Been waiting for this day to come

Trattoria Nakamura-Ya
5040 W Spring Mountain Ste 5
Las Vegas, NV 89146
(702) 251-0022
5 pm – 1 am Tuesday Thru Sunday

I’ve been waiting for the day this type of cuisine to come to Las Vegas. Ever since the day my tongue tasted the wonderful uni spagetti at famous Cafe Hiro in Cerritos, CA, I’ve dreamt about my favorite fatty subtrates – UNI & carbalicious-al-dente pasta.

Trattoria Nakamura-Ya just opened a couple weeks ago. So fresh and new that they didn’t even have their liquor license when we went. Hopefully, the license has been approved by now. Like popular Raku in town, Trattoria Nakamura-ya has a chalkboard of their daily specials. In this case, it was specials of their pastas and other dishes. A sucker for advertisement, we went for mostly specials.

On to the food:
Fresh warm rolls – Fluffy, soft, warm. Slather on a pat of butter…Need I say more?
Hirame Watercress Salad – This was fantastic. The texture whore in me was jumping for joy. The crunchy watercress paired with the crunchy deep fried cracker (?) and the tangy sweet dressing was perfect. After breaking up everything and tossing well as recommended by our server, every bite was a texture sensation
Madai (Red Snapper) Carpaccio – Fresh snapper, crunchy sprouts and a touch of fish sauce. Unique and delicious.
Uni & Tomato Cream Pasta – Al dente, al dente, perfectly al dente + buttery uni =)
Manila Clam & Torako Pasta – This dish was a touch salty but still enjoyable
Scallops Sauteed in Marinara Sauce – Scallops are not my favorite seafood, but I could appreciate the tender meat and flavorful sauce.
Tiramisu & Creme Brulee- I love Japanese versions of non-Japanese desserts. Somehow they make the level of sweetness perfectly to my liking (not too sweet).

Conclusion: Fusion Japanese & I get along just fine.

Fresh rolls mmm... warm Hirame Watercress Salad Chopping into it Madai (Red Snapper) Carpaccio Special Menu Pasta Menu Uni & Tomato Cream Pasta Manila Clam & Torako Pasta Empty Uni pasta bowl! Scallops sauteed in marinara sauce Tiramisu Creme Brulee

Baan Rim Pa

Baan Rim Pa
223 Prabaramee Rd.
Pathong, Kathu
Phuket, 83120, Thailand

Baan Rim Pa seems to be a popular tourist destination for the Pathong Beach area in Phuket. Everyone we asked from our real estate agent here in the states to our concierge in Pathong recommended Baan Rim Pa for dinner. We hopped in our tricked out tuk-tuk with uber bass bumpin’ and headed out to see what the hype was all about!

Wow. That’s what we said when we saw the view. It was overlooking the beach and very romantic indeed. The food however was not along the same caliber. It was not horrible by any means, but I can’t say that I was blown away by the dishes.

1. Chicken, Pork and Beef Satay – Tender is the word here. Flavors were enjoyable
2. Garlic and pepper fish – Maybe I’m not much of a fish person unless it is steamed, so this wasn’t so impressive
3. Baked Pineapple and chicken rice – Perhaps, I had way high expectations for an explosion of flavor, so this lacked that “pow” factor. Tasty but no “pow”

Conclusion: I’ll come back, Baan Rim Pa. Only because you are so beautiful. ^_^*

Baked Pineapple and Chicken Rice Garlic and Pepper Fish Chicken, Beef and Pork Satay Yummy drinks overlooking beach The sign