Restaurants & Bars 77

Restaurant Charlie - Palazzo - Las Vegas

kjs | Mar 12, 200806:39 PM

After making a few $$$ on the tables decided to treat SO and I to a nice meal – I read where a fellow foodie had a reservation at trotter’s place in middle march so I called palazzo to see if the restaurant was finally open …it is…great …I’m there. No reservation – arrived at 6:00 pm ( Tuesday ) about 6 people eating in the entire restaurant and about …gee …at least 20 servers/waiters ready to pounce.

as empty as the place was, they put us at the table right at the doors leading to the kitchen area ( I figured…maybe the other, nicer tables reserved . ) btw – stylish decor – modern, I guess…geometric …with the music – hell I don’t know …mellow techno ?!?!

Restaurant Charlie is all about seafood ( cool …I thought I read pre-opening that it was going to be a steakhouse …that didn’t make sense given morel’s, cut and batali’s place…

Menu – cold apps ( $20 - $28 in price ) , cold apps ( $22 - $38 ) , main entrees ( $38 to mkt price …mkt for the lobster …at the hi end – “true kagoshima beef strip loin “ …$175 , seared 32 day dry aged rib eye …$75 ) , the sides ( $14 - $20 )

As you can imagine …bring serious $$$$

SO and I had :

I started w/ a foo – foo drink – tequila , orange amd lime juices w/ an egg foam ( damn…I forget the name of it …$18 for…hmm…4 ounces !! ) tasted good …the foo-foo drinks were $14- $18

Apps – Tart of Maine lobster w/ Spanish chorizo, black trumpet mushrooms, & carmelized onions ( $38 ) …also added but not mentioned …red wine foam ….decent app …maybe a little too much going on in this dish – the lobster tasted like it was poached in a lot of butter ( good by me ) the onions…very, very sweet, the chorizo and mushrooms were “strips” …very tasty …but put them all together…a little too much …alone each tasted great

Braised octopus w/ picholine olives , Serrano ham, scarlet peppers ( $22) …the octopus , very tender , the seasoning …the sauce / peppers had a definite thai influence to it. The ham…crisp it actually looked like jerky ….very good dish …not as complex as the lobster dish…

Btw – ordered a sauvignon blanc w/ my app – my usual – a selection from Marlborough, NZ …damn it …forget the name …only SB by the glass option on the menu – excellent wine but for my palate, did not compliment my app… it was kinda cool that just before my last bite of the app, the sommelier came by and added alittle more to the glass and asked what I thought – I asked did he have a riesling by the glass – he smiled and said yes…told him that would’ve paired better ( ala Lotus ) he laughed and agreed …he and I discussed our experiences at LOS …he apologized but mentioned ( correctly so ) that he sensed my SO and I would be sharing apps and felt the acidity of the wine would work well with the lobster ( I’m far from a wine snob – all I can say is my palate agrees w/ him )

Entrée – SO had the hand harvested sea scallops w/ parsley emulsion and yogurt ( $42) - very good – definite hint of tarragon ..i believe in the yogurt …

I had the seared hamachi , braised veal cheek and chaterelle mushroom sauce ….wow…great flavors !!! only complaint….not seared…but still very tender….( $52 )

Had a glass of rioja w/ the hamachi ( I was going to try a pinot but the sommelier politely convinced me to try the rioja … again – forget the name – only option on the by glass menu ) great choice !!! $22 again the sommelier topped off my glass...very generous topping !

Sides – ragout of miatake, abalone and trumpet mushrooms fingerling potatoes and cured pork belly …..great stuff – again, great flavors – especially the cured pork belly – SO and I agreed – could have used more pork belly ( especially blended in w/ the potatoes ) and cut up the mushrooms to bite size ( cost $18 )

Crispy Brundade ( potato cakes w/ reconstituted salt cod ) ….tasty but cod made it a little too salty ( $16 ) …give me a 2nd order of the mushrooms !!!

Desserts – the price range …gee…I believe $12 or $14 - $18
SO had the blueberry “tart?” , I went with the apple pie ala mode w/ apple gelee and Wisconsin white cheddar gelee …both very good - SO loved the blueberries I liked the gelee when combined w/ the ice cream and the pie. We both had “charlie’s coffee “w/ the dessert. …finished w/ the complimentary “mini-dessert tray “

Total price $310

Overall – I give the place a thumbs up …It ain’t cheap….overall, very good service ( noticed few diners entered during our entire meal so a better table should have been offered ) if anything, when it’s that slow, it’s a little intimidating - all the servers milling around trying to act busy….. given my attempt to try every restaurant in the vegas valley …It will be a year or so before I return…unless someone else is buying/offering .

Happy Eating

btw - CUT ( puck's steakhouse in the palazzo ) had their opening a few days ago ....next on the list ? )

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