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Scarpetta – Las Vegas


With outposts in key cities across the U.S and Canada, Scarpetta is taking the restaurant world by storm, one zip code at a time. With award-winning chef, Scott Conant at the helm, one is rewarded with a dining experience that is nothing short of perfection.  The Las Vegas branch of Scarpetta is located in The Cosmopolitan, one of the newest and chicest hotel additions to the strip. By Vegas standards, The Cosmopolitan is considered to be a boutique-type hotel, with all of the attention to detail expected in a more exclusive property. Similarly, it is the attention to detail at Scarpetta that sets it apart from many of the endless dining options one has to choose from in Sin City.

Scarpetta’s breadbasket is one of the menus calling card or perhaps even the piece de resistance, which comes as no surprise as the translation of the name itself means “little shoe”, representing the shape bread takes when used to soak up a dish. The implication being that dining is an experience, meant to be savored down to the very last bite.  The breadbasket is a cornucopia of mouthwatering assortments, including ciabatta, focaccia, sourdough and an addictive Stromboli stuffed with salami and mozzarella. If not for the indulgent Signature Tasting menu at hand, seconds and thirds rounds of the bread would be on par for the course.

If you are of indecisive nature, you will struggle with the task of choosing merely one of the many standout offerings on the menu. The Signature Tasting Menu is the solution to this culinary conundrum. Add the wine pairing to the equation and your taste buds will be in nirvana.  The tasting starts off with a yellowtail and tuna susci, which quite literally melts in your mouth, paired with a crisp Adami proseco, it becomes a divine union of tantalizing tastes. Roasted sea scallops with porcini mushrooms and sunchokes are a stellar follow-up to the preceding dish, and leaves you in eager anticipation of what is to come next.

The meal progresses with heartier fare such as the Spaghetti tomato basil, a dish so simple, yet so sublime, with a perfect al dente pasta, basil and a slightly fiery kick to the sauce, leaving you wondering how something so basic can be elevated to such iconic status.

Beautiful red wines are paired with black cod, caramelized fennel and concentrated tomatoes, as well as with the final dish in the tasting, a spiced duck breast with endive, preserved orange and cippolini.  Dessert is an Amadei chocolate cake served with a luxurious and creamy almond gelato and a de rigueur salted caramel sauce.

Request a table with a view of the Bellagio water fountains. This visual pairing of the view, in addition to the journey taken by your palate, results in a sensory dining experience, bordering on transcendental.

-Jen O’Neil

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
3708 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, NV 89109

Boa Steakhouse – (new location) West Hollywood

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Everyone loves a nice piece of meat.  Especially when it’s hot, juicy and deliciously tender.  Some of the best meat in town can be found at BOA Steakhouse, a premium steak restaurant with locations in West Hollywood, Santa Monica and Las Vegas. The West Hollywood location is conveniently located in the Grafton Hotel on Sunset and plays host to a mix of travelers and locals.  The décor is cool and the service is top notch. Though the menu at BOA is “steak-centric”, it also includes a smorgasbord of seafood, clever appetizers and tasty salads such as the tableside Caeser which is created fresh at your table. BOA also offers a number of delicious signature sauces to compliment either surf or turf.  There are an abundance of eclectic choices of appetizers on the menu including Kobe Beef Corndogs, Smoked Salmon & Caviar and the divine premium Japanese Wagyu beef.  The Wagyu is saturated with flavor and just melts in your mouth and it is nicely complimented with Japanese XO sauce and Okinawa sea salt to dip.  A few good steak choices include the Kobe beef rib-eye, 40 day dry aged New York strip steak and Bone In Kansas filet mignon.
Savour every mouthful and dig into that big hunk of meat. 

Boa Steakhouse has a new location!
Boa Steakhouse

9200 Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 278-2050

Sushi Roku – D.E.L.I.C.I.O.U.S.

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The love affair that Los Angeles has with Japanese cuisine shows no sign of slowing.  As a result, the best sushi restaurants are increasingly popular for both quick bites to eat or for more glamorous nights out.  Sushi Roku offers a mixture of both.  The crowd and scene reminded me of a recurring episode of “The Hills” with the beautiful people complimenting the beautiful food & décor without the “drama” of the MTV scripted reality show.  Interesting to note, during my last visit to the West Hollywood location I spotted Kate Bosworth eating on the patio and Donald Faison dining inside.  The atmosphere here is warm and upbeat, from the moment you enter you’re greeted by the Sushi masters with a loud “Irashaimase!” which means “Welcome!” in Japanese.  The waitstaff at Sushi Roku are friendly and the décor is sumptuous, this seems to be true for every Sushi Roku location that I’ve been to (Including Las Vegas and Santa Monica).   

During my last visit to Sushi Roku, I started my evening with three Saki flights and a beer.  The beer, Koshihikari Echigo a Japanese import was full bodied yet had a touch of sweetness to it.  Of the three sake flights, the one that stood out was the the Junmai Shu which complimented the rich appetizers very well.  Sushi Roku serves a traditional menu of teppanyakki, sushi, sashimi and sushi themed plates such as the Hanabi Spicy Tuna on a Crispy Rice Cake.   One of the weekly specials was an Italian inspired appetizer that featured heirloom tomatoes and balsamic reduction with Kobe beef carpaccio. This appetizer was beyond delicious and I love the fact that the chefs at Sushi Roku are able to experiment and create plates that transcend the boundaries of traditional Sushi. The Baked Cod, Miso Eggplant and Popcorn Rock Shrimp are all menu regulars and not to be missed.  Make sure to end your meal with a rich dessert.  The chocolate cake soufflé with vanilla ice cream is the perfect ending to a fabulous dinner at Sushi Roku.  
Sushi Roku
8445 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 302-4602