About the only thing better than a Walzog restaurant overlooking Wynn’s Lake of Dreams is having two of them.
Chef David Walzog and members of the SW Steakhouse team—including general manager Mario Disi and executive pastry chef Kimberly Valdez—will add Lakeside Grill to their résumés when it opens to the public (four days early) Oct. 29, serving dinner nightly.
Turning classic American food “on its side,” Lakeside will feature a menu of shared plates such as whipped garlic feta, truffled arancini and kingfish carpaccio, chilled and hot seafood appetizers, flatbreads and pasta. “Familiar, fun, energetic food,” Walzog says. Entrées are categorized by their cooking method: grilled, poached, braised or oven-roasted, and include mesquite-smoked prime rib, Berkshire pork ribs, whole young chicken and stuffed Maine lobster.
A sweet cart (named “Desire”) distributes two-bite desserts in the realms of fruity, chocolate, creamy and nutty. “Before guests even get their cocktails they’ll already be eyeing up this cart,” Valdez says. (Lines might form for her maple-glazed bacon chocolate bars.)
While traces of DB Brasserie remain (peek-a-boo kitchen window, mosaic floors, limestone walls), Lakeside’s aesthetic is refreshing. Thanks to fewer walls and columns, nearly every table enjoys unobstructed views of the lake, though a retractable theater curtain can divide the room as needed. Butter-soft white leather chairs flank frosted white resin tables. Neoclassical marble sculptures from various schools of art live behind the 10-seat bar in the lounge where female DJs will spin crowd-relevant music nightly. Flashes of color come from a gold river-stone wall, citrusy orange accent walls and falling angel paintings, which seem to leap from massive mirrors. Gently illuminated, the room is dotted with strangler fig vines, natural statues that closely resemble driftwood.
Walzog seems satisfied with his new digs: “Roger Thomas is a dynamic designer, and I think it’s built with energy; it’s got spirit.”