A Few Lessons Learned
We were jazzed to try this snazzy new joint in the new downtown Summerlin. It was Saturday night and Wolfgang Puck Bar and Grill was completely booked, so they suggested we wait for a spot at the bar. While they knew we were waiting, they made no attempt to help us find a spot – even when spots opened up and others who hadn’t been waiting ran past us.
Lesson learned #1: Don’t expect help finding a seat (and be more aggressive, I suppose!). No biggie.
We requested a Scottish Merchant cocktail (have you heard of it? It’s delish!) and even provided the recipe. We were informed it’d be an extra $1 for the single jalapeño slice after sitting through a long backstory on how the bar would have to buy it from the kitchen, blah blah. Ok whatevs – bring it on! The bartender did all right, so we asked for another. The second was nothin
g like the first, AND the manager let us know that ‘just kidding!’ the drinks were – surprise – $15 each instead of the original $10. We just laughed, shook our heads, and let it slide.
Lesson #2: Avoid custom cocktails.
After a while we got a spot at the ‘chef’s table’, providing us with ringside seat views of the bustling, open kitchen – an entertaining experience. While it came out cold the first time, the sweet potato side dish upon the second attempt was actually a success, involving a mixture melted butter and blue cheese. The charcuterie plate was well-designed and just as delicious.
It was only after we finished the meal – a hearty portion of yummy orecciate pasta (see the pic!) – that the manager offered to take care of dessert for us, letting us know, unfortunately with a smarmy smile: “that’s just the way it works, folks”. While it didn’t make up for the difference in drink cost, it was a nice gesture and the cheesecake was worth a fork-full. The bill arrived with dessert still on it, which brings us to:
Lesson #3: Review the bill in detail.
Overall, the food would make this worth another try again well into the future – we suggest visiting after the service works out the kinks and bumps and learns a few lessons of their own.