Lotus of Siam [2,] Las Vegas NV

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Lotus of Siam

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White Rice

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Crispy Duck Pad Kee Mao

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Chicken Pad Kee Mao

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Sour Isaan Sausage

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Crispy Duck with Panang Curry

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Nam Kao Tod

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Tom Kha Gai

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Beef Spicy Fried Rice

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Spicy Catfish with Basil Leaves

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Nam Prik Noom

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Kang Hoh

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Chicken Kang Ka Noon

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Already the rare recipient of a Las Vegas Beard Award, Chef Saipin Chutima named Best Chef: Southwest in 2011, Lotus of Siam was recently nominated as a semi-finalist for Best Restaurant, a surprising recognition that occurred in the two-weeks between making a reservation for twelve and the actual 5:30pm Saturday that the group sat down for the meal.

Having visited the unassuming icon of Thai food that rose to national attention in the mid-2000s only once prior, a lunch reconnecting with a local restaurant General Manager and his girlfriend at Christmas 2012 seeing a limited number of plates amidst a dining room that was completely packed, arrival prior to opening over four years later saw a line for walk-ins of 30+ circumvented by a simple phone-call and credit card on-hold, the group seated promptly at a lengthy table with water soon poured and a Wine list offered.

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Having performed due-diligence this time, the sizable menu navigated beforehand with a choice of ten different plates in orders of one or two, depending on portion, it was after a brief exchange with the server that a hand-written list was annotated to spice-level five with requests for a slow roll-out, the plan originally going smoothly but soon deteriorating into a flood of plates that saw several miss out on various dishes as they circulated the table.

More pricey than Thai anywhere else in town, though the ingredient quality is undeniably high, it was at a Hot Pot of Tom Kha Gai spewing fire that all gazed as it was presented near room’s center, the smooth flavor of Coconut and boiled Chicken blending with Lemongrass and light heat an elegant way to start while the Northern dip of Green Chilies was little more than a tiny portion of Salsa crafted primarily from roasted Jalapenos, several Garlic Cloves and Sesame.

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Watched over by photographss of famous folks who’d stopped in, everyone from Joe Montana to past-Presidents smiling and signed behind glass, plates of Sour Isaan Sausage and Nam Kao Tod trailed the Soup and Dip by approximately fifteen minutes, two orders of the former enough to offer a small slice of snappy Meat with a deep, yet pleasant, funkiness to everyone while the latter was a great suggestion from someone who’s visited the restaurant frequently, slices of Cabbage and Peanuts served alongside a deep-fried Rice Ball studded with Pork amidst earthy aromatics and the unmistakable flavor of Fish Sauce.

At this point only 5:55pm, the restaurant completely full and two-deep at the bar with a line still snaking from the door, a flurry of servers soon saw the table packed with two plates of Drunken Noodles, a small mound of Spicy Rice plus filleted Catfish in Basil and Crispy Duck with Panang Curry, the fried rice no different than that at any Chinese restaurant on Spring Mountain Road and thus no more compelling than a steamer of the white stuff while the Pad Kee Mao was oily and not particularly flavorful beyond the Soy and Fish Sauce, an upcharge of $27.95 for Duck compared to the $12.95 Chicken really not justified as the flavor of each was drowned out.

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Impressed by the meaty Catfish, though a whole-animal preparation would have been more price-appropriate than the small filets of a fish that is generally quite cheap, Duck in Panang Curry righted many of the faults found in the other dishes with great crispiness and rosy flesh amidst the robust sauce of Coconut, Peppers plus light notes of Sugar and Citrus that was so good that it commanded a second plate.

Rounding out the evening by 6:40, the staff vigorously working to turn the table, Northern dishes of Kang Hoh and Kang Ka Noon each furthered the rumor that LoS’s best plates are found on the back page of the menu, the Dry Pork Curry a spicy little number with big fermented flavors while the crunchy rounds of Jack Fruit were not dissimilar from Artichokes in taste or texture amidst a vibrant, acidic Curry that was good on its own and even better when mellowed by the White Rice used to sop it up.

THREE STARS: Exiting Lotus of Siam at $30/each after Tax and 18% Gratuity, not accounting for those who chose to drink wine, it would be hard to say that anyone had eaten their fill while some actually reached out to say they did not even have a chance to sample several of the plates, a combination of rushed service and small portions paired with some truly average dishes leaving me in no rush to return before delving further into Las Vegas’ less-famous Thai places.

RECOMMENDED: Nam Kao Tod, Crispy Duck with Panang Curry, Chicken Kang Ka Noon, Sour Isaan Sausage, Tom Kha Gai

AVOID: Spicy Fried Rice, Duck Drunken Noodles, Nam Prik Noom.

TIP: There is a reason the website does not list prices, and why servers push Prawns and Duck as the proteins of choice on plates where diners are given the option. Unless dining solo, do your research and ask about portion sizes.

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

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Yogurtland – West Lake Mead Boulevard, Las Vegas NV

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Yogurtland – West Lake Mead Boulevard

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Samples – Hershey’s Chocolate Milkshake, Coconut, Peanut Butter Cup, Double Cookies and Cream, Rocket Pop Sorbet

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Yo Frappe, Salted Caramel Pecan, Birthday Cupcake Batter with Brownie Chunks, Cheesecake Bites, Caramel, Marshmallow Sauce, Whipped Cream

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Impressed by a lone visit to the Flamingo location, the all-natural ingredients including antibiotic and hormone free Milk rich in active cultures admittedly a surprise to someone who typically assumes chains to focus on nothing but the bottom-line, business in the area of West Lake Mead Boulevard and I-95 proved ample reason to stop in for another taste at a different location, the layout now familiar and the counter again featuring nothing but fun ingredients and smiling faces.

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Presumably America’s favorite Fro-yo, the 200+ flavors rotating in and out of stores depending on date or season, the California-based company is currently promoting a series of flavors celebrating the Hershey company as well as their own birthday, an online search available to tell patrons which flavors can be found at each shop while the topping bar and price-by-the-ounce format allows for an almost limitless degree of customization.

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Doing a fair bit of sampling by way of little paper thimbles, the Hershey choices including a lightly-malted Chocolate flavor and a one that really did liken Peanut Butter Cups quite closely, those with fond memories of Rocket or “Bomb” Pops will be transported back to childhood by the Citrus Sorbet, though eating a full bowl might prove a challenge.

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Chilly and raining outdoors, not exactly “Ice Cream Weather” in a city that can top 110°F during summer, comforting flavors proved a bit more tempting than they may otherwise during February, the special Birthday Cupcake Batter a spot-on riff of Yellow-Cake mix while two different versions of Salty Caramel were also tasty, the Pecan-tinged option indistinguishable from the Praline tasted last time while “Yo Frappe” targeted millennials by way of light Cocoa and Espresso flavors.

FIVE STARS: Achieving its goals and continuing to impress crowds, everything from fat-free to vegan choices plus good ingredient sourcing making it hard to believe anyone would have difficulty finding a favorite, Yogurtland is the rare ‘chain’ that seems as focused on its execution as the almighty dollar and although it still is not “health food,” the option is certainly there to dine deliciously, yet less indulgently, for those looking to do so.

RECOMMENDED: Birthday Cake Batter, Coconut, Yo Frappe, Brownie Chunks, Marshmallow Sauce.

AVOID: Trying to guess on weight, the well-filled small cup with all those toppings more plenty to satisfy a sweet tooth for $4.53.

TIP: The online flavor finder shows a pretty significant variance amongst the city’s ten franchises. Those interested in a specific flavor are advised to take a peek.

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

https://www.yogurt-land.com/

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Due Forni [4,] Las Vegas NV

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Due Forni

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Due Forni Roma – house made sausage, nueske’s bacon, mozzarella, san marzano tomato, peppers

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Meatballs – free range turkey, san marzano tomato, parmigiano

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Pizza Bread – neapolitan style

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Smoked Pork – garlic bread, calabrian peppers, onion, melted fontina

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Short Rib Hash – crispy potato, caramelized onions, egg

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Memphis Mafia Bread Pudding – reese’s peanut butter cups, banana, pecans, smoked bacon, gelatology gelato

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Once deemed worthy of a trip from the Strip by Rental Car, and since opening and shuttering a second location in Austin, Texas’ loss is Sin City’s gain as Carlos Buscaglia is finally back full-time to focus on Due Forni on Town Center Drive, the product never really suffering in the interim, though likely to benefit with one of the city’s most underregarded Chefs now spending less time in transit and more creating new plates or spending time with his family nearby.

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Now celebrating over six years making Summerlin’s best Pizza, the signature two-oven format spinning out crispy Roman or pliable Neapolitan Pies with the sort of char that has more than once made patrons assume them to be wood, it was actually Carlos’ Instagram shots of two new items that enticed a party of three to escape the rain on Saturday, Brunch just past eleven o’clock finding the restaurant quiet with only Chef Buscaglia and one server present for the first half-hour.

