Jam.

N/A: Making it blog policy to not ‘rate’ places based on catering alone this is now the fifth time that Chef Ramir’s Henderson Restaurant has managed to impress a broad demographic of diners, and with Sushi now on the menu those who miss Yonaka can get a little taste of that with almost as much customizability as the Salads and Rice Bowls.

RECOMMENDED: Bacon Adobo Rice Bowl, Cici Salad, Beef Rice Bowl, Vegan Chocolate Brownie, Pistachio Miso Ube Monster Cookie.

AVOID: Chef Ramir’s Kimchee packs a lot of flavor, so those who aren’t big fans may wish to pass.

TIP: Half Salad / Half Sushi Roll Combos are currently available for just $8.50 and may just be the Valley’s healthiest lunch choice under ten bucks.

WHAT THE STARS MEAN: 5 World Class, 4 Excellent, 3 Good, 2 Fair, 1 Poor.

www.purplepotatolv.com

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Top of The World [3,] Las Vegas NV

Top of the World

Smooth Criminal – Hennessy V.S., Amaro Nonino Quintessentia, Honey, Lemon, Pomegranate

Bibiana – Don Julio Anejo Tequila, Pama Pomegranate Liqueur, Agave, Lime, Firewater Bitters

White Chocolate Brioche, Baguette, Butter

Beets & Burrata, Wild Rocket Arugula, Ice Wine Vinaigrette, Pumpernickel Tuile

Warm Spinach Salad, Shallots, Apples, Pecans, Blue Cheese, Bacon Vinaigrette

Maryland Lump Crab Cake, Apple Slaw, Citrus Aioli

Filet Mignon Carpaccio, Classic Cipriani, Black Garlic Vinaigrette, Brioche Toast

Tuna Tartare, Avocado, Onions, Capers, Pickled Wasabi, Tōgarashi, Potatoes Gaufrette

Shrimp Scampi, Housemade Capellini, Lemon, Parsley, Garlic Confit, Olive Oil

Cold Water Prawns, Roasted Garlic Herb Butter, Lemon Zest

Maryland Crab Stuffed Chicken, Red Pepper Romesco, Marbled Fingerling Potatoes

Ōra King Salmon, Fennel Soubise, Citrus Segments, Lemon Butter

2.5lb. Australian Lobster Thermidor, Spinach, Organic Mushrooms, Hollandaise Sauce, Pommes Puree

42oz Creekstone Farms 36-Day Dry Aged USDA Prime Porterhouse Steak, Maitake Mushrooms, Broccolini

Green Beans, Spiced Marcona Almonds, Brown Butter

Sweet Potato, Marshmallow, Apple, Local Honey, Pecans

Potato Puree, Butter, Chives

Double Espresso, Ice, Rock Sugar

Spumoni, Cherry Ice Cream, Pistachio Ice Cream, Chocolate Ice Cream, Chocolate Shell, Whipped Cream, Kirsch Cherries

Salted Caramel Crème Brulee, Salted Caramel Corn

NY Style Cheesecake, Strawberries, Blueberries, Blackberries, Tahitian Vanilla Whipped Cream

Baked Alaska, Strawberry Ice Cream, Cookies & Cream Ice Cream, Brownie Ice Cream, Streusel, Meringue Brulee

Bananas Foster, Caramelized Bananas, Almond Financier, Vanilla Ice Cream, Crispy Plantains

21 Layer Chocolate Cake, Chocolate Ganache, Whipped Cream

First making reservations at Top of the World shortly after Pawan Pinisetti was named Executive Chef it was for the third time since September that seats were taken 106 floors up on Saturday, a string of Superbowl commercials producing an even more packed room than usual but the Chef and his team nonetheless serving a meal that compares favorably to any of Las Vegas’ top tables.

Previously discussed at length during both lunch and dinner, this visit’s 6:30pm start featuring the slowly-rotating room with candles beneath overhead lighting, it was past security and quickly on arrival that guests were seated, all of Las Vegas twinkling in the distance and an educated server presenting menus for both Food and Beverage.

