Today's Food 4or Thought

Estiatorio Milos Las Vegas at Cosmopolitan Hotel 

One of the best greek restaurants in Las Vegas with really fresh seafood and excellent food at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas.  I personally find the lunch special there to be of excellent value for a great meal for a reasonable price at a nice atmosphere.  You can appetizer, main and dessert with options to upgrade the main.  

  • Grilled Octopus appetizer - Nice, tender grilled octopus in olive oil dressing
  • Tomato Salad - Very fresh and tasty
  • Lobster Pasta - This is an upgrade but well worth it in terms of the presentation and preparation
  • Lavraki - Grilled mini sea bass, fish is one of the specialties in this restaurant.  Nicely done
  • Yogurt Martini - Simple, delicious finish of yogurt made from goat’s milk

Reservations are recommended.  The view is very nice, food and service and wonderful.  Definitely one of my regular stops in Las Vegas.

 Estiatorio Milos

Cosmopolitan Hotel and Casino
3708 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV 89109

http://www.yelp.com/biz/estiatorio-milos-las-vegas

Co Nam rustic Vietnamese food San Francisco

Nice find on Polk Street in San Francisco serving interesting Vietnamese food beyond your normal variety of pho and pork chop over rice.  Good atmosphere and nice place for a bite before or after entertainment in the area.  We opted to pick a lot of things in the appetizer menu instead of main courses.

  • Octopus Skewer
  • Liver Heart Skewer 
  • Chicken Heart Skewer
  • 5 Spice Quail
  • Grilled Mussels with Scallion pesto
  • Wicked Buns with braised pork belly
  • Braised Pork Belly (Top) and Devil Wings (bottom)
  • Mango Sticky Rice dessert 

Nice place and will need to return to try the main courses.

The restaurant is long and narrow so call ahead if you have a large group.  It does have a bar if you are doing a quick dine and dash (which I saw a few while I was there that was obviously on their way to work afterwards).

Co Nam

1653 Polk Street
San Francisco
http://www.conamsf.com/

Urchin Bistrot  San Francisco First Look

Urchin Bistrot sits in the original Slanted Door location, with Charles Phan still being the landlord of the property.  It is now operated by Hiro Sone and Lissa Doumani of Ame in San Francisco and Terra in St. Helena as a French bistro with the Bay Area twist.

Went there on my birthday weekend and checked the dishes

  • Deviled Egg with Caviar and sea urchin - To die for
  • Steak Tartare with Fried Oyster - Love steak tartare, fried oyster is an interesting pairing with it
  • Baked Mussels with Escargot butter - Great with the grilled bread
  • Side of Gnocchi Parisienne
  • Ratatouille - Everytime I see this dish offered I think of the movie
  • Spaghettini with sea urchin and yolk - You like Italian, you like Uni, this is the perfect combo
  • Hiro Sandwich - Roasted Marow Bone, Meatballs and Jalapeno, a whimsical interpretation of a meatball sandwich
  • Caramelized Apple Tartelette
  • Chocolate Bete Noire Cake with Toffee Coffee Ic cream

There is street parking in the neighborhood and I am told they will have valet parking soon.  You can always walk there from the 16th Street BART station.

Look forward to returning to try out some of the other classic French dishes

Urchin Bistrot
584 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA

http://urchinbistrot.com/

Amazing meal at Joel Robuchon Las Vegas

This has been a good karma for Michelin 3 star dining with French Laundry and Joel Robucon within months of each other.

You can read about Joel Robuchon in various write ups: “Chef of the Century” by Gault Mullau, referenced frequently during the original Japanese Iron Chef series, and operator of a dozen restaurants with a total of 28 Michelin Guide stars among them.

Joel Robuchon Las Vegas is located at the MGM hotel and has been on my bucket list for a while.  Ate at the more casual Atelier a few times but this is the first time I ate at the formal restaurant.

  • Cream of kale cabbage over vegetable gelee
  • Violet artichoke and foie gras salad with parmesan shavings
  • Champagne - Veuve Cliquot Brut 2002
  • Symphony of Osetra caviar with salmon tartare, asparagus in turmeric vinaigrette, king grab and crustacean gelee
  • Semi-soft boiled egg florentine with Comte cheese sauce
  • Riesling, Domaine Ostertag, Grand Cru “Muenchberg”, Alsace 2010
  • Seared scallop in green curry with coriander
  • Truffled langoustine ravioli, sea urchin on potato pure with “Blue Mountain” coffee, roasted spiny lobster in lemongrass emulsion
  • Chassagne-Montrachet, Damaine Bernard Moreau, Burgundy 2011
  • Green asparagus veloute with ricotta and herb tortellini, virgin olive oil
  • Caramelized Black Cod in Malabar pepper sauce with bok choy
  • Chambolle Musigny, Domaine Mongeard - Mugneret, Burgundy 2007
  • Grilled beef rib eye, black olive and bone marrow condiment
  • Chateau Leoville Barton, Saint-Julin 2007
  • Strawberries in a mascarpone with basil gelee, olive oil icecream
  • "Perroquet" mango with caramel mousse, exotic coulis and cripsy tuile
  • Sauternes, Chateau Romier-Lacoste 2011
  • Seductive Sweets Cart  

Bottom line:  Amazing service.  The food is definitely demonstrating the fine details that Joel Robuchon is famous for.  Loved the fact that the dishes had a strong French technique but also incorporated global elements in spices and falvor. The bread cart and the dessert cart itself is a work of art.  

I ordered the full tasting menu with the entry level wine pairing which was perfect for me.  I would not try to take in a show after dinner with this meal since you do not want to rush it.  There are also smaller menus available if you can’t sit through the full tasting menu.

I would definitely recommend Joel Robuchon if you are into fine dining next time you visit Las Vegas.

Joel Robuchon Restaurant
MGM Grand Hotel, Las Vegas

Bar 888 intercontinental hotel San Francisco

Quick snack at Bar 888 at the Intercontinenal Hotel San Francisco next to the Moscone convention center and part of the Luce restaurant.

  • Luce Hamburger and fries
  • Meatballs

The bar also features an extensive Grappa collection that will need exploration in the future

Bar 888
InterContinental Hotel
888 Howard St
San Francisco, CA 94103

http://www.yelp.com/biz/bar-888-san-francisco