Terrace Pointe Cafe (at the Wynn)
3131 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Type: American dining / restaurant
Open 24 Hours/7 days a week
Took a Vegas trip for my birthday with my family and girl. There's pretty much one main reason why I like going to Vegas: the food. The gambling and all the other stuff is cool too, but Vegas is known for the top chefs they recruit from around the world. My dad got a free room at the Wynn for that weekend. The regular rooms were cool, but I was expecting more from them. I like the rooms at the Rio cuz I heard they're all suites and they're pretty big.
So we got to Vegas pretty late on Friday night. Even though it's Vegas, many of the stores and restuarants are closed by 12 midnight, so we had to find a place to eat that still had the stoves burning. We were all pretty tired and lazy from the drive there, so we found a place inside the Wynn itself. The place is called Terrace Pointe Cafe. It's open 24 hours. Even at 1 in the morning, we still had to wait a few minutes to get our table. The decor inside the place is I'm guessing French or Italian-themed. I have no idea. I just know there was a lot of detail put everywhere, there were high ceilings, big spaces, and it was nice.
From 10pm - 6am, they serve a limited menu. The prices aren't that cheap either. This ain't no Denny's for sure. I'm guessing this place would be 2 or 3 dollar signs at Citysearch. Then again, this is the Wynn. There's a Ferrari/Maserati dealership inside the hotel!
After deciding what we wanted, we ordered our food. Our waitress was cool, but the food took pretty damn long to arrive. We're patient people, so when we have to ask about the status of our meals, you know you done effed up.
So anyways, my dad didn't know what he wanted, so the waitress told him to get the pasta penne ($14). This came in a bowl with some large shrimps and pesto sauce. It was really good. So good, the next day we ordered the same dish.
pasta penne in pesto sauce with shrimps
Once I saw my menu item, I knew I was ordering it. I got the teriyaki glazed Scottish salmon at a whopping $23! I didn't know what to expect. Even though it's the Wynn, it's a 24 hour joint. How good can it be? ...pretty damn good! It's a very close second to the salmon I got at Alpenrose in Mammoth Lakes. Now I know why they took so long. You can't rush some great foods. The fish was cooked nicely, the teriyaki sauce was perfect. The rice was, rice. The veggies were a nice touch. I'd get that again if I won some money at the slot machine.
second to one teriyaki glazed Scottish Salmon
My girlfriend for some reason didn't eat much. All she wanted was the French onion soup ($9). This thing was so thick full of cheese. She liked it. It was all gooey and everything. It was good she said. I don't know what French onion soup is really supposed to taste like, but that was pretty good. I myself wouldn't really get that if I had the choice though.
cheesy French onion soup
I didn't get a picture of the N.Y. Steak ($30) my mom ordered. I also didn't taste it. She said it was good, so it must have been okay. I think she knows steak pretty well so she got some credibility.
If it's late, late night, and you're looking for some fine dining, Terrace Pointe Cafe may be the right spot for you. The quality of all the food we got was very good. Even if it's not late night, this may still be a good place to eat. I personally would only want to go here at night cuz there's so much more out there in the day time. For some of us, it might be helpful to get lucky at the craps table right before you go so you can eat whatever your heart desires. Good luck!
Saturday, March 29, 2008
Terrace Pointe Cafe (at the Wynn)
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
1001 E. Amar Rd.
West Covina, CA 91792
Type: Mexican food
I went to Taquisa because it just opened up near my house. It's about 5 minutes walking distance but my lazy ass drove. Taquisa is a Mexican food place. The inside is about as bare you can get in terms of design. There's maybe a painting or a few pictures up on the walls excluding their menu. My girlfriend and I didn't order much from there cuz we were gonna go eat somewhere else in a couple hours. We just wanted something to snack on.
they also serve juice here
As a semi-vegetarian, I couldn't find many things on the menu for me. There's fish tacos (which are $0.99 on Tuesdays-- I believe), cheese enchiladas, huevos rancheros, and possibly a veggie burrito. We ended up ordering a fish taco and a cheese quesadilla. I don't remember what each cost, but the total was $5.56; the bulk of the price belonging to the quesadilla. Prices aren't that bad here. Nothing special though.
