Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Nevada Chicken Cafe - Arroyo Crossing

I'm not really sure how I feel about Nevada Chicken Cafe. The food was a little on the bland side and I didn't feel the need to finish everything on my plate.

They have an extensive menu of sandwiches, rotisserie chicken, wraps, ribs and salads, but nothing stood out to me so I ended up with a Hawaiian wrap with fruit salad.

The chicken was ok, but not very plentiful or flavorful. All of my dining companions had the same lackluster response to the meal. 

For the price, the meal didn't really live up to our expectations.

Location: 7340 Arroyo Crossing Pkwy, Ste 105, Las Vegas, NV 89113

Items sampled: hawaiian chicken wrap with fruit salad.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Made L.V.

Fall weather calls for fabulous patio work lunches.

We arrived before the lunch rush and were seated out on the patio. They have a lot of great options, so we decided to share a number of items and we couldn't resist dessert.

We had the baked artichoke, mussels, corn and shrimp fritters, extra garlic bread to sop up all the rest of the juice from the mussels and we topped off our delicious lunch with freshly made doughnuts with raspberry dipping sauce.

Everything was great and I look forward to coming back to try the rest of their menu. I highly recommend the mussels and baked artichoke. Service was great and refills were plentiful. 

I haven't been to Tivoli very often, but with places like Made LV, I'm willing to explore Tovoli a little more often.

Items sampled: baked artichoke, corn and shrimp fritters, mussels and doughnut holes.

Location: 450 S Rampart Blvd, Ste 120, Las Vegas, NV 89145

Jinya Ramen

This is a welcome addition to the corner of Flamingo and Decatur. 

The restaurant is cute and modern. They recently started serving lunch during the weekend, so my fella and I decided to stop by. 

We shared a crispy rice with tuna as an appetizer and I opted for the spicy tonkotsu and my fella ordered the spicy chicken ramen.

I wouldn't recommend the crispy rice appetizer. The texture and taste were completely off. The ramen was tasty. Not the best I've ever had, but decent. The spice levels were good and not overly salty like others I've had. 

The noise level was a little high in the restaurant. I like having music accompanying my meals, but it was overwhelming and hard to hear.

Service was very friendly and efficient. I wouldn't mind coming back to check out their happy hour.

Location: 4860 W Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89103

Items sampled: spicy chicken ramen, spicy tonkotsu ramen, crispy rice with tuna.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Da Kitchen Cafe

Our first meal in Maui was a solid one. 

We arrived in town starving and I already had a plan to try out Da Kitchen first thing. 

We arrived and the places was bustling for lunch, but we were seated quickly and given menus. My fella and I decided to share some appetizers since we didn't want to get too full for dinner. 

We tried the kim chee crab cake, deep fried spam musubi and the wontons. We also tried the Macademia nut cream pie for dessert. 

Everything was really good and there were so many different items on the menu that looked amazing, so we were actually interested in returning a second time during our trip to try a full meal, but didn't get a chance. 

Da Kitchen is definitely worth a visit when you're ever in Maui.

Location: 425 Koloa St, Ste 104, Kahului, HI 96732

Items sampled: kalua pig wontons, kim chee crab crake, deep fried spam musubi, macademia nut cream pie.

Mama's Fish House

With so many rave reviews and a visit to Maui on the horizon, choosing Mama's Fish House for my birthday dinner was a no brainer.

We arrived early for a 7pm reservation, hoping they would be able to seat us early. They had a packed house, so we instead enjoyed some cocktails at the bar while we waited. 

Service at the bar was superb and the wait time flew by. 7pm finally came rolling by and we were seated at a lovely table with a personalized birthday card. 

Our server came by quickly to introduce himself, take our drink orders. Throughout our entire meal, our server and all the other employees made were wonderful. Attentive, friendly and they seemed to predict what we needed and wanted telepathically. 

We started with the lobster guacamole with taro chips and sashimi trio. My fella who doesn't even like avocado, was practically licking the bowl to savor every last morsel. The sashimi was so fresh, it melted in my mouth and every bite made me smile. 

For entrees, I opted for the opakapaka with Maui onions and avocado and my fella order their famous macademia nut crusted mahimahi stuffed with crab and lobster. This dish was a star, but both dishes were so incredibly fresh and delicious, there are really no words to describe how wonderful our food was.

When it was time to decide on a dessert we ended up with a macademia nut and banana crisp. They also brought us some guava and strawberry ice cream as a birthday treat. Both desserts were incredible, but we were so stuffed from our meal, we weren't able to finish either, despite our best effort. 

All in all, this was the best meal of our entire visit to Maui. It lived up to all our expectations and we  will be back the next time we visit the island. 

Location: 799 Poho Pl, Paia, HI 96779

Items sampled: lobster guacamole, sashimi trio, opakapaka, macademia but crusted mahimahi, banana and macademia nut crisp and guava and strawberry ice cream

808 Bistro

I Great breakfast spot with a relaxed atmosphere and really tasty food.

I ordered the crab cake benedict, my fella opted for the original benedict and we shared a slice of the banana nut bread french toast. I'm not the biggest fan of banana nut bread but this was a nice dish and not overly sweet. The crab cake benedict was great. It had a spicy kick and the hollandaise wasn't overly rich or runny. 

It is BYOB, so if you're craving mimosas with breakfast, that's an option. The servers were friendly and personable and generous with the refills.

Items sampled: crab cake benedict, eggs  benedict, banana nut bread french toast

Location: 2511 S Kihei Rd, Kihei, HI 96753

Gazebo Restaurant

This is a great little restaurant with a view to die for. When walking up there was a short line, which was only about a 10 minute wait. The line got crazy after we arrived, so we were lucky to get there at the perfect time. 

We finally for a seat and enjoyed the beautiful ocean view while we decided what we wanted for breakfast. 

My fella and I decided to share the fried rice omelette and a combination pancake with bananas, macademia nuts and coconut. The pancakes were fluffy and very tasty. The fried ride was solid. Not the best fried rice I've ever had, but everything tastes better with an amazing view like that. Portions were extremely generous and even with a small order of pancakes and a half order of the fried rice, we had a lot leftover to take back to the hotel with us.

The service was friendly and attentive, making our meal all the more enjoyable. Definitely worth the trek. They even have umbrellas for those waiting in the sunny line for a table. 

Location: 5315 Lower Honoapiilani Rd, Lahaina, HI 96761

Items sampled: fried rice omelette and combination pancakes