Steaks and Vegas gambling have always gone hand in hand.
Originally Appeared on Condé Nast Traveler
Tell us about your first impressions when you arrived.
If there's one thing that is completely certain, it's that this place in Sahara Las Vegas, with its antler chandeliers, hanging hocks of Ibérico, blazing central fire, and the distinct scent of suckling pig in the air, is definitely devoted to meat (as its name suggests). It's a vast space that seems to go on and on, with different types of seating and private rooms. You could have a different kind of experience each time you came here.
What's the crowd like?
This is a hip, adventurous crowd that loves José Andrés and his over-the-top qualities restaurant concepts, and has not one single aversion to foie gras and cotton candy (yes, together; it's a big deal here).
Main event: the food. Give us the lowdown—especially what not to miss.
Food at any José Andrés restaurant is the highest quality, but creativity is the main driver. He'll stop at nothing to get the absolute best ingredients, and he'll shift regions at will. One example of this mix master's creativity: "Asian tacos" of nori, Iberico, and flying fish roe that have all the porky and fishy flavors you'd expect. That foie gras cotton candy is at once fatty and sweet, with a bit of crunch to offset it. A very fun "bagels and lox cone" is an appetizer-sized bite of soft dill cream cheese and the burst of salmon roe in a tiny cone. And if you're a huge fan of suckling pig, this is where to order it (in advance) for a group.
What should we be drinking?
José Andrés loves bigger-than-big experiences—a description that applies both to the length of the wine list and to the size of the bottles on it. Since some wines age better in big bottles, he started shipping in a few Goliaths—equivalent to 36 bottles of wine. As you can imagine, the list favors big, fat, substantial wines that pair with a meaty menu (think tempranillo). But you might be surprised to find out that it doesn't stick to Spanish or Italian wines. The ever-evolving list will, of course, take you on a tour through the Iberian peninsula, but there are a lot of surprises, too, from California, Oregon, and Sicily.
And how did the front-of-house folks treat you?
They're fun, on top of their game, and know exactly how to direct you.
What’s the real-real on why we’re coming here?
This is an over-the-top indulgent dinner. If one of your group wants to dine light, you should probably go elsewhere. It's as close to a bacchanalian feast as you'll get in Vegas, and you'll smell that smoky pig in your nostrils and hair for days after.
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