The cheese quesadilla was a good size. As you can see, they weren't sheisty with the guacamole. They also put some pico de gallo or some kind of salsa on top. It was also sprinkled with a few tortilla chips. The taste was okay. Like the prices, nothing special. Not horrible, but not great. I probably wouldn't get that again if I came here.
looks like Perez Hilton tampered with my food
The fish taco also came with more than enough guacamole. Chips and salsa were on the side. I remember commenting that they tasted different from most of the fish tacos I've tasted. It wasn't that bad. Remember, they have a special for dollar fish tacos on Tuesday. Call them to make sure-- if that's why you wanna eat there.
Taquisa will likely get my business again just for proximity's sake. It's so close that I'll eventually go there some time. There's another Mexican restaurant in the same plaza called Osuna's (not to be confused with the Osuna's in Walnut which is far superior IMO). I've been there a couple times, and I just don't wanna go there again. I only tried their cheese enchiladas, so that's where my judgement is coming from. So Taquisa, if you stay open for business for a while, you'll see me again. Lucky mothers.
I went here again and ordered a fish burrito ($4.95?) and a cheese quesadilla. I'm not ordering the quesadilla again, but the fish burrito was a sort of pleasant surprise. It was pretty damn big. The taste was cool, but the size was the big plus here. I'll definitely get the fish burrito again. I don't know if that's how their other burritos are though.
Friday, March 21, 2008
447 W Garvey Ave # 102
Monterey Park, CA 91754
Type: Chinese food / restaurant
Finally back staying in West Covina, in the San Gabriel Valley. The SGV isn't SGV without Monterey Park. I don't know too much about the city, but I do know there's a lot of Asian businesses-- specifically Chinese. For some reason, it seems like the Chinese areas have many restaurants that stay open til late night. I know Rowland Heights has some places, along with El Monte, Alhambra, and of course, Monterey Park. Maybe they know that the youth stay out late partying all the time and they wanna make sure they got somewhere to balance out their alcohol-filled stomachs.
JJ Cafe is one of these restaurants. They're open from 7am - 4am 7 days a week. I think it was a Thursday night when my friends and I decided to hit this place up. I've never been, so I wanted to try it. We aren't exactly the youth in this country (we're mostly in our mid twenties) but we ain't old either. Although most of JJ Cafe's late night customers I would presume, are party/club-goers, we just came from home hanging out, fixing my friend's car.
We got there at about 12 something at night, just before the after-club rush. If you don't want to deal with drunk, rowdy, and sometimes hostile fools, I'd suggest you come earlier than 12 midnight. The place wasn't packed, but there was a good amount of people there already. Maybe those guys got kicked out of the clubs or something. The restaurant is bright with somewhat modern design. The place has a "C" rating on their window. I don't really care. I'm hungry. And I don't usually care even if I wasn't.
Looking at their menu, it reminded me of Maxim Cafe's in Rowland Heights. Once I noticed the similarities, I already knew I was getting the fish porridge. Yeah, yeah. Say what you want. I know fish porridge isn't the coolest thing to order, but it's nice, simple, and filling. My friends were clowning on me once they heard me tell the waiter what I wanted. After everyone ordered their food we were served some free vegetable soup. I don't think I ate it all.
free soup is always cool even if it ain't great.
One of my friends ordered the Sizzling Seafood Udon ($8.00). She ordered that cuz she said it was technically Friday already and she couldn't eat meat. My other friends didn't go by that rule. The seafood udon came in a sizzling hot plate like the ones they have at Korean BBQ places. They gave a good amount of food. She said it was alright.
technically it's Friday, so sizzling seafood udon
Ah yes. My porridge came quickly. This one seemed a little smaller than the one at Maxim. What can you do? So I get to pouring the soy sauce and tasting, and pouring and tasting til it's perfect. I wouldn't say it's perfect at all. There was probably some ingredient that was different from this one, from Maxim's. Maxim's is better.
average fish porridge.
My other friends ordered some deep fried wontons. I think they liked it.
deep fried wontons
Most of my friends ordered the Mix Grill ($11.00). Maybe this is what most people in general order here. It just comes with all these meats. I'm guessing there's pork chops, steak, chicken, and bacon. along with steamed veggies. You can choose what sauce you want. I think there's mushroom sauce, some kind of garlic sauce, and I don't know the other one. My friends really liked it. One of the sauces tasted better though. I don't think it was the one with mushroom though.
