Thursday, April 11, 2013

Honey Salt restaurant

There are a lot of good restaurants in Las Vegas. I usually break them into several groupings, the first being the division between off-Strip and on-Strip, the second being price. Both groupings kind of fit together, as no matter where you eat on Strip you will probably be spending at least twice what you will off. And on Strip dining is an adventure in that all of the restaurants are in casinos, so you have the added experience of the traffic, the big parking garage, wandering through the casinos, entertainment that might be showing off as you pass and the large crowds whenever you go. But then it is an evening of diverse entertainment rather than going out for dinner.

We live on the west side of town, which means that most of the restaurants and stores we go to are also out west. The Strip and Interstate 15 just behind is a kind of dividing line running north/south, with people usually staying on their side. A new restaurant that just replaced an old one that didn’t make it is Honey Salt , which from the write-ups sounded like a family restaurant with reasonable prices. Vegas has about a half dozen weekly magazine style publications that all have restaurant reviews, in addition to our daily paper and a few monthly magazines. You can read their publicity blurb on the front of their web site, making it “a restaurant devoted to family, friends and community”, “farm-to-table inspired menu that balances the reality of living in the desert with amazing ingredients regionally available”. OK, thought we’d try.

It’s in the corner of a strip mall, not a majestic setting.

But on entering we found it to not be as budget friendly as I supposed. It looked nice, with an open kitchen in the back, and lots of smaller tables.

We started out with one of their salads – it was rather pretty, and tasty

I had the salmon for the main course, the flavor was great, but as with most ‘high end’ restaurants the portion size (for Americans) was rather small.

Overall the meal was enjoyable, the atmosphere a little ‘hard’ and fairly noisy, the food very good. Unfortunately the cost was a lot more than we anticipated – bill for the two of us ended up being slightly over $100. That is a little high for an off-Strip place, and not great enough for us to warrant a return visit. We’ll see how long they last.


will said...

I do restaurants that charge $100. for two ... about once every twenty years ... and then it's because of an error in judgement.

Stuart said...

Yeah it seems that more and more, restaurant prices just keep climbing faster than other things. I feel lucky now to get out of a resto in France for less then 75 euros (for two)... which is now about $100.

Don said...

That does sound pretty high for a strip mall place. Presentation is clearly important to them though as well as taste. They might have a chance.

Anonymous said...

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Petit bonjour du C.a.m.b.o.d.g.e...
nous arrivons en fin de séjour et c'est un pays merveilleux !

Tes photos aussi sont merveilleuses et c'est un vrai plaisir de les regarder sur ton joli blog !

je t'embrasse
bon début semaine Joe !!!
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Blond Duck said...

What were the little potato looking things on the salad?

JoeinVegas said...

I think they were big pine nuts. That's toasted bread over on the right.

Anonymous said...

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Un petit bonjour en ce mercredi matin ! :o)
et bonne continuation Joe !!!
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PerthDailyPhoto said...

The salmon does look good Joe, we went out for dinner tonight and I also had salmon :)It must be very hard for new ventures to get everything 'just right', let's hope this one survives for a while.

R's Rue said...

The first dish looks good!