595 Craft and Kitchen opened in Spring Valley in the summer of 2017. I specifically remember that I was watching one of the Star Wars movies when I was asked to join a friend to check it out. You can usually count me in to explore a bar/restaurant with burgers and craft beer.
The first visit was very good. The wings were tasty but a bit pricey for the burbs ($9 for a small order). The Pork Belly Burger ($13) with hoisin sambal glaze, cabbage slaw, seared pork belly, and Gochujang Aioli was fantastic.
LOOK AT THIS JUICY BURGER!
The burger was delicious. The pork belly was delicious. Together there was a bit too much flavor. It was kind of overwhelming my mouth. I added a beer from Deftones singer, Chino Moreno, and left overstuffed with a wallet a bit lighter than expected.
The downside to the visit was that service was below average. The waiter was a bit slow and didn’t seem to know the beer or food menus very well. I guess I just expected more from a local bar/restaurant. I’m happy to say that the service was much better on a return visit.
I visited 595 Craft and Kitchen again for lunch just before heading east for Zorkfest. This time I opted for the Pork Belly Banh Mi. I figured the pork belly without the burger would be delicious and filling enough for lunch. I was right.
The sandwich is served on a baguette and is topped with hoisin sambal glaze, cucumber, pickled daikon, carrot, cilantro, and mayo. I opted out of Jalapeños assuming (correctly) that there would be enough flavor.
I love bahn mi but I don’t come across them often at a bar. While the burger is very good, the bahn mi in combination with a local Able Baker beer was unique and perfect for the day.
The waiter on this visit was extremely helpful and offered a beer that’s hoppy but not too hoppy. I understand that this request can make bartenders and waiters crazy. It’s nice when the server doesn’t look at me like I have three heads when I say this. 🙂
I later learned that the bar orders small batches of beer and rotates their taps often so there is almost something new every month or so. I dig that!
The beer cheese is good. Seriously, bacon makes everything better. The star of this dish is the pretzel bites that didn’t even need the cheesy love.
In addition to the great service from the waiter, we talked with one of the owners Van-Alan Nguyen for a while. He’s a nice and smart guy from California with burger experience from In N Out Burger.
He’s an accelerated beer nerd and knows about as much as any beer guy I’ve met. He can also go into head-spinning details about how the food is sourced and prepared. It was nice to have a few minutes to learn about what goes into choosing the food and drinks available in a restaurant.
Good food and good beer are usually a recipe for success in my book. I can see myself returning a few times this year even though it’s a little out of the range from my hood.
595 Craft and Kitchen is located at 4950 South Rainbow Blvd.
Visit 595craftandkitchen.com for more information.
I had snacks and drinks at José Andrés’ Bazaar Meats at SLS Las Vegas last week. There’s no way esports fans could afford those prices. I think two fancy and tasty sloppy joe’s the size of two fingers cost $12. That’s $6 for three bites of food – not a meal.
His food is fantastic but I’m curious to see how they can make José Andrés’ food affordable to younger customers that are visiting a low roller casino.
SANTA ANA, Calif. (December 18, 2017) – ThinkFoodEntertainment, a division of chef José Andrés’ ThinkFoodGroup, and Allied Esports, the world’s leading network of dedicated esports properties and content production facilities, will partner to develop the first esports-inspired food and beverage program. Esports Arena Las Vegas, the Strip’s first esports venue, will debut the one-of-a-kind menu when it opens at MGM Resorts International’s Luxor Hotel and Casino in early 2018.
Andrés and the ThinkFoodEntertainment team will create a unique and highly researched culinary program designed for gaming enthusiasts and visitors from around the world who will take part in the arena’s cutting-edge, interactive entertainment offerings. The menu will reflect innovative items catered to gamers, with portions crafted with efficiency in mind.
“Like the rest of Esports Arena Las Vegas, the food and beverage offering will be unlike anything seen across the industry, and José and his team are the perfect fit for that kind of culinary inspiration,” said Jud Hannigan, CEO of Allied Esports International. “Whether you are a regular gamer or a first-time visitor, you will leave Esports Arena Las Vegas wanting more, and the unique food experience will be a major part of that sentiment.”
Andrés notes, “I happen to be an avid gamer myself, so I was excited to have the opportunity to create an experience for the esports guest – whether they are playing or just enjoying the show! My team and I are working to create a menu that is delicious, but also practical for the gaming environment. The development process has been a lot of fun as we determine what gamers will want to enjoy while playing!”
This partnership marks the fifth concept for Andrés in Las Vegas. His other restaurants include Jaleo Las Vegas, é by José Andrés, China Poblano and Bazaar Meat by José Andrés. Andrés also opened Fish by José Andrés at MGM National Harbor in December 2016.
Earlier this year, Allied Esports announced plans with Luxor for the creation of Esports Arena Las Vegas, which will be the flagship location of the company’s growing global network of esports properties spanning North America, Europe and China.
Allied Esports and Esports Arena are working with Luxor to transform the 30,000-square-foot space into a multi-level arena with a competition stage, LED video wall, telescopic seating, daily gaming stations, and state-of-the-art streaming and television-quality production studios. The arena will provide a ready-to-go championship destination for tournaments, leagues and high stakes match-ups in a setting designed to deliver an unparalleled fan experience.