Visibly unchanged despite The Stratosphere’s makeover, rebranding as “The Strat” seeing Chef Pinisetti across several media outlets discussing his passion for Ingredient quality and sourcing, it was beginning with Wine and Cocktails that four guests conversed at modest volume, both the Cognac-based Smooth Criminal and spicy Bibiana fruity but packing a punch with the former particularly well-suited for sipping thanks to its viscosity and lengthy herbal linger.

Continuing the Bread Basket debuted in December, a good choice as both lightly-sweetened Brioche and a sliced Baguette made on-site serve different purposes, opening plates featured many old favorites such as warm Spinach topped in Bacon Vinaigrette plus Tuna Tartare bolstered by Pickled Wasabi, the Filet Mignon Carpaccio dating back to Pawan’s days at Fiamma and still delicious as ever thanks to high quality Meat and Cipriani’s timeless Dressing.

Additionally tasting Beets & Burrata plus Crab Cakes for the second time, the former elegantly plated with earthy flavors finding their foil in Ice Wine while Cakes hold together despite almost no binder, it was as an off menu mid-course that Pawan presented his interpretation of Shrimp “Scampi,” housemade Angel Hair Pasta still with a bit of spring providing support to several shell-less specimens lightly dressed in Olive Oil and confit Garlic plus a touch of Lemon.

Not the sort of Chef who allows showmanship to get in the way of execution, three minimally-adorned Prawns from the Indian coast split and grilled to start round three, suffice it to say that Top of the World’s Salmon remains a must-order even for those typically not fond of Fish, the product from Ōra King fatty but clean and beautifully paired to Orange segments plus a subtle hint of Licorice.

Going a bit bolder with Chicken Breast fortified by Crab Meat, a smear of Red Pepper Romesco not overwhelming and serving nicely as a Condiment for roasted Potatoes, those seeking something even more substantial shouldn’t think twice about Lobster Thermidor or a 42oz Dry Aged Porterhouse…unless of course they are eating alone, in which case the former may actually be a bigger challenge to finish thanks to the richness of Crustacean, Mushrooms, Potatoes and buttery Hollandaise.

Almost forgetting three sides, though the Thanksgiving-esque Sweet Potatoes stand out in terms of presentation and flavor, it was with all but a few cubes of beautifully aged Beef consumed that leftover Green Beans and Broccolini were boxed, another round of share plates soon arriving even though many were already waving their napkin like a white flag.

Deferring Dessert to the Kitchen, in retrospect both a brilliant and bad idea, it was on request that Espresso was presented alongside a glass of Ice, the moments following largely a blur as two servers arrived carrying all six of Top of the World’s sweets including the towering Chocolate Cake that probably would have been enough all on its own.

Working slowly at this point, the fact that both Crème Brulee and Spumoni go down smooth without occupying a lot of stomach space definitely noteworthy for those of smaller appetites, it was as fireworks sparkled in the distance that room was made for Bananas Foster and a few velvety bites of Cheesecake, though not before indulging in plenty of Baked Alaska from which only a splotch of Meingue was left over.

FIVE STARS: All of Las Vegas has probably now seen the Superbowl commercial plus News segments for The Stratosphere’s rebranding as The Strat, and whether that will be enough to lure in a new generation of guests in anybody’s guess, but ever since Pawan Pinisetti took over Top of the World Restaurant the Food has been outstanding, three visits since September with dinner on Saturday the best yet thanks to twenty great plates, 3 hours of conversation and even fireworks to finish. Go for the Food Stay for the view. How’s that for rebranding?

RECOMMENDED: Smooth Criminal, White Chocolate Brioche, Tuna Tartare, Warm Spinach Salad, Sweet Potato, Lobster Thermidor, Ōra King Salmon, Cold Water Prawns, 36-Day Dry Aged USDA Prime Porterhouse, Bananas Foster, 21 Layer Chocolate Cake, Baked Alaska.

AVOID: The Green Beans still seem a little underwhelming.