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A place equally accessible to children as it is traveled gourmands, the well-priced Wine list frequently cited by local Oenophiles as one of the city’s best deals, it was briefly after seating in front of a Television showing Sports that an order was crafted, the restaurant’s eponymous Pizza cooked up crisp with a light char but good foldability quick to arrive with a sauce of pure Tomatoes plus a little seasoning providing the backdrop to smoked Bacon and aromatic house-ground Sausage.

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Speaking with Carlos about new ideas, the possibility of Meatballs becoming Bovine-based soon prompting an order, one questions that direction given the deep flavor and springy texture of a current rendition made from Turkey, the unannounced decision to charge $3 for puffy Pizza-bread to soak up the Cheese and Sauce understandable, but something that should probably be included even if it needs to be figured into the hot skillet’s menu cost.

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Taking a look at one of the Brunch plates, a smoky Short Rib Hash finding shredded Beef ever-so-slightly crisped next to diced Spuds and Caramelized Onions beneath two over-easy Eggs, those looking for something new are encouraged to consult the Happy Hour menu, the description of “Smoked Pork – Garlic Bread, Calabrian Peppers, Onion, Melted Fontina” doing no justice to a skillet of Garlic Knots as soft as Parker House Rolls topped in glazed Pork Belly and a dollop of Cheese blended with bright heat plus onions cooked sweet and soft.

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Tempted by more food, but knowing better than to overdo it with plans for dessert, Due Forni’s monthly Bread Pudding achieves a new level of success by way of the “Memphis Mafia” clearly created with The King as an inspiration, the lightly browned top slowly melting a ball of Gelatology Vanilla Gelato into custard-infused Bread intermingling with Pecans, Peanut Butter Cups, Bananas and Bacon.

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FOUR AND A HALF STARS: Limited only by its kitchen and nearby clientele, the former featuring only the ovens plus a simple stove while the latter is notoriously renowned to line up at Bonefish Grill or PF Changs, Due Forni continues to shine with the sort of creativity rarely seen even in the Strip’s upscale Italian eateries with the bill tallying nearly half the cost.

RECOMMENDED: Smoked Pork, Due Forni, Memphis Mafia.

AVOID: Touching the skillets. We were warned four times. Smilie: :-)

TIP: Brunch will be ending soon, per Chef Buscaglia, with an 11:00am to 6:00pm Happy Hour Menu leading up to dinner. Full menu and specials soon to be announced.

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

http://dueforni.com/

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Niu Gu [2,] Las Vegas NV

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Niu-Gu

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Bean Curd Noodles with Peppers and Sesame Oil

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Fish Soup with Shrimp Ball and Goji Berry, Bok Choy

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Niu-Gu Beef Rib

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Xiao Long Bao

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Spicy Fried Lobster

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Garlic Crab

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Black Pepper Beef Tenderloin with Mushrooms

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Squid Ink Fried Rice

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Napa Cabbage with Egg Yolk Sauce

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Now nearing its one year anniversary, still a secret to some though the word has seemingly caught on with local Chinese families looking for a fine-dining experience without driving to The Strip, dinner at Niu-Gu has seen Chef Jimmy Li retool his menu to focus on bold traditional dishes created from top-tier ingredients, some of the newer items subtle and tuned to Asian sensibilities though few of any ethnicity will be complaining of a lack of flavor.

Receiving more attention thanks to a recent article about Joe Muscaglione’s expertly sourced Tea selection, a well-priced list provided in traditional service to those interested, it was after pleasant greetings from the staff that a party of four was seated at room’s center, the decision to defer a menu to Chef Li with Carte Blanche yielding some old favorites plus new plates, the Tea selected by Mr. Muscaglione mellow with lightly sweet notes that performed well with both mild and spicier dishes.

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Not particularly busy for a Friday, though a large Asian family soon arrived and ordered a substantial amount of food that looked great, it was with a dish of Noodles made from sliced Bean Curd that the evening got underway, the vibrant Peppers not especially hot and offering a crisp contrast to the springy Noodles while a follow-up of Fish Broth was cloudy and rich with an elegant Shrimp Ball and Goji Berry offering a dynamic juxtaposition of flavors.

Happily receiving Jimmy’s signature Beef Rib next, the meltingly soft restaurant-namesake without doubt one of the best pieces of Beef in a city that has no lack of competition, the Soup Dumplings deserve no less praise in a place where restaurant-goers frequently complain of a lack in quality, each delicate pocket twisted tight and plump with pork broth as smooth as the sort found in Ramen Tonkotsu-style.

Specially requesting a whole Crab, and seeing it proceeded by a spicy Fried Lobster with a light batter clinging to Shell and sweet Flesh, those interested in seeing a truly authentic showstopper should assuredly call in advance to inquire about Market Prices far less abrasive than those found on Las Vegas Boulevard as Jimmy and his team present the Crab shell-on and soaked in Garlic plus sliced Ginger, the process of eating it well worth the effort as the best bits of Meat are tucked into the knuckles where the cooking juices penetrate most deeply.

Rounding out the evening with Peppered Beef and Mushrooms given the premium treatment by way of Prime Beef Tenderloin and dried Chilies, the two accompanying sides were a bit hit and miss as the Squid Ink Fried Rice was little less crisp or flavorful than would have been ideal while the sliced Cabbage with Egg Yolk Sauce was unexpectedly excellent, even the youngster in the group eating his fair share as the slick Sauce provided a salty balance to the pungent Crucifer.

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FOUR STARS: Challenged by its small footprint amidst several of Chinatown’s best, the plaza containing Chada Thai and China Mama notorious for its parking challenges, Niu-Gu has done well at carving out its niche as a fine dining destination, Chef Jimmy’s cooking and Joe’s unanticipated role as one of Sin City’s Tea experts making this one of the rare spots in town that challenge their Strip-based counterparts at a fraction of the price.

RECCOMMENED: Niu-Gu Beef Rib, XLB, Garlic Crab, Black Pepper Beef and Mushrooms, Napa Cabbage with Egg Yolk Sauce.

AVOID: The Lobster Meat unfortunately got a little tough during the cooking process while the Fried Rice could have been slightly more crisp. Also, desserts have been eliminated completey due to slow sales.

TIP: The offering of Jimmy’s XLB comes at the conclusion of an exclusivity clause at China Mama and are well worth visiting Niu-Gu for, in and of themselves.

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

http://niugurestaurant.com/

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Mt. Everest India’s Cuisine, Las Vegas NV

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Mt. Everest India’s Cuisine

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Butter Naan

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Palak Paneer, Sweet Rice, Pakora, Vegetable Samosa, Aloo Baingan, Raita

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Goat Curry, Tandoori Chicken, Malai Kofta

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Chili Chicken, Yellow Dal, Chicken Tikka Masala

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Mango Chutney

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Gajar Halwa

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Kheer

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Located on West Sahara Avenue and easily overshadowed as it sits low in the Mariana’s Supermarket parking lot, Mt. Everest India’s Cuisine has been serving Las Vegas a wide variety of Northern Indian specialties since 2009, the full dinner menu replaced by an $11.99 lunch buffet 7-days a week from eleven o’clock until 3pm.

Family owned and operated, the space essentially a fifty-seat box with limited lighting thanks to heavy curtains, those entering Mt Everest will pick up the scent of Cumin and Turmeric before even opening the street-facing front door, a staff member tucked into a hostess booth to the right offering greetings while one of two young men offer a choice of seating options.

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A simple operation a lunch, Televisions displaying Indian Music Videos providing entertainment above steamer trays containing approximately two-dozen choices, it is with a basket of Butter Naan that the meal starts as diners gather plates and small bowls, the majority of the protein centered around Chicken though a look at the dinner menu shows a much greater variety including Lamb and Seafood.

Admittedly a little underwhelmed by the Naan, the two wedges provided flatter than that found elsewhere and a bit dry when taken on their own, the Bread nonetheless proved serviceable for scooping up tangy Raita or creamy Spinach with small chunks of springy Cheese mixed in, the vibrant orange Rice as fluffy as Basmati with a hint of Nuts and light Sugar that went very nicely with the baked Eggplant and Potato dish as well as the spicier flavors to follow.

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Finding Potato and Onion Samosa’s downright addictive while similarly flavored Pakora came across a bit too oily, Goat Curry was a welcomed sight that packed a lot of heat around tender bone-in chunks of Meat that proved to be worth the effort, the Tandoori Chicken varying from piece to piece in terms of moistness while the Malai Kofta ate something like big Gnocchi in a base rife with Onions and Tomatoes in a creamy base.

Drawn to the Chili Chicken against better judgement, the fear of indigestion at work looming, it was surprising how well Mt. Everest’s Chefs managed to balance the Peppers with pungent notes of Garlic and Ginger, the Yellow Dal scooped up with Naan clearly the source of a lot of the Turmeric mentioned earlier while ubiquitous Tikka Masala featured big slices of Chicken Breast bathed in a sauce milder than many with a notable linger of Coconut.

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Finishing off the rest of the Naan with Mango Chutney, the Jelly-like spread also a nice addition to Rice Pudding served room temperature with restrained Sugar, those looking for something sweeter should turn their attention to the hot tray of Gajar Halwa tucked amidst the savory items, the natural sweetness of ground Carrots ramped up by Fruit, Nuts and Cardamom – basically liquid Carrot Cake without the flour.

