Harvest focuses on local growers to produce an unforgettable meal
There’s a very cool trend developing on the Las Vegas Strip: More and more restaurants are choosing to not only focus more on the vegetarian side of the menu, they’re sourcing some of their produce from local growers.
Harvest by Roy Ellamar is a perfect example of this trend, an establishment where the “farm to table” concept thrives. And what an amazing establishment! Ellamar, who helmed Sensi in the same space at Bellagio, has transformed the location into an eye-popping combination of décor and lighting, including wood floors and a see-through kitchen so you can see all your food prepared.
Ellamar, who might surprise you by stopping by your table to say hello, believes in supporting Nevada farmers and ranchers, getting some of his meats and vegetables from areas throughout Nevada, including Boulder City, Pahrump and Caliente.
The cocktails alone give you an idea of the kind of special experience you’re about to have—Ellamar specializes in bottled cocktails, meaning he pre-bottles them and ages them slightly before serving. It’s a lot of fun to know that every Manhattan, Negroni and Martini you enjoy here is yours to pour and savor as you like throughout the meal. Ellamar’s devotion to local growers is also reflected in his farmer’s market cocktails, including Beets by Roy using beet juice and mezcal.
You may be tempted to go straight for Ellamar’s incredible ranch or ocean options, but do yourself a favor and check out some of the vegetarian social plates first. Charred Brussels sprouts, using maple syrup and bourbon soy, might be among the best versions of this leafy green you’ve ever tasted. Roasted beets, made with spiced yogurt and pickled Asian pear, and cauliflower, grilled with persimmon and anchovy bread crumbs, are not far behind.
The farro porridge, with wild mushrooms, a slow-cooked farm egg and black truffle, is so decadent and tasty, you might reconsider that whole meat thing.
For meat lovers, fear not: There’s really something for everyone here, from a ridiculously flavor-packed fisherman’s stew (fish and shellfish in a tomato broth) to slow-roasted porchetta (pork cooked with rosemary, parsley and garlic) and duck confit buns, decadent with foie gras and red onion jam on a brioche bun.
Two other Ellamar touches are not to be missed: The snack wagon and the sweet wagon, both covered with a multitude of culinary delights. The snack wagon’s spicy steak tartare is an indulgent, meaty treat that will have you begging for seconds, and the eggplant caviar, while reminiscent of baba ganoush, stands out on its own.
Sweet wagon highlights include the almond pear tart, vanilla crème brûlée, chocolate-covered popcorn and chocolate mousse.
The phrase “buy local” gets thrown around a lot these days, but one visit to Harvest and you’ll find yourself saying it to your friends and family.
Bellagio 5-10 p.m. daily. 702.693.8865