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September 2016 Archive

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RESTAURANT NEWS

Openings

Parmesan churros at Libertine Social Chef Shawn McClain has opened Libertine Social at Mandalay Bay. Located on the casino level next to Charlie Palmer’s Aureole, the gastropub serves New American bar food alongside cocktails by “modern mixologist” Tony Abou-Ganim. Murals by Puerto Rican artist Alexis Diaz adorn the interior --- Diaz is known for using thousands of linear brushstrokes atop bursts of color to create images of animals with human-like qualities. The menu offers artisanal flatbreads, creative toasts and dips, seasonal salads, mesquite-fired steaks and cocktail-inspired desserts. McClain has two other restaurants on the Vegas Strip as well: Sage and Five50, both at Aria. Libertine Social, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89119, 702-632-7558.
 
The Palm steakhouse at the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace has re-opened following renovations. The Palm, Caesars Palace, Forum Shops at Caesars, 3500 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-732-7256.
 
Cornerstone, a classic American steakhouse, is now open at Gold Coast Hotel & Casino. The distinctive decor features classic steakhouse touches mixed with contemporary stylings, including vintage photographs interspersed with modern artworks and hues of black and white with splashes of cerulean blue — with a blue-silk-shaded chandelier in the center of the space accenting the room for a modern twist. Traditional steakhouse menu offerings include eight different cuts of beef; nine different toppings; 12 sides to share, such as bacon green beans or lobster mac and cheese; and desserts including limoncello cake layered with mascarpone pastry cream and infused with limoncello liqueur served with a shot of the namesake spirit. Cornerstone’s signature “liquor library” stocks more than 60 Scotch, bourbon, rye and small-batch whiskeys from around the world, with a varied selection of whiskey flights available. Cornerstone is open daily for dinner. Cornerstone, 4000 W. Flamingo Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89103, 702-367-7111, 888-402-6278.
 

News Bytes

Hakkasan Featuring Only At Menu
Hakkasan restaurants around the world will celebrate the 15th anniversary of the original Hakkasan in London’s Hanway Place by launching local Only At menu that represent the individuality of each restaurant and its location, featuring dishes and cocktails exclusive to each restaurant. The Only At Las Vegas menu’s six dishes are crispy quail with Chinese wine and chili sauce, steamed Chilean seabass in spring onion and Shaoxing wine, shrimp claypot with black pepper and vermicelli, stir-fried scallop with asparagus and macadamia nut, stir-fried lobster in lemongrass with tobiko, and crispy roasted duck with kumquat and Chinese mustard. In addition, the cocktails feature a range of varied spirits such as Buddha’s Palm combining Maker’s 46 bourbon, Velvet Falernum, yuzu juice, yuzu marmalade, black grapes, white balsamic vinegar and mint; and Agave No. 8 with Avion Reposado tequila, Grand Marnier, lime, cinnamon and blood orange. Hakkasan, MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, 3799 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-891-7888.
 
Foie gras sliders will be part of the special throwback menu at StripSteak Michael Mina’s StripSteak Celebrates 10-year Anniversary with Throwback Menu
Michael Mina’s StripSteak at Mandalay Bay, which has served more than 1.5 million guests since opening in 2006, will commemorate its 10-year anniversary with a throwback menu of guest favorites. Each week in October two different specials will be offered available à la carte and priced from $14-$50. Specials include: October 1-7—tomato soup with lobster-stuffed grilled cheese and ahi tuna nicoise; October 8-14—bacon-wrapped lobster fritters and spinach souffle; October 15-21—foie gras sliders and tomato-dusted onion rings; and October 22-31—crab Louis lettuce cups and chicken fried steak. StripSteak, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89119, 702-632-7414.
 
Special Ravioli Menu at d.vino Through October 28
d.vino Italian Food & Wine Bar at Monte Carlo Resort & Casino is celebrating its third annual Festival of Ravioli from September 20 through October 28. Executive chef Martin Garcia has created seven unique interpretations of ravioli using seasonal ingredients. The special menu includes crab ravioli with jumbo lump crab and roasted red pepper cream sauce ($20); corn agnolotti with sweet corn, cheese filling and basil pesto ($16); short rib ravioli with braised osso buco, cheese filling, Gorgonzola cream sauce and red wine reduction ($19); four-cheese ravioli with mozzarella, ricotta, mascarpone and Parmesan filling ($18); chicken ravioli with braised chicken breast and Parmesan basil pesto sauce ($18); pear ravioli with Bosc pears, cheese filling and toasted hazelnuts ($17); and chocolate ravioli with cocoa pasta dough, chocolate cannoli filling, raspberry sauce and Kahlua crème anglaise ($10). d.vino Italian Food & Wine Bar, Monte Carlo Resort & Casino, 3770 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-730-7966.
 
