Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Social House - Crystals at CityCenter - Las Vegas

The most expensive meal we had in Vegas was at Social House, an Asian restaurant located inside Crystals at CityCenter. The interior of the restaurant was absolutely gorgeous. I have got to say, almost all the Vegas restaurants we visited had fantastic decor (granted the taste of their food does not live up to the same standard in most cases. More on that in later posts). 

Social House Exterior & Interior

The menu is rather typical of a Japanese restaurant, sashimi, sushi, rolls, etc. Since this was our splurge meal of the trip, we opted for the Social House Omakase, at 95 USD per person. The Omakase consists of seven courses, chosen by the chef. The price is rather typical. You would expect a similar price point, give or take 20 dollars, to enjoy an Omakase in a Japanese restaurant in Toronto. Considering we are dining on the Las Vegas Strip, this is really not that bad.

Social House has quite a few interesting cocktails, not just your typical Gin & Tonic. We had the Smoked Apple and the Tea & T. The Smoked Apple was super alcoholic, one of those cocktails that has no non-alcoholic component to it. The coolest part of this cocktail is that Applewood smoke is piped into the cup, leaving a lingering smoky flavor. The Tea & T was delicious, light and refreshing, while the Smoked Apple was undrinkable (it’s just me, you should go for it).

Smoked Apple Cocktail
Wild Turkey Kentucky Rye Whiskey, Laird’s Applejack Brandy, Green Chartreuse & A Slice of apple in a Smoked Snifter

Tea & T
Passiofruit Tea, Gaetano Peach Schnapps, Pineapple Juice and El Jimador Silver Tequila & Tea Service

First course: Yellowtail jalapeno
Yellowtail, Crispy Jalapeno, Garlic Dust, Tiny Cilantro, Calamansi Soy

Second course: Albacore Garlic
Seared Albacore, Red Onion, Chili Oil, Crispy Shallot, Garlic Ponzu

Third course: Tuna Special
Big Eye Tuna, Sweet Chili Sauce, Crispy Shallot/Garlic, Negi Oil

Fourth course: Citrus Peel Miso Cod
Classic Lemon & Miso Glazed Black Cod

Fifth course: Sea Bass
Bak Choy and Enoki Mushroom

Sixth course: Five-piece sushi
Hamachi (Yellowtail), Tai (Japanese Snapper), Maguro (Tuna), Ikura (Salmon Roe), Ama Ebi (Sweet Shrimp)

Seventh course: Strawberry sorbet
Served on a bed of strawberry salsa

I need to clarify something. We put in the special request of “No red meat and no dairy”, which was probably the reason behind the two consecutive cooked fish courses (4th and 5th) and the sorbet for dessert. Hey, what else are a non-redmeat-eater supposed to eat, if not more fish? Certainly not their Spicy Ponzu Kobe Sashimi or their Hanger Steak with roasted shallot and Wasabi cream sauce! Sorry for teasing you with delicious sounding dishes.    :P

In hindsight, I wish I took back the “no dairy” request. Maybe they would have served us their Mochi Ice Cream instead. There is always next time. Oh, before I forget, we had their siphon coffee after dessert (tastes like regular coffee, I am clearly not very refined, oh well).

Yep, this was an elaborate meal. This blog post just went on an on, didn’t it? Okay, that’s it for now, stay tuned, more Vegas posts coming up… ;)

Until next time,


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