Previously on Adam Riff™: Eater's Digest: Las Vegas 2
sake rok / lvb burgers / the buffet at wynn / eatt / gelatology / libertine social / the buffet at wynn / standard and pour / donut bar / the buffet at wynn / the goodwich / the buffet at wynn / eatt / dw bistro / bacchanal buffet / port of subs
This trip, I spent about $150 Uber-ing off-Strip to try stuff.
Big Poppa Tart (Donut Bar)
^ A one-pound donut with a Pop Tart inside.
I ordered one with a strawberry Pop Tart inside. It was sickeningly tasty, inexplicably reminiscent of birthday cake.
Crispy Rice (Sake Rok)
spicy tuna, serrano pepper, coriander, ponzu
—Amuse-bouche yaki onigiri.
Ratatouille Rolls (Eatt)
zucchini, eggplant, red pepper
^ I could do without the…shallots?
Exotic Fruits (Eatt)
coconut foam, passion fruit heart, macha tea meringue
gluten-free tortilla chips
^ Like guacamole, but made with broccoli.
O.M.G. Burger (LVB Burgers)
duck burger stuffed with muenster cheese, smoked ketchup, heirloom tomato, watercress, roasted duck mayo
—Where I began to wonder if I actually love duck, or if I just love Peking duck. [to be continued in Philadelphia]
Date and Bleu Cheese Jam (Standard and Pour)
buttered almond, bacon bread
^ I couldn't discern the bacon in the accompanying "bacon bread."
Crispy Oysters (Standard and Pour)
sriracha egg salad, flying fish roe
—Sriracha egg salad.
Venison Tartare (Standard and Pour)
cherry mostarda, white chocolate, quail egg
—Raw venison with white chocolate.
Wine and Cheese Sundae (Standard and Pour)
cheesecake blondie, merlot ice cream, brandied cherry
—Merlot ice cream.
Fruit Loop Panna Cotta (Standard and Pour)
orange sorbet, raspberry gummy, hazelnut
^ To my relief, the raspberry gummies were tender.
There is nothing that (Gelatology) won't infuse milk with. Among the gelato flavours available the night I visited: Boo Berry, Croissant Bread Pudding, Count Chocula, Halo-Halo Rice Pudding, and Green Tea Kit Kat.
(DW Bistro) fuses Jamaican and New Mexican cuisine.
Jerk Fried Calamari (DW Bistro)
sweet chile glaze, basil, sweet hot peppers
DW Fried Chicken (DW Bistro)
dusted with jerk-seasoned flour
—I ordered a side of fried chicken and requested dark meat. My waiter informed me that (DW Bistro) only fries white meat. "Fine," I replied. Then this arrived:
Chive Turkey (The Goodwich)
chive ricotta, cranberry, greens, walnut, chicken skin, swiss
—I came for this sandwich…
Pig o' the Week: El Escobar (The Goodwich)
butt n' belly, sofrito, avocado, plantain, pepperjack, apple
—and stayed for this one.
Jalapeño-Sour Cream Chips (The Goodwich)
[right] Negroni (Libertine Social)
juniper panna cotta cake, campari gel, pistachio crumble
^ A dessert adaptation of a Negroni. As I've never had a Negroni, I can't tell you how well it translates. It was a bitter dessert, though.
^ [left] Manhattan (Libertine Social)
rye whiskey bread pudding, vanilla and house maraschinos ice cream
Strawberry Gazpacho Shots (Libertine Social)
king crab, avocado puree, hearts of palm
^ Parmesan Churros (Libertine Social)
Foieco (Naked City Tavern)
tortilla stuffed with fatty duck liver, duck confit, charred cherry tomatoes, pickled vegetables, and santa barbara uni cream
—Foie gras and duck confit and uni – oh my!
Bacon Candle (Naked City Tavern)
a square of solidified pork fat with a wick surrounded by a ring of sweet balsamic reduction, two high-end salts, and both bacon and basil powder
^ Diners light it up and wait for the grease to melt into the other ingredients, at which point they sop it all up with charred crostini.
Frito Pizza Pie (Flour and Barley)
topped with chili, cheddar cheese, onions, fritos chips, sour cream, and chives
^ Two pies in one.
KYGO Cloud Nine "S'mores" (Beauty and Essex)
dark chocolate torte, pecan graham crumble, marshmallow clouds, white and milk chocolate sauces
^ A Norwegian DJ-inspired dessert.
Decadence D'or Cupcake (The Venetian / The Palazzo)
palmira single estate chocolate, derived from the rare and fragile porcelana criollo bean; tahitian gold vanilla caviar, the world's most labor-intensive agricultural crop; louis xiii de rémy martin cognac, 100 years in the making; edible gold flakes; hand-blown sugar fleur-de-lis
—A $750 cupcake.