I always get angry when I watch those food network shows where top chefs cook these delicious and amazing meals and I can only watch from behind my television screen, drooling. So I was sure I’d have to try out these celebrity chef’s restaurants when I landed in Vegas.
Quick bites at Todd English’s P.U.B. in the Aria hotel. They specialize in a selection of carved meats and poultry. I picked the seared salmon with TE BBQ sauce and the black truffle mayo served with toasted pita bread and an assortment of pickled vegetables. And of course, I couldn’t help but order a bucket of sweet potato french fries. This the healthiest pub food I’ve had. sooo goood.
Taking a leaf out of Anthony Bourdain’s travel logs, we went to Bouchon for brunch on Saturday. Bourdain claims that Thomas Keller’s sister restaurant, the French Laundry is “the best restaurant in the world. Period.” So there were high expectations when I went in. I ordered a rasberry Bellini , the brunch special, lamb with polenta and the Salade Maraîchère au Chèvre Chaud, a mixed green salad with warm goat cheese and red wine vinaigrette. Del-fu*@-ing-licious. Pardon my french.
I was eying these beignets that my friend ordered. Cinnamon beignets with Nutella and jam. Amazing.
…and one last fancy dinner at Valentino’s before we left for Houston. I ordered the Bistecchina: Thin Cut Australian “Wagyu” Rib Eye Steaks Served with Arugola Salad and Sautéed Zucchini. Left my camera at the hotel, but just saying the name of the dish makes my mouth water.