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Tasty Tuesday with Melinda Sheckells | Feb. 16, 2021

Posted at 12:36 PM, Feb 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-17 08:55:49-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Melinda Sheckells, lifestyle and entertainment expert and editor of OffTheStrip.com, shares recommendations on what to eat and drink this week in Las Vegas.

New restaurants, bars and beers are popping up all over town, and here are three debuts you won't want to miss.

Robata En

Robata En on Spring Mountain Road, helmed by culinary mastermind Chef Ramir DeCastro (formerly of Yonaka), creates delicious dishes made entirely from scratch. His philosophy is to introduce guests to something unfamiliar by pairing it with something familiar. One of the must-have dishes is the Branzino — pan-seared Mediterranean sea bass, binchotan grilled heirloom tomatoes, spicy lobster emulsion, olive oil and baby kale.

Robata En also serves an articulately curated eight- to 10-course omakase tasting menu with seasonal ingredients. Another option is the seven-course omakase box to-go for two at a great value of $99.

Other menu highlights include the Scottish salmon with orange supreme, yuzu tobiko, Thai chili and yuzu ponzu; uni pasta with AAA gold sea urchin, Calabrian chili, parsley, yolk bottarga and fresh-made pasta; and for dessert, 12 Minute Cookies with peanut milk and ube jam. A variety of meats and vegetables are grilled over a natural oak charcoal robata grill including ground duck, kurobuta pork belly, foie gras with coffee balsamic kabayaki, A5 Kobe beef, yuzu-brined ribs and miso buttered corn.

Don't forget to order one of the whiskey flights with choices ranging from affordable to exclusive brands. Happy Hour at Robata En is offered 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

Ryan Reaves' Beer Grim Reaver from 7Five Brewing

Get ready for tonight’s VGK game against the Avalanche with Grim Reaver, Ryan Reaves’ newest beer from 7Five Brewing. This is the beer that inspired 7Five Brewing and it’s the next evolution in the company's journey—one that channels your greatness to go into 'battle' like we know Reavo will be tonight.

Reaves said he’s more excited to "launch this stout than with any their other brews” and described it as “personal” and that he’s “in the Grim Reaver mentality.” Grim Reaver is an Imperial Stout with notes of lightly roasted coffee and dark chocolate and has a 7.5 percent ABV. Pick up a four-pack at Lee’s Discount Liquor or Total Wine, or try it along with the other 7Five beers at Able Baker Brewing Downtown. It joins his other brews: Dawn Breaker, Training Day and Shiver Giver.

Crimson is Blooming at Red Rock Resort

Pop-up cocktail experience Crimson in Bloom is now open at Red Rock Resort. It is a garden-inspired indoor and outdoor lounge full of floral cocktails, in-season décor and a color-saturated atmosphere. From garden gnomes to a table-side rosé cart, shake off the winter months and flourish at Crimson.

Divided into three sections Instagrammable sections, The Herb Garden, The Botanical Garden and The Produce Garden, Crimson's menu features a refreshing mix of inventive drinks with unique garnishes of stunning floral ice cubes, edible flowers and flavorful dustings. For example, the cocktail Rosemary is a delicious mix of Patron Silver, lemon, blueberry and rosemary; and Thyme features Ketel Botanical Grapefruit and Rose, Cointreau, grapefruit, yuzu, thyme and sea salt and is topped with a gold pastry dusted dehydrated grapefruit. Florals? Groundbreaking!

Crimson in Bloom will be open Friday to Sunday until May 16.

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