Sunday, November 23, 2014

SW Steakhouse

 I asked what my fella wanted for his birthday dinner and said he wanted a really good steak. What my fella wants, my fella gets. We had a reservation and were seated immediately.

Service was superb and so was the food. We started with the half order of the cold seafood platter and I loved everything served. The crab salad was particularly addictive. One thing my fella and I couldn't agree on was what appetizers we wanted to try, but have no fear, they offer half orders of all of these so we were able to try everything our heart's desired. My favorite was the creamed corn. I actually wish I had a full order of this side all to myself. It was rich and creamy and so delicious. 

For our main course, I ordered the bone-in New York and my fella ordered the Bone-in ribeye. Mine was good, but I only ordered it since the birthday boy picked the ribeye that I usually choose and I don't like to order two of the same thing. The ribeye was the star of the show. 

Perfectly cooked and melt in your mouth delicious. We tried to save room for dessert, but no luck. We were stuffed. 

Everything was superb, I only wish the waterfall wasn't so loud. It's a nice view, but ever so loud and distracting. My ears were ringing by the end of the meal.


Items sampled: bone-in Ribeye, bone-in New York, half cold seafood platter, creamed corn, onion rings

Location: 3131 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

English's Quintessentially British

English's is an interesting conundrum. With a name like English's Quintessentially British, I was picturing a more quaint cottage feel instead of the ultra modern and sleek decor. They have a nice patio overlooking the center of Town Square and they could really do a lot with this place. 

Unfortunately, there are just as many things to dislike about this place as there are to like. 

The pros: decent drink selection, nice patio area, pleasant staff and relatively fair priced happy hour food.

The cons: some of the food was decent, but is was a crapshoot and nothing blew me away flavor-wise.

Overall, I would recommend English's for happy hour only and I'm still curious to try their afternoon tea.


Items sampled: Strongbow cider, salmon crostini, steak and mushroom pie

Location: Town Square, 6599 Las Vegas Blvd, Ste 210, Las Vegas, NV 89119

Jazz Brunch at Country Club, Wynn Las Vegas

After hearing so many great things about the Jazz Brunch, I was excited to try them today for my mom's birthday meal. 

We arrived at 11 on the dot for our reservation and were seated quickly. Our server took our water order and told us our options for brunch. 

We decided to order some made to order entrees from the menu before venturing up to the buffet line. Nothing from the menu really stood out as exciting, but I held out hope that quality would win out over innovation. Unfortunately this wasn't the case. Flavors were just ok and I didn't enjoy most of the breakfast items we ordered from the print menu. 

The buffet line was pretty small. I enjoyed some of the meats from the carving station, but nothing that blew me away. The king crab was dry and after only a bite or two, I gave up on it entirely. The oysters were just ok and the only things I actually enjoyed were the bacon, cheeses, pastry basket and the asparagus. A sad percentage of the items sampled.

Service was spotty. Our server was very nice, but forgetful. He would say he was bringing refills or replacement silverware and we would wait and wait. He was apologetic, so I gave him the benefit of the doubt of first, but it started becoming ridiculous after a while and we all grew impatient. Despite mentioning it was mom's birthday, they did nothing to acknowledge it. I didn't expect a fanfare, but a nice little dessert with a birthday message would have been appreciated. Our waiter also forgot to bring over the dessert menu after asking a few times, we finally gave up and decided to pay our bill and leave.

The music was fun and the view was nice, but none of these factors made up for the food and service issues we encountered. I won't be back and wouldn't recommend to anyone I know.


Location: 3131 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Kung Fu Tea

On a late night milk tea run, we ended up at Kung Fu Tea. The shop is really cute and their menu is extensive. 

I appreciate that they ask how sweet you want your drink as most places don't do this. The servers are friendly and helpful. 

I ordered an oolong milk tea when herbal jelly on my first visit and a taro milk tea with boba ok my second visit. Both were good, albeit a little heavier on the milk than I would like. They always ask if the drink is good and are more than happy to make any adjustments if the drink isn't to your liking. 

Nice little shop and the boba is solid. I'll be back, but I'll make sure to let them know I like a little lighter handed with the milk.


Location: 5030 Spring Mountain Rd, Ste 8, Las Vegas, NV 89146

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Kauai Cafe

After passing by Kauai Cafe on a number of occasions, i finally got a chance to try them out today. 

We were greeted warmly and almost everything on the menu looked great. I decided on the kalbi plate and you get mac salad and a choice of fried rice, steamed rice or fried noodles, I chose steamed rice. My dining companion opted for katsu chicken. 

While we waited our server came out and chatted with us for quite a while and he was so nice and personable. Our food came out soon after and our jaws dropped at the generous portions. I enjoyed every bite and I had more than half my meal packed up to take home with me. I was stuffed and so was my dinner partner. 

Great big portions of delicious homemade food for such a low price, I look forward to coming back soon.


Items sampled: kalbi plate and chicken katsu with steamed rice and mac salad

Location: 10140 W Tropicana Ave, Ste 122, Las Vegas, NV 89147

Sunday, November 9, 2014

SW Steakhouse

 I asked what my fella wanted for his birthday dinner and said he wanted a really good steak. What my fella wants, my fella gets. We had a reservation and were seated immediately.

Service was superb and so was the food. We started with the half order of the cold seafood platter and I loved everything served. The crab salad was particularly addictive. One thing my fella and I couldn't agree on was what appetizers we wanted to try, but have no fear, they offer half orders of all of these so we were able to try everything our heart's desired. My favorite was the creamed corn. I actually wish I had a full order of this side all to myself. It was rich and creamy and so delicious. 

For our main course, I ordered the bone-in New York and my fella ordered the Bone-in ribeye. Mine was good, but I only ordered it since the birthday boy picked the ribeye that I usually choose and I don't like to order two of the same thing. The ribeye was the star of the show. 

Perfectly cooked and melt in your mouth delicious. We tried to save room for dessert, but no luck. We were stuffed. 

Everything was superb, I only wish the waterfall wasn't so loud. It's a nice view, but ever so loud and distracting. My ears were ringing by the end of the meal.


Items sampled: bone-in Ribeye, bone-in New York, half cold seafood platter, creamed corn, onion rings

Location: 3131 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Blueberry Hill - Decatur & Flamingo

This is the newest Blueberry Hill. It opened up a little over a week ago on the corner of Flamingo and Decatur and replaced what used to be a Marie Callender's. 

They didn't change much as far as interior decor goes, but I am glad after quote a while of this location being vacant that there is a new restaurant in the area. Even better to have a new breakfast spot. 

On this occasion, my mom and I stuck to the dinner menu and they have several grand opening specials going on now. We opted for dinner entrees and received a free dessert. The menu is huge and after a long time of perusing I decided on the honey coconut chicken with a side of fries and green beans. I do not like canned veggies, so I avoided the green beans, but enjoyed the rest of my meal. The chicken was moist and not overly sweet like I was expecting. My mom enjoyed her pork chops and for dessert I ordered the carrot cake and my mom went with the blueberry pie. She enjoyed her, but I felt mine was a little dry for my taste. I took it home and my fella enjoyed it quite a bit, so it's more of a acquired taste.

I'm usually a fan of this chain's breakfasts, so I'll be back for that. They also have an enormous assortment of desserts to choose from that are all made in house. 

The food is nothing amazing, but it's solid and this location is a lot nicer than others in town.


Items sampled: honey coconut chicken, pork chops, blueberry pie and carrot cake

Location: 4875 West Flamingo Road, Las Vegas, NV 89103