TIP: If you were planning to visit for Valentine’s Day it’s time to look elsewhere as Top of the World is fully booked. Perhaps Easter Brunch or Mother’s Day…or any time lunch or dinner, really.

WHAT THE STARS MEAN: 5 World Class, 4 Excellent, 3 Good, 2 Fair, 1 Poor.

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Good Pie [4,] Las Vegas NV

Good Pie

Good Cheese Grandma Style – Mozzarella, Fresh Mozzarella, Grana, Tomato Sauce, Basil

No lengthy verbiage for this one, just a big Congratulations to Vincent Rotolo for one year serving DTLV and the good folks of Las Vegas some extremely Good Pie. Wishing you many more!

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Pizza Rock GVR [2,] Henderson NV

Pizza Rock Green Valley Ranch

New Yorker – Sliced Mozzarella, Tomato Sauce, House Made Fennel Sausage, Pepperoni, Garlic, EVOO, Oregano, Romano, Ricotta

Old Chicago – Sliced Meatballs, Italian Sausage, Ricotta, Tomato Sauce, Mozzarella, White Cheddar, Provolone, Garlic, EVOO, Romano, Oregano

Detroit Red Top – White Cheddar, Wisconsin Brick Cheese, Butter Toasted Corners, Marinara, Garlic Oil, Romano, Oregano

Cal Italia – Asiago, Gorgonzola, Mozzarella, Fig Preserves, Prosciutto di Parma, Parmigiano-Reggiano, Balsamic Reduction

Zeppole – Fried Pizza Dough, Cinnamon-Sugar, Cardamom, Caramel, Chocolate Sauce, Citrus Whipped Cream

Now approaching four years at Green Valley Ranch Resort Spa and Casino it was in celebration of National Pizza Day that seats were taken at Pizza Rock, the same table earmarked for eight guests in April 2016 this time hosting six including a young boy who was kept entertained by an ADHD-inducing stream of people doing stupid things on CHIVE TV displayed across several televisions.

Largely unchanged through the intervening years, Tony Gemignani’s team still in charge of several ovens while front-of-house is competent but mostly perfunctory in terms of service, it was following a group of conventioners that guests were seated at 11:30am, approximately 50% of the Restaurant’s 200+ seats filled an hour later as Soundgarden, Pearl Jam and R.E.M. played at modest volume.

Spread across a lengthy space with everything from a big truck to bar area, the menu equally expansive with Pizza-styles from New York to California and Naples represented, it was after clarifying both the order and timing that Drinks were filled, Iced Tea for many instead of Pepsi products while others simply drank Water that was kept full across the ninety-minute visit.

Slow to get started, NCAA Basketball plus live NHL action and conversation filling the time, it was after perhaps half-an-hour that two Pizzas arrived simultaneously, an “Old Chicago” baked in brick with gas outperforming any Midwestern “Bar Pie” thanks to unbleached Flour that maintains a lot of tooth beneath piped Ricotta, Sausage and Meatballs while a touch of Cheddar provides just enough Salt to brighten a thin layer of Tomato Sauce.

Not skimping on Ingredients, the $26 “New Yorker” placed on a stand next to its Windy City cousin loaded with Meat and Cheese, guests in search of a great “Slice” will be delighted to see Tony’s Award Winning Pie blistered and bubbly, the ability to stand up with barely a fold attesting to quality Flour and evenly heated ovens while housemade Fennel Sausage adds a lingering herbal essence that plays well off the char.

Finishing every bite of round one, specifically requesting two additional Pies be fired twenty minutes later preventing a log-jam previously experienced both at Pizza Rock GVR and DTLV, it was as trays were cleared that Cal Italia and Detroit Red Top were presented, the award-winning former expectedly sweet but brilliantly balanced inside a delicate Cornicione while Mo-Town’s recently resurgent style showed Gemignani to be ahead of the curve as he’s been offering this buttey pillow almost fully encased in Cheese and striped with Marinara since opening at the Downtown Grand in 2013.