Carnevino Offering The Martini Lunch
Carnevino at The Palazzo is now offering The Martini Lunch. Priced at $65 per person, the meal comprises two martinis and three courses, all of which can be served within an hour. The martini selection includes Manhattan (rye, sweet vermouth and bitters), English cucumber (Hendrick's, St-Germain and lime), blood orange cosmo (Grey Goose Citron vodka and Cointreau) and classic (choice of vodka or gin with Castelvetrano olives). The food courses consist of a choice of little gem salad (tomatoes, ricotta salata and herbs), grilled octopus or carne cruda (chopped-to-order steak tartare); choice of tagliatelle Bolognese, salmon or filet mignon with Tuscan fries; and dessert of corn panna cotta (blueberry thyme conserva and lime zest) or bomboloni (strawberry jam and sweet mascarpone). The price without martinis is $50 and some of the dishes have an added charge of $5-$10. To make reservations, call 702-789-4141 or visit OpenTable.com. Carnevino, The Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino, 3325 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-789-4141.
 
Hard Rock Cafe Offering Smoke, Fire & Spice Menu
Through October 2, 2016, the Hard Rock Cafe at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino is offering its Smoke, Fire & Spice menu, showcasing sweet, spicy and savory options that draw inspiration from the seasonings and sauces of popular street foods from around the world. The menu includes Morocco-inspired grilled harissa chicken seasoned with dried chilies, coriander, ground caraway seeds and garlic; Korea-inspired grilled kalbi shrimp marinated in soy sauce, garlic, ginger and sesame seeds; Malaysia- and Thailand-inspired satay beef seasoned in a peanut, garlic, chili, mirin and soy sauce mix; and Jamaican-inspired jerk pork: slow-cooked pulled pork marinated in habanero, ginger, thyme, onions, pepper, allspice and garlic. Each entrée will be served on a sizzling skillet with flatbread, marinated salad mix, grilled vegetables, mixed cheeses and dipping sauces. Hard Rock Cafe, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 4475 Paradise Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-733-7625.
 
Andiron Steak & Sea Now Open for Lunch with New Menu
Andiron Steak & Sea in Downtown Summerlin has expanded its service to include lunch, served Monday-Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., in addition to its Sunday brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and nightly dinner service from 5 p.m. Standout items on the new lunch menu include heirloom tomatoes paired with feta cheese, basil, pickled watermelon and olive oil; burrata & roasted peaches with toasted pistachios, locally-grown peaches and white balsamic; BLT with maple-glazed thick cut bacon, lemon aioli and crisp greens on grilled whole wheat bread; and beer battered fish & chips made with Alaskan cod. An especially good deal is the three-course Power Lunch, priced at $26, consisting of choice of Caesar salad, little gem salad with buttermilk blue cheese or sweet corn soup with lump crab; choice of roasted chicken breast or petit filet; and dessert of crème brulee donut. Andiron Steak & Sea, Downtown Summerlin, 1720 Festival Plaza Dr., Las Vegas, NV 89135, 702-685-8002.
 

Chef Shuffle

After a nearly 10 year stint as executive chef at Spago at the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace, Eric Klein has left the restaurant and will move on to head up the Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group Catering in Los Angeles. Replacing Klein is Mark Andelbradt, who will move over from Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill at Downtown Summerlin. Taking over at Downtown Summerlin is Spencer Rudow, who most recently worked alongside Klein as executive sous chef at Spago, and prior to that was at Cucina by Wolfgang Puck at The Shops at Crystals and at Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino. Spago, Caesars Palace, Forum Shops at Caesars, 3500 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-369-6300.
 
Jean Paul Labadie has been apppointed the new chef de cuisine of Emeril's New Orleans Fish House at the MGM Grand. Chef Labadie, a graduate of Western Culinary Institute in Portland, Oregon, brings more than 20 years of culinary experience and rejoins the Emeril's team after initially working under Emeril Lagasse at Emeril’s Fish House in New Orleans in 1996 and later in Las Vegas at Emeril’s Fish House at the MGM Grand and at Table 10 at The Palazzo. As chef de cuisine, Labadie will be directly involved with managing the kitchen, hiring new culinary staff and introducing new entree items to the menu. Recently Labadie was the chef de cuisine at Searsucker at Caesars Palace. Emeril's New Orleans Fish House, MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, 3799 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-891-7374.
 

Closings

CLOSED FOR GOOD
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Japanese Cuisine by Omae, helmed by chef Takeshi Omae, has shuttered. Japanese Cuisine by Omae, 3650 S. Decatur Blvd. #26, Las Vegas, NV 89101, no phone.
 
Rouge Lounge at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino has closed. Losers Bar, a dive bar concept from Nashville, will open in the space in December 2016. Rouge Lounge, 3799 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, no phone.
 

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