THREE AND A HALF STARS: Admittedly no expert on ethnic Buffets of any sort, the low prices that attract many raising suspicion about ingredients, Mt. Everest executes the majority of its dishes well while offering a good variety at a fair price, the intrinsic limitations of serving from steamer trays mitigated by a good crowd that sees items replenished frequently.

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RECOMMENDED: Chili Chicken, Malai Kofta, Goat Curry, Vegetable Samosa, Gajar Halwa.

AVOID: Leg pieces of Tandori Chicken were really dry, as was the Naan. Pakora were oily.

TIP: Buffet Lunch 11-3, Dinner Menu 5-10 daily.

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

http://www.everestcuisine.net

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Andre’s Bistro & Bar [2,] Las Vegas NV

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Andres Bistro & Bar

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Vesta Coffee

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French Baguette with Vermont Butter

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House Baked Pastries – Butter Croissant, Pain au Chocolat, Almond Danish, Raspberry Streudel, Apricot-Cream Pastry with Vermont Butter, Strawberry and Yuzu-Apricot Jam

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Beignets – Powdered Sugar

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Brown Sugar Glazed Bacon – a Rasher

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Charcuterie Board – Duck Rillette, Speck, Andre’s Signature Liver and Pistachio Pate with Eggplant Caviar, Fig Jam, House Mustard, Onions and Pickles

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Vegetable Quiche – Red Pepper, Spinach, Goat Cheese served with Green Salad

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Andre’s Burger – Imported Swiss Cheese, Red Onion Marmalade, Truffle Mayonnaise, Seasoned French Fries

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Smoked Salmon Benedict – House Smoked Salmon, Poached Eggs, Hollandaise with Breakfast Potatoes and Sauteed Onions

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Croque Madame – Country Ham, Gruyere Cheese, Bechamel Sauce, Fried Egg, Seasoned Fries

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Lobster Roll – Maine Lobster, Fine Herbs, Toasted Roll with Duck Fat Fries

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Belgian Waffles – Liege-style with Maple Cream, Macerated Berries, Pure Maple Syrup

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Chicken & Waffles – Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Brussels-style Waffle, Country Gravy

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Waiting two weeks before returning to assess Brunch, bringing one from an outstanding Dinner plus her son and another local French restaurant owner to a four-top banquet that would eventually need a sideboard, dining during the off-hour of 2:00pm on Saturday found Andres Bistro & Bar sparsely populated and brightly bathed in sunlight, the music turned down and the food equally delicious.

Serving the weekend’s favorite meal both Saturday and Sunday from ten o’clock to 3:30pm, a brief Happy Hour then bridging 150 minutes into a Dinner menu that begins at half-past four, Andre’s early offerings see several plates from weekday Lunch as well as a few Dinner favorites joined by Eggs, Pastries and Griddles, the Coffee from DTLV’s Vesta available as Espresso, Lattes or via bottomless mug.

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Ordering a la carte with additional items sent out from a tight kitchen where Marty Red DeLeon Lopez and Jon VanHusen could clearly be seen working as the door flopped open, it was after brief greetings from several familiar faces that the feast got underway, House Baked Pastries from Tammy Alana highlighted by Raspberry Streudel and an Apricot-Cream Danish that resembled Sunny-side Eggs while the oilless Beignets were lighter than those in New Orleans with about a half-cup less Powdered Sugar dusted on top.

Happily indulging in more Carbohydrates, the Warm Baguette on par with that at Bardot and upgraded by way of lightly salted Butter plus two types of Housemade Jam, savories started out with six slices of smoky-sweet Bacon cooked just shy of crisp plus a daily trio of Charcuterie, the imported Speck just fine but far more flavor found in the creamy Rillettes and Chef Rochat’s Liver-forward Pistachio and Pork Pate.

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Unfortunately unable to smoke Salmon in-house, those folks at the Health Department always happy to ruin a good time, Andre’s Smoked Salmon Benedict nonetheless hits all the right notes with soft-poached Eggs atop toasted English Muffins, the sliced Potatoes and Sauteed Onions a very worthy addition that finds favor with even those who generally ignore them, a similar statement applicable to either the Duck Fat or Seasoned French Fries served with Sandwiches.

Offering two styles of Quiche, the Vegetable version this-week featuring Red Bell Peppers, Spinach and Goat Cheese in a high, fluffy Custard on an all-Butter Crust with a clean edge, Andre’s Burger offers a good grind on a soft Roll with all the standard fixings upgraded, the Cheese a sharp imported Swiss with Onions reduced to Marmalade and Mayonnaise Truffled.

Stuffing a toasted Roll with generous chunks of Lobster and serving up Ham and Cheese on medium-thick Brioche beneath creamy Bechamel plus a golden Egg, a mound of the aforementioned French Fries served with each, Brunch concluded in two completely different styles of Waffle, the thinner one topped with a brined Chicken Breast coated in Batter and bathed in peppery Country Gravy while the “Belgian Waffles” are the only freshly-made Liege-style versions served at a proper Restaurant in Sin City, and every bit as good as those found overseas with pockets of Pearl Sugar caramelized beneath Macerated Berries and Maple Cream.

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FOUR AND HALF STARS: Shedding the traditional French concept just a touch at Brunch as well as Dinner, though certainly no more so than Bardot, Bouchon or Mon Ami Gabi, Andre’s Bistro & Bar shows no signs of cutting corners or dumbing things down for those choosing to visit mid-day as opposed to night, the music lower and sunlight plentiful with prices just a fraction of the great restaurants targeting tourists to the East.

RECOMMENDED: Belgian Waffles, Beignets, Charcuterie Board, Smoked Salmon Benedict, Croque Madame, Breakfast Potatoes.

AVOID: Shrinking the size renders both the Butter Croissant and Pain Au Chocolat a bit dry compared to larger versions. Lunch/Brunch Dessert menu lacks compared to dinner.

TIP: The Happy Hour Menu offers $1 off Draught or Bottled Beers and cuts two bucks from Cocktails or Wine by the Glass, approximately a dozen plates also offered at a noteworthy discount, including the $7 Burger which is essentially fast-food price for quality not found at Shake Shack, Five Guys or In-n-Out.

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

https://www.andresbistroandbar.com/

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Rosallie [8,] Las Vegas NV

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Rosallie

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Double Espresso on Ice

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Hot Chocolate with Dark Chocolate Truffle

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Tuxedo Strawberry

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Almond Croissant

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Madeline

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Walnut Pie with Whipped Cream

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Frosted Financier

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Apricot Croissant

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Mixed Berry Pinwheel

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Acknowledging a friendship with Chef Pluvinet, but this time drawn to Rosallie by a nine-year old’s suggestion that he wanted to visit “the place with the awesome Hot Chocolate,” Saturday once again saw Las Vegas’ best French Bakery teaming with activity, all the usual suspects present and accounted for along with three all-new Pastries.

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Upgrading Le French Café further with a free Charging Station, the Wine Cellar now complete with affordable glasses and bottles from a variety of regions, it was once again at a cozy four-top that a party of two sat down after making some choices, the stereo playing pleasant French tunes while the windows featured hand-painted hearts acknowledging the upcoming week’s Valentine’s Day celebration.

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Enjoying Rosallie’s house-blend Espresso over Ice while the youngster carefully navigated a mountain of Whipped Cream atop smooth Cocoa accompanied by a dense Dark Chocolate Truffle, it was at Jonathan’s behest that breakfast began with a dipped-Strawberry affixed with a heart, fruit flavors continued by the fresh-off-the-baking-sheet duo of a lightly frosted Apricot Croissant that should be on everyone’s to-eat list plus a triple-Berry Pinwheel that was toasty on the ends and buttery-soft at the middle.

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Rounding out the meal with a reference standard Almond Croissant, classic Walnut Pie and a Madeline that has finally achieved Ducasse-quality, the final new item was presented as a Bundt-shaped round described by the server as a Tea Cake, though those knowledgeable will immediately identify both the texture as well as the flavor as that of a Financier with an unnecessary net of Icing added to make its delicate Almond flavor more accessible to the American palate.

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FIVE STARS: Still the best place in town for Almond Croissants, Pain au Chocolat, Linzers or Walnut Pie, and continually experimenting with new ideas or tweaking old recipes to achieve equally high standards, Rosallie reigns as the best in its genre even as the competition grows and with dinner service soon to come the pursuit of perfection shows no signs of stopping.

RECOMMENDED: Hot Chocolate, Almond Croissant, Apricot Croissant, Walnut Pie.

AVOID: Left to my own devices the Financier would be served without Frosting, though the current version certainly is not bad.

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TIP: Keep an eye on Social Media for Specials such as the Heart-shaped Raspberry Linzers and Nutella Cookies available for Valentine’s Day, or stop by to check out the selection for yourself and pick up a jar of Rosallie’s housemade Strawberry Preserves while you’re at it.

