Erik Chudy at Vegas Burger Blog gives Nobhill Tavern at the MGM Grand a nice sendoff by reviewing the restaurant's Classic Steak Burger on the best happy hour in town's menu. Michael Mina's Nobhill Tavern shutters March 30 to make way for a new restaurant from Michael Morton.
"The meat had amazing char flavor, with a smokiness to it that was absolutely fantastic. It was also cooked perfectly to the medium rare I had ordered; the right way to consume this type of patty," Chudy says.
He wasn't as thrilled about the duck fat fries though. "The duck fat flavor was not entirely noticeable; I had heard quite a few great things about them, but didn't quite get it unfortunately."
He gave the burger a 90 out of 100.
Jim Begley at Las Vegas Weekly heads over to Poppy Den at Tivoli Village to see what Angelo Sosa has up his sleeve. "An eclectic menu served on mismatched plates mimics the shabby-chic décor, as if you were doing Sunday dinner with your hipster Asian grandma." He recommends the general's chicken wing and tuna deviled eggs. [LVW]
Max Jacobson at Vegas Seven dines at the new Nobu Restaurant & Lounge at Caesars Palace. He tried dishes from the teppanaki menu, which rolls in at $150 and $280. "At that meal, the grilled lobster, live abalone with XO sauce and jamon Iberico fried rice rank as three of the best dishes I've tasted in a long time." [VS]
Al Mancini at CityLife calls Shaanxi Gourmet "the first local establishment I know of to feature the cuisine of northern China's Shaanxi province." The restaurant specializes in lamb dishes, so Mancini tried the lamb and cumin stir-fry and lamb noodles. "Our lamb dishes were polar opposites of each other," he says, adding that the noodles were so long that they had to be cut with a scissors and the "stir-fry, however, was so drenched in cumin and other flavors that the greasy sliced meat could have been just about anything. Each was good in its own way, but which you prefer will definitely depend on how much you like lamb, which can be something of an acquired taste." [CL]
Heidi Knapp Rinella at the Las Vegas Review-Journal heads to former Nora's Trattoria and Wine Bar owner Giovanni Mauro's new Old School Pizzeria near the Cannery on Craig Road. She tried the Vegas Meets Italy pizza, which advertised dates from China Ranch and local pistachios. "But here was the thing: While there were plenty of pistachios — and roasting them on the pizza had given them a nice intense flavor and richer texture — there were no dates on my pizza." She does say the crust was "One of the best I've had locally, ultra-stretchy and full of bubbles." Difficult to say where this pizza place falls since she gave it an A- and everything gets an A in HKR's world. [LVRJ]