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May 2010 Archive

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If you haven't picked a place to eat tonight, you're in luck. Gayot has all the restaurant news for your area right here. Learn which new restaurants have opened in Las Vegas and which restaurants in Las Vegas have recently closed. Find out where your favorite chefs are cooking and locate special events. 

RESTAURANT NEWS

Openings

The 129-year-old P.J. Clarke's will be opening at the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace this fall. The New York institution plans to feature a raw bar, dishes such as grilled lobster, burgers, pot pies and steaks and a jukebox playing Frank Sinatra, Buddy Holly and Sting. The original had a starring role in The Lost Weekend and Coyote Ugly, so expect it to feel right at home in Vegas.
 
E Brands Restaurants LLC recently opened E.B.'s Timpano Tavern at The Venetian. The restaurant combines American cuisine with an Italian flair in a tavern setting. The menu features skillet-roasted mussels, chicken parmesan, rock shrimp, lobster ravioli and dry-aged steaks and chops. A seasonal burger collection pairs a rotating selection of hamburgers with wines from around the world. Executive chef Daniel Marquez offers a tasting menu at the chef's table, and food is prepared in the showcase kitchen. The bar offers signature martinis, along with wines and beers from around the world. E.B.'s Timpano Tavern, Venetian, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. S. , Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-414-7111.
 
Chef Kerry Simon announced that he will open a new concept, KGB: Kerry's Gourmet Burgers, at Harrah's Las Vegas in July. At KGB, Simon will take inspiration from his victory on Food Network's Iron Chef America, where he prevailed over Cat Cora with the ultimate burger. He'll parlay that burger success into a menu of inventive burgers, signature snacks and sides including sliders and tater tots, and sweet selections such as strawberry shortcake push pops. The restaurant plans to serve lunch, dinner and late-night bites. KGB: Kerry’s Gourmet Burgers, Harrah's Las Vegas, 3475 Las Vegas Blvd. S. , Las Vegas, NV 89109, No phone available yet.
 
Nico Santucci, the owner of Capo's, and Dave Navaro, lead guitarist of Jane's Addiction and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, have opened Black Door Bar & Grill across from the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. The restaurant is designed after a vintage 1960's supper club. Dishes include an eight-ounce London broil topped with a black peppercorn whiskey sauce, the Stevie Ray sirloin with a garlic herb butter, and Phish and chips with tempura beer-battered cod and fries. info@blackdoorvegas.com. Black Door Bar & Grill, 4640 Paradise Rd. , Las Vegas, NV 89169, 702-369-9279.
 
Nu Sanctuary Lounge, a global fusion restaurant and lounge, has opened at Town Square. Chef Brian Howard has created a menu with dishes such as compressed watermelon and yellowfin tuna bites with yuzu and ginger essence and potato-filled pierogies topped with American caviar and chive crème fraîche. The interior, inspired by Salvador Dali's paintings, features a tree that takes up the walls and ceiling. Nu is open daily for lunch, dinner and late-night starting at 11 a.m. For more information, call 702-527-7851 or visit www.nulounge.com. Nu Sanctuary Lounge, Town Square, 6605 Las Vegas Blvd. S. , Las Vegas, NV 89119, 702-527-7851.
 
Shin Yakitori House, the newest Japanese spot specializing in traditional Japanese cuisine, izakaya, yakitori, sushi and Okinawan dishes, has opened in southwest Las Vegas. Izakaya is a Japanese version of small plates, and yakitori means simply grilled chicken cooked traditionally on a charcoal grill. Shin features charcoal imported from Japan. Dishes include grilled salmon; Rafutei, a pork belly made Okinawan style; albacore with ponzu; Thai edamame; and an array of fresh sushi, sashimi, tempura and traditional Asian dishes including teriyaki, udon and stir fry. The menu also includes specialty cocktails such as awamori, an Okinawan liquor, sake, beer and wine. Shin Yakitori House also offers private dining rooms featuring built-in seating. The restaurant is open daily from 5 p.m.-3 a.m. Shin Yakitori House, 5255 S. Decatur Blvd. Ste 118, Las Vegas, NV 89118, 702-586-6602.
 