Disappointed to learn that Brunch is only offered on Sunday, the French Toast targeted as Dessert thus unavailable while Pizza Rock’s Mud Pie wasn’t “ready yet” at 1:00pm, it was in consolation that four Zeppole were offered, Tony’s Flour frying up more like a Beignet with great texture and pronounced Cardamom that paired well with both lemony Cream and thick Caramel but less-so Dark Chocolate Sauce.

FOUR STARS: Every-bit deserving of his myriad accolades it is great to see Tony Gemignani succeeding across multiple Las Vegas venues, the owner’s hands-on approach undoubtedly on display in a kitchen from which every Pie both looks and tastes as it should, though the FOH still seems a bit robotic and being “out of” menu items (save for those listed as being in limited supply) is unacceptable.

RECOMMENDED: New Yorker, Old Chicago, Detroit Red Top.

AVOID:  Mud Pie at Lunch, apparently, and arriving too late if seeking the Margherita which is limited to 73 Pizzas daily.

TIP: Happy Hour is offered from 3p-6p and 10p to close daily, and during Vegas Knights games fans who “Wear their Gear” get a free Beer with any $10 purchase.

WHAT THE STARS MEAN: 5 World Class, 4 Excellent, 3 Good, 2 Fair, 1 Poor.

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Sparrow + Wolf [3,] Las Vegas NV

Sparrow + Wolf

Hearth Baked Bread – Aged Umami Butter, Sea Salt

Ocean Parfait – Santa Barbara Sea Urchin, Smoked Trout Roe, Kizami Wasabi, Toasted Nori

Heritage Pork Pate En Croute – Pickled Pear, Brined Mustard Seeds, Cornichons, Petite Arugula, Olive Oil

Duck Confit & Sweet Potato Dumplings – Calabrian Chili, Five Spice Broth

Foie Gras – Pumpkin Oil, Cranberries, Pepitas, Brioche, Duck Sauce

Wood Fired Lasagna – Lamb Bolognese, Miso, Burrata, Garlic Bread

Skate Wing – Yuzu Kosho Aioli, Winter Citrus, Lemon Ash

Braised Lamb Neck – Scallion Pancakes, Pickled Vegetables

Dry Aged Porterhouse – Miso Rub, American Banchan

Hot Potato – Potato Pave, Smoked Trout Roe, Chive Crème Fraiche, Sichuan Peppercorn

Wood Grilled Japanese Eggplant – Zataar, Chickpea Yogurt, Crispy Sunchoke, Orange Peel

Iced Coffee

Caramelized Honey Toast – Mango Ice Cream, Asian Pears

Carrot Cashew Cake – Parsley-Yogurt Sorbet, Candied Rainbow Carrots

Vanilla Bean Pavlova – Yuzu-Bergamot Curd, Citrus Confit, Thai Basil

Caramelized White Chocolate Terrine – Flourless Chocolate Cake, Ras el Hanout Pear Butter

Without question one of the most important off-Strip Restaurants in Las Vegas, ongoing recognition from customers and local Media attesting to this fact while several new openings on Spring Mountain Road suggest Chef Brian Howard to have initiated a cultural shift, it was as a group of six that dinner was enjoyed at Sparrow + Wolf of Friday, the new Private Dining Room utilizing previously neglected real estate and creating an environment more conducive to conversation.

Open since May 2017 and an ongoing hot-ticket, frequent menu changes plus an innovative Cocktail program drawing a diverse crowd that trends young, it was just prior to 6:15pm that all were seated at a long table situated where the hostess stand previously existed, views of the kitchen available but somewhat more limited than previously thanks to a culinary library reportedly soon to triple.

Serving seven days a week based on popularity, signage out front suggesting Tuesday’s dark no longer accurate, it was after greetings from educated staff led by John Anthony that options were perused, three nightly specials offering additional temptation beyond 75% new plates compared to nine months prior.

Now presenting just one tasting menu, $125 per guest, it was as a result of less-adventurous palates that a la carte was instead selected, two Loaves of housemade Bread starting things off and quickly devoured prior to the arrival of other plates including Crudo, Salad, Scallops and a complimentary “Ocean Parfait” that placed tender Tongues of Uni beneath saline Cream with a bit of heat and added umami from lightly smoked Fish Eggs.

