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New LV neighborhood tapas--RE Tapas

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New LV neighborhood tapas--RE Tapas

lvnvflyer | Mar 21, 2008 10:26 AM

RE Tapas is a new tapas restaurant at Silverado Ranch and Bermuda (the location of the dunkin' donuts that has done a landoffice buisness). It's a lounge and restaurant with late hours (at least until 2 am) as befits a tapas place. Interestingly, a new Firefly restaurant is planned for the same general area (Spencer and Serene) but it is not clear when that will open.

RE is well worth a visit. The interior is hip and modern, but not overly so, and the music is at a good level. It's clear that it could be a pretty happening place later in the evening, but it's got a good vibe at the dinner hour as well. There is a good wine list and a very varied mojito and sangria list. The mojito with thai basil is very tasty, refreshing and not too sweet.

Like that mojito, the tapas are not necessarily authentic (i.e., not what you'd see in Sevilla or Madrid) but are consistently delicious and well prepared. For example, a minature portion of buttermilk fried chicken with a honey chiptole sauce is highly unlikely to be found in Spain, but it is exceedingly tasty. So are the baby back ribs with balsamic sauce, the crab cakes, the tomato soup with a mini-brie manchego sandwich, the grilled romaine salad, and the salmon tacos (which have a nice zing of spice to them). The baked brie in puff pastry was decadent and tasty. I didn't love the gazpacho, but that's been about the only miss so far. There is a wide, wide selection of meat, fish, shellfish and vegetarian tapas, so even people with pretty set food preferences or restrictions seem as if they could be accomodated (there are even fries with feta on the menu).

Service is friendly and professional; the chef brought out a few dishes as well as our server. There are a few plasma tvs over the bar, but no video poker at the bar.

Finally, prices are very reasonable. Tapas start well under $5 and range up to a max of about $15, but the bulk are in the $6-$7 range. For six tapas, the bill was in the range of $45, including tax and non alcoholic bevs, and that fed three.

This restaurant is particularly convenient to the South Point, so worth keeping in mind if you are there for an event or to stay.

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