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Fresh seafood and menus updated twice daily arrive
An ever-changing menu of seafood comes with the new Water Grill, the seafaring restaurant based in the former Spago space at the Forum Shops at Caesars. Twice a day, the restaurant changes its menu to showcase a roster of 16 different oysters, sushi, and fresh catches such as a wild Maryland black sea bass and wild Brittany Dover sole.
The restaurant with roots in California features its own in-house distribution center in Southern California, cutting out the middleman to deliver fresh fish and seafood daily. For example, the opening menu features Maryland soft shell crabs, king salmon from the Columbia River, and Santa Barbara spot prawns, housed in salt water holding tanks in front of the open kitchen at the back of the restaurant. North American hard-shell lobster, Oregon Dungeness crab, California spiny lobster, and live Barents Sea red king crab reside there.
Standouts so far include Peruvian scallops, wild Pacific bigeye tuna poke, a hearty wild Spanish octopus, and Wild Neets Bay salmon with a farro risotto.
Hatch Design Group created the interior fashioned like an old wooden ship with wide plank wood floors, a polished copper bar top, and the large wooden support beams throughout the restaurant.
Water Grill, Forum Shops at Caesars, 3500 Las Vegas Blvd. S., 702-832-4777. Open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Friday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight.
The “compassionate food crafters” Garden Grill debuts very soon
A longtime fixture and favorite among the local vegan and vegetarian dining community, Garden Grill is very close to upgrading from its farmer’s market origins to a full-time, counter-service restaurant.
Originally scheduling “soft opening” days ahead of its official debut, a broken A/C unit prompted the owners to instead announce a series of “pop up,” limited hour test days while the team works out any remaining operational kinks.
The Garden Grill replaces the 1,300-square-foot former home of Samurai Sam’s Teriyaki Grill at 7550 W. Lake Mead Blvd., a short walk from the Sprouts grocery store at the Summerlin Gateway Plaza retail center.
Yet to reveal its future opening hours, the “100% plant based” menu is expected to include a number of the “compassionate food crafters’” best known dishes, including its “Crispy Chick’n Sandwiches,” “Philly Cheeze Steaks,” and “beer battered avocado” tacos, also adding a Jones soda fountain machine and soft serve desserts.
Hawaiian food abounds in Las Vegas — aka the Ninth Island — so it comes as no surprise that it’s easy to find a slew of breakfast spots that serve tropical fare. Diners in search of spam and eggs with fried rice, guava pancakes, and Hawaiian barbecue for breakfast will find them at these restaurants.
Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted | National Geographic via Eater
Plus a bloody Mary bar and more
CAESARS PALACE — Chef and television personality Gordon Ramsay has a new adventure television series coming out and he wants the world to be a part of the first episode. He hosts a viewing party at Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill on Sunday, July 21, at 7 p.m. for Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted. Attendees not only get to see the first episode that airs on the National Geographic Channel but walk away with a free gift, a copy of National Geographic’s exclusive stand-alone special Uncharted magazine, and dessert at the restaurant. The show takes viewers with Ramsay as he “meets with indigenous people and local food legends around the globe to learn about the cultures, dishes, and flavors unique to each location.” [EaterWire]
Gordon Ramsay Uncharted trailer gives chef National Geographic series National Geographic TV - YouTube
GRAMERCY — Kitchen Table Squared now has a build-your-own bloody Mary bar on the weekends for $26 per person. Diners can add cocktail onions, bacon, blue cheese olives, several, scorching hot sauces, celery, cucumber, olives, fried shrimp, pickles carrots, pepperoncinis, radish, horseradish, asparagus, beef jerky, baby corn, pickles, cherry tomatoes, cheese cubes, prosciutto, fried onion strings, waffles, pickled cauliflower, and bell peppers to their weekend libations. [EaterWire]
LAS VEGAS — A South LA trio known as the “Foodminati” opened a new daytime restaurant known as The Court Cafe in Los Angeles, and now has plans to make the jump to Las Vegas. The self-proclaimed “Foodminati” consists of Taco Mell’s Jermelle Henderson, Bleu Kitchen’s Calvin Johnson, and Keith Garett of All Flavor No Grease. Dishes include a taco omelet, waffles with brown sugar butter, three kinds of seafood paired with grits, and the crowd-pleasing lobster and waffles. The collective didn’t tease a Las Vegas location. [Eater LA]
Grilled chicken burrito at Buena Vista Kitchen | Buena Vista Kitchen [Official Site]
Buena Vista Kitchen opens
Chef Manuel Garduno brings a menu of Mexican dishes to his new restaurant at the Lakeside Event Center in Desert Shores. Buena Vista Kitchen offers on-the-go items ranging from burritos and tacos to omelets, salads, and crepes, offering a new way to order fast food.
