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LAS VEGAS TRIBUNE: “Dine around the World at SUGARCANE raw bar grill”

LAS VEGAS TRIBUNE: “Dine around the World at SUGARCANE raw bar grill”

November 30, 2016

I received an invitation to the opening of the SUGARCANE raw bar grill to taste their globally-inspired chef’s small and large plates as well as inventive cocktails. SUGARCANE raw bar grill’s special dinner menu enticed us with 16 exciting courses, an opportunity to savor so many of their specialties. The dinner was unbelievable, so pleasing to the palate, each dish offered their own masterpiece of flavors. The first four courses were from the Crudos (raw) menu: Kombu marinated Fluke – I love when the chef brings out the bold full-flavor of marinated fish, steak and pork. This thinly sliced, marinated white fish sits on a bed of sea kelp, the longer you leave the fish on the kelp the longer it marinates. The Fluke was topped with charred onions, sliced red grapes and sesame seed oil. Wagyu Beef Carpaccio – I usually prefer Wagyu Beef because the cattle are considered “happy” with massages and special care. This beef originally from Japan, now bred in the United States is so tender and juicy. The Wagyu Beef is served with Kimchi Pickles and Black garlic aioli. A sweet Japanese Hokkaido Scallop – the Scallop was a triple treat- tender, light and spicy. The Scallop was served with infused compressed Fuji apples, black truffle oil, lime and sliced jalapeno. Kinilaw Kampachi – Pilipino-inspired sliced fish, sliced Serrano Peppers, Coconut Cane Vinaigrette, citrus and Puffed Rice. The hot Serrano Peppers added a zing to the meal. This evening was filled with so many delightful surprises, a continuation of my SUGARCANE raw bar grill review will appear in another article. Award winning Executive Chef & Partner Timon Balloo’s French trained background and globally inspired menu, guests choose from Asian, Latin American, North African, Middle Eastern and the United States. This cuisine represents three kitchen concepts — an open fire grill, raw bar and traditional kitchen — for a “shared experience”. He celebrates the simple pleasures in life — eating well and celebrating with friends. SUGARCANE raw bar grill is located in The Grand Canal Shoppes in the Venetian, a AAA Five Diamond luxury resort on the Las Vegas Strip. The new 6,376-square-foot space is located on restaurant row of the resort’s casino level and will offer an all-day menu, Monday through Sunday, as well as lunch Monday through Friday, and brunch Saturday and Sunday.