On and Off the Strip: Catch, Nevada Taste Site and Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips
On the Strip: Catch
Instagram alert: Every inch of the beautiful, opulent entryway of Catch (Aria, 702.590.5757), the Strip’s latest seafood and sushi restaurant, is filled with colorful flowers and lights. The glitzy, attention-grabbing archway is right on brand for the hip eatery, a favorite among celebrities in New York City and Los Angeles, and it sets the tone for the decadent meal awaiting you inside.
From giant, bird-caged booths to trees adorned with translucent orbs, there’s plenty to gawk at once you’re seated. But feast your eyes instead on the menu: Catch’s signature cold plate, the truffle sashimi, presents thinly sliced tuna and hamachi delicately rolled in a tantalizing, impossible-to-forget sauce of chili oil, ponzu and black truffle, then topped with caviar and scallions. The melt-in-your-mouth texture in every umami-laden bite creates one of the best new dishes on the Strip this year, and it’s only the beginning of a diverse set of offerings at Catch. –Leslie Ventura
Off the Strip: Nevada Taste Site
The Southern Nevada brewing scene has come a long way in a short time. These days you can find local craft beers on the menu at your average neighborhood tavern as well as the finest bars and cocktail spots on the Strip, but there’s only one spot where all the taps are occupied by Nevada-made breweries and that’s Nevada Taste Site (1221 S. Main St., 702.381.0812) in downtown’s happening Arts District. Relax in the ample backyard, enjoy the vintage and historical decor and sample the latest concoctions from CraftHaus, Joseph James, Big Dog’s, Bad Beat and more while snacking on baked, Thai-style chicken wings, skewers and lettuce wraps. –Brock Radke
Curry mango dipping sauce. It’s slightly sweet, well-spiced, creamy and addictive, and it’s reason enough to visit the whimsical “chippy” Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips (The Linq Promenade, 702.322.0529) when you’re walking the Strip. Of course, the absolutely ideal, fresh-fried cod fillets, flaky fish with light, crisp batter, give that sauce a reason for existence, but you can opt for house-made tartar, southwest ranch or Sriracha aioli if you prefer. If seafood’s not your thing, Ramsay’s cutest Vegas restaurant also does some mean fried chicken and “dirty chips” topped with jalapeños and crispy chorizo. –BR