Saturday, May 3, 2014

Tonkatsu Kiyoshi @ 7780 S Jones Blvd, Las Vegas


It's been a busy month, with two Japanese restaurants in the area that I haven't tried yet, I am thrilled and filled at the same time....

I can always have Tonkatsu for any meal; it's comfort food for me and if you go to Japan, they make it so light and crunchy, you almost can't believe that its fried.  Almost...

But alas, we're not in Japan, and for the most part, Tonkatsu here is a heavier, oilier version of the original, and if you're lucky, the Pork doesn't taste like your belt.. or is as thin...

And then Tonkatsu Kiyoshi come into town, and all is good.  Located in an area that no matter where you live, takes a butt long time to get to, since it's in a residential-ish area with rudimentary access (Vegas, could you hurry up and upgrade the road conditions already)?  I was a little trepidatious at first, I really didn't want to go if it was just another L&L BBQ or Ross J's... (no offense)...

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Red Farm @ 2170 Broadway, New York

So short and yet to the point:  there was talk about Red Farm, a reinvented Chinese restaurant that  looked from the outside, anything but Chinese.  Luckily, I was staying on the same block on the Upper West Side, so I was able to get in a grab a bite to eat.

Practically at the footstep of my hotel was Red Farm, a modern interpretation on Amer-Chinese cuisine.  Most notable was this one appetizer which I recommend anyone in the vicinity go right now and order: Katz's Pastrami Eggroll. Seriously, a cosmic revelation of two decadent items from vastly different regions and styles rolled (literally) into one dish, I kid you not, this should be copied and distributed as the next best trend in Chibrew cuisine.  

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Cook @ 1310 Main Street, Saint Helena

SO during the wedding weekend extravaganza, there was wine tasting, wine making and general whining on the part of yours truly that there was no scheduling for fine dining.... (for a non drinker such as myself, Napa can be a bit isolating...)

Fortunately, having been to the region on several occasions, I knew of a local place that served the most excellent Pasta dishes, which in the midst of a drunken stupor, is terribly satisfying, if not falsely sobering.

Cook is a gem of a restaurant; in the midst of all the hob snobbery and high end restaurants, this place has got all of the local vibe with a sense of humbleness that permeates throughout the restaurant and the food.