The power lunch is alive and well Downtown, thanks to Triple George Grill (201 N. Third St., 702-384-2761). And while a martini-fueled midday repast isn’t as common as it used to be, the classic restaurant still knows that lunch can be the most important meal of the day when it comes to wheeling and dealing. The four martinis of yore have been replaced with four courses served bento-style, all on one platter, with a soda, iced tea or coffee. For $16, you can nourish yourself with a half sandwich of the day; your choice of soup du jour, tomato bisque, clam chowder, or a house or Caesar salad; side carb of fries or pretzel bites; and dessert. It may not seem very Mad Men, but no one’s stopping you from topping it off with a half-dozen oysters before you go back to the office.
If you’re on the hunt for raw oysters in general, db Brasserie (in The Venetian, 702-430-1235) recently launched its happy hour from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the bar, with not only lots of fancy wines by the glass knocked down to $5 and $7, but also the briny, plump bivalves, along with mignonette, for $3 each. You can round out a whole French meal here if you’re so inclined, if you want to add in a $6 tarte flambée—an Alsatian flatbread with bacon, onion and cheese—or smoked salmon with pommes dauphine, crème fraîche, citrus and dill for $9. The burgers on the menu are the regular dinner price, but the Piggie, topped with barbecued pulled pork, jalapeño mayo, Boston lettuce, mustard and vinegar slaw, is worth the $19 splurge.
Restaurateur Raja Majid is back in as partner of Origin India (4480 Paradise Rd., 702-734-6342), and with him, a chef specializing in South Indian cuisine. Murali Jayakumar will be enhancing executive chef Vinod Ahuja’s menu of classic Indian dishes with the crispy, savory pancakes known as dosas, and Chettinad-style curry chicken, part of the fiery cuisine of the Tamil Nadu region, among other additions.