Our Picks by Adam Rains
Ocean Trout Sashimi with Pop Rocks
The strip mall on Jones and Warm Springs is like many in Vegas: There is a gas station, dry cleaner, gaming bar and a place to get sushi. But unlike most, this corner has a place to get PHENOMENAL sushi! This is no ordinary joint; Soho Japanese Restaurant pairs impeccable quality ingredients with the chops of a world-class chef. Chef/Owner John Chien Lee was the former executive chef of Social House at CityCenter, but decided to live his dream and open his own restaurant. Out of many memorable Japanese-fusion dishes, one standout is the Ocean Trout Sashimi. The clean tasting trout is accented with chives, dried miso and the brightness of a ponzu sauce. All of these would make for a delectable plate, but what really brings it to the next level is a childhood favorite, POPROCKS. In addition to a popping liveliness, they bring sweetness and a citric punch that is perfectly at home with the other components in the dish. Due to popularity, reservations are definitely suggested.
SOHO Japanese Restaurant, 7337 South Jones Boulevard
J.W. Lees HARVEST ALE Aged in Lagavulin Cask 2012
This J.W. Lees Harvest Ale is a limited edition and most special barleywine. This once-a-year phenom uses early season hops and British malt to great effect. For the 2012 vintage, they chose to age it in Lagavulin casks. This rich style beer is perfectly at home with accents of smoke that the Scotch barrel brings. Flavor-wise, there are loads of stewed dark fruit & toffee on the nose and palate with the peaty Scotch mingling through at the finish. Staying true to style, this is a big boy at 11.5% ABV but still manages to be medium bodied and keep a small but pleasant amount of carbonation. Due to its limited quantity and superior quality, this beer has a cult following, but can still be found in our city at select locations.
Go to Pub 365, Total Wine and Top Shelf to join the legend.
It’s Michelada Time
Mexican food and hangover relief go together like “cheese & quesadillas.” One beverage that has become synonymous with both is the Michelada. This savory & refreshing iced beer-cocktail can be made a number of different ways. One of the better versions that you will find anywhere is in Henderson at Chile Caliente. Theirs starts in the kitchen with a spiced and nuanced shrimp stock that is combined with Clamato. Fresh garlic, dried chile and citrus enliven the richness and accelerate the flavor. The magic and synergy truly happen when you add the Mexican lager, a salty, spicy, Tajin rim and a sweet Tamarindo candy straw. They also garnish it with poached shrimp; it’s all so good that it might make you yell, “sabrosa!”
Chile Caliente, 1017 Whitney Ranch Dr, Henderson