District One is the sort of place I can see myself at every time I come to Las Vegas. (Yet again, another shout out to the much respected QAW for bringing District One to our attention). Especially during football season when the question always seems to arise, "Where can I go to watch the game and get good food". There is certainly much to like from this Asian eatery housed in the same complex as Chada Thai and China Mama and others.
This is by no means a full review as we only sampled 5 dishes while there was a multitude of others to try. My friend and I decided that before our dinner at Chada with QAW we would go sit at the bar and have a couple of beers, maybe a bite or two and watch the conclusion to some of the afternoon NCAA action. The place is fairly spacious with a nice bar area complete with plenty of televisions. If I had to guess, in the entire restaurant there are probably a minimum of 8 TVs situated around the entire perimeter.
So we ordered the Asian version of carpaccio, a sampling of wings, the pork belly bao, the shaken beef salad and the razor clams. The weakest, by far, were the wings. Not really all that appetizing in appearance (light golden as opposed to that deep golden that wings should have) the flavors were fine but not all that integrated. It was as if each dish had the ingredients just sprinkled on as opposed to being prepared in. We gave these a 6/10. The shaken beef salad, which I had read many outstanding reviews was a good combination of textures, flavors and contrasting tempatures while the portion size was generous. Not a wow dish but very solid, 8/10. The carpaccio, like the salad, was generous in size, and like the wings, not really all that appetizing in appearance. BUT man, was it good. I say the appearance was off as some of the beef seemed a tad discolored (that was due to the acidity of the dressing which was spot on) and the addition of crispy onions (maybe shallots?). Great dish, 9/10. And finally the razor clams. At first I saw just 2 shells on the plate with a whole lot of stir fried green onions, garlic, cilantro and other "stuff". My first thought was that they dumped a bunch of junk on top of the clams and they were going to be hard to eat. Upon further review, the razor clam was pulled from the shell, chopped amongst the stir fry and plated back upon the shells. They were absolutely delicious. Cooked perfectly, flavors were like a kaleidoscope explosion. Corny? Yeah, but man were they were delicious. 9-9.5/10
Next trip in Oct I expect to come back to D1 for at a bare minimum a late afternoon lunch on a Sat or maybe roll in early evening Sat dinner to watch all the west coast college football games. Any takers (QAW I already am penciling you in!)?