Vegas Round Up

I spent way too many days in Las Vegas last week and I’m proud to say I can remember all of them and came back with a  little jingle in my pocket; down from my 52 week high, but still in the black. That is, unless you count the loss of my fancy camera before I even made it to the hotel; gone were the dreams of luxurious food pics and a pretty crappy way to start the adventure. That aside, I ate at some really amazing restaurants, and even though I’ve already made an excuse for some of the grainy pics, they still tell the story pretty damn well. The lineup consisted of Spago, China Poblano (twice), Sushi Roku, and Jaleo, which was my favorite.

Spago at the Shops at The Forum at Cesars

Spago at the Shops at The Forum at Cesars

Pea agnoletti

Pea agnolotti from Spago

I usually don't post pics of salads, but the butter lettuce version was pretty solid

I usually don’t post pics of salads, but the butter lettuce version was pretty solid

Up next was the quirky China Poblano that mixes Mexican style tapas w/ Chinese dim sum…how is this possible you may ask, but it works and it’s fun, and great for hangovers!

Cool Chinese Mask and

Cool Chinese mask and Mexican artwork display

Roasted pork tacos

Roasted pork rib tacos

Lucky Shu mai - scallops, beef and pork

Lucky shu mai – scallops, beef and pork

I really wanted to hit Raku, which is off the strip, but succumbed to peer pressure and ended up at Sushi Roku at Ceasars, which is supposedly the best sushi in town. While I obviously cannot validate that assertion, it was really good and the pre-dinner cocktails, including the “Far East Mule” were worth the price of admission. We sampled around 15 dishes, but a few stood out, and even less of those turned into decent pictures.

Sushi Roku

Sushi Roku

Toro, uni and scallop - my sushi trifecta!

Toro, uni and scallop – my sushi trifecta!

The next picture isn’t great, but the the Kobe beef skewers wrapped in foie gras was one of the best things that have graced these lips in a while.

Crappy picture, but amazingly delicious

Crappy picture, but amazingly delicious

We also polished off this amazing bottle of Kikusui Junmai Ginjo sake!

Sake time!

Sake time!

Last, and probably my favorite meal, was Jaleo from Chef Jose Andres; think over the top tapas with a nod to El Bulli. The dining room is flanked by two huge, open cooking areas were meats roasted over wood coals and paella pans sizzled and simmered with arborio. We ordered a cavalcade of their greatest hits including the famous liquid olives, salmon tartar cones w/ roe, and patatas bravas to name a few.

Jamon iberico

Jamon Iberico Fermin

Chicken fritters in a whimsical presentation

Chicken fritters in a whimsical presentation

Don’t sleep on the cocktails here either, as Jaleo whips up one of the best gin and tonics on the planet.

Jose's gin and tonic; love the ice work!

Jose’s gin and tonic; love the ice work!

Carpaccio

Carpaccio

Salmon cones w/ tartar and salmon roe

Salmon cones w/ tartar and salmon roe

Liquid olives and olives stuffed w/ anchovy and piquillo pepper

Liquid olives and olives stuffed w/ anchovy and piquillo pepper

We ate at a few other spots, but nothing really stood out, with the exception that the snack bar in the Bellagio makes a mean hamburger! I have also come to the realization that two days in Vegas is probably my max…

Spago on Urbanspoon

China Poblano on Urbanspoon

Sushi Roku on Urbanspoon

Jaleo by José Andrés on Urbanspoon

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