If you’ve been hankering to dine upscale at one of Aria’s heavy hitters, there is good news: The resort is offering early evening menus and Viva Elvis show packages in eight of its best restaurants—American Fish, Blossom, Jean-Georges Steakhouse, Julian Serrano, Lemongrass, Sage, Sirio and Union.
Dinners are $39-$49 for three courses (Blossom is doing four courses), and $39 at Lemongrass will get you vegetarian spring rolls, pad pak (a delicious combination of shiitake mushrooms, baby corn, oyster sauce and asparagus) and sticky rice dumplings with coconut cream. The dinners are available from 5-7 p.m., and packages including the show can be arranged by calling (877)-253-5847.
Anyone planning to be in Los Angeles on Labor Day weekend, Sept. 2-5, should consider getting to Food and Wine’s inaugural The Taste (LATimes.com/thetaste), a food festival that will feature 200 of L.A.’s best eateries, plus superstar chefs including José Andrés, David Myers and Scott Conant of the Cosmopolitan, a number of national celebs such as Michael Voltaggio and Ludo Lefebvre, and many surprises.
The organizers are expecting to draw 20,000 hungry visitors, and hope the buzz will rival similar events in Aspen, Colo., New York and our own Vegas Uncork’d.
Noodle lovers looking for great Asian fare outside of Chinatown and off Strip can take heart as well. One of the chefs from Beijing Noodle No. 9 in Caesars Palace has opened Beijing Noodle Café at 4130 S. Sandhill Road. The menu is simple, inexpensive and authentic. Yes, there are standby items such as egg foo young for the uninitiated, but that misses the point.
You’ll want to try dishes such as Szechuan eggplant noodle, pork wonton with red chili oil, and the piece de resistance, da dan min, and off-menu dish composed of noodles topped with a dense, meaty layer of bean paste, ground pork and delicious if unidentifiable mystery meat slices. The phone number, for the record, is 641-0667, but don’t call if you can’t speak Mandarin.
Finally, the long-awaited opening of the self-proclaimed gastropub, English’s (478-8080), is upon us at Town Square across from Rave Motion Pictures in the former Caña Latin Kitchen & Bar location. Don’t expect roasted bone marrow with parsley caper salad, or lamb crepinette with shell beans—a pair of dishes made famous by April Bloomfield at her NYC gastropub, The Spotted Pig. But there will be a Sunday roast, entrées such as beef Wellington and slow-roasted lamb, full English breakfasts, and a proper high afternoon tea.