Mix Grill plate. One way trip to Heart Attack with a stop-over in Obese City.
I would not go out of my way to go here from West Covina just to eat. For people who live around there, JJ Cafe might be a good spot, but I suspect there's a lot better places you can choose from when everything else is open. JJ Cafe does have very decent food for a place open til 4 in the morning. I'd go after a long night of wall-flowering at the local clubs any time.
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Mosun / Club M
680 S Pacific Coast Hwy
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Phone: (949) 497-5646
Type: Japanese food / sushi / restaurant / club
This particular night was kind of my last night for a while in the land of Botox and Breast augmentations (I saw a lot of ads in the local papers). So I wanted to eat something pretty darn good. We researched some possible spots for some good sushi-- preferably with a happy hour or specials. The two we decided between was Mosun in Laguna Beach, and Mahe in Sunset Beach (or Seal Beach). Mosun had a deal where on Wednesdays O.C. locals get 50% off all menu items. Mahe on the other hand has something on Wednesdays where it's all you can eat for $25. Hmmm... Those are some pretty damn good deals. I think Mosun was closer, so we decided on that.
Mosun is on PCH, and it's very easy to miss if you don't know what it looks like. It looks just like a regular place with no fancy decorations outside. Parking is a mother too. They don't have their own parking lot that I know of. Make sure you come kind of early if you don't wanna search for a spot.
Inside is like a night club/lounge. It's dark with nice decorations. They had some house-type clubbing music playing. We got seated quickly. The place isn't that intimate cuz there's a lot of people and there's a bar where a lot of people just hang out.
The prices of the items aren't cheap, but it's not that expensive for a sushi place either. I would've probably gone to a place like this even without the deal, but the half off thing really helps. By the way, you O.C. locals gotta show your driver's license to get the deal-- and the person paying is the only one that has to be from O.C.
Note: The prices I mention here are before the 50% discount.
So we started with some appetizers. The crispy lobster wonton ($11.75) sounded good. When it came, it looked nice, but the taste was whatevers. Only 5 pieces?! When something is $12 and it comes with only 5 pieces, it better be pretty bomb. Not this one. It was just okay.
crispy lobster wonton for about $2.40 each.
Next up was the Albacore Special with crispy onions and ponzu sauce ($12.50). In my relatively short endeavor into the sushi/rolls world, I've become a little wary of ponzu sauce. I don't like the tanginess. This one was a breath of fresh air. I was expecting the sauce to make my taste buds cringe once it touched my tongue, but they became instant friends. I would definitely order that again.
Albacore Special with (thank god) not too tangy ponzu sauce
For the neutralizers, we got the salmon sashimi ($9) and the yellowtail sashimi ($10). Bomb. The taste was fresh and the pieces were thinly sliced.
salmon & yellowtail sashimi
Hand rolls (HR) are a beautiful thing (when they taste good) cuz you're not stuck with 6-8 pieces of a roll. If it doesn't taste good, oh well, it was only a few bucks. To me, they're like samplers. If you like them and you're still hungry, get the cut roll version, or another hand roll. We decided to try the Crunchy HR($4), Spicy Scallop HR ($5), and Soft Shell Crab HR ($6). Those are relatively expensive for hand rolls, but not in actuality on Wednesdays! All of them were good. No complaints about any of em. They were good enough that we ordered two more. I think it was the... I forgot.
Crunchy HR, Spicy Scallop HR, and Soft Shell Crab HR
Then came our special cut rolls. First thing was the Kamikaze Roll ($11.75). It has crab meat and spicy tuna topped with seared salmon and limes. *sigh* I was hoping it was gonna be good, but I wasn't feeling it at all. My first bite, I ate it with the lime (even the skin) and I knew we made a mistake in ordering it. It reminded me of Mexican food. I love Mexican food, but this thing just wasn't right. There was too much rice and stuff, and I just wasn't having it. We barely finished it.
Kamikaze Roll. I'll pass next time.
Last up was the Hurricane Roll ($11.75). It was good. It had some raw salmon on top with crunchy flakes and some sweet sauce.
