Juxtaposition of Flavors and Textures

é by José Andrés
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
3708 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV 89109
http://www.ebyjoseandres.com/

Golden Tickets
I count my lucky stars that I am so fortunate to be able to finally eat at é by José Andrés. It was a special occasion and we (surprisingly my husband included because he usually prefers cheap Chinese food over frou frou stuff) both thoroughly enjoyed the EXPERIENCE. It was a precisely choreographed dance to put together these pieces of food, a play on textures, temperatures and flavors. It was an experience with the art of food, and I’m not saying it with any disdain for snobbiness this time. There were 24 morsels of delicious food – all incredibly creative.

The short and sweet version: Precision. Perfectly choreographed and executed. Juxtaposition of Flavors and Textures. Adjectives that come to mind: Fragrant. Whimsical. Airy. Crunchy. Ice Cold. Salty and Sweet. Warm. Fluffy. Umami. Crumbly

The extended version – the tasty thoughts on each morsel:

Appetizers

Rebujito Truffle Cotton Candy Idiazabal "Macaron"

1. Rebujito – our starting cocktail smelled like fragrant roses.
2. Truffle Cotton Candy – whimsical, fluffy with the aroma of truffle.
3. Idiazabal “Macaron” – delightfully crunchy with a cheesy filling
Apple "Brazo De Gitano" Seta Suprise Nitro Almond Cup

4. Apple “Brazo De Gitano” – Airy on the outside, creamy blue cheese “espuma” on the inside
5. Seta Suprise – Creamy ‘shrooms
6. Nitro Almond Cup – NITROGEN cold (not just ice cold) and smooth on the outside, creamy/briny/salty caviar on the inside.
Barquillo Almejas Al Natural Bocatade Bacalao

7. Barquillo – crunchy shell, aromatic Truffle and anchovy foam
8. Almejas Al Natural – spherical globules encased with the essence of oyster
9. Bocatade Bacalao – warm, buttery brioche, savory cod, umami-licious?

Main Courses

Crispy Chicken Skin in Escabeche Cava Sangria Artichoke "Puree" with vanilla

10. Crispy Chicken Skin in Escabeche – extra crispy chicken skin + foam
11. Cava Sangria – Pop! globule of sangria
12. Artichoke “Puree” with vanilla – creamy, mild, smooth
Lobster wtih Citrus & Jasmine Chickpea Stew with Iberico Ham Turbot with Bone Marrow

13. Lobster with Citrus & Jasmine – tender lobster with jasmine flavored air
14. Chickpea Stew with Iberico Ham – globules of essence of chickpea and accents of ham
15. Turbot with Bone Marrow – salty/sweet/bitter combo with crispy bone marrow, turbo fish and coffee grinds
Drizzle of Juice Secreto of Iberico Pork with Squid + Parsley Foam

16. Lobe of Foie Gras – savory foie gras combined with fresh orange juice
17. Secreto of Iberico Pork with Squid + Parsley Foam – tender, squid was a touch burnt I thought

Sweets

Santa Gadea with Cotton Candy Flan Pan con Chocolate

18. Santa Gadea with Cotton Candy – “goat in sheep’s clothing,” goats milk with sweet cotton candy
19. Flan – creamy, light and airy
20. Pan con Chocolate – MY FAVORITE DESSERT OF THE NIGHT. Crumbled frozen chocolate sorbet with cream, hints of saffron, crunchy sweet crystallized bread, and olive oil.
"Arroz con Leche" 25 second Bizcocho + Air Chocolates Cocoa Paper with Dried Strawberry

21. “Arroz con Leche” – Another well played piece on texture, temperature and flavor
22. 25 second Bizcocho – fluffy cake with lemon cream
23. Air Chocolates – wow. bitter chocolate and I usually really like dark chocolate
24. Cocoa Paper with Dried Strawberry – airy light chocolate with tangy freeze dried strawberry bits

$ to Value Ratio: 4.75/5 Beeps… This is definitely debately (my mom may think it’s a complete waste of money and I think I know someone else that may agree), but I rated it high because my experience was impeccable (service was top notch, ingredients were top notch)
Yummy Factor: 5/5 Beeps
Texture Satisfaction: 5/5 Beeps
Average beeps: 4.92 Beeps

We were guest 4999 and 5000!

Jaleo

Jaleo
Cosmopolitan
3708 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(877) 551-7776
www.jaleo.com/

Sangria
Ostra ‘Gin & Tonic – Five oysters with lemon, gin and tonic
Rabbit and chicken paella
Ensaladilla rusa con cangrejo real y huevas de trucha- The ultimate Spanish tapa, a salad of potatoes, king crab and mayonnaise, topped with trout roe
Setas al ajillo con La Serena – Sautéed wild mushrooms with La Serena potato purée
Endivias con queso de cabra y naranja – Endives, goat cheese, oranges and almond
Canelones tradicionales de cerdo y hígado – Pork and foie gras canelones with bechamel sauce
Costillas de cordero con romesco – Grilled lamb ribs with romesco sauce
Croquetas de pollo – Traditional chicken fritters
Rape a la Donostiarra – Monkfish with garlic, Sherry and parsley oil
Chistorra envuelta en patata frita – Slightly spicy chorizo wrapped in crispy potato