Burritos filled with carne asada, grilled chicken, veggies, and carnitas, along with breakfast varieties stuffed with scrambled eggs, Italian sausage, and more make up a bulk of the breakfast and lunch menu. Tacos are $2.50 each, breakfast crepes with chorizo, bacon, scrambled eggs, and more go for $11, and three omelet options cost $8 each. Crepes even come in sweet options such as the bananas Foster, berry, dulche de leche, and Nutella and banana for $9. Quesadillas, salads, and ice cream churros round out the menu.
Buena Vista Kitchen, 2620 Regatta Drive #111, 702-560-2454. Open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Tracking all the changes coming to the Windmill Lane Plaza
Shoku Ramen-ya, Bachi Burger, and Blue Sea Sushi &Izakaya allshuttered earlier this year at the southeast’s Windmill Lane Plaza, but the retail hub is making up for the loss with five new casual dining options expected to debut before the end of the year.
The latest tenant to join the changes will be Rivas Mexican Grill, creators of the self-described “best steak fries in town” and its familiar menu of “always fresh” choices, including menudo and pozole. Yet to announce the expansion, Rivas recently debuted in Carson City and will next open in the southwest at 5660 Hualapai Way, a short walk from the under construction Bruges Waffles & Frites.
Also on the way, a new Domino’s Pizza outpost, plus Opulicious Poke’sSamoan-inspired menu imported from its current home in Waianae, on the far west side of Hawaii.
Replacing Bachi Burger will be the first Nevada restaurant for Houston’s Juicy Burgers, featuring “America’s burger,” beef, chicken breast, or “veggie garden” patties and toppings that can be customized by each customer.
First to debut will be Hidaka Sushi, located next door to Level Up Nitro Creamery & Boba and overseen by chef and owner Nakamura Takashi, who continues to operate his successful, four-year old Sushi Takashi in Chinatown. New signage and much of Hidaka’s interior furnishings are already in place.
Craft beers expanding from Henderson to the Arts District
Henderson’s CraftHaus Brewery hopes customers to be able to sip-and-go when their Arts District “tasting room” debuts later this year and has applied for permission to let craft beer fans take their Nevada-born beers home with them.
Moving next door to the under construction Garagiste “urban lounge,” Crafthaus will occupy 1,1612 square feet at the base of The Venice mixed-use building, on the corner of California Street and Casino Center Boulevard. The building is announcing it is fully leased and also for sale for $5,999,900.
Designed by RAD studio, the same team behind the future Garagiste interior, Crafthaus plans to allow customers buy “multi-pack” beers to go, or drink on site from one of its 24 taps, while sitting around the L-shaped bar, at banquettes, or along the row of window seats.
Hosting enough space for 52, neighbor Esther’s Kitchen will provide the “light food options” and a small outdoor patio is also in the works. An estimated opening date has not been announced.
DOWNTOWN — Ryan Reaves, the Canadian-American right winger for the Vegas Golden Knights, just received approval from the City of Las Vegas for a liquor license for 7Five Brewing at 1510 S. Main St. The enforcer teams up with Henderson’s Able Baker Brewing Co. on a restaurant and pub opening soon. He tells the city council: “7Five holds a lot of meaning to me as it is the only number I’ve worn in my 10-year career in the NHL, along with the two years with the Golden Knights. I’d like to say that this company is not a ‘celebrity’ endorsement, while it is about me it’s about the great people of Las Vegas. I’ve only been here for two years and I’ve realized that this city has so much culture and so many stories to tell and through our branding and marketing we are planning on telling those stories and bringing the city with this company.” The 7,504-square-foot venue replaces a long vacant furniture store, a few steps from Wyoming Avenue and three blocks to the west of Dino’s Lounge. [News3LV]
ARTS DISTRICT — File Treehouse, the proposed rooftop pool taking over the former The Attic space, among the projects that probably will never happen. Brock Metzka’s Arts District Holdings, the developer, ended the tenant’s lease and filed a lawsuit on July 5 in Clark County District Court that claims that Jason Manley, Craig Missen, Garry Sweet, and Treehouse Lounge Holdings failed to complete five months of construction and tenant-improvement payments or pay for any of the $1.2 million-plus in change orders. The lawsuit also seeks $7.8 million to cover a 15-year rental contract. Treehouse at 1021 S. Main St. promised a small speakeasy near the front entrance, a main 300-seat dining room serving Australian food with a DJ booth, another bar to the rear of the first floor, and a separate video poker lounge. [LVRJ]
Sin City is home to a lot of restaurants and bars, but there are tons of hidden gems that the majority of Las Vegans aren’t unearthing. To help guide readers to these potential discoveries, Eater Vegas enlisted some of the city’s food players to share their recommendations for a feature dubbed Dining Confidential.
