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September 2021 Archive

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RESTAURANT NEWS

Openings

Casa Playa, a coastal Mexican concept featuring authentic dishes, is now open at Encore at Wynn Las Vegas. Located adjacent to the Encore Beach Club, the décor features rich textures and bright colors with two fixtures of cascading marigolds in the main dining room. The menu from executive chef Sarah Thompson includes Mexican blue shrimp ceviche with young coconut, tomatillo and cucumber; yellowfin tuna tartare served with pasilla chile and avocado; duck confit tamal with mole de la casa and ricotta; whole cauliflower al pastor featuring pineapple butter and cashew salsa macha; branzino a la talla topped with guajillo adobo, herbs and salsa cruda; and Yucatan chicken pibil made with orange annatto adobo and potato. Cocktails from Wynn resort mixologist Mariena Mercer Boarini include the City of Dawn comprised of Grey Goose Essence Watermelon Basil Vodka and cucumber mint agua fresca; and the Ojo De Tigre with Uncle Nearest Bourbon, Patrón Roca Añejo Tequila, salted peanut marzipan and plantain. Casa Playa, 3131 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89139, 702-770-7800.
 
Corner Bar Management founder Ryan Doherty have brought Peyote, the company’s latest boutique restaurant, to Fergusons Downtown. The décor features vibrant colors via a Palm Springs-inspired open-air patio with desert-hues, a 3D-mapped LED bistro-light canvas with 1,500 lights that respond to music and a cactus and succulent garden. The upscale brunch and dinner menu will include heirloom tomato summer squash tart; mini shrimp toast topped with wild smoked salmon roe; grilled pork belly eggs Benedict; risotto with grilled corn, sunflower seeds, leeks and almond milk; and plant-based JUST egg quiche with spinach, caramelized leeks and mushroom in a non-dairy pie crust. The cocktail menu, designed by former Southern Glazer’s head of whiskey education Max Solano, includes creations such as Hey, Smokey!, a 30-day barrel-aged cocktail with bourbon, apple brandy, Aperol, Amaro Nonino, and orange and tobacco bitters smoked with a proprietary wood blend. Peyote, 1028 E. Fremont St., Las Vegas, NV 89101, 725-210-0306.
 
The modern Italian Brezza is now open at Resorts World. The décor features white stone walls, Italian mosaic tile flooring, floor-to-ceiling windows, an open kitchen and a patio overlooking the Vegas Strip. The kitchen is helmed by chef Nicole Brisson, whose former positions include being the first female executive chef of an Eataly in the US and culinary director of Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group’s Las Vegas operations. The menu includes handmade pastas like ricotta corzetti with crispy artichokes, basil and tomato butter; and sustainable fish, heritage breeds, prime meats and local produce cooked over live wood, such as whole white American Pekin duck and Colorado lamb chops. Desserts include tiramisu, a chocolate version shaped like a coffee bean with espresso caramel and mascarpone mousse. In addition to 200 wines (mainly from Italy, France and the US), are seven Italian craft beers, an extensive spirits list and more than 35 bottles of digestives such as grappa and amaro. Brezza, Resorts World, 3000 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Ste. 115, Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-676-6014.
 
Spiegelworld, the entertainment company behind the Absinthe and Opium shows, will premiere its first restaurant concept, Superfrico at The Cosmopolitan. Opening Sept. 24, the same day the Opium show returns next door, the restaurant’s walls will be filled with more than 20 original works of art in a variety of media. The cuisine by chef Anthony Falco will offer flavors inspired by his Sicilian heritage and reinterpreted through a global consciousness, such as the mortadella pizza pairing sliced pork with house-made stracciatella and Turkish pistachio powder; chicken Parmesan marinated in yuzu-based ponzu sauce and coated with a mixture of Japanese panko and sourdough breadcrumbs; and lamb ragu pasta with Lebanese-style lamb sausage topped with mint, parsley and za'atar-spiced labneh. Custom-crafted cocktails will include the Penguins Take Manhattan,named after Superfrico’s two striding mascots, featuring black sesame-infused bourbon, rum, sherry and Cynar served in a white chocolate and sesame-dipped coupe. Superfrico, 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-698-7100, 877-551-7772.
 
