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  • Post #151 - October 14th, 2014, 11:05 am
    Post #151 - October 14th, 2014, 11:05 am Post #151 - October 14th, 2014, 11:05 am
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    Shoyu Tonkotsu (With extra chashu and egg add-ons)

    Tried the shoyu tonkotsu ramen recently at Ramen Monta and the experience has me thinking a lot afterwards.

    This thin, straight Kurume-style noodle (Kurume is a city in the Fukuoka Prefecture in southern Japan) was 90% cooked when served but further cooked while in the bowl to a perfect consistency after just a few minutes. At first, I wondered whether this was intentional or if I just got lucky. But after noticing other thoughtful elements to the bowl as I worked through it, it was clear that this most likely wasn't left to happenstance.

    Initially, I thought the broth here was a tad thin for a traditionally-styled Kurume tonkotsu (bold) but nonetheless was a first rate effort being still silky to the lip. But don’t expect to get an intense flavor bomb like what’s being made these days at a number of high touted LA ramen places such as Tsujita LA or at Ramen Jadaiya. This as an elegant tonkotsu broth and certainly one to be taken seriously.

    The Chashu is also excellent being highly succulent and not overly marinated. But it, unfortunately, was sliced way too thin and ultimately broke apart into the bowl. And like most other places that pre-cook their honjuku eggs and then hold them in an ice bath, it was unfortunately served cold.

    Even with its few shortcomings, this is a helluva bowl of ramen, especially at $6.95. If this place was in Chicago, it would no doubt be a superstar...especially at that price.

    So, I continue to ask myself: why can't anyone make a respectable bowl of ramen in Chicago for under $10?

    Ramen Monta opened up a second location (Monta Chaya) in nearby Henderson last year.

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    Spicy Tonkotsu Special



    Ramen Monta
    5030 Spring Mountain Rd, Las Vegas
    (702) 367-4600
    Open 7 days
    11:30am-11:00pm

    Monta Chaya
    9310 S Eastern Ave, Henderson, NV
    (702) 331-5151
  • Post #152 - October 15th, 2014, 9:11 am
    Post #152 - October 15th, 2014, 9:11 am Post #152 - October 15th, 2014, 9:11 am
    stevez wrote:Despite the somewhat generic interior, Harrie's turns out some really good bagels. They've got a nice crispy crust with just the right amount of soft chew on the inside. I opted for a lox platter for one and they brought out this beauty.


    I've been meaning to hit up Harrie's Bagelmania for years now, knowing that one of the great LTHers of all time (hungryrabbi) once worked there.
    I opted for their decent but not notable corned beef sandwich which had meat that was sliced way too ribbon-y thin and a bowl of kreplach that was comprised of 90% lokshen (noodles), two overly doughy, sparsely filled kreplach, and a broth that was lifeless. Luckily, I decided to carryout a poppy bagel for my flight back to Chicago and, man, if this wasn’t one of the all-time great bagels! I completely agree with stevez that this bagel has a crispy crust as well as a soft chew. Outstanding.

    However, if you’re looking to have a complete deli experience, I’d strongly recommend that you head over to Summerlin in west Las Vegas and hit a deli called The Bagel Cafe. The hand sliced smoked fish platter (sable, nova lox) coupled with their stellar housemade bagels had me swooning. I tried this same platter back in 2010 and it was every bit as great this time around as the last.



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    The Bagel Cafe’s Combination Smoked Fish Platter #1



    The Bagel Cafe (Summerlin)
    301 North Buffalo Drive
    Las Vegas, NV
    (702) 255-3444
    Open 7 Days a Week
    Monday: 6:30am – 5pm
    Tuesday – Friday: 6:30am – 8pm
    Saturday & Sunday: 7am – 5pm
  • Post #153 - October 15th, 2014, 10:49 am
    Post #153 - October 15th, 2014, 10:49 am Post #153 - October 15th, 2014, 10:49 am
    PIGMON wrote:However, if you’re looking to have a complete deli experience, I’d strongly recommend that you head over to Summerlin in west Las Vegas and hit a deli called The Bagel Cafe. The hand sliced smoked fish platter (sable, nova lox) coupled with their stellar housemade bagels had me swooning. I tried this same platter back in 2010 and it was every bit as great this time around as the last.


