FRENCH ONION RIBEYE SLIDERS – Shaved ribeye sliders, swiss cheese, au jus, caramelized onion
COCONUT SHRIMP SKEWERS – Coconut breaded shrimp, pineapple orange sauce, sweet & spicy Pan Pacific dipping sauce
PARMESAN CRUSTED GREEN BEANS – Crispy parmesan crust, sweet chili sauce
BRAISED LAMB SHANK – Our classic lamb shank topped with home-made pan gravy. Served with garlic mashed potatoes and sautéed spinach
RASPBERRY PASSION PANCAKES – Buttermilk pancakes infused with passion fruit and raspberry. Served with honey maple syrup, whipped cream, strawberry butter, and Andouille Hash
CARAMELIZED PEAR & BLEU CHEESE BURGER – Charbroiled beef, bleu cheese caramelized pears, balsamic onions, arugula, mayo with sweet potato fries and spicy ketchup
SUNRISE BREAKFAST TOSTADAS – Deluxe scrambled eggs, pepper jack queso, and bacon, layered on stacked fried tortillas. Served with Andoiulle Hash, refried beans, and salsa
COOKIE ELE MODE – 1/2 White Chocolate Macadamia Nut, 1/2 Chocolate Chunk, Vanilla Ice Cream, Chocolate and Caramel Drizzels
HOT APPLE BLUEBERRY WALNUT COBBLER – baked cobbler, blueberries, cinnamon-spiced apples, walnut butter streusel, vanilla ice cream
GOOEY BUTTER CAKE FRENCH TOAST – Gooey butter cake sandwiched between homemade french toast, topped with a vanilla ice cream drizzle and whipped cream. Served with honey maple syrup and house potatoes
GOOEY BUTTER CAKE – Layers of yellow cake & cream cheese, vanilla ice cream, pears, bourbon toffee sauce
Generally shunning chains in favor of local novelties, Elephant Bar vaguely known as a failed branch once occupied space at a local mall back home, it was on the invitation of Rosie Gillam that three friends sat down to taste the restaurant’s newly debuted Brunch menu, conditions that an honest opinion be offered based on the overall experience with a particular focus on the food.
Unabashedly rooted in its theme, a large pachyderm and giraffe statues overlooking the foyer as well as the adjoining bar, Elephant Bar Henderson is located in The District at Green Valley Ranch at the end nearest the Casino and managed by Mr. Mike Tuttle who has overseen operations at several locations over the course of a dozen years, there is little doubt that management long-ago learned to take care of its employees, our waitress a nine year veteran despite her young age while several others have worked nearly a decade at the space.
Genuinely a happy feeling family eatery, the global cuisine admittedly all over the place with obvious “something for everyone” intent, a first look at the Elephant Bar menu reads much less elaborately than other chains looking to sell their items with hyperbole, signatures and dietary discretions indicated by icons with additional verbiage limited to method and content.
Bopping IHeartRadio standards, volumeless ESPN on screens in the Bar, it was with warm greetings from a server prone to “Hun” and “My Lady” that the table was greeted and with suggestions for signatures offered an order was composed to take place in three courses, a total of eleven plates showing far better than many have suggested though a few of the newer selections certainly need to be tweaked or reworked.
Starting out with “Shareables,” plenty of coffee, water and iced tea refilled readily while the table dined and conversed with Mr.Tuttle, first bites of French Onion Ribeye Sliders showed a decent grade of meat topped in Swiss Cheese with caramelized Onions, the ‘au jus’ a bit oversalted and mostly unnecessary while sauces accompanying the Crispy Green Beans and Coconut Shrimp were equally flavor-marring, the parmesan crust alone making the former irresistibly crave-worthy while the later was already quite sweet without the “Pan-Pacific” sauce included for dipping.
Looking at Braised Lamb Shank as a bold move for such a restaurant, their 2014 bankruptcy and subsequent purchase by Chalak Mitra group no doubt contributing several flavors familiar to Southern Asia and India to the spread, it was on the strong words of Mike that the re-launched lunch optioned was ordered and with a falling-from-the bone texture combined to a deep sapor it turns out that the General Manager was spot-on in his recommendation, each bite as rich as expected with necessary levity added by steamed spinach.
Impressed by the Angus burger with Blue Cheese and Pears, the beef soon to be upgraded to Prime per management, items from the Brunch Section were soon delivered in the form of a duo, the Raspberry Passion Pancakes fluffy with buttermilk flavors that help to prevent passion fruit from overwhelming while the Sunrise Breakfast Tostadas are unfortunately *far* to rich to be enjoyable, the tortillas holding up better than the table’s tastebuds to the mixture of bacon, peppers, onions, eggs and layer-upon-layer of thick, salty cheese.
Informing the GM and waitstaff of the Tostadas’ issues, the comments appearing to be taken seriously and passed on to the Chef, dessert was composed of two Elephant Bar Signatures plus the Brunch-Only French Toast-Butter Cake Sandwich – the Cobbler and Cast-Iron Cookie each hitting all the right notes beneath melting ice cream while thin slices of Cream-Cheese infused cake were mostly lost between bread, the Gooey greatness better appreciated in the classic preparation with toffee sauce and ice cream adding even more richness.
THREE AND A HALF STARS: Admitting up front that national chains are not frequently a part of the dining agenda, menu prices alone amusing considering the higher cost generally involved in weekend plans, Elephant Bar suffers many of the flaws frequently associated with such places by attempting to be “everything to everyone,” but at the same time manages to execute some pretty complex flavors with a service staff that outperforms many “celebrity” spots on the Strip. Sure the sauces, seasoning and sodium content can tend to be overwhelming, but when taken as a whole there is no doubt that the menu executes better than others in its genre, particularly as relates to plates bearing “signature” status.
RECOMMENDED: Braised Lamb Shank, Parmesan Crusted Green Beans, Caramelized Pear and Bleu Cheese Burger, Raspberry Passion Pancakes, Gooey Butter Cake.
AVOID: Sunrise Breakfast Tostadas, Gooey Butter Cake French Toast.
TIP: Those looking to stick to a diet will be happy to see calorie counts displayed throughout the menu.
WHAT THE STARS MEAN: 5 World Class, 4 Excellent, 3 Good, 2 Fair, 1 Poor.