In my first post on this amazing night, I talked all about the “show” of Dine n Dash Las Vegas – a culinary tour of the restaurants of the SLS hotel (including getting to meet Jose Andres and Curtis Stone). For this blog, I turn to the wonderful food and drink we got to experience!
This event was a tasting menu for every restaurant in the hotel. It seems like this resort is designed all about the food (and the casino of course). We were very impressed with every single tasting station, so we had a smashing night!
After the initial welcome at Bazaar Meat, we first hit Umami Burger – for a really delicious little slider and an amber ale. The burger was the perfect first bite (as we were pretty hungry by this point).
Our next stop was Katsuya, a wonderful Japanese restaurant that gave us a really special experience. We got to see a full tuna on the sushi station, and the chef cut us off a small slice of the belly (the most fatty and delicious part of the tuna in our opinion). We ate it just like that, and it was delicious!
The other dishes were fresh and delightful, including a scallop sashimi and a lobster and truffle chawan-mushi (a salty flavour bomb). And, to top it all off, we got to enjoy a sake cocktail!
Not all the tasting stations were at the restaurants. We wandered into an Iberico ham shaving station at a blackjack table. Thin slices of Iberico were handed to us with a dab of caviar on top! As Chef Jose Andres said during the show, when you have excellent ingredients, you are more a provider than a chef! Loved this so much, it made us think of our honeymoon in Barcelona when we first discovered the joy of Iberico!
The next stop was a true surprise for both of us. Cleo is a mediterranean/middle eastern type of restaurant, and its unique logo first caught our attention. We were wowed by the deep flavour of the lamb tagine, and also completely loved the falafel ball and smoky octopus bite. Wonderful!
We were similarly surprised by Northside Cafe. Serving us tacos through counters cut in the walls, it looked like your typical hotel cafe. While the al pastor taco with the quail egg looked the most impressive, it was the pork and grilled pineapple barbacoa taco that was the most sensational. Paired with a tequila and grapefruit Paloma cocktail, this was a satisfying stop!
You would think by now we might be getting a bit full and jaded. Nope! It was fun being in a crowd of hundreds of other equally-excited foodies, and the bites were all pretty small – so you could sample just what you could handle eating (or go back for seconds for those really amazing bites).
We had a lot of fun at Ku Noodle, and judging by the line, this was one of the most popular stops of the night. It all started with a spectacular cold tea cocktail made with five spice, szechuan, star anise and cinnamon. I have never had anything like this and it was really interesting.
We really loved this asian restaurant, serving us delicious fried wonton, pork dumpling, a mini-duck pancake and wonderful spicy noodles! The sake punch was also a great hit.
I started to get tired at our second-last stop at 800 Degrees Pizzeria, so we grabbled a bench to enjoy a beer and two mini-pizzas of mushroom and pepperoni. This thin-crust fresh pizza would be perfect for a late night!
We started the night at Bazaar Meat with appetizers, so we decided to end the night there too. This is definitely a high-end special restaurant, and we both want to dedicate a night here sometime in the future.
We were wowed by the gazpacho shots, liquid green “olives” (a liquid that pops in your mouth with the taste of olives), a selection of cured meats and a wonderful new york sour drink to top of the night.
As we sat enjoying the last drinks and tastes of the night, we knew we had just experienced something really special. We were practically glowing and our cheeks were sore from smiling all night. This is what travel and good food is all about!!