In Vegas last week for Furniture Market, which did not leave many evenings free for hounding, but here is a quick update on a couple of well known offerings.
Lotus of Siam -- Wow. This was our third visit to LOS and it just gets better and better (and more crowded, which gives me faith in the human race)
Our server rememberd us from our visit in July and I took a bottle of 1983 Joseph Hoffer Reisling from the Mosel-Saar region, so needless to say the evening started off right.
We ordered beef and pork larb, nam kao tod, and papaya salad to start. The nam kao tod still wins hands down, but the others did not disappoint at all.
Thanks to the bottle I brought (thanks dad!) the owner started bringing out bottles of reisling from his personal stash and selling them at the same 38-50 dollar range that their wine list is know for. Considering the markup you pay in the rest of the country, much less vegas, this is so refreshing. Anyway.
Our server ordered dinner for us as usual, and the highlight was a shrimp curry. I have never had anything close to the kind of flavor that this dish offered. The only way I know to describe it is to think of the best lobster bisque you have ever had, and remove the heaviness of the cream and butter and replace it with a hint of coconut milk. We literally argued over who was going to get to soak up the extra sauce with rice.....honestly...
Also of note was a lightly fried sea bass on top of a sauce similar to the papya salad. Very interesting.
Dad's 24 year old reisling was awesome, we sent a glass to the kitchen, and were rewarded with the gift of a 1/2 bottle of 1996 JB Becker Barren Auslesse (sorry about my spelling), that paired perfectly with some tropical fruit sorbets.
I say for the complete package: overall value, knowledgable and friendly staff, and the range and balance of flavors in each dish, that LOS is one of the best restaruants in the country. If only they had cloth napkins..........
Lindo Michoacan -- Thanks to the hounds who have recommend this place. Worth the drive. While waiting on our table had a couple of margaritas, noticed that the bartender actually MADE them, rather than going to a 10 gallon tub, and realized we were in for a good meal.
Guacamole made tableside hit the spot.
Carne Asada and Carnitas were dinner, and both were solid. It is so rare to find REAL carnitas anymore, most of the lazy mexican places just drop them in the fryer......
Both Flour and Corn tortillas were fresh and stellar. Salsa de Tomatillo was also very good.
Finally, FWIW, we stayed downtown to be close to the show site, and we were really pleased with the Golden Nugget. It has been remodeled, the rooms were fine, and the restaurants were passable and not too expensive.
We ate in the hotel 3 nights because we were just too tired to venture out. Vic and Anthony's is their steakhouse and both their service and steak were quite good, the only joke was the markup on wine......truly laughable. But the waiter did offer some knowledgable suggestions to keep the bill reasonable.
Grotto is their Italian option and we ended up there 2 nights. Nothing amazing, just good food and attentive service, hard to ask for more......
Wanted to get to Rosemary's based on the recs of fellow hounds, but on the one night we did not have plans they did not have a reservation until 9:30. We will save that for next trip.