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

https://rosallie.com/

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Posted in Breakfast, Coffee, Croissant, Dessert, Food, Las Vegas, Madeline, Nevada, Rosallie, Rosallie 'Le French Cafe'

Libertine Social, Las Vegas NV

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Libertine Social

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Apple Cobbler – Azzurre Gin, Ginger Syrup, Cloudy Apple Juice, Fresh Lemon and Cucumber Juices

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Milano – Effen Blood Orange Vodka, Aperol, Fresh Lemon Juice, Simple Syrup, Chilled Prosecco, Egg White

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Nostra Rosa – Campari, Bulldog Gin, Conintreau, Fresh Lemon Juice, Blood Orange Puree, Agave Nectar, Chilled Seltzer Water, Egg White

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Scotch Olives – Lamb Sausage and Feta

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Modern Fried Egg – American Sturgeon Caviar, Corn Pudding and Brioche

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King Crab Salad – Watercress Vichyssoise

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Parmesan Churros

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Grilled and Chilled Prawns – Soft Polenta, Chorizo Vinaigrette

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Foie Gras Mousse – Moustarda and Country Toast

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House Baked Pretzel – Cheddar/Raclette Fondue, House Mustard

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Warm Crab Dip – Spinach and Preserved Lemon

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Sweet Potato Agnolotti – Sage, Brown Butter, Pear and Pecan Pesto

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Cavatelli – Braised Lamb, Crushed Tomato, Parmesan and Whipped Ricotta

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Caramelized Fennel and Sausage Flatbread – Camembert, Desert Honey and Rosemary

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Barbecued Rainbow Carrots – Kohlrabi Puree

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Australian Wagyu Skirt Steak – Chimichurri, Salsa Verde, Grilled Padron Peppers, Lime, Black Truffles

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Whole Roasted Sea Bass – Olive/Caper Vinaigrette and Grilled Lemon

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Roasted Fingerling Potatoes – Pancetta, Farm Egg, Shaved Country Ham

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Double Espresso – Ice

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Black and Tan Pudding – Chocolate, Butterscotch, Spice Whip, Caramel Corn

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Hot Apple Pie – Apple, Quince, Cardamom Whip, Honey Ice Cream

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Manhattan – Rye Whiskey Bread Pudding, Vanilla/Maraschino Cherry Ice Cream

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Impressed by Shawn McClain since his Green Zebra days back in Chicago, a meal at Sage shortly after it opened confirming that his elegant simplicity could indeed translate to the Las Vegas market (though Five-50 Pizza later proved to be a half-baked Money Grab,) rumors of Libertine Social at Mandalay Bay being the first Casino restaurant in ages to challenge Gastro-Pub conformity by way of ingredients and technique finally lured me in almost exactly six months after it’s opening August 8th 2016 opening.

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Not immune to the advertising or PR push, an invite to the grand-opening by Kerry Clasby politely declined as 2016 was dedicated to supporting more longstanding restaurants both on the Strip and in the community, it was as a party of two that dinner on Friday was enjoyed amidst spacious confines where guests are invited to sit at the bar, lounge or dining room in back, a plethora of decorations ranging from street signs to old-LPs decorating the walls as music plays forgivingly lightly.

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Certainly a spectacle, the outdoor patio and well-stocked bar both showcasing design as low lighting generates an intimate feel despite the restaurant’s size, the menu and kitchen at Libertine Social are the responsibility of Executive Chef Jamaal Taherzadeh, his modern American cuisine ranging from fun to seriously technique-oriented while vegetables from the Intuitive Forager Farmers Markets stand unparalleled on their own, or when used to enhance the flavor of everything from Pastas and Flatbreads to roasted Meats.

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Well celebrated for Cocktails crafted by Tony Abou-Ganim, the classics perhaps a bit pricey given their nearby ubiquity while the Fizzes, Draught, Barrel-Aged and Bottled lists all show a lot of thought, those fond of Gin are encouraged to take a look at the refreshing Apple Cobbler with a clean Cucumber finish while Vodka fans will undoubtedly be delighted by a frothy Milano that is Spirit-forward and bright with a whole lot of Citrus.

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Partially deferring to Chef Taherzadeh and adding a few intriguing items along the way, guests enjoying a drink would be foolish to ignore the Scotch Olives pitted and packed with Cheese beneath a lightly fried Lamb Sausage Crust, the laser-cut Modern Fried Egg a vessel seen several times in the past but here better than most with creamy Corn Pudding blanketed in Egg Custard beneath a dollop of Caviar.

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Taking the extra steps to pour a chilled Watercress Soup tableside over King Crab Salad before having some fun with airy, flavor-packed Churros that will make fans of Cheetos question why they’ve been fooled into thinking the snack was as good as it gets for so long, a different sort of upgrade is delivered by ‘Shrimp n’ Grits’ that improves on both with snappy Prawns and creamy Polenta plus the savory heat of Chorizo.

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Turning attention to some Boards, Spreads and Dips, the Pretzels puffy and piping hot alongside house Mustard and melted Raclette, more Crab comes by way of the creamed Spinach Dip studded with big chunks of the good stuff flown in daily from Alaska while the Duck Liver Mousse at first appears to be far too much for even a party of four until the air is stirred out of it and the bright Fig-Balsamic Glaze on top turns it into the city’s most luxurious PB&J-reminiscent topping for Grilled Bread.

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Placing two handmade Pastas on the menu, one old and the other new, Jamaal admits that the tender Lamb Neck served over Cavatelli is his dish most often taken home for dinner, the salting intense even when accounting for the mellowing effect of Ricotta while the Sweet Potato Agnolotti rival any Italian restaurant in town by placing the typical Sage and Brown Butter in a different context with softened Pears and toasty brown Pesto.

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Mistakenly guessing the sweet and savory duet of Honey-drizzled Fennel and Sausage Flatbread plus Barbecued Carrots atop earthy Kohlrabi Puree as the final round before dessert, and thus overindulging in both as they each exemplify the pure, honest flavors familiar to followers of Chef McClain, it was with wide eyes that the kitchen presented two more entrée-sized plates including Sea Bass quite similar to that at Aureole next door (minus the head) plus a daily special of Medium-Rare Wagyu brightened by acid with a bit of heat and Black Truffles plus an outstanding side of “Local Fare” featuring wrinkly Fingerling happily soaking up the flavors of two types of Pork carried by a soft-poached Egg.

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Taking a Double Espresso over Ice next, the choice of Cubes vs. Pellets a nice touch, dessert was presented with two menu-favorites plus the all-new Black and Tan Pudding, a refreshing savory note imparted by the Cream in a tall glass while neither the Pie nor Bread Pudding were overly sweet, instead focusing on letting the ingredients shine on their own with the Maraschino Cherry Ice Cream playing particularly well off the Whiskey in replicating the classic flavors of a Manhattan Cocktail.

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FOUR AND A HALF STARS: At this point no longer ‘new’ by Las Vegas standards, six-months essentially 1/8th the lifespan of a hotel concept these days, Libertine Social challenges conventional wisdom by focusing on a ‘something for everyone’ approach rather than begrudgingly accepting it, Chefs McClain and Taherzadeh as well as the architects bringing both fun and sophisticated to Mandalay Bay with prices that are high, but Strip-competitive, and by-and-large justified by the quality of the ingredients.

RECOMMENDED: Milano, Scotch Olives, Grilled and Chilled Prawns, Foie Gras Mousse, Sweet Potato Agnolotti, Barbecued Rainbow Carrots, Roasted Fingerling Potatoes, Manhattan.

AVOID: The Modern Fried Eggs are indulgent at $12/each and thus not recommended for those counting pennies while the Salt-sensitive should steer clear of the Lamb Cavatelli. As to the complaints about cocktails…those looking to drink affordably are best served to look elsewhere…like Off-Strip or at least Downtown.

TIP: For those interested in something different, Libertine Social offers two “Fireside Chat” seatings each Saturday, a prix-fixe menu served overlooking the open kitchen as Chef Taherzadeh and team present seasonal ingredients complete with Wine and Cocktail pairings. 6:30 and 8:30, call for reservations.

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

https://www.mandalaybay.com/en/restaurants/libertine-social.html

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Posted in Bread Pudding, Coffee, Crab, Dessert, Foie, Foie Gras, Food, Ice Cream, Las Vegas, Libertine Social, Nevada, Pizza, Pork, Tasting Menu, Truffle, Truffles

tsp. baking company, North Las Vegas NV

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tsp. baking company

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Brownie Batter Cupcake – Chocolate Cake, Brownie Batter Frosting

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Monkey Bite Cupcake – Cinnamon Banana Cake, Caramel Frosting, Potato Chips

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Oatmeal Raisin

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Chocolate Walnut Chip

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Red Velvet Chip

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Peanut Butter

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Oatmeal Butterscotch

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Mega Chip – Milk Chocolate, White Chocolate, Peanut Butter and Butterscotch Chips

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Fairy Roll – Flaky Dough, Sugar, Sprinkles, Vanilla Bean Frosting and Magic

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CB O.M.P. Pie – Graham Crust, Cookie Butter, Cream Cheese Filling, Whipped Cream

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Last seen baking some of Sin City’s best Cupcakes at Retro Bakery in North Las Vegas, and emerging from divorce into a bourgeoning market that stretches from Rosallie in the Southwest to CRAFTkitchen in Henderson, Kari Garcia’s tsp. baking company on North Decatur Boulevard sees the same broad smile that has been greeting patrons for nearly a decade now selling everything from Ice Cream to Cakes, Pies and Cookies in a cheerful space chock-a-block full with items bound to please.