The après nightclub crowd now has a restaurant to satisfy their hunger in a colorful Lichtenstein-inspired decor. Munchbar from chef Bryan Ogden has opened at Caesars Palace. Ogden is the son of chef Bradley Ogden of the eponymous restaurant at Caesars Palace and a Culinary Institute of America grad. The menu features late-night snacks such as Philly cheesesteak sliders, Kobe beef chili, grilled cheese sandwiches, mini Maine lobster rolls, sweet potato french fries and chili cheese waffle fries. A specialty drink list includes soft serve ice cream cocktails and a pear ginger fizz made with Domaine Chandon. Beers on draft are $15 for a 60-ounce pitcher of domestic, or $23 for the same-size imported beer. The restaurant is open from noon-4 a.m. Friday through Sunday, and noon-2 a.m. Monday through Thursday. Munchbar, Caesars Palace, 3570 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-731-7544.
 

News Bytes

Society Cafe Encore Society Café Encore Adds Seasonal Items To Its Menu
Society Café Encore has introduced new seasonal items that work with the high temperatures. New entrees include caramelized sea scallops on a bed of watermelon and arugula salad with pancetta and Minus 8 vinegar; Mediterranean seabass with a panzanella salad and broken roast tomato vinaigrette; and lamb two-ways, with a double-cut chop and burger patty with a corn cake and succotash. The "mother and child reunion" is an inventive twist on the chicken and the egg, pairing a Jidori chicken cutlet and braised lollipop leg with a poached egg and bacon, arugula and royal trumpet mushrooms. Society Café Encore, Encore Las Vegas, 3131 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-770-5300.
 
Bernard's Bistro Adds to its Brunch Menu
Bernard's Bistro at The Village Lake Las Vegas is introducing a new brunch menu. New selections include egg dishes such as a Spanish frittata with chopped onions, bell pepper, tomatoes and cilantro, and the sunny side up eggs Saksuka cooked over spicy ratatouille. New quiches and crepes such as quiche Loraine and a vegetarian crepe with baked spinach and artichoke in lemon cheese fondue sauce make the menu, as well as open-face French sandwiches. Brunch is served Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Bernard's Bistro, The Village Lake Las Vegas, 15 Costa di Lago, Henderson, NV 89011, 702-565-1155.
 
"Martini Time with Chef Tina Martini" Now Airs on Cox 96
Cox Communications announced an agreement to bring the M Resort's cooking show Martini Time with Chef Tina Martini to more than 400,000 households on Cox 96 in Southern Nevada a total of three times per day, two days a week on Mondays and Saturdays. The show also streams live on www.Cox96.net. The format of the show includes a live audience and local celebrities who cook with Chef Martini during the filming. Shows focus on three areas of living healthy: nutrition; fitness and mind and body. Chef Martini also offers easy recipes and practical kitchen advice, plus tips and techniques for the home chef. The live show takes place Thursdays through Sundays from noon-4 p.m. inside the custom cooking studio at the M Resort's Studio B Buffet. Tickets to all shows $39.95 and include reserved seating inside the buffet. Tickets can be purchased by calling 1-800-745-3000. Guests must be age 12 or older. The M Resort, The M Resort, 12300 Las Vegas Blvd. S. , Henderson, NV 89044, 702-797-1000.
 
James Beard Foundation Recognizes Las Vegas Chefs
Las Vegas chefs found the limelight when the 2010 James Beard Foundation Awards were announced May 3. Claude Le Tohic, executive chef of Joël Robuchon at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, received the Best Chef Southwest. He was up against Rick Moonen of RM Seafood and Saipin Chutima of Lotus of Siam. Moonen was honored for his hosting duties on the PBS show Chefs A' Field: King of Alaska, with a win in the Television Show, On Location category. Top Chef judge Tom Colicchio won the Outstanding Chef Award for his restaurant Craft in Manhattan. He has Craftsteak at the MGM Grand. Daniel Boulud won Outstanding Restaurant for Daniel in Manhattan. He has Daniel Boulud Brasserie at Wynn Las Vegas, which closes June 1. Timothy Hollingsworth of Thomas Keller's French Laundry in Yountville, Calif., was named Rising Star Chef. Hollingsworth worked with Keller at his restaurant Bouchon at The Venetian.
 
Harrah's Entertainment Offers 24-Hour Buffet Pass
Harrah's Entertainment is offering a citywide buffet pass, which enables diners to eat at seven buffets for 24 hours for $34.99 for Total Rewards members, and $39.99 for all others. The buffets include Flavors Buffet at Harrah's Las Vegas, Paradise Garden Buffet at the Flamingo, Emperor's Buffet at Imperial Palace, Le Village Buffet at Paris, Carnival World Buffet at the Rio, Lago Buffet at Caesars Palace and Spice Market Buffet at Planet Hollywood. A pass holder can visit any of the participating buffets as often as they like as long as it's within the 24 hour time period from the moment they initially purchased the all-inclusive pass.
 

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