The Las Vegas buffet, during the height of the pandemic thought to be a thing of the past, continues to rebound with more casino resorts buffets reopening, albeit some with limited hours. While there were once more than 70, there are now 10, with the latest to reemerge being the Market Place Buffet at Rampart Casino/JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa, The Buffet at Luxor and the Garden Court Buffet at the recently reopened Main Street Station. Other buffets that opened in months prior include the Garden Buffet at South Point, Wicked Spoon at The Cosmopolitan, The Buffet at Excalibur, The Buffet at Wynn, Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace (which recently expanded hours to include weekend brunch), Circus Buffet at Circus Circus and MGM Grand Buffet.
 
Todd English’s Olives has returned to Las Vegas at Virgin Hotels. The focal point of the dining room is an open show kitchen with wood burning oven, and other décor elements include elegant tile flooring, dark wood paneling, Renaissance-inspired hand-glazed art and large windows offering a view of the resort’s pool. The menu reflects English’s take on Mediterranean cuisine with most of the same dishes as his original Olives when it premiered in Boston in 1989, and includes beef carpaccio with gorgonzola rosti cake and scallion cream; fig and prosciutto flatbread with fig jam, gorgonzola and prosciutto; tortelli pasta composed of butternut squash, parmesan cream and sage brown butter; cast iron scallops with cauliflower puree; classic chicken Milanaise with lemon vinaigrette; and vanilla souffle served with vanilla ice cream and vanilla crème anglaise. Complementing the fare is a wine program with 185 labels and 24 by the glass mainly from France, Italy, Portugal and Spain. Olives, 4455 Paradise Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89169, 702-693-4070.
 

News Bytes

Marigold Launches Special Football Games Menu
Marigold at Resorts World Las Vegas has launched a football menu created by executive chef Robert Garcia, available on football game days. The menu includes a selection of small bites including BBQ pulled pork kettle chips topped with fresh chives ($11), mini lobster roll with pickled vegetables ($12), Buffalo mac & cheese bites topped with shaved parmesan ($10), bacon Brussels sprouts tossed with lemon zest ($10) and backyard slider with American cheese and dill pickles ($11). In addition, the menu features two new cocktails inspired by the Las Vegas Raiders: Silver & Black Martini made with gin, Cointreau, vermouth bianco and lemon juice in a black sugar rimmed glass; and Black Hole Margarita made with silver tequila, lime juice and agave in a black sugar rimmed glass. Marigold, 3000 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-676-6967.
 
Money, Baby! Offering Football Viewing Specials
Money, Baby! at Virgin Hotels is offering several specials available during NFL and college football games. The specials include: Monday Night Football-$35 beer buckets, $2 shots, half off bottles for locals, touchdown specials and the “Jersey Special”: a $5 beer and shot combination for guests wearing any football jersey; Thursday Night Football-$35 beer buckets and the “Jersey Special”; College Football Saturday-$2 Jäger or Jäger cold brew shots, $35 beer buckets and the “Jersey Special”; and Primetime Sunday-$5 grilled hot dogs and burgers, football-themed bottle presentations and giveaways, $7 “Wake Up!” cocktail with Monster coffee and Jäger cold brew (only available before 12 p.m.), $35 beer buckets and the “Jersey Special”. The food menu is also available, with signature items including an 18-inch all-beef hot dog; Southern fried chicken sandwich with red pepper jalapeno jelly; and jumbo hot wings tossed in TRUFFalo hot sauce with black truffles and red chili peppers. For viewing there are 200 HDTVs providing a 360-degree viewing experience. Money Baby!, 4455 Paradise Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89169, 702-693-4444.
 
Tailgate Social Offering Themed Menu for Raiders Home Games
Tailgate Social at Palace Station is offering a themed menu coinciding with the city of each of the Las Vegas Raiders home game opponents. The menu includes Sept. 13/Baltimore Ravens-crab cakes served with remoulade; Sept. 26/Miami Dolphins-Cuban sandwiches with house garlic pickles; Oct. 10/Chicago Bears-classic Chicago dog served on a steamed poppy-seed bun; Oct. 24/Philadelphia Eagles-cheesesteak sandwiches topped with melted cheese in a long hoagie roll; Nov. 14/Kansas City Chiefs-barbecue pulled pork loaded fries; Nov. 21/Cincinnati Bengals-chili; Dec. 5/Washington Football Team-Maryland-style fish & chips; Dec. 26/Denver Broncos-Colorado lamb lollipops with roasted tomato arugula salad, mint jam and peppercorn aioli; and Jan. 9/Los Angeles Chargers-carne asada tacos. In addition, in honor of the Raiders, all season long Tailgate Social will offer the LV Nation Burger—proprietary blend of prime ribbed beef topped with onion rings, horseradish aioli, provolone cheese and fried jalapenos. As for watching the games, the sports bar is equipped with more than 30 high-definition TVs. Tailgate Social, 2411 W. Sahara Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89102, 702-367-2411, 800-634-3101, 888-319-4661.
 