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Opening late in 2016 and slowly gaining a following, its position nestled between a nail salon and Starbucks seemingly a good place for foot traffic, it was just past noon that the small shop was visited shortly after a sizable FedEx delivery had arrived to further diminish available floorspace, the music overhead joined by clever phrases including “cake it until you make it” while pastry cases are divided into Cookies and Cupcakes with freezers featuring Lappert’s Ice Cream plus a few decorative cakes and “Cream Pie for You and Me.”

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Shortly debating all available options, the Cupcakes priced at two-dollars for what amounts to just under a mouthful, it was after a few suggestions from the staff that $24 worth of product was boxed, bagged and taken outdoors to one of a few small tables, the Cupcakes both gone in a few moments with each as fluffy and moist as those remembered from Kari’s former establishment, the Caramel topped Monkey Bite particularly memorable with the salty Potato Chips playing well off the natural Banana flavor below.

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Curious about the Instagram-friendly Fairy Roll, essentially a curl of laminated Dough topped in melted Sprinkles and Vanilla Frosting as opposed to the more traditional Cinnamon and Sugar, those looking for something truly indulgent would be well advised to investigate the O.M.P. Cream Pies, a $5 choice of Peanut or Cookie Butter Mousse proving indulgent and smooth atop an old-school Graham Cracker base that is sold for sharing, though a ‘some now, more later’ approach may be just as advisable for the gluttonous or greedy.

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Turning eyes towards the Cookies, some flavors familiar to fans of Retro, the choice of which to omit is probably easier than which to select for those counting costs or calories, five of the half-dozen sampled on-point as relates to flexibility and flavor, the Mega Chip taking a shotgun approach with four styles of Chips melting into a buttery backdrop while both styles of Oatmeal restrain sweetness save for mix-ins, the Peanut Butter round a true masterpiece of American baking with a delicate crumb plus just enough Salt and Sugar to differentiate the flavor from sticking a spoon straight into a jar of Jiffy.

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THREE AND A HALF STARS: No doubt a place with potential, especially as other bakeries in town continue to specialize down to a single item, tsp. baking company would be well served to lose the cupcakes and forget the past rather than try to reinvent it with prices that are discordant to the rest of their products, especially the chocolate which tastes too sweet, both in the “Brownie Batter” that pales in comparison to the “Brownie Sundae” at Retro and in the so-heavily-dyed-you-can-taste-it Red Velvet Cookie.

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RECOMMENDED: Peanut Butter Cookie, Oatmeal Butterscotch Cookie, Monkey Bite Cupcake, CB O.M.P.

AVOID: Red Velvet Chip Cookie, Brownie Batter Cupcake

TIP: The Peanut Butter Cookie is Gluten Free.

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

https://www.tspbakingcompany.com/

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WingTime, North Las Vegas NV

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Wing Time

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Unsweetened Ice Tea

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Louis-n-Ana Wings, Garlic-Parmesan Wings, Red Rooster Wings, Cajun Wings

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Louis-n-Ana Wings

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Garlic-Parmesan Wings

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Red Rooster Wings – Ginger-Soy with Hot Cheetos

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Cajun Wings

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What-a-Jerk Fingers

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Peanut Butter Jelly Time Wings, Carolina BBQ Fingers, Ranch, Sriracha Honey, Blue Cheese

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Peanut Butter Jelly Time Wings

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Carolina BBQ Fingers

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Tropical Habanero Fingers, Orange-u-Happy Fingers, Sweet Potato Fries, Crinkle-cut Fries

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Tropical Habanero Fingers

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Orange-u-Happy Fingers

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Sweet Potato Fries

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Crinkle-cut Fries

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Texas Toast

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Located in North Las Vegas and imagined by Lance Graulich, a man whose ideas have helped shape everything from the city’s most well-known Donuts to Cookies and Poutine located a few doors down, Wing Time seeks to change the way patrons look at one of America’s favorite indulgences, a mission to elevate the ubiquitous Chicken Wing with a focus on quality, creativity and the overall customer experience.

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Tucked into the same Wal-mart Plaza as Salted & Malted, the Canadian Bakery and Creamery one of Mr. Graulich’s former projects, Wing Time launched in early November 2016 and having since built a considerable reputation by way of word of mouth and Dinner-only service early-on a quick look at Online reviews speaks volumes, as too do pictures of some of the most bizarre-sounding Chicken toppings around.

Brightly decorated in wood, orange and white, smiling cheerleader-sorts greeting guests almost the second they step through the door, it was with Lance present along with his business partner, Michael, that a party of three sat down amidst a warm environment decorated in Televisions beneath light music, ownership telling of several secrets including Buttermilk brining, immediate-tossing and a gluten-free batter partially made of Potato Chips.

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Hearing stories of the restauranteur’s history and mutual acquaintances as a sizable menu was perused, the pre-Superbowl surge and several big orders seeing some flavors temporarily sold-out, it was on Lance’s suggestion that a sizable mix-n-match order was arranged with a focus on diversity, the prices more comparable to those at Wing Zone than bargain-basement Buffalo Wild Wings or the exorbitant Blue Ribbon while thoroughly outperforming them both.

Truly a scratch-kitchen, everything from Brines to Batter, Sides and Sauces made fresh, on-site, it was with Water, Unsweetened Ice Tea and Pepsi products plus Nugget Ice that three trays were soon delivered with smiles and full-descriptions, the Jumbo-sized quartet of Louis-n-Ana, Garlic-Parmesan, Red Rooster and Cajun Wings all plump and juicy with seasoning penetrating deep, the Garlic-Parmesan a personal favorite while the Red Rooster wowed friends, ownership later informing them of a secret-menu featuring crushed Hot Cheetos used in place of the Batter’s aforementioned crispy Spuds.

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Next taking a look at some Fingers, the all-White Meat tenders similarly brined and battered as the Wings, both the spicy “What-a-Jerk” and the Mustard-based Carolina BBQ were delicious on their own and all-the-better with Housemade Ranch or Blue Cheese Dipping Sauce, the Sriracha-Honey best-utilized as a topping for the Cinnamon-sprinkled Sweet Potato Fries or the Yukon Golds which are served crinkle-cut.

Offering traditional Texas Toast as an unexpected side, each ninety-nine-cent slice golden with Butter and Garlic, sweeter flavors were saved for last since the Wing Time menu offers no dessert options, the Orange-u-Happy Fingers one-upping Panda Express by way of actual Orange Zest in the Glaze while Tropical Heat brings the sweet heat of Pineapples, Mangos and Peppers, the “Peanut Butter Jelly Time” not nearly as odd as one might guess, particularly from a man who helped come up with a Donut based on Bacon-wrapped Dates with Blue Cheese and Balsamic.

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FOUR AND A HALF STARS: About as good as a limited-focus restaurant can be, the lack of any desserts and an underestimation of demand leading to a shortage of certain items mere quibbles compared to other spots of its ilk, Wing Time is poised to change the way gameday is celebrated throughout North Las Vegas while also tempting those as far south as Summerlin to make the trip for some of most interesting fried Chicken around.

RECOMMENDED: Garlic-Parmesan Wings, Red Rooster Wings, Peanut Butter Jelly Time Wings, Tropical Habanero Fingers, Carolina BBQ Fingers, Blue Cheese Sauce, Sweet Potato Fries, Sriracha Honey.

AVOID: Ranch is Ranch and those Industrial-style Stools at the high-tops are uncomfortable no matter what setting.

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TIP: A secret menu of Sandwiches and Specials can be found on Social Media, the Spicy Cheetos Batter available by pre-order only and a Beer selection coming soon.

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

www.wingtime.net/

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Bardot Brasserie [5,] Las Vegas NV

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Bardot Brasserie

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LAMill Coffee

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Le Grand Courtage Brut Rose

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Baguette and Salted Butter

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Warm Country Bread and Echire Butter and Grey Sea Salt

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La Boulangerie – Canele, Kouign Amann, Croissant, Raisin Snail

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Seasonal Fruit – Frozen Yogurt-Pistachio Parfait, Buckwheat Beignets

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Charcuterie Board – Pate, Pork Rillettes, Saucisson Sec, Bayonne Ham

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Smoked Salmon – Everything Brioche, Chive Mascarpone, Traditional Garnishes

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Parisian Gnocchi – Ash Rind Goat Cheese, Maitake Mushrooms, Butternut Squash, Pistachios, Red Kuri Velouté

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Hearth Baked Quiche Lorraine with Double-cut Bacon and Kale

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Foie Gras French Toast – Brioche, Vanilla Mascarpone, Almond Brittle, Seared Foie Gras, Cassis Compote

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Chocolate Macaron – French Chocolate Cookie, Dark Chocolate Mousse

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Apple Tarte Tatin – Warm Caramelized Apple Tart, Puff Pastry, Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

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Nutella Sticky Bun – Warm Vanilla Brioche, Brown Sugar, Candied Hazelnuts

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As polished an operation today as the ornamentation in its gleaming bar, it was at the behest of old friends that Brunch was booked at Bardot Brasserie at Aria, Josh Smith’s kitchen under the banner of Michael Mina again showing that no city can compete with Las Vegas when it comes to quality at volume, even when computer issues paired with a swollen pre-Superbowl crowd.