    It looks like Vegas is blessed with several good deli options. besides the two you mentioned (The Bagel Cafe in Sumerlin is at the top of my list for my next Vegas visit), I posted about Weiss' over on the Southeast side of town earlier in the thread. They are also well worth a visit.
    Steve Z.

    “Only the pure in heart can make a good soup.”
    ― Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Post #154 - October 22nd, 2014, 8:40 am
    Post #154 - October 22nd, 2014, 8:40 am Post #154 - October 22nd, 2014, 8:40 am
    Got back last night from 4 days in LV for some much-needed R&R. Usual suspects of restaurants visited were Settebello (Henderson), Mon Ami Gabi (is there any better place to sit and people-watch, with great food, than the outside patio?), In-'n-Out Burger. But a new star was Tom Colicchio's Heritage Steak at The Mirage, even though it's ON the Strip... :)

    We had been to Craftsteak at the MGM a couple times before and had seen Tom on Top Chef, so we knew it would be pretty good. But this was top-notch. His restaurants have that clubby, burnished wood look, masculine yet inviting. Our waiter Larry was great, and my wife started out with the baby lettuce salad with avocado and a buttermilk dressing, topped with fried onion strands. My grilled octopus appetizer with cherry pepper slices, roasted red peppers, and two dipping purees--one of roasted tomato with pine nuts, the other with leeks and pepper--was outstanding, a great mix.

    My wife's main course was a grilled sea bass that was among the best fish she's had in her life. Not overly seasoned, the grilling over open fire was phenomenal. My 14 oz. NY strip was firm and perfectly marbled, with a little fat on the perimeter that was tremendous. Sides were a wonderful root vegetable medley of golden beets, parsnips, turnips, and also a butternut squash risotto. Outstanding. We paired this great food with a high-end chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, and a California Cabernet by the glass.

    Not much room for dessert, but we did share an apple fritter with bourbon sauce and a couple of espressos.

    We are long-time yearly residents at The Mirage, but have not been thrilled with the dining choices over the years. Heritage Steak definitely classes up the joint, and is by far the best restaurant on the property.

    Tom Colicchio's Heritage Steak
    The Mirage, 3400 S Las Vegas Blvd.
    Las Vegas, NV 89109
    (702) 791-7111


    http://www.craftrestaurantsinc.com/heritage-steak/
  • Post #155 - November 20th, 2014, 4:20 pm
    Post #155 - November 20th, 2014, 4:20 pm Post #155 - November 20th, 2014, 4:20 pm
    stevez wrote:Hungryrabbi R.I.P.

    Harrie's Bagel Mania
    855 E. Twain
    Las Vegas, NV
    702-369-3322

    thanks to stevez + PIGMON for this. Harrie's was literally like Boca in Vegas. What a gem.

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    i ate half, saved it for midnight snack, and ended up eating the rest (while dropping a slice :evil: ) in the middle of the mojave (i15 S, 25 mi west of Primm) while the sun sat, during a 3-hour wait for the tow truck to pickup my scooter which broke down enroute to LA. will never forget that experience.
  • Post #156 - January 12th, 2016, 9:10 am
    Post #156 - January 12th, 2016, 9:10 am Post #156 - January 12th, 2016, 9:10 am
    January 2016, notes

    Chef Marc's Trattoria
    Summerlin
    http://chefmarcstrattoria.com/

    Open since early November, a vibrant Northern Italian restaurant by a Chef who lives and breathes this cuisine.

    Pictured is Chicken Scarperiello, or 'Shoemaker's Chicken'. Half of a Mary's organic chicken, sausage, cherry and vinegar peppers and wine sauce with vegetables in place of polenta. Also sampled on this cold rainy night was Chicken Soup with Escarole, a requisite restorative.