Pancho’s Mexican Restaurant Football Specials
Now that football season is underway, Pancho’s Mexican Restaurant in Downtown Summerlin is kicking things off with all-day happy hours on game days throughout the 2021-22 season. Offered exclusively in the cantina from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. every Saturday and 10 a.m.-7 p.m. every Sunday, specials include discounted select appetizers, $3 off house and flavored margaritas, $3 off well cocktails and house wines and half-priced tequila pours from over 40 brands from 3 p.m. until close every Sunday. In addition, during football season Pancho’s is offering its Mexican Baja wings platter glazed with hot buffalo sauce priced at $11.95 for lunch and $15.95 for dinner. Games can be viewed on numerous eighty-inch, high-definition televisions. Pancho’s Mexican Restaurant, Downtown Summerlin, 11020 Lavender Hill Dr., Las Vegas, NV 89135, 702-982-0111.
 
Vegas Test Kitchen Promotions During September
The Vegas Test Kitchen has several promotions taking place during September. Meatless Monday has returned with a rotating lineup of vegan concepts every Monday during September. Thu.-Sun. chef Josh Bianchi, formerly of Alize at the Palms Casino Resort, will be testing an Italian menu with dishes such as raviolo with braised greens and wild mushrooms, focaccia with chicken liver mousse, ricotta tortellini with sage cream and crème fraiche panna cotta with strawberry rhubarb compote. The Black Pearl will offer a brunch every Sat. and Sun. from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. with dishes including chorizo avocado toast, chilaquiles, barbacoa tatemado Bennys and French toast three ways. Bring Your Own Dog to VTK is taking place every first and third Wed. of the month and kicking off September 24, a BYOD happy hour from 6-9 p.m. in the alley partnering with Le Pup Café and the Hydrant Club, will offer live music, treats and gourmet dog food. Vegas Test Kitchen, 1020 E Fremont St. #120, Las Vegas, NV 89101, 725-251-2090.
 
Daily Brunch Now Served at French Restaurant Marché Bacchus
Marché Bacchus at Desert Shores is now offering “blunch.” Offered daily, the combination brunch and lunch is served Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The expansive menu includes eggs Benedict, beef tartare with quail egg, chicken and waffles, bananas Foster pancakes, seared foie gras, croque monsieur, bistro bacon burger, lobster salad croissant, seafood salad and steak frites. In addition, bottomless Champagne or mimosas are available for $25. Dinner is still offered nightly and a daily happy hour is from 4-6 p.m. Marché Bacchus, Lakeside Center, 2620 Regatta Dr., Ste. 106, Las Vegas, NV 89128, 702-804-8008.
 

Chef Shuffle

Chef/owner Brian Howard has named Travis Schultz as executive chef of Sparrow + Wolf. The appointment marks the first time the new American restaurant has had a chef in that position other than Howard, who until now has led in the kitchen; however, the success of Sparrow + Wolf has provided opportunities to open other concepts in the coming year under the Spaghetti on the Wall hospitality brand. Schultz, a Spokane, Washington transplant, previously worked at the acclaimed resorts Rancho Valencia, La Valencia and Rancho Bernardo Inn in Southern California, before coming to Las Vegas and spending time in the kitchens of Joel Robuchon at MGM, Wolfgang Puck’s CUT at The Venetian, Culinary Dropout at Mandalay Bay, The Mansion at MGM, Sparrow + Wolf as executive sous chef and recently helping open Night + Market at the Virgin Las Vegas. Sparrow + Wolf, 4480 Spring Mountain Rd., Ste. 100, Las Vegas, NV 89102, 702-790-2147.
 

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