Sangria Rabbit and chicken paella Ensaladilla rusa con cangrejo real y huevas de trucha Setas al ajillo con La Serena Endivias con queso de cabra y naranja Canelones tradicionales de cerdo y hígado Costillas de cordero con romesco Croquetas de pollo Rape a la Donostiarra

It’s hip. It’s happenin’. Delicious it is, but it bit pricey. It’s the trade off when you want to be trendy 😉

$ to Value Ratio: 3.5/5 Beeps
Yummy Factor: 4/5 Beeps
Texture Satisfaction: 4 Beeps
Average beeps: 3.83 Beeps

Mr. Sandwich

Mr. Sandwich
4215 Spring Mountain Rd
Ste B108
Las Vegas, NV 89102
(702) 838-2888

Milk Tea, Cafe Sua Da and Soy Milk Banh Beo

Mr. Sandwich a offshoot restaurant of Hue Thai and looks like it’s designed to be a quick meal stop. They’ve got a straight forward menu of quick vietnamese eats like sandwiches, curries and rice plates. When we come here we come for banh mi. Though the bread a little too buttery for my tastes, I like the efficiency and convenience of the place. Run in – get lunch and quench some thirst with fun drinks like a taro smoothie, soy milk and high in caffeine cafe sua da.

$ to Value Ratio: 4/5 Beeps
Yummy Factor: 3.5/5 Beeps
Texture Satisfaction: 3.25 Beeps
Average beeps: 3.58 Beeps

Search for good noodles

Noodle Pot
4215 Spring Mountain Rd
Ste B112
Las Vegas, NV 89102
(702) 522-8989

Zha Jiang Mian

In our un-ending search for a good noodle and more specifically the spicy beef noodle soup, we’ve landed ourselves at Noodle Pot on a Sunday night. Wowsers! The place was packed with mom’s, dad’s, grandma and grandpa tourists. It is a sign that the food is great if it’s mom and grandma approved!

Spicy Beef Noodle Soup – Slight kick of spice, some beef cubes were tender and some were not. Intense beefy flavor. Noodles not super bouncy but good enough.
Zha Jiang Mian – Same noodles, but now tossed with hearty sauce with pork, bits of bean curd and cucumbers

Conclusion: Yi Mei Champion Deli is still the winner with the broth of the spicy beef noodle soup a little more intense in simmering-for-hours-beefy flavor.

$ to Value Ratio: 4/5 Beeps
Yummy Factor: 3.75/5 Beeps
Texture Satisfaction: 3.75 Beeps
Average beeps: 3.83 Beeps


Chrysanthemum Tea Spicy Beef Noodle Soup Zha Jiang Mian Tossed Zha Jiang Mian

Comfort Curry

Japanese Curry Zen
5020 Spring Mountain Rd
Ste 1
Las Vegas, NV 89146
(702) 985-1192
http://www.curryzen.com/

It’s a rainy day in Vegas. It’s literally dropped at least 20 or so degrees and the temperature hovers around 50 degrees. What?! Only thing to do is to eat something warm and cozy. Curry it is. Curry Zen recently opened in what seems to becoming famous plaza on Spring Mountain and Decatur with the likes of Raku, Monta, Trattoria Nakamura-ya and Kabuto.

We enter into Curry Zen and it’s cozy and cute. The menu is simple. Pick your protein or carb and you get your plateful of aromatic Japanese style curry with fluffy pillows of rice.

Croquette Chicken Katsu

1. Chicken Katsu Curry – Crispy breading on the outside, white chicken meat on the inside.
2. Croquette Curry – A combination of peas, carrots, and potatoes with a crispy crunchy breaded exterior. Carb-licious.

Conclusion: It was comforting food on a rainy day. I had a fleeting thought that the menu was a little too simple, but perhaps, keeping it super simple is a good thing. Quality control ya? I made the mistake of getting 1 croquette ONLY and was still hungry! Don’t forget to order more protein and you’ll leave with a full satisfied belly. 3.25/5 Average beeps

$ to Value Ratio: 2/5 Beeps
Yummy Factor: 3.75/5 Beeps
Texture Satisfaction: 4/5 Beeps
Average Beeps: 3.25 Beeps

Menu Spices

Toot Toot! Woot Woot!

Check it out. CFG was featured on Mystery Meet’s “Find Dining” podcast. I talk about yummy Italian food at Parma by Chef Marc.

Podcast Link Here. Check out the delicious food offerings of various different cities.

Cheap burgers!

Fatburger is celebrating their 60th anniversary offering free food with “secret sayings” every Wednesday for the next two weeks!!

October 3rd- $1 small Fatburger that I affectionately call a baby fat – you have to say, “What’s up Daddy-o?”
October 10th- $1.75 medium Fatburger- you have to say, “Fat City”

CFG tip: Don’t forget your fried egg (with oozing egg yolk) with your scrumptious burger!