Nicolas Kalpokdjian, part of the trio behind the healthy restaurant Eatt Gourmet Bistro and French cafe Partage, loves opening new businesses, perhaps due to his two degrees in management and corporate finance from EDHEC Business School in France. Aside from working in France, Hong Kong, China, and Brazil with more than 30 chefs on the business side of operations, he founded Restolib.fr, a digital platform that provides all-in-one resources for corporate cooking events. Here he shares some of his top dining picks in Las Vegas.
Do you remember your first trip to Vegas? What happened that was memorable?
I was seven the first time I came to Vegas. It was 1991 and the Mirage just opened. I still remember the pool seemed huge in my kid eyes. I also had the privilege to see one of Siegfried and Roy’s shows. Since that day, Las Vegas always had a special place in my mind, and I knew I was going to come back.
What made you decide to move to Las Vegas?
I am passionate about hotels, restaurants, and casinos and it was a dream of mine since I was a kid to move here and start a business. When I graduated from business school in 2008, I started reading Las Vegas newspaper every day and it took me six years to put the right team together and finally move here in 2014.
Where do you like to eat breakfast in Las Vegas?
I like to grab some croissants and apple turnover at Café Breizh, it really reminds me of the breakfast I had back in Paris, where I was living before moving here.
What about lunch?
I love Greek food so I have to say that Meraki Greek Grill is my favorite option for lunch. The tzatziki is amazing, and the spanakopita reminds me of my trips to Greece. If I am close to the Strip, I like to go to Milos at Cosmopolitan as well for their amazing value lunch menu.
If you’re going out for dinner, which restaurants do you like to frequent? What makes them special? Any dishes you can recommend?
For dinner, depending on the occasion, there are a few places I like to go. For a casual dinner, I like to go to Echo & Rig. The butcher is doing a great job, and his burgers are the best. I like trying new restaurants too and our team goes out quite often to try what is new. I would also recommend Mordeo for the octopus and the carne asada, Sparrow + Wolf for the tasting menu, EDO Gastro Tapas & Wine for the authentic selection of tapas and the great hospitality by Roberto.
Where do you like to dine for a special occasion?
For special occasions, I would really recommend Marche Bacchus for their very impressive wine selections and the stunning patio. Also, Rivea and Skyfall offer a breathtaking view over our very own Las Vegas. Chef Bruno and Kevin, the general manager, are very talented and always make me feel welcome there.
Let’s say you want to hang out with your friends after work. Where do you like to go?
After closing the restaurant, we like to go with our team to Herbs & Rye for unique cocktails and nice ambiance. We like going to Lamaii as well for their duck panang. One of my personal favorites is Viet Noodle Bar, where I know that I can stop by at any time of the day or night to have great Vietnamese food that brings me back to my childhood when my grandmother and mother were cooking Vietnamese dishes every Sunday. The flank pho is my go-to dish during winter, and the pork bao bun would be my recommendation during summer.
Any healthy restaurants that you like to dine at in Las Vegas?
Not because we own the place, but our team at Eatt Gourmet Bistro does an amazing job at designing healthy and delicious recipes. I really recommend the chilled soups, the goat cheese tartine (the only item we kept on the menu since day one) and the duck entrée. Save room for amazing light and tasty desserts made by chef Vincent.
How about French restaurants?
I like to go to Le Cirque at Bellagio, where the general manager Ivo does an amazing job making us feel special. L’Atelier and Joel Robuchon are definitely must-try restaurants. Both restaurants’ kitchen are run by young and talented chefs, and we really like to support their creativity.
Promises “the best pad Thai, hands down” is on the way
Thai Spoon had hoped to be serving “amazing appetizers, majestic main courses, and delicious desserts” by August, but the Centennial newcomer remains under construction and is now announcing a September debut.
Joining the small handful of Thai options in the neighborhood, the restaurant will move next door to The Butcher Block at the Centennial Square retail center, a short distance from the intersection of Durango Drive and Centennial Parkway.
Filling a roomy3,520 square feet across two vacant spaces, daily opening hours are expected to be from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m and closing at 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Customers can also order dishes to go.
Already previewed for the future menu, tom kha gai, its spin on chicken coconut soup, panang curry, plus “the “BEST Pad Thai, hands down!!!”