Dining Out with the Harrises
Chef Roy Yamaguchi’s Roy’s in Las Vegas Provides Excellent Dishes to Locals and Tourists Alike
Many have missed Roy’s on West Charleston Blvd, but the Hawaiian spirit is still going strong on East Flamingo Rd, where Roy’s continues to bring the Island flavor and taste to tourists and locals alike. The menu continues to reflect the brilliance of Chef Roy Yamaguchi, the James Beard award winner, seasoned restaurateur and culinary icon that brought Hawaiian fusion to the public. Come by during Aloha Hour where many Las Vegans seek refreshment from the heat of summer. With a $7 price on all signature cocktails and appetizers, this is the place to get away from it all without leaving Las Vegas. What better way to quench your thirst than with a Roy’s Island Mai Tai. The 1940s classic is just a bit more tropical with a float of Cruzan Black Strap Rum.
The Ebi Roll is a must with shrimp tempura, coconut, cream cheese, mango and avocado accented with a habanero and aioli nitsume. The Lobster Potstickers with spicy togarashi and miso butter sauce is a perfect option for a pre-main menu bite. Roy’s Trio is the way to go for dinner with three of the best fish dishes on the menu, and the hibachi grilled salmon, the misoyaki “butterfish” and the roasted macadamia nut-crusted mahi-mahi will have you swimming with compliments. For the meat lovers, hand carved 8 oz Filet Mignon surrounded by creamy Yukon mash and a shiso béarnaise is a must choice to keep the aloha spirit flowing.
What wine pairs with well with these menu choices? A Pinot Noir of course! The Au Bon Climat La Bauge au Dessus Santa Maria Valley, California 2009, is the perfect pairing with notes of ripe red cherries, cola and a hint of smoke that embraces the food as a welcomed friend.
Dessert awaits in this tropical oasis. Let your server know at least twenty minutes ahead to prepare Roy’s melting hot chocolate soufflé. This flourless chocolate cake oozes with a decadent molten dark chocolate center, a raspberry coulis, and enough vanilla bean ice cream to cool things down. Tropical ocean breezes may elude you in Vegas, but Roy’s will have you remembering the taste and flavors of the Islands for years to come.
Katsuya at the SLS Is Victorious
in Its Delivery from the Plate to Your Palate
The Japanese symbol Katsuya means victory and it is fitting that Katsuya at the SLS has put together a world-class culinary team of food and beverage professionals and a winning menu. Katsuya will intrigue the culinary adventurous to come in to try the freshest sashimi or Waygu beef that is worth the time and the dime. Several of the house highlights are the Crab Hand Roll with specialty sauce and the Yellowtail Sashimi with Jalapeno that takes the freshest yellowtail and marries that with spicy jalapeno and ponzo for a bite that is a match made in heaven. The Miso-Marinated Black Cod is by far the best dish on the menu; it is marinated 48 hours in the Katsuya signature sweet miso delivering great texture and undulating flavor.
For those who crave a bit a beef for their dining experience order the A4 Wagyu Fried Rice or the Wagyu Rib Eye with caramelized onions with a dollop of whipped truffle butter and a side of wasabi-ponzu sauce. Don’t forget a roll or two and the Special Katsuya Roll with tuna, yellowtail, salmon, scallop, crab and avocado wrapped with rice, soy paper and cucumber, served with wasabi ponzu on the side that will please anyone in your dining party. With wine, beer, and specialty cocktails along with a winning menu, Katsuya is truly a champion in the dining arena.
Crossroads at the House of Blues Is a Place that Creates a Symphony of Tastes and Flavor
Adorned with fabulous folk art, food and music, Crossroads will please everyone on the hit parade. One of Crossroads’ mainstay appetizers, the Voodoo Shrimp simmered in an amber beer reduction, creates a scintillating sauciness that you will not be able to resist.
Another hit on the menu lineup is truly a winning chicken dinner, the Soul Cluckin’ Good: chicken marinated in buttermilk and sweet BBQ spice, southern fried and served with the choice of two sides, of which the homemade coleslaw and the baked beans are decidedly good selections. Do you think you can tame the eyes of dessert desire after all that great comfort food? Once you see the Bourbon Bread Pudding prepared with bananas and white chocolate ladled with a decadent bourbon caramel sauce or the mile high Coconut Cream Pie you may give in to that crazy urge to splurge.
Crossroads is also a feast for the eyes with one of the world’s largest collections of folk art. You will be scratching your head in amazement at the design and whimsy that turns Crossroads into a miniature museum. Come for the music, stay for the food, view the art and you will be glad you made Crossroads a part of your Las Vegas itinerary.