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Having last visited the restaurant for Brunch in late 2015, and unfortunately-yet-expectedly not finding the menu to have changed one iota in the intervening fifteen months, it was after greetings at the podium that a party of four sat down at the center of the bustling dining area, the course of the day to be dictated by the restaurant, but beset by long delays between courses thanks to an IT malfunction that saw the staff forced to adapt to hand-written tickets.

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Sipping bottomless Rose, Water and Coffee throughout the meal, refills frequently lagging once a sizeable party was seated to the table’s left, it was for at least twenty minutes after seating that the group chatted with only Baguette and Beverages, a pat of Imported Echire with Grey Salt and toasted Country Bread joined by a pastry basket that has finally achieved excellence, the Canele crunchy on the outside with an air-pocketed Custard center while the Kouign Amann offers layers upon layers of butter and caramelization.

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Seeing several familiar ready-to-go starters doled out over the next hour, all of them obviously labor intensive in terms of process but essentially just plate-and-go during service, the Frozen Yogurt Parfait presented as part of the Fruit plate perhaps the most flavorful bites per gram in all of Sin City, Bardot’s Charcuterie continues to show strong by way of both the chunky Pate and Pork Rillettes while the Smoked Salmon is a silky drape for aromatic Brioche that could be offered in a slightly larger portion so that there is enough to go around.

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Unaware of the ticket issues until later, the empty plates lingering with glasses unfilled for what would have seemed like an eternity were the conversation of nearly a year-past not freely flowing, Chef Smith showed a great deal of generosity by sending out the dinner-only Parisian Gnocchi even when the kitchen was stretched-thin, the small puddles of Goat Cheese only slightly softer than pan-seared Dumplings that literally melt in the mouth positioned delicately in a pool of brilliant Red Kuri Squash Velouté.

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Continuing to make a strong case for Las Vegas’ best Quiche, the Lorraine-style wedge brimming with Bacon and Kale suspended in fluffy Eggs, the nearly-three hour meal came to a close without seeing a single Benedict, Waffle or Hash, the Tart Tatin still challenging any found in Europe by way of its perfectly caramelized Apples and an ample scoop of Ice Cream while the rich coil of Brioche and Brown Sugar found itself overshadowed in the most decadent way possible, the industry-standard pillow of French Toast with Almond Brittle and Mascarpone Cream further enhanced with a slice of seared Duck Liver plus Black Currant Jam.

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FOUR AND A HALF STARS: Long ago setting aside Bouchon at The Venetian for a lack of innovation, though Thomas Keller’s track record tells a valuable tail for success, my first brunch visit in almost 15 months to Bardot Brasserie was thoroughly delicious despite delivering less variety than ever, the unaltered menu telling of a concept focused on perfecting its brand and executing consistently while the restaurateur focuses on global expansion, a good thing for visitors or locals craving one of the well-crafted favorites – the sort of concept built to stand the test of time in a city where remaining relevant past a few months is indeed a test.

RECCOMMENDED: FRENCH TOAST, PARISIAN GNOCCHI, CHARCUTERIE BOARD, APPLE TART TATIN.

AVOID: Busy weekends around noon.

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TIP: The Gnocchi preparation is due to change soon given the seasonality of its ingredients.

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

https://www.michaelmina.net/restaurants/las-vegas/bardot-brasserie/#menus

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Yun Nan Garden, Las Vegas NV

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Yun Nan Garden

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White Rice

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Szechuan Dan Dan Noodle

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Yunnan Style Dried Beef

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Ma Po Tofu

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Lamb with Cumin

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Eel Sauteed with Dry Pepper

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Eggplant in Garlic Sauce

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Chopped Smoked Duck

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Chongqing Spicy Chicken

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Tucked away behind the Kim Long Mall, near Chinatown Plaza, and doing the spicy thing in Las Vegas long before Chengdu Taste rolled into town, it was on the suggestion of a friend that five adults and two children sat down at Yun Nan Garden for a meal of *red star* specials that did little to dissuade even the timid thanks to the sort of spice focused on flavor rather than scorching the tongue tasteless.

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Named for the Southwestern China Province of Yunnan, an area revered by practitioners of Eastern Medicine thanks to its diversity of plants and herbs, diners visiting Yun Nan Garden are quickly met by a golden Buddha on walking through the doors, a dining room featuring tables of varied sizes spread out to seat perhaps one hundred comfortably, and all that space to be filled on a Friday night by 6:45.

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Providing English-friendly menus and forks, but otherwise as traditional as anyplace on Spring Mountain from its service structure to the clientele, it was at a rounded-table with a rotating center that decisions were made with a focus on a variety, most the choices denoted as spicy, though a more detailed look would prove that the warning was present on almost 50% of Yun Nan Garden’s Cuisine.

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Struggling for water and dishes at first, but oddly finding the service improving incrementally as the restaurant got busier, it was with a flood of plates that the table was suddenly alive with color and bold aromatics, the dried Beef which arrived first eating much like Jerky with a mild numbing effect while the Ma Po Tofu featured a heaping portion of soft cubes bathed in an oil-based Sauce that carried the spice straight to the sinuses without the more expected effect of leaving the lips and tongue tingling.

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Turning next to stir-fry, the noodle-like Eels pleasantly slippery in a tangle of Onions and dried Chiles, Lamb with Cumin proved to be the nights most fragrant dish with both the tender bits of Meat and Peppers picking up a lot of earth and nutty notes, the Eggplant in Garlic Sauce similarly submitting to the flavors around it while still maintaining a fibrous, springy texture.

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Turning up the temperature with Dan Dan Noodles served Szechuan style, the combination of the region’s eponymous Peppers and a whole lot of Garlic best taken in moderation for those moving from plate to plate, chopped Duck was a complete change of pace from everything else with a great bit of smoke and bones that are navigable, the Chongqing Spicy Chicken a return to Yun Nan’s strike zone that mostly tastes like really good double-fried Chicken…unless of course one chooses to chew up a few of the accompanying Peppers that almost immediately renders the palate tone-deaf and mouth watering.

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FOUR STARS: Doing the ‘hot’ thing right, not just trying to torch mouths but instead focusing on flavor, Yun Nan Garden is a hidden gem removed from the main drag that is Spring Mountain Road, the service better than many similar spots and everything from the tables to the restrooms also much cleaner.

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RECOMMENDED: Yunnan Style Dried Beef, Chongqing Spicy Chicken, Chopped Smoked Duck, Chongqing Spicy Chicken.

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AVOID: Due to the Garlic and heavily spiced oil the Dan Dan Noodles are best eaten in small bites to avoid overwhelming the palate.

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TIP: Yun Nan Garden gets busy after 6:30, though those not wanting to wait are invited to order take-out from the menu or a warming counter where off-cuts like Duck Heads and Chicken Feet are sold.

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

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Andre’s Bistro & Bar, Las Vegas NV

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Andre’s Bistro & Bar

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Creamsicle – Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice, Lemon Juice, Simple Syrup, Cream

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Blackberry Rickey – Organic Blackberry Syrup, Mint, Lime Juice, Soda Water

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Pretty G&T – Hayman’s Old Tom Gin, Tonic Syrup, Soda Water, Hibiscus

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French Baguette – Salted Butter

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Charcuterie Board – House Mustard, Onions and Cornichons, Speck, Pork Rillette, Pork and Pistachio Pate, Mission Figs, Tomato Jam

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Lyonnaise Salad – Frisee, Smoked Lardons, Poached Egg, Warm Sherry Vinaigrette

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Roasted Vegetable Terrine – Goat Cheese, Parsley Oil, Black Olive Vinaigrette

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Crispy Calamari – Spicy Salt & Pepper, Sweet Thai Chili Sauce

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Seared Foie Gras – Crème Anglaise, Candied Almonds, Cinnamon Apples, Port

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Duck Fat Garlic Fries – Ketchup

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Golden Trout Amandine – Green Beans, Beurre Noisette

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Roasted Chicken Breast – Mushrooms, Bacon, Pearl Onions, Fingerling Potatoes, Natural Chicken Jus

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Artisanal Sausages – Spicy Lamb, Pork-Garlic, Duck, Warm Potato Salad with Smoked Lardons

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Braised Lamb Shank – Orzo Pasta, Tomato Concasse, Lamb Jus

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Grand Marnier Souffle – Crème Anglaise

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Saturday Sundae – Caramel, Fudge, Strawberries, Vanilla Ice Cream, Peanuts, Whipped Cream, Cherry

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Apple Tart Tatin – Vanilla Ice Cream

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Chocolate Pot de Crème – Cookie Tuille, Sweet Cream

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Classic Milkshake – Strawberry, Malt

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Lemon Tart – Raspberries

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Root Beer Float – Vanilla Ice Cream

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Chocolate Walnut Gateau – Crème Anglaise

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Crème Brulee – Seasonal Berries

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Double Espresso – Ice

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Shuttering as a result of The Strip’s incessant need to recreate, the kitchen that has given rise to some of Las Vegas’ most skilled Chefs soon to be part of a food fantasy-land from New York, it was as a silver lining that Andre Rochat and his team led by Joe Marsco and Mark Purdy promised a reinvention of their own, Andre’s Bistro & Bar debuting on January 14th, instantly upgrading the Southwest Community’s dining scene.

