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Monday…that time of the week when adults are back work and the kids are off to school. It’s also one of the days Pen & Paper is updated on a weekly basis.

 For this week, I decided to write a review on one of the most high class restaurants I’ve ever been to.

It’s been said what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, this however, is too good not to keep a secret!

Jaleo, a critically acclaimed Spanish tapas restaurant located in The Comsopolitan hotel in Las Vegas, NV offers a unique dining atmosphere and menu. I went there one Saturday for a family dinner and I have to say it was great!

The variety of appetizers was just the tip of the iceberg but gives first timers an idea of what to expect.

The sampler I had consisted of 3 different types of cheese, two of which were blue cheese and mozzarella. The rest was dried grapes, apricots, olives, almonds and brushetta bread with a tomato spread. Just enough to whet appetite and hold over guests waiting for the main course. Getting a Chef’s table has its perks. First time guests are given the opportunity to try a variety of menu items.

Some of which are white asparagus in romesco sauce, for those that don’t normally eat their vegetables, give this one a try!

Other dishes include shrimp in garlic sauce, scallops wrapped in bacon, chicken fritters,  bacon wrapped fried dates, salad with beets and mushrooms with mashed potatoes, just to name a few.

My personal favorites were the lobster with rice, the skirt steak and the crab all of which had a unique flavor.

Best drink to wash this down with?

The classic Shirley Temple. (and a glass of ice water on the side).

After that, the dinner was topped off with classic flan with vanilla ice cream which was more like whipped cream than a run-of-the-mill ice cream scoop and a rich chocolate mousse like  dessert with praline ice cream. The plate was decorated with caramel and chocolate sauces and a fresh mint leaf. For those that think coffee is just something to drink in the morning for a pick-me-up think again! Jaleo’s cappuccino coffee goes great with dessert.

Overall, this was a meal unlike any other, first class and five stars all the way!

The dishes on Chef Jose Andres’ menu are all made up of  simple house hold ingredients, fresh meat, seafood and items found in the average store and some farmers’ markets but are full of unique and rich flavors.

After a meal like this one… let’s just say I went home happy.

coffee

From left to right, Chocolate mousse, Cappuccino and Flan

 

table

One of several tables at Jaleo. Casual yet formal at the same time.

 

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