Brio!

Brio Tuscan Grille
6653 Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89119
(702) 914-9145
www.brioitalian.com

Yet again, reviewing a chain. Disappointed in my non diverse culinary adventures of late, but a friend recommended that we try the food specifically for happy hour. Being that we never can make happy hour anyway, we decided to go for just deener.

1. Lobster bisque – creamier and less tangy taste compared to the tomato bisque with small bits of lobster
2. Tomato bisque – creamy, tangy and not too salty. yo quiero
3. Seasonal Bruschetta, the “PLT” – It’s too bad that this is seasonal or I’d probably get this type bruschetta each time. It consists of pancetta, lettuce and tomato. So you have the toasty crunch of the bread, the sweet tang of the sun dried tomato, the ooey gooey of the mozzarella, and a splash of basalmic vinegar and sprinkle of parm. wa la! masterpiece and texturegasm.
4. Shrimp and Scallop Linguini – I could tell the pasta was fresh and perfectly cooked, but I think this suits those of the salty faction. Very savory flavors.
5. The Chef’s special pasta and mussels – same to this dish. well cooked pasta but leans to the salty side.

"PLT" Seasonal Bruschetta by cravingsofafatgirl tomato bisque by cravingsofafatgirl scallop and shrimp linguini by cravingsofafatgirl the chef's special by cravingsofafatgirl

Conclusion: Commercialized, Americanized Italian food, but who’s says I can’t like that. It’s like how I still like McDonald’s so-called “fish” sammiches. I think I should stick with the original recommendation, however, and just go with happy hour. 2.5/5 Beeps

Yum for me with Banh Mi

SF Las Vegas Supermarket
4801 Spring Mountain Rd
Las Vegas NV
(702) 221-8788

On a quick trip to the Asian supermarket, there was a rumbly in my tummy, so good thing I remembered that SF actually offers one of my favorite snacks/lunch time meals, banh mi (vietnamese sandwiches)! Today, I chose to go “healthy” and ordered the grilled chicken banh mi (ga noung), rather than my usual fav of thit nuong (grilled pork). While standing there waiting for my sandwich, I also noticed that this SF’s food counter offers vietnamese style pastries and dessert (all kinds of che!).

Ok, back to the sammich thoughts:
Bread was fresh, fluffy and toasty. I usually prefer the baguette to have a bit more chewiness/crustiness, but at least it wasn’t crunchy, hard to chew and cut up my gums a la Lee’s Sandwiches. The pickled daikon and carrots were standard with a nice pickled zing. The chicken was not too flavorful, but alas, that is what I get for going for chicken breast. The “grilled” chicken reminded me more of a cha siu (chinese bbq pork) type of preparation. The outside reddish-pink. There was no grilled taste at all, and I saw them reheat it in the microwave. Eep!

SF market Banh Mi by cravingsofafatgirl SF Market banh Mi - nom nom! by cravingsofafatgirl

Conclusion: Don’t expect gourmet delicious Banh mi fo’ sho’. It’s decent sandwich for 3 bucks if you’re on the run. Will go back and try the thit noung and report back. 2 beeps out of 5.

Btw, anyone know when that Lee’s Sandwich down the street is going to open? I’d like to see how the Vegas counterpart will taste…

Fleming’s

Fleming’s Steakhouse
8721 West Charleston Boulevard
Las Vegas, NV 89117

I feel bad *sort of* about my bad attitude I have towards most chain restaurants. Usually I have the expectation that their food won’t be prepared with love because it is a CHAIN. Sorry to say it, but I think I’m usually right about the no-love-preparation part.

Fleming’s is another prime example of it.

1. Crab Cake – Good amount of crab but salty.
2. Creamed Corn – Overcooked and too salty
3. Grilled Asparagus – Cooked okay but still too salty
4. Filet Mignon – Got it rare this time. Very tender, but somehow not hitting the money flavor shot.
5. Bone-in Ribeye – the BF got it medium, rare. This was actually not bad. Pretty juicy and cooked right.
6. Chocolate Lava Cake – This is the dessert that shines. Warm chocolate gooey center with moist chocolate cake surrounding it. Very rich and tasty. Minus points for having sub-par vanilla icecream. It wasn’t very creamy.

Conclusion: Fleming’s has two strikes total. First strike for over done steaks the first time. Second strike for mediocre food overall the second time. They’re out. *perhaps I’ll go back just for the chocolate lava cake ;). 2 Beeps.

Sorry no pics again… darn the poor lighting.

New York!

Rocco’s NY Pizzeria
10860 W Charleston Boulevard
Las Vegas, NV 89135
(702) 796-0111

Overall, none of us were too impressed by Rocco’s. The crust had a nice chew, but it lacked a flavorful tomato sauce and enough cheese for the cheese lovers. The marinara sauce that came with the garlic knots, I suspect, is the same as what is used for the pizza. Also, watered down and lacked flavor. Props to them for the tasty garlic knots, but again, they struck out when we bit into the wings. They were too dry and too too tough. No bueno. 3 beeps out of 5.

