Eatin’ In Las Vegas 4

March 6, 2014 at 9:59 PM Leave a comment

During our most recent trip to Las Vegas, we had the opportunity to try two new places worth mentioning. Jaleo and Scarpetta are both located in the Cosmopolitan alongside the fun and funky China Poblano and the trend worthy Holsteins. Both, while being far too expensive are very good restaurants.

Jeff dined at Scarpetta alone and fully enjoyed the experience. Seated overlooking the Bellagio fountains, the view and the meal was excellent. He started with the perfectly roasted scallops served over a spread of squash and littered with a mélange of citrus and pumpkin seeds; this was a tantalizing appetizer, yet no match for the amazing entrée.

A Veal loin was wrapped in Italian jowl bacon and served with miniature carrots, segments of cauliflower and chanterelle mushrooms. Each bite was heaven and when it came near to the end, Jeff cut increasingly smaller pieces to extend the pleasure. It was that good. The vanilla and Nutella bombolona (mini round doughnuts) served with banana gelato was a flawless end to a fabulous meal.

Jaleo is celebrated Chef Jose Andres’ Spanish Tapas restaurant. Unlike some other celebrity chefs, this spot, menu and execution was not “phoned-in.” Instead, the James Beard Award winning creator of Minibar (in Washington DC) has developed an assortment of tantalizing and fabulous tapas dishes that become, upon first bite, memorable.

We had an opportunity to sample eight of the dozens of dishes. Each of us selected three, we agreed on one and because everything was so good, we asked the waiter to choose “one last dish”. Pan De Cristal Con Tomate Fresco is a tomato topped toasted bread that established a wonderful beginning. The sharp fresh tomato flavor almost tasted “creamy” against the crunch of the bread. Michele then jumped into Salmorejo, a refreshing chilled tomato and garlic soup that Jeff couldn’t help but dip into. She then tried the Bikini De Jamón Ibérico, Queso Manchego Y Trufas, small triangular “sandwiches” of excellent Jamon and Manchego while Jeff sampled the Idiazábal Con Membrillo, a delightful dense, nutty cheese served with a dollop of quince paste. The warm Brussels Sprout salad with ham, apricot and apple was remarkable as were the mussels, both because of the unexpected flavor of citrus. We wanted more and told the waiter to surprise us. Canelones Tradicionales De Cerdo Y Hígado De Pato Con Salsa Béchamel was a heavenly combination of pork and foie gras drenched in a rich, flavorful béchamel. it was a great addition. For dessert we shared Pan Con Chocolate, beautiful, rich dark custard topped with a lace of “bread” and olive oil ice cream. We have had some good meals in Las Vegas and this is likely among the best.

Las Vegas still provides some very good food. They also charge more than is fair for that good food. We’d sure enjoy the city better if the cost were more in-line, but we guess you can’t ask for everything in a city struggling to overcome the growing lack of gambling dollars. Deep down inside, we wish people would wager more, so food services wouldn’t have to make up for the difference!

http://www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com/taste/restaurant-collection/scarpetta.aspx3708 South Las Vegas Boulevard Las Vegas, NV 89109 702-698-7960

http://www.jaleo.com/las-vegas3708 South Las Vegas Boulevard Las Vegas, NV 89109 702-698-7950

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