Even though chef Shawn McClain at Sage is technically based out of Chicago, Las Vegas still considers him one of its own. On Sunday, he kicked some a** on Iron Chef America, beating Iron Chef Marc Forgione.
Ironically, Forgione cooked in McClain’s kitchen during his season of Next Iron Chef, and he's also the brother of Bryan Forgione at Society Cafe at Encore Las Vegas.
Just to make this a bit more complicated, part of McClain’s challenge was to incorporate a cocktail with each dish — and he was paired with another adopted son, Tony Abou-Gamin, as luck would have it.
Now through Saturday, McClain is offering his Iron Chef America menu at the restaurant, complete with the cocktail pairings. McClain will be in his restaurant at Aria on Tuesday and Wednesday nights as well.
Nab the six-course menu for $95 and pair it with Abou-Ganim cocktails for an additional $45.
Shawn McClain’s “Battle Tropical” Menu
Whelk Toast with Tropical Sangrita
Cocktail Pairing: Pineapple Infused Frozen Vodka
Sashimi of Hawaiian Nairagi
Coconut Puree/shaved Hearts of palm/Togarashi Cured Pineapple
Cocktail Pairing: Aperitif
Green Zebra Tomatoes/Avocado Espuma/Green Mango
Cocktail Pairing: for the Love of Hemingway
Lemongrass Coconut Soup
Tempura-Fried Prawn/Young Coconut Noodle/Thai Basil
Cocktail Pairing: Tropical Daisy
Braised Pork Belly
Sweet Coconut Rice/Jamon Iberico/Glazed Pineapple
Cocktail Pairing: Island Punch
Creamy White Chocolate with Coconut
Rum-Compressed Pineapple/Mango Sorbet/Sweet Tapioca
Cocktail Pairing: Funky Monkey