Acknowledging Urchin to be an acquired taste, though this allowed plenty of Parfait for those who enjoy the flavor and consistency, it was as a sort of mid-course that additional plates arrived as Rage Against the Machine played overhead, Duck Confit & Sweet Potato Dumplings unfortunately over-aggressive with Chili Oil that rendered the contents mute while Pate En Croute amidst assertive sourness and an elegant Foie Gras preparation serving three ounces prepared in Pumpkin Oil atop Brioche were hearty yet balanced and perfect for colder temperatures outside.

In no particular hurry, conversation flowing from both ends of the table as System of a Down played at modest volume, it was thirty minutes after Appetizers were cleared that Entrees arrived, a staggered delivery allowing everything to be tasted temperature appropriate with the Wood Fired Lasagna expectedly a fan favorite while many encountering Skate for the first time marveled at its buttery Flesh that Chef Howard carefully pairs to bright Citrus.

Growing heavier from here, sides of layered Potatoes with Chives and Trout Roe plus grilled Eggplant that reminisces of deconstructed Baba Ghanoush completing a full table, guests willing to share are encouraged to strongly consider the 32oz Porterhouse offered with side-plates including Eggs, Octopus and several Sauces while those seeking something truly special should not forgo Lamb’s Neck braised on the Bone and served with pickled Fruits and Vegetables that can either help refresh the mouth between bites or be used in conjunction with supple Meat and Scallion Pancakes to create a complex mouthful

Requesting Coffee with Dessert, its arrival almost ten minutes after never explained, suffice it to say that the fact that some Carrot Cake was left-over despite being divided by six diners should attest to how well “Parsley-Yogurt” Sorbet went over, the remainder all far better with flattened Pavlova light and fragrant while Honey Toast and the all-new Caramelized White Chocolate Terrine competed for top-billing, the latter surely more labor intensive and multifaceted thanks to top notes of Cardamom and Cumin though the guilty pleasure aspect of toasted Bread, Honey and lots of Butter is impossible to deny.

FOUR AND A HALF STARS: Always a confident Restaurant, but evolving by way of a series of self-edits into a mature space that can accommodate almost any sort of diner, Sparrow + Wolf may never serve a “perfect meal” because of the chances Chef Howard is willing to take, but for the sake of progress that is something guests seem willing to accept and any minor “miss” is sure to be made up for by at least three that are very impressive.

RECOMMENDED: Heritage Pork Pate En Croute, Foie Gras, Wood Fired Lasagna, Skate Wing, Braised Lamb Neck, Honey Toast, Caramelized White Chocolate Terrine.

AVOID: Duck Confit & Sweet Potato Dumplings and Carrot Cashew Cake were completely overwhelmed by their accoutrements.

TIP: According to Mr. Anthony the long-term plan for Sparrow + Wolf’s PDR is that it become a daytime library for those looking to further their culinary knowledge.

WHAT THE STARS MEAN: 5 World Class, 4 Excellent, 3 Good, 2 Fair, 1 Poor.

www.sparrowandwolflv.com

Sparrow + Wolf Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Metro Pizza Catering, Las Vegas NV

Metro Pizza Catering

Chopped Italian Salad with Ranch Dressing and Italian Dressing

Meatballs with Tomato Sauce and Basil

Ziti with Tomato Sauce

86th Street Square Pie – Mozzarella Cheese, Tomato Sauce, Romano Cheese, Olive Oil

86th Street Square Pie – Mozzarella Cheese, Tomato Sauce, Romano Cheese, Olive Oil, Old School Pepperoni

 

The Cicero Stuffed Pizza – Meatballs, Ricotta Cheese, Mozzarella Cheese

Zamboni Pizza – Sausage, Old School Pepperoni, Roasted Red Peppers, Mike’s Hot Honey, Mozzarella Cheese

The Green Valley Pizza – Zucchini, Mushrooms, Onions, Cherry Tomatoes, Olives, Tomato Sauce, Mozzarella Cheese

Serving Las Vegas for nearly forty years one might assume Metro Pizza has the delivery game down to a science, and with National Pizza Day on Saturday it seemed only right to #supportlocal on Friday with five Pies plus Meatballs, Pasta and Salad.