Installing itself in the former DW Bistro, the bones still recognizable though the décor has changed extensively from the beautiful bar out to a dining-space decorated in wood, statues of Chickens and artifacts brought to remember the past, patrons are greeted at a small podium by smiling faces as music plays loudly, the days of The Rat Pack unfortunately lost in favor of everything from Lynyrd Skynyrd to Rihanna and Calvin Harris.

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Seeing several familiar faces in the kitchen, Chef Rochat working the line right next to Purdy, Marty Red DeLeon Lopez and Jon VanHusen while Tammy Alana continues to head-up Pastry, the menu at Andre’s Bistro & Bar cuts a wide swath through French classics as well as some more American ideas including everything from a Burger or Root Beer Float to spicy Calamari.

Dining as a party of three, another prominent local restaurateur taking a moment away from his growing empire to see what newly launched Stacked Hospitality has created, it was with drinks from a list ranging Hi to “No-Proof” that the night got underway, both the Creamsicle and Blackberry Rickey showing a keen-eye towards balance without Booze while a Pretty G&T packed quite a punch for something so smooth alongside two other iterations titled “Pure” and “Piney.”

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Far more wallet-friendly than its former self, Appetizers ranging $10-18 while Entrees top-out under $30 for a ten-ounce New York Strip, it was in four courses that an a la carte order was served by a team led by Mr. Marsco and Assistant General Manager Marc Boutiron, the pace leisurely but appropriate with presentations already quite good for a place opened so recently.

Happily tearing into a warm Baguette with good Butter, a standard-bearer rivaling Bardot for the city’s best, it was alongside a tray of housemade Mustard and Pickles that the nightly Charcuterie Board arrived featuring Speck, Rillette and a chunky Pate plus Figs and Tomato Jam, each item just as good as what is found in Europe, as too was the classic Lyonnaise Salad and a vibrant Vegetable Terrine topped in Goat Cheese, Parsley Oil and bright Vinaigrette.

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No doubt ordering an unlikely pair to follow, the Salt & Pepper Squid with Jalapenos and Chef Lopez’s Thai Chili Sauce tasty albeit a bit out of place, the Chef’s-Selection Foie Gras took a decidedly “Andre’s” spin by way of Crème Anglaise, Candied Almonds, Port and stewed Apples – the price of $18 an absolute steal considering both the portion and the quality.

Passing on a Choucroute Plat du Jour, though housemade Sausage was prominently featured in a substantial dish from which all three Encased Meats burst with flavor around warm Potato Salad, suffice it to say that the roasted Chicken is a surprise stunner with crisp skin and pronounced juiciness, the Lamb Shank perfectly cooked and portioned generously, though in need of a bit of finishing Salt to accentuate the Meat’s natural flavor.

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Enjoying entrees with a side of fresh-cut Potatoes fried in Duck Fat with a touch of Garlic, the filet of Trout sent out gratis almost as good as Rochat’s famous Dover Sole alongside Green Beans and Hazelnut Butter, it was with a Double Espresso in hand that the table was prepared for a parade of sweets, Chef Alana’s Soufflé and Crème Brulee identical to those previously served on Las Vegas Boulevard at a fraction of the price.

Happily embracing both the Bistro and Bar concept, a classic Tart Tatin with perfect edges and a lot of Butter pacing step-for-step with a Soda Fountain Sundae or Strawberry Malt with three straws, more great bites were found in the zippy Lemon Tart while the Pot de Crème should satisfy even the most ardent Chocoholic, though the Chocolate Walnut Gateau undoubtedly steals the show with a complex interplay of Ganache and roasted Nuts folded in golden Pastry.

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FOUR STARS: In many ways a departure from the past, though at the same time a sort of return to the technique-based cooking that makes French food great, Andre’s Bistro & Bar is off to a good start at a price-point now unencumbered by inflated Casino pricing, the days past undoubtedly important to Las Vegas’ culinary heritage with the future also appearing quite bright.

RECOMMENDED: Creamsicle, Charcuterie, Vegetable Terrine, Foie Gras, Roasted Chicken Breast, Artisanal Sausages, Apple Tart Tatin, Chocolate Walnut Gateau.

AVOID: The Braised Lamb Shank was underseasoned and although the Calamari is good, it simply feels out of place…as does the music which plays far too loudly at the center of the space.

TIP: Open Daily Monday through Friday, Lunch 11:00am – 3:30pm, Happy Hour 3:30pm – 6:00pm and Dinner 4:30pm – 10:00pm. Weekend Brunch from 10:00am – 3:30pm, Happy Hour 3:30pm – 6:00pm and Dinner 4:30pm – 10:00pm. Reservations available by Opentable with To-Go options listed online.

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

https://www.andresbistroandbar.com/

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Off The Hook Fish N’ Chips, Las Vegas NV

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Off The Hook Fish N’ Chips

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Cajun Catfish Bites – 8 Crispy Cornmeal Breaded Catfish Pieces with Awesome Sauce

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Hushpuppies – 6 Golden Deepfried Hushpuppies with Awesome Sauce

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1 Chicken Strip with Ranch

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1 Piece Cod, 1 Piece Whitefish, 1 Jumbo Buttterfly Shrimp with Tartar Sauce and Cocktail Sauce

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Loaded Mahi Mahi Fries – Grilled Mahi Mahi, Chips, Garlic Aioli, Pico de Gallo, Guacamole

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Key Lime Pie – Vanilla Ice Cream

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Noted during a disappointing visit to KoMex Fusion, the sign simply reading Fish N’ Chips from the road, a little research showed favorable opinions predominating for Off The Hook Fish N’ Chips at Flamingo Village, the locally-owned and operated store turning out freshly fried planks of Wild-caught Alaskan Cod alongside some more unexpected stuff.

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Located at 4155 S Buffalo Dr, a weekend line at Babystacks only absent because arrival at the shopping plaza was after the breakfast hot-spot closed, entry to Off The Hook was greeted by a young man stationed behind a short counter in front of the open kitchen, “Dine-In or To-Go” given as options, the former selected as quiet IHeartRadio played overhead, just two-other tables filled as a driver from Uber-Eats arrived to take an insulated bag just a few miles up the road.

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Hand-breading and frying a wide variety of choices to order, the laminated menu augmented by blackboard specials as well as weekday deals, it was largely a la carte that a collection of eight different items were selected at a cost of just $33.48, an online coupon slicing the cost nearly in half and generating nearly sub-Long John Silver’s pricepoint for far superior food.

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Soon joined by an entire team of Little Leaguers and their parents, the small storefront immediately filled past capacity, it was as if sensing the sudden surge that the entirety of the order was brought forth, first taste of the Cornmeal-crusted Catfish bites proving flavorful even before a bath in “Awesome Sauce” that added a lightly acidic zip and just a hint of heat.

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Sparsely decorated and low-ceilinged, thus prone to getting pretty noisy when filled by a dozen pre-teens plus a continuous flow of traffic coming and going with orders, Hushpuppies unfortunately featured too much surface area compared to center to avoid tasting oily, no such issue found in two small Chicken Tenders substituted for one, though the flavor of the Breast was lacking compared to spots focusing on Poultry instead of Seafood.

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Turning attention to the main event, the Gluten-free Batter with little more than a touch of Salt and Pepper perceivable as seasoning frying up golden around moist Whitefish with flaky Wild-caught Cod deserving of the $2 upcharge, Butterflied Jumbo Shrimp seem a bit overcharged at $2.99 a piece, though those opting for one of the Combination Platters will assuredly score a far better deal.

Liberally adding Malt Vinegar, though others may prefer to spice things up with one of two Hot Sauces or to veer American by way of Ketchup, Tartar or Cocktail Sauce, Off The Hook’s “Chips” see a significant upgrade by way of the “Loaded Mahi Mahi” special, even a half-order presenting a substantial amount of fried Spuds topped in grilled Fish, Garlic Aioli and Tomatoes with a sidecar of creamy Avocado.

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Not particularly craving Fair Food, both Oreos an Twinkies available battered and deep-fried, dessert consisted of a small triangle of Key Lime Pie with a small cup of Ice Cream, the bright Citrus mellowed by an all-butter crust plus a ribbon of Whipped Cream.

