HeXX Kitchen + Bar
The Hexx – Absolut Vodka, Licor 43, Dark Crème de Cacao, Nocello, Housemade Chocolate Syrup, Cream
Desert Smash – Plymouth Gin, Blackberries, Rosemary, Agave, Lime Juice
Cinnamon Apple Pancakes – Apple Butter, Oat Crumble, Brown Sugar Butter
Corned Beef Hash – Corned Beef, Sweet Potatoes, Onions, Poached Eggs, Hollandaise
Gravalax Benedict – Housemade Gravalax, English Muffin, Poached Eggs, Hollandaise, Red Onion, Dill, Crispy Potatoes
Johnny Cakes – Corn, Candied Bacon, Maple Butter, Jalapeno Maple Syrup
Hexxtraordinary Triple Chocolate Sundae – Ecuador, Venezuela and Madagascar Chocolate Ice Cream, Whipped Cream, Frozen Grapes, Bananas, Candied Peanuts and Hot Fudge
Cream Cheese Danish
Perhaps not as fanciful during scorching-hot summers when even misters and frigid airflow from the inside struggle to cool the fountain-view patio, HeXX Kitchen + Bar seems primed to continue as one of Las Vegas’ most outstanding 24/7 dining options for the foreseeable future, several new items from Chef Matt Piekarski infusing the menu in recent weeks while the desserts crafted by Carol Garcia are being expanded by a new trade program sending HeXX single-origin Chocolates up the street in exchange for goods from Bouchon Bakery.
Always best for brunch, the scene bustling and vibrant with sports showing at the bar and music not-overly-loud above, it was as a trio including one youngster that a shaded four-top was shared overlooking the crowds on Las Vegas Boulevard, the team led by Ari Stotland continuing to operate at high volume with remarkable efficiency.
Remembered by the hostess and led swiftly to a table on arrival, it was not long before water was poured and menus were on hand, the list of Adult Beverages ever extensive with several large-format options that seem particularly outlandish at noontime, the decision to imbibe nonetheless deemed an appropriate one with both The HeXX and Desert Smash sweet but still Spirit-forward, though the latter’s rich fruit component may have been better enjoyed by a Boba straw or slightly finer puree.
Sipping Iced Coffee from Peet’s throughout the meal, a three-course offering of previously untasted items including three that are all-new, fans of Pancakes remain fortunate that although the top-tier Carrot Cake iteration is temporarily retired it has been replaced by an Apple Cinnamon version that finds textural contrast in Oat Crumble set against two styles of housemade Butter, the flavor not overly sweet unless one opts to add Syrup – a similar statement applicable to a stack of Sweet Corn Johnny Cakes topped in HeXX’s Candied Bacon with a piquant sidecar of Syrup infused with Peppers.
Acknowledging that some veer savory where other go sweet, HeXX has now upped their Egg-based dishes by making cured Salmon and Corned Beef on-site, the Gravalax Benny slicked by perfectly poached Yolks joined by crispy Potatoes while the circular stack of Hash was equally well-crafted as finely shredded Sweet Potatoes proved an inspired choice to help offset some of the Salt.
Continuing to grow the dessert menu, but most intrigued by the Sundaes featuring HeXX’s exclusive single-origin flavors crafted by Atlanta-based High Road, it seemed somehow appropriate to choose the Hexxtraordinary Triple Chocolate Sundae “made for sharing with the table,” a 14-scoop Behemoth offering all of the restaurant’s frozen cocoa options, a selection of pastries taken to go delayed for several hours due to a fair bit of overindulgence in the Ice Cream upgraded by way of Frozen Grapes, Bananas, Peanuts and more.
FIVE STARS: Never content to rest on its laurels, the Chocolate program now rolling out Milk options in each origin with more to come as Matt and Matt travel to remote areas for newer farms, HeXX gets less attention than it should for being a place for good food and a great view rooted in the work of passionate people, something one would be challenged to claim for any other 24-hour venue located in a Las Vegas resort.
RECOMMENDED: Johnny Cakes, Corned Beef Hash, Hexxtraordinary Triple Chocolate Sundae, Blueberry Croissant, Desert Smash.
AVOID: Assuming anything less than a party of four Adults should aspire to eat the entire Hexxtraordinary Triple Chocolate Sundae.
TIP: Patio seating is offered on a first-come basis, the average wait for two a two-top approximately 30-minutes to an hour during peak times on weekends.
WHAT THE STARS MEAN: 5 World Class, 4 Excellent, 3 Good, 2 Fair, 1 Poor.