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Glutton downtown

kagemusha49 | Jun 17, 201511:10 AM

Just got back from this year's unsuccessful World Series of Poker trip - I did get to play with Phil Helmuth and he seems nicer than he appears on TV. Anyway, what with awkward poker schedules and using up hotel dining comps, I didn't get many chances to eat experimentally. Did grab my traditional Huevos Estrellas (egg, fries and chorizo) at Julian Serrano in Aria. But since I was also staying downtown for a couple of days, I checked out Glutton - it's at 616 East Carson - 5 blocks East of the Golden Nugget or one block South of the Las Cortez. I sat directly on front of the wood-burning oven (my choice) to get a good view of the action. I had 2 starters 1) the chicken liver mousse - this comes with a thin layer of port wine sauce and four cubes of lightly tasted bread. If you are a liver fan (and I am) this is a sumptuous appetizer - dip the cubes in the mousse and enjoy. Truly a hit 2) based on server suggestions I also had the Parker house rolls - old style rolls swimming in butter - it was OK but nothing all that special - just a way to get you to pay $5 for bread. I also had 2 main plates (these are fairly small). 1) The sweetbreads are served "buffalo style" with whipped blue cheese and celery. I don't care how you serve it I love sweetbreads (up there with all kinds of liver IMHO) and these did not disappoint. 2) I also went for the shaved brussels sprouts salad. This WAS a disappointment mainly because it had a really unpleasant mouth-feel - I gave up on this one. Maybe they included this for the vegans - but even they would hate the mouth-feel wouldn't they? Accompanied all this with a couple of nice beers from Oregon. Got to chat with the boss chef. Since everything on the menu looked interesting I vowed to make it back next day for lunch. Didn't quite do that as I was playing in another poker tournament but I did go back shortly before 11pm after being knocked out of the tournament (did win some money in this one). This is when I found that they close at 10pm!! A block from Fremont Street and they close at 10pm. Next morning I went back again - wight when they opened. Had the curried cauliflower appetizer - this is chopped raw cauliflower bunged into the wood burning oven for a couple of minutes and then with some curried butter added and back in the oven for another minute. It was quite tasty and I got a strong whiff of turmeric (has anyone else noticed that lots of people including chefs say "tumor-ick" instead of turmeric) but, frankly, I've had better curried veggies elsewhere. I also had the spaghetti alla chiatarra with spring pea pesto and mint. This was different and pretty nice - again this might appeal to the vegans out there. Never quite managed to go for the burger but it looked good.

Julian Serrano Tapas,
Golden Nugget Las Vegas Hotel & Casino
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