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THREE AND A HALF STARS: Featuring neither a fee-per-appearance celebrity Chef name nor a multi-million-dollar floorplan, Off The Hook Fish N’ Chips feels far more ‘British’ than anything dreamed up by Harrah’s or MGM Resorts to target tourists, the menu generally successful even when taking some chances while also offering a whole lot more value and less parking hassle.

RECOMMENDED: Wild-caught Cod, Loaded Mahi Mahi Fries, Cajun Catfish Bites.

AVOID: Hushpuppies, Chicken Strips.

TIP: $15 off $30 coupons available at Restaurant.com.

www.offthehooklv.com/

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Donut Mania [2,] Las Vegas NV

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Donut Mania

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Apple Fritter

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Glazed Classic Cake

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Glazed Chocolate Cake

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Buttermilk Bar

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Cereal

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Raised & Glazed

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Maple Longjohn

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Strawberry Sprinkles

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Boston Cream

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Wafer Banana Cream

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Raspberry Filled

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Lemon Cream

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Key Lime

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Strawberries & Cream

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White Cream

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Chocolate Cream

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Cookies N’ Cream

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The Nevadan – Coconut, Caramel, Cream

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Visited early on, an adverse experience with ownership delaying a second, better, trip to the Henderson store, it was largely because of location that Saturday featured a return to Donut Mania on South Durango, the selection far less creative than what was expected with some inconsistency in the dough but generally good execution.

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Now serving residents in the Southwest for two years, a short stint supplying Pawn Donuts ended by the predictable closing of such a misguided idea, it was just prior to Seven o’clock that the smell of flour and yeast greeted the nostrils as some twenty choices sat looking out from behind glass, the Fritter available in only one flavor while the rest ranged from classic to novel flavors.

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Staffed by just one young lady, her pleasant demeanor enlivening a small space that still feels a little worn, it was as result of a coupon offering ten bucks off a twenty dollar purchase that nineteen selections were made, a double order of the Strawberries & Cream fortuitous as the wispy raised base was one of the best as Whipped Cream contrasted with smooth Vanilla Pudding innards.

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Unfortunately finding the un-filled Yeasted collection erratic, some such as Homer Simpson’s favorite light and fluffy while the Longjohn and Cereal were undercooked and oily, respectively, Donut Mania’s Cake choices were highlighted by the Classic version as a Buttermilk Bar lacked the expected sour notes while the Chocolate one had lingering finish that tasted too much like unsweetened Cocoa Powder.

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Finding improvement in the filled options, though the Chocolate Cream suffered similarly to the Cocoa Ring, better bites were found particularly amidst the Fruit choices, the Wafer Banana Cream a spot-on representation of the Southern Pudding in a portable pocket while both Key Lime and Lemon were tangy without overdoing it thanks to both the filling itself and the well-thought condiments on top of them.

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Finding the Apple Fritter far too greasy, though admittedly more dense with Fruit than most local competition, Donut Mania’s “Nevadan” once again proved worth both the calories and getting out of bed early for as the sticky Caramel topping pairs well to the toasted Coconut and Custard within.

THREE STARS: Slipping a bit compared to my Henderson experience, the consistency a serious issue considering the fact that there were no previously-unseen choices available, Donut Mania remains a good choice for those nearby looking for novelties, though Pink Box has upped their game considerably while also continuing to innovate as Ace continues to set the bar high for classics.

RECOMMENDED: The Nevadan, Strawberries & Cream, Key Lime, Wafer Banana Cream, Glazed Classic Cake.

AVOID: Mostly anything Chocolate and Unfilled Yeasted/Raised Rings.

TIP: $10 off $20 purchase available via Restaurant.com while Social Media Check-Ins also offer deals.

www.donutmanialv.com/

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Sugarbowl, Edmonton AB

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Sugarbowl

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Coffee

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Cinnamon Roll

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Cornbread

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Chicken & Waffle – Buttermilk, Spice marinated Chicken Breast, Waffle, Maple Butter

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French Toast – Brioche, Berry Compote, Whipped Cream

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Located on 88 Avenue NW, truly an all-day eatery that is frequently filled to capacity from 8am until the calendar turns over to the next day, it was just minutes prior to opening on Saturday that I joined at short line in front of Sugarbowl, a number of idling cars occupying nearby street parking choosing to wait things out in comfort as temperatures hovered just below freezing.

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Taking up a small space just south of the North Saskatchewan River, a lot of wood and exposed brick giving the room a rustic yet homey feel, it was immediately as the clock struck eight that doors were unlocked to welcome patrons, the bar at room’s center popular amongst regulars that were greeted by name while a tight two-top against the left wall is what myself and many others opted for.

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Clearly knowing their clientele, several Cinnamon Rolls already lined up at the pass and ready to go, it was with pleasant greetings from a young woman that a menu was presented, the Bread Pudding offered at dinner not available during early morning making decisions simple, strong Coffee poured quick and refilled consistently throughout the meal.

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Taking the opportunity to maximize the sampling, though limiting the order due to more dining plans to follow, it was with one of the restaurant’s signature Rolls plus a side of Cornbread that the meal was quickly underway, the latter which is intended to be served as part of a Benedict unfortunately a bit too dry without Butter and Honey while the unfrosted Loaf with a knife sticking out of it eats more like Coffee Cake than a spiral of Brioche, the Cinnamon-Sugar on the outside baked into a crust that penetrates deep down to the middle.

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Impressed by the speed at which the kitchen works, the noise-level kept to a minimum compared to the dining room where bare walls reverberate every sound, it was only ten minutes after ordering that two sizable plates were presented with a “hope you’re hungry,” the French Toast decorated in stewed Berries and canned Whip immediately disappointing as the bread was not well-saturated with Custard and thus not significantly different from Bread out of the toaster while the Chicken & Waffles fared better thanks to the quality of the brine and spicy Batter, though the Waffles themselves were flaccid and no more compelling than the famous store-bought version from Kellogg’s.

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Ampersand 27, Edmonton AB

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Ampersand 27

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Nibbles Board – Rabbit Rillettes / Foie Gras Torchon with Pistachio and Grape Gastrique / Bison Tongue / Elk Terrine with Cherries and Walnuts / Brie Cendre Des Pres / Cherry Moustarda / Cendre de Lune / Rainbow Carrots / Curry Cauliflower and Onions / House Rye Sourdough with Olive Oil

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Gnocchi – 5 Meat Bolognese Sauce, Roasted Bone Marrow

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French Press – House Blend Light Roast

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White Chocolate Cheesecake – Pistachio, Poached Pear, Sponge Toffee, Oreo

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Warm Apple Raisin Cake – Apple, Raisin, Salted Caramel, Sage Chantilly Cream

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Toqued by Fan Zhang, the departure of Gold Medal Plates Award winner Nathan Bye for greener pastures apparently a theme on a Friday in Edmonton that featured lunch at Wildflower, it was just prior to five o’clock that I sat down in the spacious confines of Ampersand 27, the high ceilings decorated with twinkling lights, a fireplace and voluptuous furniture adding an organic element to a room designed to be sexy, particularly at night.

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Attached to a hotel, and thus featuring a well-appointed bar where several gathered to chat and watch hockey games already underway out East, it was at a cozy table near the hearth that seating was offered as the dining room was as-yet quite empty, the service charming and casual, yet attentive, with a menu that offers plenty of choices whether the diner is interested in a full meal or just a few bites.

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Breaking things down to Nibbles, Pizzas and Shared Dishes, the priciest item a $45CAD 12-oz Sirloin, most sitting down at Ampersand 27 will find eyes drawn to the central section offering a pick ‘em of Cheese, Charcuterie, Pickles and Bread listed by price and portion, an easy way to rack up costs though everything is housemade or well-sourced, the smooth Rabbit Rillettes and Elk Terrine studded with Nuts and Berries particularly noteworthy as items not seen often while the Canadian Triple-Cream Cheese was smooth and a bit more funky than versions from France with the light yellow Cauliflower also quite great.

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Enticed by a Charcuterie topped Pie, Buttered Eggplant and Poutine, but unable to resist tender Potato Dumplings intermingling with roasted Bone Marrow topped in a rich Ragu made from Veal, Boar, Bison and more, it was with slow bites that I indulged slowly while debating more savories versus dessert, the three sweets offered and limited time before a game at Roger’s Place eventually leading to two of the latter alongside a French Press of Coffee that was brightly acidic with a linger of Stone Fruit.

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Deconstructing one dish and veering surprisingly simple with the other, the round of Cheesecake a Choose-your-own adventure experience highlighted by warm Pears and Toffee that eats like Honeycomb Candy, those looking for a restaurant-worthy Quickbread will feel justified in dropping $11CAD on an Apple Raisin Cake that is nearly as moist as a steamed Pudding, the addition of fragrant Chantilly and a pool of Salted Caramel working nicely together to really make the flavors pop.

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Wildflower Restaurant, Edmonton AB

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Wildflower Restaurant

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Elk Fettuccine – Braised Elk, Housemade Fettuccine, “Perfect” Egg Yolk, River Spinach, Natural Jus

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