TRES Cazuelas An Artisan Latin Treat in Las Vegas (and some great wines!)
The saying “what happens is Las Vegas, stays in Las Vegas” can no longer be the saying for at least this scrumptious meal! After experiencing one of the most eclectic and delicious meals it has to be shouted out for creativity and flavorful dishes.
First if you want the glamour and lights and dazzle of the Vegas strip, this is not your restaurant! It is located in an industrial park on the other side of Interstate 95. Only a 10 minute taxi/Uber drive, but it takes you completely away from the hustle & bustle. This restaurant was recommended by friends Steve and Vashti Roebuck and when we pulled up compared to some of the others on their list, I was a bit surprised and underwhelmed. That was very quickly turned around when opening the car door, the aromas hit us upside the head.
The menu which provides some entrees, does have mostly tapas and side dishes. Having just eaten at two very “fancy upscale” restaurants the previous two nights, thought tasting some tapas would be a smart change. I could not have been luckier or more correct.
Started out with an appetizer called Habanero Guacamole. This consisted of avocado, habanero, pickled onion, cilantro and oregano. A spicy and enjoyable dish with the Garage Wine Company 2017 Cabernet Franc from Maule Valley, Chile. A special twist on a “standard appetizer”. After this, nothing came close to standard or ordinary.
Next up was Cantabric Anchovies. This dish is Bay of Biscay anchovies, grilled bread, tomatoes and garlic. The sweet tomatoes with the salty anchovies is a tapa dish I will not forget for the flavors. A solid 10 on a scale of 10!
The next small appetizer was the Seared Scallops Al Guajillo. This was cooked and served on a cast iron plate with fresh scallops, grilled lemon, guajillo chili and garlic chips. Another solid 10!
Perhaps one of the most delectable treats this evening was the Iberico Dates. Bacon wrapped dates with almond, blue cheese and with a balsamic-apricot reduction sauce. This paired with the Cabernet Franc and 2009 Outpost Cabernet Sauvignon was almost an “out of body” experience. A 10+ rating.
My entrée (appetizer), was a tapas dish called Tropical Ceviche. Prepared with raw Mahi Mahi, mango, red onions, tomato, cilantro and citrus juices, simply another home run. Plated in small bowl inside another bowl with ice cubes which kept the ceviche cool and fresh while eating this tasty dish. A very nice touch and much appreciated. Of course another 10+ rating!
The final appetizer of evening was Roasted Corn off the Cob Esquites. This toasted corn bowl consisted of cilantro, lime, chipotle aioli and queso fresco (cheese). We had been experimenting with a similar dish at home, but this beat our meager attempts with lime and chipotle aioli. For sure a 10 rating!
One of the other wines enjoyed this evening was a 2009 Outpost Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine on the eyes was a deep brick red with a medium heavy viscosity. Blueberry, pepper and fresh violets on the nose. On the palate, it burst forth with vanilla pipe tobacco, licorice and both blue and black fruits. The tannins have soften and Howell Mountain minerality lingers on the finish.
The others had “regular dishes” if that could even be stated at this restaurant of Mediterranean Branzino, their “TRES” pork chop (with piquillo-jalapeno hash) and a Grilled Spanish Octopus (with roasted peppers, garlic, olives). On last side of Broccoli Carbon Carbon was served with grilled broccoli, pipan and guajillo chips! Sorry no pictures as I was too busy eating my delicious dishes!!
Now to top off the entire experience of these diverse and exquisite dishes, the staff and owner Angelo Reyes were beyond friendly and accommodating recommending wines and foods. By the way, no corkage charge (unlike the strip at one restaurant we ate at for $50) that was again much appreciated. Just as an aside, their wine list was similar to the food menu, unique and chosen for specific flavors to match their food menu.
The clincher for why this restaurant was my choice of the best of the week is three fold besides the food and wines. First, the owner provided “free of charge” a port for us enjoy for the end of our meal. Secondly, the moderate level of music in the establishment. Even at some of the “upscale” dining restaurants, we could hardly carry on a conversation without shouting across a four top table! And thirdly the personal touch and guidance throughout the evening from the owner. In fact since they were not located on the strip, meant no taxis were present to take us back to the hotel. When asking if he could call a taxi, Angelo went as far as to order and pay for an Uber ride back to the hotel! These small but significant facts could not be found at any restaurants “on the strip”. And as aside, this meal was extremely filling (both quality and quantity) and was a third of the price higher end and rated restaurants enjoyed during the week.
This is one restaurant in the land of glitter and noise, who understands and really gets the reason people want to dine out and enjoy tasty meal. Kudos to TRES Cazuelas staff and Angelo for this wonderful evening. No wonder why OpenTable provided it in their top ten rated restaurants as number 5 in all of Las Vegas!