    Chef Marc walks the walk in a way that Carbone fancies but often risks crossing the line into self parody. I was dining solo so couldn't cruise the menu, but we talked about sourcing and he's getting some amazing stuff, such as mussels from British Columbia, organics from the the west coast and so forth.

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    Lotus of Siam
    Packed for lunch, another cold day pick me up of Northern Tom Ka soup (chicken vegetable soup, no coconut milk) and Issan Sausage

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    Chada Street
    Pro's: very tasty food, strong wine list and engaging and professional service
    Con's: small plate format

    Not sure I would return for a full meal, small plates remain off-putting. Five business guests enjoyed it immensely, however.

    Chengdu Taste
    Schiff Drive

    A great deal of hype surrounds this recently opened place, ranging from Jonathon Gold in the L.A. Times to Serious Eats--both hailing this as the best Sichuan restaurant in the U.S.

    At a CH supper with like minded chow folk (LVI, QAW and others)-we ordered across the menu. My take: perhaps half to a whole notch better than the best Sichuan food sampled here in Atlanta at Masterpiece by Chef Liu and several months ago at New York Food Court in Flushing. Several notches better than Peter Chang during his first and best tenure here in Atlanta.

    Mung bean noodles: fabulous. Citrus-y, numbing with a variety of flavors. A bottle of Provencal Rose, 13% alcohol slipped into the picture.
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    In addition to wine, some terrific and rare IPA's made their way around the table, especially apt for the...

    Toothpick Lamb. A Chengdu (the city, that is) street food specialty. This was an excellent version-perfect drinking food. As it cooled, a slight note of sugar came through.
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    Diced rabbit in mother-in-law sauce. Much better than Peter Chang's version, this is eaten for its flavor as it's mostly bones.
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    Husband and Wife (aka beef and tendon, cold), Chengdu Taste version. Superb.
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    Sichuan dumplings in red oil. So good that a second round was ordered, however, neither survived for a photo.

    Puffed rice. A tinge of sweet sour comingled with heat. Very good, not sure if I would re-order given so many other compelling dishes.
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    Crab fried rice. A simple dish, several around the table sneered. But the plate was wiped clean, so pretty damn good.
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    Fish and soft tofu. Everyone wanted the Fish in Green Sauce, but early on this Friday night, it was already 86. This substitute met with universal acclaim.
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    Ma Po Tofu. Yes, the best I've ever had. Elemental, perfect, could possibly be improved by a fresher soft tofu.
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    Sichuan Potatoes. Twice fried and addictive.
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    Green vegetable with garlic. A 'choy', not sure which one. Snow pea leaves were already 86 so this filled the bill. Would absolutely reorder, the wok 'hay' was breath taking.
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    So many of the dishes were so good that it was difficult not to order seconds, Even so, we succumbed to repeat orders of the Toothpick Lamb and Sichuan Dumplings.

    It's a small place, reservations are possible if Mandarin is spoken but still difficult, open for lunch and dinner. IMHO, run don't walk.
    Chicago is my spiritual chow home
  • Post #157 - April 3rd, 2016, 8:52 am
    Post #157 - April 3rd, 2016, 8:52 am Post #157 - April 3rd, 2016, 8:52 am
    A few years ago, Saveur ran an issue called "All about Las Vegas." In the issue, they had one page devoted to a place called Los Antojos on the corner of Sahara and Eastern. They had a picture of the matriarch whose recipes are used in the family run joint. It is a little hole in the wall with limited seating (and a kitchen four times the size of the seating area). It is family run and the matriarch is aging and only comes in some afternoons. We had fantastic food. My B-in-Law had the Taquiza, which is a five taco dish (Asada, Carnitas, Tinga, Pollo, Plbl) with great beans and fresh veggies. My wife had the same (Asada, Carnitas, Lengua, Pollo w/mole, Plbl). S-in-Law had the Huarache, which is a flat tortilla spread with beans, marinated grilled skirt steak, Salsa, and crema. This one of the house specialties as many people were having it as I observed. Lucky for me it was a Saturday, when they have lamb. Absolutely excellent. Can't go wrong here. Nice people and great chow.
  • Post #158 - November 18th, 2016, 1:12 pm
    Post #158 - November 18th, 2016, 1:12 pm Post #158 - November 18th, 2016, 1:12 pm
    Not knowing if I'd be taking one for the team or not, wife & I decided to try Giada in The Cromwell, formerly (my favorite casino of all time) The Barbary Coast, at the confluence of Flamingo and Las Vegas Blvd.

