Sorry if this ends up getting a little long but I just wanted to help others who might be looking at any of the restaurants we dined at this go round. Just returned from my wife's birthday weekend which can best be described as an eating adventure. I think both of us must have gained 10 pounds. We stayed at the Aria friday through Sunday. I highly recommend this beautiful hotel. The suite was spacious and service was excellent everywhere we went. If not for the fabulous restaurants we did eat at, I'd regret not eating at any of their restaurants especially American Fish and Julian Serrano. On to the reviews.
Friday Lunch: Todd English PUB
Arrived at the Aria at 2:00 and our suite was not ready. We were both hungry but didnt want to eat too much since we had dinner reservations at 8:00. We decided to stay close by and chose PUB. As a bar owner, I always prefer to sit at a bartop so we waited a few minutes until a couple got up and we could sit down. Great beer list! Looking over the menu, we decided on the roasted chicken potpie and a couple of selections from the carvery. The potpie had a nice crust and large chunks of chicken and veggies but overall was a little meh. I grew up eating cpp all the time in my mom's restaurant and this one just didnt have that down home southern flavor we were expecting. The carvery choices, prime roast beef and pastrami, on the other hand were outstanding. I love the idea of choosing meats, breads, and accompanying sauces and putting it together yourself. we chose sourdough(great) and rye(average) as our breads. Our sauces-mustards, blue cheese fondue, truffle mayo, horsey cream were all okay and even a bit unnecessary. I am a huge pastrami whore and I have to give props PUB's was moist, flavorful, and delicious. Even better was the roast beef which I could hardly steal a bite of from my wife who proclaimed it some of the best roast beef she'd ever had. Though the menu is not that exciting, we both agreed we would have lunch there again just for the carvery.
Friday Supper: Craftsteak
Let me say upfront that craftsteak was a MUST for us because we are regulars at Craft in Dallas where we have loved eating at for the last five years. It is easily our favorite restaurant to eat at anywhere for the combined food and service. Please check them out anytime youre in Dallas. With that said, Craftsteak was a bit of a let down, mainly on the service end. Service standards just didnt match up with those of CraftD and the experience didnt have the same feel. The meal lacked any "flow" and there were huge lags between courses and refilling of drinks. The food on the otherhand ranged from good to great. For appetizers we chose the charcuterie selection and the lobster salad with ginger and lime. The charcuterie selection was basic with some very good prosciutto san danielle and some hohum salamis and soppresata. The salad was good but not something I would normally associate with Craft with its heavy Asian flavors.
For our mains we chose the 14oz wagyu ribeye, 2 1/2lb lobster tail in tarragon butter, and the rack of lamb. Our sides which are normally my favorite part of the meal when visiting Craft consisted of Sauteed spinach in garlic oil, maui onion in minus 8 vinegar, and french fries. All three sides, especially the onion were excellent. The mains were all good, but none were great. My wife didnt like the overpoweing tarragon flavor on the lobster which I agree was a little heavy but the lobster was cooked perfectly. Lamb was nicely medrare but lacked the char that is so delicious on lamb. My wife LOVED the roasted garlic that came with. By far the best protein was the steak. Great flavor, char, perfectly cooked. Cant remember what my wife got for desert but I had my usual, a double shot of Makers straight up. Would we go back? Not sure. I'd just as soon eat elsewhere in Vegas and save my Craft fix for Dallas or NY which are both unbelievably excellent.
Stay tuned for day 2(some of the best food of our lives) a little later.
3730 N Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89115