Hurricane Roll. cool
I think the best thing that night was the Albacore Special. Mostly everything was good. There's other things I wanna try next time. I would definitely come back here-- on a Wednesday. The service was cool. Best part: Total bill $103.65; bill after discount: $51.81. Cha-ching!!!
Monday, March 17, 2008
3033 Bristol Ste R.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Type: frozen yogurt / dessert
So right after Hashigo, we go to this frozen yogurt shop called Yotopia. We went to Yogurtland a few days before, so we'd see how this place stacked up. Sorry to say it Yotopia, but you got your work cut out for you. When you walk in, the place seemed a little dimmer than Pinkberry's and Yogurtland, and it seemed like they tried to design the place to be similar to those places. They fell a little short on that. Even I noticed and my eyes suck. But you can't judge on looks alone.
The yogurt choices they have weren't that great. If you think 3 different types of flavors is enough variety, this place might be cool for you. All of them were tart flavors. We got the green tea just to try something different. I think the other choices weren't that great, so we didn't feel like we were losing anything.
On to the toppings. "Are there any mochi balls?" "No. Sorry." Damn. My favorite yogurt topping. Non-existent. Eff it. Just give me Cap N' Crunch and some Oreos and let me get outta here (I didn't actually say that). The total was maybe $3 or $4 something. No cash on either of us, so I whip out the card. "Oh, sorry. There's a $5 min charge for credit/debit cards." Aye-yay-yay. "Alright gimme some blueberries." The total came to $5.12.
I don't know. The taste was whatevers to me. I need the mochi balls man. Without it, it's just some sour dessert. Sorry for the bad picture. I just wanted to take it and get it over with.
there's no hope with Yotop(ia)
So I'm not going there again if I have a choice. It's probably not bad for some people. I guess Yogurtland just spoiled me. The guy that helped us with our order was cool, so the service wasn't bad. It's just a sad fact that there's a place superior to it in almost every aspect. Their only advantage I would say is that they're located not near any Yogurtland or Pinkberry. Sorry Yotopia. I wish you well.
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Hashigo Korean Kitchen
3033 Bristol St
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Type: Korean food / tofu / restaurant
Heard good reviews about this place on the internet. It's located kind of near the South Coast Plaza, but closer to the Active Rideshop and Urban Outfitters stores. If you don't know where those are at, then I can't really explain how to get there. I didn't drive and I'm not familiar with that area too much. Hashigo is in a small shopping plaza right next to an MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) store and a sushi place I believe.
For the non-observant, we got there at night. The place wasn't packed but there were enough people in there that you weren't really worried if the place was gonna suck. It was pretty dark inside. Almost like a club or lounge kind of lighting. The place is kind of small with modern Asian fusion-looking design. There looked like a bar at the end of the restaurant.
We got seated right away and looking at their menu, I noticed it's different from most of the other tofu spots we've been to. This place serves more than the usual tofu soups, bbq short ribs, and bulgogi. If I can recall correctly, they had some sushi items. They also had other stuff which I always forget or are too lazy to jot down in my notes. Since we came here for tofu, that's just what we ordered.
I got the seafood tofu ($8.95) which comes with the usual shrimps, clams, and oysters. My girlfriend got the-- I forgot. It's mostly all the same anyways. All the soups are the same price. Before we got the soup though, comes the moment of truth. The maker or breaker of tofu restaurants for me. The sides i.e., banchan. So first comes the pickled cucumbers and sweetened potatoes. And then come the.... and then come the.... ahem... and then come the!!! What the freak man?! That's it? Two sides? I was so shocked and appalled. This was not gonna be a good meal for me I thought. Oh well. Just gotta make due with what you got. So we dug into the measly sides, and they actually weren't bad. The pickled cucumbers weren't too tangy and sour. The sweetened potatoes tasted just right. The two went together nicely.
pickled cucumbers and potatoes... and that's it.
The soups came soon after the sides. A pleasant surprise was that the soup pot/bowl seemed bigger than most other places. Another point for Hashigo. It tasted like most other good tofu places so that's a good thing. Like I said before, most tofu spots usually know how to make their soups consistent. They all taste pretty similar to me. You gotta be having an off day or you got rotten ingredients to have bad tofu. That's just me though.
larger than most tofu soup portion?
