Feedback Friday: Honey Salt Restaurant Review

Feedback Friday_Please Don't Make Me Eat ThatI can’t believe it’s been two months since my last post. This summer was crazy! I didn’t have much time to blog between work, travel, a sprained ankle, and family visits.

A few weeks ago, my mom and aunts were in town for the MGM Women’s Leadership Conference. We usually eat on the Strip when they visit but I wanted to explore a restaurant the was suggested to me on multiple occasions: Honey Salt.

Honey Salt is a chic farm-to-table eatery tucked away in an upscale Summerlin Strip Mall. A husband and wife duo opened the restaurant for their family, friends, and community and their dedication and passion for their work is embedded throughout the restaurant.

The atmosphere was cozy and welcoming from the moment we walked in.  Farm chairs surround rustic tables and an assortment of eclectic mirrors and frames decorate the walls. If restaurant decor is any indication of how the food tastes, Honey Salt does a great job.

We skipped appetizers, not because our options were limited, but because we wanted to save room for dessert. We started with three glasses of Pinot Grigio and a complementary metal pail of crackers. I normally don’t go for  crackers, as I prefer a bread basket myself, but decided to live on the wild side after my mom’s rave reviews of the unexpectedly delicious and glorified Cheez-it.

FF16 - Dinner (Sanna)My mom and aunt had difficulties deciding what to eat, but I knew from the get-go. I wanted fish and selected the Pan Roasted Halibut, without the carrot ginger sauce, right away. My mom went with the Seared Ahi Tuna served with a wasabi pea and ginger crust and asian pear, sea beans, and tofu soy vinaigrette while my Aunt chose the Caramelized Sea Scallops with cauliflower, vanilla bean, truffle sauce. All of our meals were absolutely spectacular. What made them so good was the absence of oils and butters. The food was fresh, simple, and the flavors were out of this world. It is not often that I leave a restaurant feeling as if I had a healthy meal but I did at Honey Salt.

FF16 - Dessert (Sanna)During the meal, we learned that Chef Kim is in charge of the food (or the salt) and his wife, Elizabeth, is the mastermind pastry chef (honey). I read the dessert menu in great detail as my mouth watered uncontrollably. The Brookie was as good as it gets – described as chocolate chip cookie meets chocolate fudge brownie with salted caramel chunk ice cream. As if the cookie-brownie combo wasn’t heavenly enough, the salted caramel ice cream was out of this world. It was one of the best desserts I’ve had in years. My mom and aunt split the Key Lime Pie (no sharing for me) and wished there would have been more key lime than meringue.

Don’t wait to visit Honey Salt like I did – make a reservation NOW! You’ll be happy to have it on the top of your list of favorites in Las Vegas. I’ll definitely be back for more!

Restaurant: Honey Salt / Rampart Commons / 1031 S. Rampart Boulevard / Las Vegas, NV 89145 / 702.445.6100 / www.honeysalt.com

Picky Eater Approved: 5/5

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Feedback Friday: Le Thai Restaurant Review

Feedback Friday_Please Don't Make Me Eat ThatThe summer is flying by. I can’t believe it’s already been two weeks since one of my best friend’s came to visit. Alex and I had a great time and went to a lot of my Las Vegas favorites – Tea Lounge at Mandarin Oriental (for one drink and the view), Chandelier Bar at The Cosmopolitan (for the secret flower drink), Beer Park at Paris, Commonwealth, Panevino, and Le Thai.

On Friday night, we toured the Neon Museum before a night out downtown. Without hesitation, I suggested we eat at Le Thai to kick off the evening. Le Thai is an intimate restaurant on Fremont Street with a beautiful outdoor patio in the back. The Thai eatery is known for their curries and noodle dishes but I’ve never known someone to complain about anything on the menu. The food is phenomenal; Chef Dan Coughlin knows what he is doing.

I know what you are thinking – a picky eater in a Thai restaurant? – it shocked me, too. I studied the menu on my first visit and nervously selected the Mixed Vegetable Stir Fry. The dish is served with your choice of chicken, beef, pork, tofu, or shrimp and stir-fried bean sprouts, Chinese and American broccoli, mushrooms, onion, carrots, zucchini, and tomato. To fulfill my picky tastes, I asked for Chicken with American broccoli, carrots, and zucchini only. Luckily, the servers always agree. I’ve never had anything else; except the crispy spring rolls to start. Alex was the first of many who I’ve introduced to Le Thai to order the Awesome Flat Noodle Dish. She loved it!

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The only down side of Le Thai’s well-established reputation in Las Vegas is the fact that they only accept reservations for parties of 6 or more. Get in early or be ready to wait! Luckily, we planned ahead and made sure to arrive before the Friday Night crowds.

Restaurant: Le Thai / 523 Fremont Street / Las Vegas, NV 89101 / 702.778.0888 / www.lethaivegas.com

Picky Eater Approval: 5/5

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Feedback Friday: Shibuya Restaurant Review

Feedback Friday_Please Don't Make Me Eat ThatMuch like the vibrant nightlife in the Shibuya district of Tokyo, you can feel the energy in Shibuya Restaurant at MGM Grand. The interior of the upscale restaurant is modern and swanky. Floor-to-ceiling woven panels are randomly scattered throughout the dining room; they are the perfect divider to engage in your own conversation while eating among the rest of the diners in the bamboo forest.

Three Teppanyaki grills are tucked in the back of the restaurant, which is where Mitch and I enjoyed quite possibly the best Teppanyaki experience of our lives. I wanted a special send-off dinner before Mitch’s baseball season and Shibuya delivered. They exceeded our expectations in every way possible, including the funds in my bank account. WORTH IT!

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Mitch opted for the Seafood Combination that included a whole lobster tail, scallops, tiger prawns, and seasonal fish. It was a surprising decision for a guy that rarely parts from his beloved beef teriyaki. As a picky eater, I didn’t consider anything but the Black Angus Tenderloin with teriyaki sauce on the side, which is also my favorite Teppanyaki meal. Shibuya Restaurant
Aside from our main courses, the menu includes an organic field green salad with orange sesame soy dressing, kani or mushroom soup, seasonal vegetables, and steamed white rice. In true picky eater fashion, I skipped the soup and salad and finished my steamed rice before my food was cooked. Thankfully, the chef noticed and the server delivered another helping right before I received my meat.

The food was some of the best Japanese food that we’ve had. Every part of the meal was fresh, full of flavor, and flawlessly prepared. Our impressive grill master cooked Mitch’s seafood to perfection and the steak instantly melted in my mouth. I gave Mitch a bite and had to fight him off with my chopsticks for the rest of the evening. Aside from that table side battle, it was one of those dining experiences that I didn’t want to end. Simply delicious!

Restaurant: Shibuya / MGM Grand Resort & Casino / 3799 S Las Vegas Blvd / Las Vegas, NV 89109 / 702.891.3001 / www.mgmgrand.com/en/restaurants/shibuya-japanese-restaurant.html

Picky Eater Approval: 5/5

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