By far one of city’s easiest caterers to work with, an e-mail typically answered within a couple hours by Sara, it is at almost any budget that Metro can coordinate delivery from one of four locations, the online menu offering a wide array of family-size dishes though making a few requests and letting the well-trained staff take it from there is usually the safest route to ensure there is plenty of everything.

Never late or forgetting anything across seven events, a delivery driver named Damien this time arriving ten minutes early with plates, utensils, extra Sauce and Condiments, it was with everything unboxed that attendees dug in, John Arena’s assertion that Pizza changes in the box perhaps true to a degree, but slices of the 86th Street Sicilian nonetheless piping hot and lighter than anyone would guess, one speaker commenting this was her new favorite Pizza in town and that she “didn’t even know Metro made square Slices…” a follower as yet unpurchased by happytummy and unlokt, perhaps?

Straying from the typical for additional Pies, though The Green Valley remains a necessity for Vegetarians, it was with skepticism that some eyed the Cicero before finding sidecars of Sauce, many then spreading the word to others and each hefty wedge gone in an hour with many comparing the texture to a Panini or “Cheesy Bread.”

Not expecting some to understand Mike’s Hot Honey on a Pizza, and thoroughly surprised when Metro’s new Zamboni was the first Pie gone, it was from Pasta and Meatballs with almost no binder that others got their fill, though those still sticking to New Year’s Resolutions were happy to find Chopped Salad with Metro’s house Italian Dressing that always finds itself going home with someone at day’s end.

N/A: Making it blog policy to not ‘rate’ places based on catering alone there is a reason John and Sam have been successfully serving Las Vegas for so long, a good part of it skill and doing things the right way, but also by hiring good people like Sara and focusing on the customer to deliver on their promises no matter how big or small the budget.

RECOMMENDED: 86th Street Square Pie, Meatballs, Zamboni, Cicero, Chopped Salad.

AVOID: N/A.

TIP: Catering Menu Available here – www.metropizza.com/catering/ and contact metro_catering@embarqmail.com or 702-256-3719 to order.

WHAT THE STARS MEAN: 5 World Class, 4 Excellent, 3 Good, 2 Fair, 1 Poor.

http://www.metropizza.com/

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China Tang, Las Vegas NV

China Tang

Chrysanthemum Tea

Sliced Chilled Abalone with Sake, Seasoned Salt, Aged Soy

Crab Meat Dumplings with Saffron Skin and Cilantro, Spinach Dumplings with Vegetables, Kimchi Dumplings

Deep Fried Shrimp Mousse Ball with Goose Liver Mousse

Xiao Long Bao with Pork and Soup

Chilled Hand Pulled Noodles with Shrimp, Chili Oil, Carrot, Cucumber

Crispy Rice topped with Honey Soy Glazed Dried Oyster

Traditional Beijing Roasted Duck – Pancakes, Sugar, Hoisin, Cucumbers, Scallions, Cantaloupe, Ginger

Beijing Style Spicy Roast Duck Rack

Steamed Coral Cod with Black Mushroom, Tofu and Pork Belly

Garlic Stir-Fried Japanese F1 Wagyu Beef with Minced Garlic, Salt, Pepper, Garlic Chips

Japanese F1 Beef Fried Rice with Wild Mushrooms and Black Truffle Paste

Cabbage with Bamboo Shoot, Diced Mushroom, Oyster Sauce

Fried Glutinous Rice with Chinese Sausage and Dried Shrimp

Salt and Pepper Pork Loin with Garlic and Thai Chili Pepper

Vanilla Custard Steam Cake

Nian Gao Coconut Sticky Rice Cake

Walnut Soup with Sesame Dumplings