ELV’s bad dishes were few and far between in 2010. There were those tightly-packed, overcooked, fusion burgers at that unexplainably popular “burger” spot in town…that also made us suffer through its pure, greasy pork fat (inexplicably called pork bellies) on a steamed bun.
And let us not forget all that lousy Eye-talian food we endured — Zefferino’s, Maggiano’s, Canaletto, et al — that pummeled us repeatedly with paltry pasta.
But this one took the cake.
It was about the only interesting thing on the menu at Siena Deli on West Sahara, and fascinated us before we took a bite: “Salmon, squid, shrimp, over polenta? How surf and turf-y,” we thought to ourselves. “Not a combination we’d ever try, but hey, it could work…”
Boy, how wrong could we be.
It could work all right, IF you cook the seafood in a seafood stock, season it appropriately, and use a light hand on the fish. But if you overcook the swimmers AND serve them in a grey/brown, stale-tasting chicken stock, AND THEN pile them on top of polenta triangles, you have a dish of stupefying offensiveness that should serve as Exhibit A as to why you should never mix your metaphors in a kitchen, or trust your average line cook to get creative.
FYI: The above picture came out stupefyingly good, by which we mean it is a jaw-dropping-ly accurate color representation of how bad this dish looked.
Congratulations to Siena Deli, for winning the Eating Las Vegas Rancid Headcheese Award for the Worst Dish of 2010!
SIENA DELI and RESTAURANT
9500 West Sahara Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89117