Warm Salty Pretzels with Cheese Sauce – Bacon and Parmesan, Green Garlic, and Plain
Yorkshire Ale Batter Fish & Chips – Cod with Tartar and Lemon
(not photographed) Red Wine Braised Short Rib – Horseradish Mashed Potatoes with Onions, Carrots, Parsnips, Red Wine Jus
Trio of Pies – Chicken Pot Pie with Bechamel, Vegetables, Bacon / Steak & Ale Pie with Root Vegetables and Mushrooms / Shepherd’s Pie with Root Vegetables and Cheddar Mash Potatoes
Sauteed Forest Mushrooms – Poached Farm Egg
Spotted DIC – Steamed Bread Pudding with Raisins and Cream Sauce
Sticky Toffee Pudding – Sweet Cream Ice Cream
Having come away from a late-2013 visit to Chef Gordon Ramsay’s Steakhouse at The Paris quite impressed by both the quality and the brand I knew a visit to casual sibling “Pub & Grill” was only a matter of time – friends and fans of chef’s shows and celebrity frequent to visit Sin City. Housed in Caesars in a sizable space renovated from Bradley Ogden featuring plenty of wood, kegs, television, and Brit-kitsch it was just after noon when I sat down with two old friends and greeted by friendly, though pushy, service orders were expedited to the tune of an appetizer, a side, three mains, and two desserts – high prices and small portions tempered by a Total Rewards card…at least slightly. Focusing mostly on signatures and favorites present since the menu’s inception dining began with three small but lovely seasoned pretzels paired with cheese and mustard for $8 and progressing to plates proper another trio arrived in the $21 trio of small ramekin-pies, all well prepared but only the lamb loaded Shepherd living up to the high standards set by the exemplary golden cod selected by my friend, soggy ‘chips’ notwithstanding. Ignoring the shortrib and what I’m told were vastly overseasoned potatoes while wishing some form of seasoning had graced the flavorless mushrooms it was with sweet redemption that desserts both shined, the rustic Sticky Toffee Pudding every bit as good as the fancy version at Steak and the “DIC” a bowl of buttery custard hefty with raisins and aromatics that I’d gladly return for along with a cup of coffee – breakfast, lunch, or dinner.