Category Archives: Las Vegas

Chipotle

This is a popular chain of Mexican takeaway found all over the US. You can have your choice of meat wrapped in a burrito, or you can take the healthy route and have it lopped on a salad. We got ourselves some chicken and rice, with just a small serving of black beans, and had it wrapped in a burrito, with some spicy salsa.

The burrito was extremely filling, and the salsa gave it a really nice kick. The chicken wasn’t overcooked, which is quite surprising for a fast food joint, and together with the portion of chips and (quite average) guacamole, was far too much for K to finish. Overall we quite liked the burrito – thought that it had some nice flavour. However, since we’re not experts on Mexican food, we can’t say for sure how this burrito compares to the real thing in Mexico, so we’re not going to be too generous with our praises on this one. Nevertheless, definitely a popular choice among Americans for their burritos, so large they’re easily the size of your head.

Service: NA
Food: 6/10

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Noodles

You know when we said that Penang (in Evanston) was the best restaurant serving South East Asian food outside South East Asia that we’ve ever been to? Scrap that. Noodles in Bellagio, Las Vegas now takes that honor.

We wanted an Asian meal in Las Vegas that wasn’t Panda Express (lol), and looking through the directory of restaurants in various hotels on the strip, we narrowed it down to 2 places – Noodles in Bellagio, and a Chinese restaurant in Caesars Palace. Thank God we decided to go to Noodles, as we ended up having a super amazing meal there.

The chef at Noodles is Singaporean, and he tries to keep his food as authentic as possible. Our starter of Roti Prata was really good, crispy and fluffy in all the right places. Even the curry was really authentic, and it had a slight sourish taste as roti prata curries all have.

The Hainanese Chicken Rice at Noodles is also very good. The chicken isn’t as cold as it should have been, but every other aspect of the dish was recreated very well. The chicken was juicy and tender, with a little of that wonderful jellied fat just under the skin, and the soup was just awesome. There was also a little bit of the ground ginger paste that we first had in Soup Kitchen in Singapore that we just love to bits, so additional points for that for sure!

Our other main, the Char Kwey Tiao, was by far the best Char Kwey Tiao outside Singapore we’ve ever had. There was fantastic wok hei, and incredible flavour in that dish. The only problem would be that it needed some cockles, but then again, we’ve never seen cockles outside Singapore (/Malaysia) ever, so I guess we should be contented with what we’ve got.

The side dish of sambal kangkong we ordered was also fantastic. All the flavours really brought back memories of food from home. (Recall with our review of Rasa Sayang in London when we said that eating at restaurants like these should help satisfy cravings, not make our cravings even worse?) Noodles has well and truly satisfied our Singaporean food cravings way beyond our expectations, and is the place to check out if you’re in Las Vegas and have a craving for some Singaporean delights.

Since we were starving (at time of ordering), we also ordered a platter of char siew and roast duck. These were just average. The char siew was quite nice, but the roast duck just paled in comparison to the ones we’ve had in London (and this justifies our belief that the best roast duck to be had in the world is in 4 Seasons in London). What a pity. Then again, Noodles is probably the place to go to for South East Asian food. The non-South East Asian dishes in their menu are probably just filler, for those who aren’t as adventurous, who like their food more Chinese.

Once again, we ended up with too much food. It would be a crime to let such good food go to waste and end up in the rubbish bin, so we asked for some take away boxes, and packed ourselves a really nice bento box to take away for lunch the next day, when we were going to be in Zion National Park on a little road trip. When we got back to Las Vegas after our road trip, we headed straight for Noodles for another meal! This time we tried the Singaporean Laksa as well, which was also very nice, though it wasn’t the most authentic version of Laksa, with large chunky slices of chicken.

Service: 7.5/10
Food: 7.5/10

Craftsteak

3799 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, NV 89109
702 891 7318

Tucked away in a little corner of MGM grand is craftsteak, Tom Colicchio’s steak restaurant. For those not big on US reality television, Tom Colicchio is the head judge on Bravo TV’s Top Chef, a competition where some of the nation’s best up and rising chefs compete for the title of Top Chef. We’ve enjoyed the food at his casual sandwich takeaway, ‘wichcraft, when we were in NYC, and were very excited to dine at his more atas steakhouse in Las Vegas, so our reservations for dinner were made literally the day they opened (think it was a month in advance). Being such huge fans of the show, there was absolutely no chance we were going to miss out on a dinner at his restaurant.

Service is excellent at Craftsteak. The moment you sit down you’re presented with a plate of steaming hot buns with some butter, and they’re truly some of the most delicate bread rolls we’ve ever had. Knowing that we were in for a really huge meal, we had to consciously remind ourselves not to overeat on those buns, and save some space in our tiny little Asian tummies (yeah right,) for our meat feast.

We went easy on the appetizers and ordered just a portion of lobster bisque to share. Our server offered to have it divided into 2 separate bowls so we didn’t have to fight across the table for it, which was really nice of him. The bisque was awesome. It smacked you across the face with flavour, and had wonderful chunks of lobster. It was a far more refined soup than clam chowder, but still without holding back on the flavour. Great start to the meal.

The next thing that happened was just bizarre. A photographer woman came around the restaurant to every table, and offered to take photos of the diners. She basically made us do the strangest poses ever for her while she took our photos. We had to put our arms over each other in the most awkward places, and if the session had gone on a little while more she would honestly have begun to ask us to climb on top of each other and sit on the table or something like that. It was very, very strange. No table was spared from her crazy requests, and it genuinely felt like a scene from Just for Laughs. Our photos must have turned out really badly, as she didn’t come back to ask us to buy them. Hopefully they’ve been destroyed, never to see the light of day ever again.

After that baffling intermission, dinner service resumed. Our Porterhouse was brought to us, together with our sides of grilled mushrooms, sautéed spinach and Yukon gold puree. It was a lot more food than we had imagined it would be, and we wasted no time digging in. The sides were all extremely well prepared. Our favourite side dish was definitely the Yukon gold puree. Yukon gold potatoes are extremely well suited for such a preparation, and they were honestly the best potato puree we’ve ever had. It wasn’t too creamy or buttery, yet still managed to be smooth and luscious with the most amazing consistency. This is one of the things we still dream about regularly. This was totally worth its weight in gold.

The steak was also incredible. The seasoning was far more subdued in this porterhouse as compared to the other porterhouse that we had, at Hawksmoor in London, and we liked that this version showcased the meat beautifully. With this steak you get to taste the flavours and textures of the 2 different cuts of meat. On top of that, with this type of preparation in Craftsteak, you get to enjoy your steak without the distraction of too much seasoning or salt. In fact, unlike most restaurants we’ve been to in Europe, or USA, salt and pepper is absent from the table. They’re so proud of the way they prepare their food at Craftsteak that they know that you have no need to add more salt or pepper to your dish. Indeed, even though the seasoning isn’t aggressive, the wonderful natural flavours of the meat are enough to give you that party in your mouth.

There’s a very good reason why Tom Colicchio is the head judge of Top Chef – his food is well and truly in a class of its own. We loved his casual sandwich joint in NYC, and here in Las Vegas he has once again impressed us with his upscale, glamourous steakhouse. There are probably a million places to eat at in Las Vegas, but this is one place you should definitely head to. If you’ve had a really good day at the tables, you can do as the guy next to us did, and order their most expensive type of meat, some black angus steak thingy, or you can do as we did and get a porterhouse, which is large enough for 3 to share. Either way, you will most definitely enjoy the service and the food at Craftsteak as we did. Now, we so desperately want that Yukon gold puree recipe!!!

Service: 9/10
Food: 8.5/10