    Beautiful 2nd floor room, dark, overlooking the four corners.
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    Started with a very nice Tuscan kale tricolore insalata with Prosciutto di Parma, gorgonzola, dates, walnuts, yellow endive & radicchio.
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    Moved on to a couple of primo courses,--homemade spaghetti with shrimp, lemon, basil with fried capers; then also their Fettucini di Amalfi, with a lemon pork ragu. The former was the highlight of the night--simple, exploding shrimp & lemon flavors accenting the perfect toothiness of the pasta.
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    Finally, we shared the Whole Roasted Chicken for two, cacciatore style. This was somewhat of a disappointment taste-wise, even though the menu bragged that this dish was featured in Food & Wine Magazine. I knew it wouldn't be hunter's style like I am used to, but this was little more than a semi-dry oven-roasted chicken with sage and a peppery compote to spoon over it. Even though I knew it going in, at fifty-eight bucks this was a ripoff of epic proportions.
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    All in all, not a place I'd run back to, especially at the numbers charged. Had a much better dinner the following night for 40% less cost at the tried-and-true, Rich Melman stamp-of-approval Mon Ami Gabi patio at the Paris, with the Bellagio fountains as a backdrop.

    Giada
    The Cromwell Las Vegas Hotel & Casino
    3595 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
    Las Vegas, NV 89109
    (855) 442-3271
  • Post #159 - November 19th, 2016, 10:23 am
    Post #159 - November 19th, 2016, 10:23 am Post #159 - November 19th, 2016, 10:23 am
    i.e. Not the Michael's of yore--home of Dover Sole deboned tableside and all such Cafe Boeuf expense account priced cuisine?
    Chicago is my spiritual chow home
  • Post #160 - November 19th, 2016, 11:03 am
    Post #160 - November 19th, 2016, 11:03 am Post #160 - November 19th, 2016, 11:03 am
    Only thing in the realm of Michael's, although not nearly in the same surroundings, is Hugo's Cellar at the 4 Queens downtown on Fremont Street.
  • Post #161 - January 4th, 2017, 6:50 pm
    Post #161 - January 4th, 2017, 6:50 pm Post #161 - January 4th, 2017, 6:50 pm
    Re: Bagel Cafe, Summerlin, smoked fish.

    Field notes:
    1. Bagels. Puffy H&H style undistinguished.
    2. Smoked fish platter. Sable, whitefish and nova. Hand sliced and superb. Run don't walk.
    3. Breakfast platters going by looked great.

    Re LOS light lunch.
    Tom Ka clear soup, northern larb and pad Thai. Better than ever.

    Re Hearthstone, red rock casino.
    Exc food, big pricey drinks, mostly CA winelist and loud booming music. Farm to fork, fancy imported ovens and surprisingly good food.
    Chicago is my spiritual chow home
  • Post #162 - October 31st, 2017, 12:24 pm
    Post #162 - October 31st, 2017, 12:24 pm Post #162 - October 31st, 2017, 12:24 pm
    A number of associates this past weekend went to Chada Thai and Wine. It is located in a large Asian strip mall at 3400 S. Jones Blvd. (about three miles west of the strip and just north of Desert Inn). The owner is a former manager of Lotus of Siam (which, unfortunately, is still closed). They thought that it was just outstanding, and they all hail from areas with lots of great Thai restaurants/options. I unfortunately did not get a chance to go, simply passing on info.

    Chada Thai
    http://www.chadavegas.com/index.html
    -
    I did absolutely nothing and it was everything I thought it could be.

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