STRIPLVDINING - Vintner Grill by Vegas Food Nerd
Upon first arriving at this little Summerlin hot spot, you feel as if you are now privy to a secret dining location. Located in an office building complex, this restaurant is a lesson in the old adage “don’t judge a book by its cover.” Once you take a few steps inside this place, that from the street looked so boring, it is surprising to discover the cool sophistication that lies within. The interior and gorgeous patio transport you to a different place that feels more like you are in a swanky southern California Hotel than an office complex in Las Vegas. Bright airy whites and greens, custom couches, and the outdoor patio which was expertly designed with accents and lanterns so that you don’t even notice that you are sitting right next to the usually traffic-deluged Charleston Boulevard.
Young and up-and-coming Chef Matthew Silverman works some culinary magic at this Summerlin hang, which has a reputation for being “the place” to see and be seen in the area. His partnering with local restaurant powerhouse creators Michael and Sean Corrigan afforded all of us the opportunity to enjoy his fun eclectic menu, which he says is straightforward American cuisine with Mediterranean influences, creating dishes that are familiar, yet uniquely new to you at the same time.
There were two things that struck me about this place right away. First off, the guy makes his own cheese, how cool is that? Goat, Camembert, Stilton, and the oh-so-creamy goat milk feta, which you can sample free of charge during their Happy Hour from 5-6pm. Next was the gorgeous glass encased wine cellar boasting wines from all over the globe – definitely one of the best I have ever seen off the Strip.
Now on to the food. The Chef leaves his menu open to variation – sometimes changing it everyday with new offerings based on seasonal foods. The appetizers were scrumptious. We noshed on the White Bean Hummus, Short Rib Soup, and the Butter Lettuce Salad with Warm Brie, Fresh Herbs, and an Orange Balsamic Vinaigrette.
Main courses were just as satisfying to our taste buds. I ordered the Tagliatelli Pasta with Wild Boar Bolognese, Truffle Pecorino, Fresh Nutmeg and Opal Basil, which upon first arriving, wasn’t the most beautiful dish I’ve ever seen, but the flavors all just melted delightfully together. My friend indulged in one of their Wood-Fired Flatbreads that featured Grilled White Asparagus with Portabello Cream, Fontina, White Truffle Oil and Wild Herbs. It was a perfect yet sophisticated twist on a traditional dish. Though, I have long had a love affair with fontina cheese, it just makes everything it tops better.
The big problem with this otherwise amazing place is the service. And from numerous Yelp reviews and other friends that have dined there can attest to, the servers seem to care little about pleasing the customer – resulting in long waits: for reservations, food being served to you, and getting your beverage refilled. It makes me hesitate in making a return trip for just that reason. I truly believe in supporting our local restaurants, but Vintner needs to step up their game on this, before they lose out to other up-and-comers in the area who truly care about your dining experience. If you’ve got the time and don’t get as annoyed about that kind of thing, just settle back, revel in the atmosphere, and enjoy this hot spot for celebrity sightings.
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