So I was disappointed in the amount of sides we got. Luckily for them-- and us, the two sides we got were perfect compliments to the soup. My girl said she wouldn't want to go here again. I say it's better than BCD and I wouldn't mind going here if I'm in the neighborhood. It's a good place to go if you're fiending for some soon tofu and your companions want something else. They got other options available at Hashigo for them. For me, I'll stick with the tofu here.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
14407 Culver Dr
Irvine, CA 92604
Type: Japanese curry / restaurant
Stillll in the OC... Man I'm getting tired of writing about this place. Just kidding. I like it here. Irvine has a lot of food places-- that is, until 10pm. Then you gotta either know your stuff, or do some research. Is there some kind of zoning law that makes most restaurants close at a certain time, or does everybody in Orange County just sleep freakin early?
So I got this gift card again. This time, it's for the Curry House restaurants. They have a few branches around Southern Cali. The first one I went to was in Torrance. They have one near my area in Rowland Heights. I can't really say what stores the one in Irvine is near. I forgot. I know there was a Wendy's across the street. For some reason, I still can't find my way around Irvine. I think it's because all the streets and plazas look the same. I'm a guy, so I use landmarks for directions.
We got to the Curry House kind of late, but there were still some people in there, so we didn't feel rushed. It's been a while since I've been here, and that was when I didn't even eat seafood. I was vegan for a few months, then I slowly started back-sliding back to other foods. I remember I ate the vegetarian spaghetti my first time there. I don't remember if I liked it. I think it was okay. This time I wanted something with shrimp at least. I decided on the deluxe shrimp plate ($10.65). It came 3 breaded shrimps, and rice pilaf wrapped in egg, with the signature curry sauce on the side. On a side note, I forgot to mention that Curry House is owned by House Foods America Corp. They make household foods you can buy at Asian supermarkets like tofu and of course, curry. I used to eat the curry so much til I got tired of it. I guess eating it at a restaurant is different. So yeah. The shrimp plate... It was good. The sauce was real good. I wish they put more. I don't think I got full off of it though. I mean 3 shrimps? ...please. But it's something I wouldn't mind getting again.
shrimp deluxe was cool
I forgot about the calamari and shrimp($8.50) we ordered for an appetizer. The calamari was okay. The batter came off really easily. I had to eat the batter separately from the actual squid. The fried shrimp was good. The amount they gave was just right. The sauce it came with made everything just taste better. I forgot what it was though. My notes aren't helping me much.
shrimp and calamari with yummy sauce
My girlfriend didn't know what to order so she asked for a suggestion from our waitress. She suggested the seafood tofu fetuccini ($10+). Oh man. Has she actually tasted it? That thing was pretty bland. Blah! Salt couldn't even save it. It looks 30 times better than it tasted. My poor baby's always trying new stuff and gets stuck with the wack grub, while I'm there chowing down on some fried shrimp and curry sauce-covered rice pilaf. Of course I offered to split my dish with her, but she wanted me to enjoy my meal. Thanks honey. She didn't finish hers, and I'm not sure if she ended up finishing it at all. Did you?
10 dollars of blandness
What's the verdict? The calamari was good. My food was good. The seafood pasta sucked. Service was good. They were very nice there. Maybe the pasta sucked just that one time. Oh well. No matter. I'm going here again for sure. A place doesn't need to be that great for me to go to if I have another gift card in hand. Thanks Mommy!
Monday, March 10, 2008
14825 Jeffrey Rd
Irvine, CA 92618
Type: Chinese restaurant / dim sum
Still in the OC. My girl wanted some dim sum, and although I'm not a fan of it myself, I agreed. I told her to find one on the internet, and she found China Garden. We went during lunch time, so it was a little busy. Most of the tables were occupied, but we got seated next to the aquarium. I'm not talking about the happy-looking, decorated, well-lit aquariums. You know the one I'm talking about. The one where the water's not too clear. The crabs or lobsters or what have you, look like they might either be sleeping or dead. Maybe I'm exaggerating a little. It's just that I feel bad for them, even though I'll end up eating them later. They gotta just sit there and wait til it's their turn. Have mercy on your souls.
