If you've read my entry on our trip to Vegas in the travel section of my blog (las-vegas-january-2018.html), our plan to eat brunch at the once famed breakfast spot, Serendipity, was a fail as they've been closed down for a while now. In its place is Gordon Ramsay's Hell's Kitchen but that wasn't going to do as it was a 2-hour wait. So, what to do?
We ended up busting out our phones to search for nearby places to eat Just across the way from Hell's Kitchen is Caesar's Palace Casino. My husband, Vuong, found Ramsay's Pub & Grill just inside and, to our luck, there was an available reservation on the Open Table app in 15 minutes!! SCORE. So, we walked to our destination as quickly as we could as we were getting hangrier by the second.
Arriving on the dot, the hostess sat us at a small table against a dark wall. However, our waitress, Sara, must've noticed the look on Vuong's face so she told us she'd get us better seats and then sat us in a comfortable booth across the way.
Sara was awesome! Her outgoing demeanor immediately put us at ease and her recommendations on drinks and dishes throughout our meal was on point!
For drinks, Vuong wanted something on the stronger side and I wanted something refreshing with a hint of sweetness so she suggested the following:
Although Sara mentioned that their calamari appetizer was popular, we opted out of ordering appetizers to avoid being too full since we were anticipating huge portions.
Once our dishes made their way out to us, the portions weren't too bad at all. They weren't obnoxiously large and, again, just the right amount.
Sara recommended one of the signature burgers but Vuong wanted something classic - so he ordered a cheeseburger (sharp cheddar cheese) with everything on it and a side of fries. As soon as he took his first bite, he said he could taste the quality of every single ingredient in it. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to sample a taste but I could tell by the way he was eating that he was savoring every bite.
A downside is that he was a bit disappointed that the burger wasn't bigger but only because it was THAT GOOD.
Looking through the menu, I saw the words "short rib" and had a sudden craving. This is a dish I normally wouldn't order but, again, I was in the mood to try something new. This dish included aged potato puree, shallots (?), small carrots, and short rib jus.
This dish was so good (Sara knew I'd love it) - I cleaned up my plate! It was salted to perfection and the meat was so tender that I didn't really need to use my knife. The shallots (or what it appeared to be) didn't have that sharp onion taste at all...I was even able to eat them whole. This dish was so palatable, I can still remember how it tastes.
Come dessert time, Vuong and I shared because we wanted to be as good as we could be (HA HA) - we first ordered the Potted Chocolate Trifle (a concoction of milk & dark chocolate pudding, almond crumble, chocolate cake & chantilly) but Sara said it was taking too long. Not sure what that meant but she suggested the Sticky Toffee Pudding. All her other suggestions were a hit so we said "Why not?!"
Out came the other dessert - a sweet cream ice cream & almond brittle sauce atop a mini chocolate cake. Needless to say, we gobbled this right up. It wasn't too sweet and the cake was solid yet moist. YUM. Such a great way to end our meal!
OH. MY. GOSH. Now, I'm not always into REALLY manly interiors but this WORKS. The British-inspired decor paid homage to (I'm guessing) Mr. Ramsay's hometown. Beams, beer kegs, stylish wallpaper, industrial chandeliers were seen everywhere. Shades of terracotta, smokey grays, and neutral greens made for a great color combo. The masculinity and sex appeal it exuded was apparent in every corner of the restaurant. I could totally see this style in a well-designed man cave somewhere (feeling any home reno inspiration yet?)!
Gordon Ramsay - as ill-tempered as he is on TV - KNOWS what he's talking about when it comes to his culinary standards. His passion comes through the dishes as far as quality, taste, and presentation. So glad we got to visit and try this.
I'm sure we'll be back and we truly hope Sara - if she'll still be there - is our waitress again!
To check out Mr. Ramsay's Pub & Grill restaurant, click here: www.caesars.com/caesars-palace/restaurants/gordon-ramsay-pub-and-grill#.Wna9e6inE2w
~ XOXO, Mari
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