All participating establishments have curated pre-fixe menus for breakfast, lunch, and/or dinner. Prices range from $20 per person to $80 per person.
The food is always worth it but, the best part about Restaurant Week here in Las Vegas is, for every meal you purchase; you are also providing up to 18 meals for the hungry.
I’ve taken on the challenge to attend a new restaurant every day of this event, even if I have to go it alone! I’ve chosen 12 different places with a $40 per person dinner menu and I have made all of my reservations.
SUGARCANE raw bar grill
Located inside The Venetian on Restaurant Row
Address: 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109
June 19, 2018@05:00PM
Dinner For One
When I woke up this morning, I had a voicemail asking me to confirm my reservation. I immediately called them back when I awoke to tell them I would be there! I’ve never had a restaurant call me to confirm a reservation before, it was pretty cool.
I arrived at The Venetian a little past 04:30PM, too early for my reservation. I took a stroll around the stores upstairs and people-watched.
I was having so much fun, I had to speedwalk to SUGARCANE raw bar grill to make it on time. They were really busy and I watched them have to turn down a lot of guests with their long wait times, I’m SO glad I made a reservation. I got seated a little past 05:00PM because like I said, they were busy. The hostess was sweet and apologetic about the wait.
When I got seated at a nice big, comfy booth the waitress came to get my drink order right away. I prefer just water with my meals, so that’s what I ordered.
Like at Hearthstone Kitchen & Cellar, I was just given their regular, everyday menus with no mention of Restaurant Week. I asked for that menu and my wish was promptly granted.
There were FOUR courses offered at this restaurant instead of just three and I was more than ecstatic when I found out that I was going to get EVERYTHING on the menu. I didn’t have to choose between anything except the two desserts. When the waitress came and asked if I was ready, I started telling her which ones I wanted and she was like, “oh no, you get to try everything. The only thing you choose is the dessert.” You should’ve seen the way my eyes lit up!
As I waited for my four-course dinner to commence, I took some photos of the super cool interior.
The wall art was awesome and I loved the hanging ceiling lights. I felt a fancy, mob-guy vibe.
All of the plates at SUGARCANE are tapas-style (AKA bite-sized) so I easily demolished all of the food I was served yet, I was completely full and satisfied at the end of it all.
The courses came in trios.
The first thing I popped in my mouth was the Hakkaido Scallop Crudo. It was exquisite. Underneath the scallop was a compressed apple and black truffle, it was topped with lime and a jalapeño. I could have ate 10 of these little guys. I was pleasantly surprised by the crunch of the apple, I assumed it would be soggy.
The Salmon Poke was drenched in soy and sesame. A little less sauce and a little more seaweed would have been appreciated.
I didn’t do it on purpose but, I somehow saved the best for last. The West Coast Snapper Ceviche was out of this world. It had a sour, lemony sauce and some crunchy corn kernels, sweet potato chunks, and these huge beans. The West Coast Snapper was SO meaty, fresh, and wonderful. Everything together made that perfect bite. Ooh, my mouth is watering just looking at the photo!
Right when I took the last bite of my ceviche, my second trio came out.
It all came beautifully organized on one large plate.
I forked a brussels sprout into my mouth first. They were soaked in this amazing sweet soy sauce and topped with a juicy, peeled orange. The leaves that fell off their bulbs were the best, they were crisp and charred. Mmm, mmm.
Next, I bit the Goat Cheese Croquettes “Fritters” in half with a little of the quince jam spread on top. The second part of the croquette, I didn’t dip into the sauce and I preferred it that way. The jam was too sweet for my taste but, a small amount of it is okay. I love goat cheese so I have no complaints about that, it was ooey gooey in the center of the perfectly deep-fried ball.
Again, I ended up eating the best out of the three, last. I’ve never had anything quite like their Bacon Wrapped Dates before. The Portuguese sausage and aged Spanish cheese paired with the bacon and date… oh, man. It was rich, savory goodness. I wouldn’t be able to eat more than one because one is more than enough. There was some kind of crème sauce underneath it that I pretty much avoided. It was nice enough on its own.
The portions kept getting bigger and bigger. My last trio came out shortly after I finished my second course.
ALL THE MEATS!!!
The Chicken Breast in Yakitori was really good. It had that grill-flavor, it was tender, and well-cooked. The sauce was on point, not too salty and not too sweet. There wasn’t really anything that stood out about it, though.
The pieces of this Spanish Octopus were plump and easy to chew. I’m sad the sauce was overwhelmingly salty. I know I say things are “too salty” all of the time but, I wouldn’t say it if it weren’t true.
YEEESS, these were so delicious! They were definitely a bit chewy and not easy to bite through but, Beef Short Ribs always are. They topped it with some hot peppers, sesame seeds, a pickled cucumber, and a Korean style sauce. The sauce was better than any actual Korean restaurant’s I’ve been to in Las Vegas. The burnt edges made me accidentally let out an, “mmm!” And you bet I ate the meat off the bones, I don’t care how fancy everyone else looked around me. 😉
It was hard to choose what dessert I wanted but, the French toast one sounded too similar to my dessert yesterday. That made it easy for me to choose the Nutella Sundae.
There were four small, square Nutella hazelnut brownies, topped with Nutella ice cream, cracker jacks, caramel drizzle, and a cherry! What a genius concoction! The brownies were the best part. I do wish there had been a little more ice cream and a little less Cracker Jacks. I ended up trying to avoid the Cracker Jacks for the last bites because I wanted to really taste my brownie and ice cream without the attack of the cracker jack.
The service at SUGARCANE was really something else. The food came out at all the right times and they were so extremely kind. All of the managers, along with servers, and bussers came by my table and made absolute sure I was enjoying myself. Whatever I needed, I was given right away, even without asking. I felt so lucky to have been able to snag a table on such a busy Tuesday night. I had an absolutely outstanding experience. It’s going to be hard for the next restaurants on my list to top this one.
Have you ever participated in Restaurant Week? I’d love to hear all about your experience!
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