After feeling bad for a little, we start getting offers from the food cart ladies. Turnip cake was first. My girl mixed chili and soy sauce together which made the cake taste pretty good.
We also got some shrimp shumai and some other shrimp stuff. For me, it tasted like any other dim sum place I've been to.
shrimp shumai and other shrimp stuff
There was this thing that my girl asked the waiter for cuz we didn't see anybody with it. It's like a thick noodle wrapped around some shrimp... again. There was some light sauce it was surrounded in. This thing was okay.
Not being totally satisfied with the various shrimps we were ordering, we got the honey walnut shrimp order ($8.50). This one wasn't part of the dim sum carts. You gotta actually order it from your waiter. The shrimps were good sized, and had a little crunch to them. The sauce was just right. For the price, it was a decent deal.
Honey walnut shrimps
I think you might've been able to tell how I feel about this place just by reading this blog. I'm still not a fan of dim sum. I know it's because I don't eat meat-- just seafood. I'm sure there's nothing wrong with this place, but you might get tired of shrimp after a while if you ate like me. A lot of people go during the lunch hours, and I've read how many love going here. If you like dim sum, and you're in Irvine, you might wanna check this place out. As for me, I gave up shrimp for Lent.
Friday, March 7, 2008
Does anybody have any suggestions on some good Peruvian or Carribean restaurants? They can be pretty much anywhere, but a 30 mile radius from West Covina would be helpful. I've only been to a few. My favorite Carribean place nearby is called Carribean Gardens in La Verne. It's a Guyanese place. Somebody, please help! I've been craving Peruvian/Carribean for a while now.
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
2987 Main St
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
Type: Coffee shop / restaurant
I wasn't ready to go home from this short vacation but we had to check out of the condo on Sunday morning. We woke up pretty early thinking we were gonna beat the rush. Well, we did wake up early and we would've beat the rush if the main highway to Southern Cali wasn't closed! We couldn't see $#!+!!! It was the same white-out conditions we had at the ski resort the day before. So we had to find a place to hang out for a bit and kill some time. The Breakfast Club was the first place we saw. It's in the same plaza as the Shell gas station on Main St.
Luckily, we found good parking right in front of the door. I think it was a handicap spot but there was no sign and if the spot was painted blue, you couldn't tell cuz it was covered in snow. The place was packed-- probably from stranded vacationers like us, and locals too. While we were waiting, I thought I saw a familiar face walk in. He was kind of rushing to the bathroom and he stumbled over somebody's foot. "Was that Tony Hawk?" I thought to myself. "I think that guy was Tony Hawk." Nobody else recognized him in the packed restaurant. Only true posers like me would know it was him. On his way out, we all looked at him, and sure enough, it was The Birdman himself. We didn't bother asking for his autograph or anything cuz he looked like he was in a rush, and it was a packed restaurant, and it might've started a commotion. You're welcome Mr. Hawk. My shoe size is 10.5 and I'll take any skateboard you got lying around.
So anyways, after waiting for maybe 5 minutes, we got our table and checked out their one page menu. We weren't that hungry cuz we ate breakfast before we checked out. I think they had the usual stuff similar to any Mom and Pop breakfast menu. Eggs, pancakes, steaks, yada, yada, and yada. My girl and I split a huevos rancheros $8.99. Her sister and brother just got a muffin or something. Although I ended up paying in the end, I didn't know they were just gonna get a muffin between them. I would've gladly paid even if they got a full meal each, with dessert, and juice. I mean c'mon, they paid for Alpenrose.
The huevos rancheros was decent. It was prepared differently from the Mexican way. If you know your huevos rancheros, you can see how it's different in the picture below. I don't remember there being rice. Just some huge tortilla under it. My girl's always reading my reviews, and she says I need to expand my vocabulary, specifically adjectives. Sorry honey. I'm sticking to the basics. This meal was not bad, but not super great. How's that?
So the meal wasn't that bad. I would certainly go here again if I don't have time to research other places. Just make sure you bring cash cuz you might end up having to use those dreaded ATM machines that know you're in a desperate situation, and their fees let you know they know.
BTW. The highway finally opened around noon time, so we were able to make it home the same day. Too bad.