DSC_0001 by cravingsofafatgirl DSC_0002 by cravingsofafatgirl DSC_0003 by cravingsofafatgirl sausage and pepperoni by cravingsofafatgirl mushroom pizza! by cravingsofafatgirl Medium buffalo wings by cravingsofafatgirl Garlic Knots by cravingsofafatgirl The slice thickness by cravingsofafatgirl

Conclusion: Good pizza dough, but it lacks in the flavor of sauce and amount cheese. If I could put Rosati’s pizza toppings on their dough, I be game. =)

Firefly

FIREFLY* on Paradise
3900 Paradise Road
Las Vegas, NV 89169
702.369.3971
Open daily 11:30 am – 2 am

I’m not sure why I never blogged about firefly until now. Perhaps it’s because it is already so popular among the Vegas crowd, I never felt the need to give it extra props. However, with each subsequent visit, I enjoy it more each time and it’s definitely not because of the sangria. It’s for the tasty little bites -Tapas!

Mushroom Tart – buttery, flaky tart topped with buttery mushrooms in a creamy white sauce. Mmm!
Skewers – ahi, tierra y mar (beef, shrimp) – not a fan or skewers in general but everyone else liked it
Firefly fish – deep fried fish with spicy tarter sauce
Filet mignon sliders – Juicy baby burgers with their special sauce.
Banana nutella sandwiches – toasty bites of banana and nutella filled white toast with extra nutella for dipping
Red wine sangria – everyone who likes to drink says they love love love the sangria.

Conclusion: Great hang out and eats. 4 beeps out of 5.
P.s. No pics cuz it’s wayy too dark in there.

C’était délicieux

L’ Atelier de Joel Robuchon
3799 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 891-7777

This was my 2nd time at Le Atelier de Joel Robuchon after a few years time span, and I was just as impressed with the first as I was with this 2nd visit. Coincidentally, on both visits, I had a gosh darn cold, but thank goodness the tastes buds were pleased enough to ignore my under performing nose and enjoy the dining experience thoroughly.

This time, we went with a la carte rather than the popular tasting menu. Good strategery for the tummy.
+Freebie – Foie Gras, Port Red Wine, Cheese Reduction. Very rich and tasty.
1. Les Huitres – Kushi Oysters in clarified butter. These lil’ oysters could have been more fresh, but the texture and the way they were prepared was just right.
2. La Saint Jacques – I obviously have not had well prepared scallop before because I usually avoid eating it. Lo and behold – Perfectly prepared scallop! So tender!
3. Homard Deg – Lobster in spicy broth. Very comforting and lobster not over cooked at all.
4. Le Bar Deg – The worst dish of the evening. The fish was not flavorful and was tough. Is this real sea bass texture and have we been mislead by expecting juicy, fatty fish? However, the side of mashed potatoes was the creamiest that we’ve ever had. It was like eating butter and potato flavored pudding.
5. Le Burger – Fantastic morsel of juicy, fattiness! One order comes with two lil’ guys, but you may want to order one more order. We refrained. The accompaniment of -perfectly fried fries were fresh and salted with sea salt. The mini burger was comprised a perfectly toasted bun, fresh greens, a one square inch piece of foie gras and juicy-extreme piece of mini burger patty.
6. Chocolat Sensent -The best chocolate dessert. Why? It’s the texture, baby. Texture. Sweet, creamy vanilla icecream rolled in finely crushed oreo bits. Thin disk of milk chocolate with delicate fruity blobs of sauce. Underneath the disk was a creamy smooth dark chocolate mousse with orbs of tiny dark chocolate crisps imbedded. All this together was eye-rolling good.
7. Le Framboise – Usually, I’m not a fan of fruity desserts, so I could pass on it. The presentation was very unique. The round orb of white chocolate was melted by the warm raspberry sauce. The center consisted of some sort of sorbet.

foie gras, port red wine and cheese reduction by cravingsofafatgirl IMG_1064 by cravingsofafatgirl Les Huitres by cravingsofafatgirl La Saint Jacques by cravingsofafatgirl Les Huitres by cravingsofafatgirl La Homard Deg by cravingsofafatgirl Le Bar Deg by cravingsofafatgirl Creamiest mashed potato ever by cravingsofafatgirl IMG_1079 by cravingsofafatgirl Le burger by cravingsofafatgirl Le Burger with size reference by cravingsofafatgirl delicious chocolate by cravingsofafatgirl One lump or two or three? by cravingsofafatgirl Le Framboise by cravingsofafatgirl Chocolat Sensent by cravingsofafatgirl

Conclusion: C’était délicieux! Ha ha. Who am I kidding? I don’t speak French! This place is bomb diggity and I’m going back. I give it only 4/5 beeps for not being perfect on the fish and oysters.

p.s. I updated my dim sum post on Ping Pang Pong HERE, a new tasty tidbit – Zhu Fan Tong, “bamboo rice tube/container”

First Bar for the Last Time?

First Food & Bar
The Palazzo
3325 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 607-3478
www.palazzolasvegas.com/first.aspx

I went in with a positive attitude, expecting bar food that can do no wrong. However, I left disappointed. The philly cheesesteak dumplings were unique but definitely not a party in my mouth. The swordfish was just waaayyyy over done. My sliders were very very bland. The truffle macaroni and cheese was worlds apart from Stripsteak’s. After Stripsteak’s truffle mac n cheese, why did we even bother?

Fresh Pretzels by cravingsofafatgirl Philly Cheesesteak Dumplings by cravingsofafatgirl Grilled Swordfish by cravingsofafatgirl Sliders by cravingsofafatgirl Truffle Mac N Cheese by cravingsofafatgirl

Conclusion: Despite being disappointed with the items we ordered, I think I’ll still give it another chance with trying other typical bar food like chicken wings, tenders, fries, pizza. This place has potential for having such an awesome strip view and nice staff.