Here is the latest roundup of restaurant news from around the Las Vegas valley:
1. Hawthorn Grill at JW Marriott Las Vegas has added some new items to its dinner menu. They include grilled calamari, crispy pork belly, horseradish potato gratin, Dover sole, Colorado lamb loin, wild blueberry almond tart, lemon macaroon and more. Hawthorn also unveiled a new lunch menu recently featuring short rib flatbread, steak sandwiches, chicken confit hash, a roasted mushroom grill cheese etc.
2. Chef Thomas Keller's Bouchon at The Venetian is paying tribute to the legendary Chef Paul Bocuse with a special menu from March 1 to 4. Bocuse was an inspiration and mentor to the global culinary community. Highlights of the prix fixe menu include truffle soup, which was originally served by Bocuse to French President Valery Giscard d'Estaing in 1975; filet of beef with seared foie gras, madeira and truffle sauces, and seasoned vegetables; and an apple tart served with vanilla ice cream. Cost is $96.
3. Gaetano's Ristorante is hosting a Wild Turkey dinner on Feb. 23. Hosted by Nick Palmeri and Anthony DeMaria of Campari America. The main course will feature prime rib eye with sweet potato mash. Dessert will be bourbon bread pudding. Cost is $115.
4. Habit Burger Grill has introduced a new Asian-inspired seasme ginger salad for $7.99. The salad combines crisp, fresh garden greens tossed in a flavorful sesame ginger dressing with carrots, cilantro, chopped tomatoes, tender edamame beans, and crunchy wonton strips. Tangy teriyaki sauce is then drizzled over the guest's choice of perfectly chargrilled chicken or sushi-grade ahi tuna to top their salad. The salad is only available for a limited time.
5. Robert Irvine's Public House at Tropicana Las Vegas will host a beer pairing dinner feature Founders Brewing Co. on Feb. 22. The dinner will feature a menu created by Executive Chef Scott Green. Highlights include BBQ pulled pork sandwiches and country-style chicken pot pies. Each course will be paired with a signature Founders beer. Cost is $50 per person.
6. Therapy restaurant in Downtown Las Vegas is showing its love for locals with exclusive food and drink specials every Tuesday and Thursday evennt. Specials include a 10 percent discount on all food and drinks every Tuesday and $5 draft beers every Thursday. These specials are offered during normal business hours and are available exclusively for locals. To redeem this offer, Las Vegas residents must show their Nevada ID.
7. A one-of-a-kind Peruvian Nikkei dining experience is opening in March in the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian and The Palazzo. The restaurant is named Once, which means "eleven" in Spanish, and was created by one of Los Angeles' most acclaimed chefs, Ricardo Zarate. The restaurant will offer traditional Peruvian staples with a Japanese influence. Keeping with the numeric theme, Once’s beverage program will include 11 signature cocktails, as well as a Gin + Tonic “slushee” machine for an irreverent, Vegas-style twist on a boozy classic.
8. A new restaurant named Pots on South Rainbow Boulevard is offering authentic Egyptian cuisine. The restaurant's cuisine is 100 percent vegetarian with lots of vegan options. The Oriental Egyptian Salad is made with cucumber, tomatoes, cilantro and carrots or you can mix your own salad at their salad bar. Menu favorites include tahini, pickled eggplant, koshari (rice, lentils, elbow pasta, chickpeas and tomato sauce), cauliflower shwarma, sweet potato fries, lentil soup and Konafa Cups (shredded konafa dough stuffed with coconut pudding and drizzled with sugarcane syrup).
9. CATCH Las Vegas will splash into the Aria in the fall of 2018. CATCH, which has locations in Los Angeles and New York, will bring epic renditions of opulent seafood, sushi & steak and a something for everyone dining experience with seamless transitions and an elevated, interactive atmosphere from early evening to prime-time dinner, late night and special events. The bar program promises to be equally as enticing with visually stunning handcrafted cocktails and a curated wine list.
10. Chef and TV personality Ciada De Laurentis has opened her 2nd restaurant in Las Vegas. Pronto by Giada is located at Caesars Palace. Menu highlights include the Breakfast Anitpasti Sandwich, Giada's Oatmeals, lobster rolls, grilled cheese with lemon pesto, Giada's signature arugula, Pomodoro meatball soup, Italian lentil salad, seven-layer dark chocolate mascarpone cake and mini tiramisus.
11. Planet Hollywood's new Cafe Hollywood focuses on all things Hollywood with a photo gallery and multimedia celebration of Planet Hollywood's 25-year history. Menu highlights include Cinnamon Roll French Toast, poke nachos, a grilled macaroni and cheese sandwich, pork belly ramen and more.
12. One of Las Vegas most iconic restaurants, Farm Basket, has new owners and they have big plans. Farm Basket has been serving fried chicken and turkey sandwiches for 40 years. The new owners say they are bringing back the popular "orange rolls" and plan to open several new locations in the valley.
13. Border Grill at Mandalay Bay will host a dinner featuring Casa Noble's ultra-premium, organic tequila on March 16. The multi-course dinner will feature the bold flavors of Mexico crafted by Executive Chef Mike Minor. Cost is $80 per person.
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