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Las Vegas: Akira Back’s Yellowtail

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The Skinny: One of my favorite Japanese restaurants on the strip.  Akira Back is an amazing chef with his fresh & innovative dishes.  The main dining overlooks the beautiful water fountains of Bellagio Hotel with the Paris hotel’s Eiffle tower in the background.  The ultimate spot for all the movers & shakers of the nightlife industry.  The service itself is enough for me to come back.  If you ever get to meet the GM Young, he is such a wonderful person, tons of energy & he is the epitomy of customer service.  The food is a little of what you expect in a Japanese restaurant and some of it you sort of think to yourself WHAT? No way. This restaurant is definitely for a more complex palate.

The High: My #1 favorite dish of all time at  Yellowtail is the Big Eye Tuna Pizza with truffle oil.  I’ve recommended this dish up and down to everyone I know and not one person has come back to tell me that I was wrong.  Yes, it’s THAT good. My next favorite dish is the Tempura Alaskan King Crab w/ serrano peppers & sweet ponzu sauce.  The texture and flavors of the the dish go well with each other with a little bite coming from the serrano pepper.  The pop rocks roll is always a crowd pleasure.  My friend had never tried this before.  I was nice enough to tell her what it was, but the first time I had tried it, no one told me.  I took a bite of it and it was crunchy and the candy started exploding in my mouth.  It is literally a party in your mouth.   You taste the sweetness of the watermelon poprocks, but it doesn’t take away from the spicy crab.

The Low: Rock shrimp with Korean chili aioli.  It’s not really a low, but once you’ve tasted the tempura Alaskan king crab the rock shrimp’s flavor didn’t really appeal to me.  Either which way, if you’re going to have the rock shrimp or the tempura king crab, choose one or the other and try the other for another day.  I’ve had the rock shrimp before and it was delicious, but tonight I think the crab won.

Would you come back again? Absolutely.  Any day, anytime.  Well ok…..maybe not any day, any time…..it may get a little expensive, but this is definitely one of my restaurants of choice.

More Info: Yellowtail Website : Traditional & Modern Japanese menu;  expect to spend $55+ per person based on a 3 course dinner

Sniper Tam *pew pew pew!*

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Las Vegas: The Palm’s Place

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The Skinny: Located on the 6th Floor at The Palm’s Place, this is is a fantastic Sunday Brunch.  This is the ultimate brunch to go to after a Saturday night out on the town. The whole staff is in pajamas so even guests are welcome to dine in their pj’s. When you walk through the main entrance you see the candy bar they’ve set up with mini Chinese take out boxes for you to stuff and take home with you.  The menu consists of sushi, bagel + lox, baby crab claws, shrimp cocktail, fresh fruit smoothies.  Aside from the brunch buffet, they also have items that need to be ordered through the server like eggs benedicts, morning pizza, baby back ribs, and the sampler platter of desserts that takes you back to your childhood with items like Snowballs, rice krispy treats, chocolate chip cookies, homemade ding dongs, caramel popcorn and cotton candy.

The High: From the kitchen, my friends and I ordered the morning pizza, lobster havarti benedict, crab benedict, + the pulled pork benedict.  The morning pizza had white chedder cheese, bacon, ham with an egg ontop.  This would be my #1 pick for the ultimate hangover food.  It is basically an omlette on pizza dough.  The lobster havarti benny was a poached egg on top of 2 pieces of lobster brioche with melted havarti cheese in-between.  The lobster toast was delicious, it tasted like grilled cheese shrimp toast with a poached egg on top.   The Crab Benny had  real lump crab on top of your traditional English muffin. This was your typical crab benny, I liked this one a little better then one’s I’ve eaten in the past elsewhere because the crab wasn’t dried out and fresh.

The Low: The pulled pork benny was definitely my least favorite.  It had a poached egg on top of pulled pork and a cornbread base.  Pulled pork should just stay on a bun instead of as a benedict.  This goes to show that not everything can be made into a benny.  The service was ok as well, we did sit at our tables for a while before someone acknowledged us.  It was our first time dining  at this brunch so we had no clue how it worked.  The server also forgot to put in our steak benny so we never even got to try that which I was looking forward to.

Would you come back again? Definitely, there’s so much more on the menu I’d like to try.

More Info: www.simonatpalmsplace.com.  Expect to pay $38 for the brunch and add the option of unlimited bloody mary bar for an additional $10 or $16 for unlimited champagne.  Open from 10am-4pm on Sundays only.  Children under 12 pay $12.

– Sniper Tam

Song: Egg On A See – Cotton Jones