If you love seafood, or sushi, or great, artisanal hand-made inventive cocktails made with booze you can’t find anywhere else, Restaurant Charlie (as in Trotter) in the Palazzo should be on your permanent rotation of luxurious drinking and dining spots. It’s expensive to be sure – some of those cocktails run $20+ – but the care that goes into everything from your drink garnish to perfectly fried sea bream (with the most compelling citrus/cilantro/chile sauce we have had in some time), is palpable with every bite. Plus, everything’s a la carte (unlike Trotter’s last foray here), so if you want to nibble on a terrine of Maine skate wing, while your date devours some steamed Casco Bay cod, the tariff will be much easier to swallow.
Hiroo Nagana’s knifework is as pristine as ever, and even if you can’t afford one of his over-the-top tasting menus at Bar Charlie, the sleek, modern bar will do nicely for a round of apps and mixed drinks whipped up by Jeremy Merritt and his crew with ingredients like Square One Vodka, Kubler Absinthe, Stirrings Fleur de Sel Infused Soda, or Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum.
They also pickle their own cocktail onions here (along with other tasty/exotic garnishes), and if there’s a better whisky cocktail than their Sazerac (Bulleit Bourbon, Kubler Absinthe, Hine Triomphe Cognac, organic simple syrup and both Peychauds and Angostura bitters, ELV has yet to try it.
The kitchen here just seems to be getting better and better, and the quality of our last meal (our fourth since it opened), puts RC firmly in ELV’s Top 5 dining spots for all of Sin City.
In the Palazzo Hotel and Resort
3325 South Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89109