Many years ago, on KNPR-Nevada Public Radio, the pre-moniker ELV described a meal by quoting the great James Beard: “Great cooking should reflect and exalt the essence and the uniqueness of the ingredients,” Beard said. “A lobster dish should possess lobster-ness; a great steak: steak-ness.”
We went on to say that we didn’t know anything about those dishes at the place we were reviewing, but we did have the pea soup, and it certainly contained the requisite…well, it was pretty darn good too.
These days, we don’t have to worry about offending the sensibilities of the older-than-dirt public radio demographic, so we revel in our new-found language freedom.
Which brings us to the picture above — our latest example of pea-ness perfection.
Besides being practically pristine in its pea-fection, is also seasonal and healthy eating at its best…and a ton of fun.
What you are looking at is fresh-from-the-garden “Salt and Pepper Grilled Peas,” roasted in their shells, then eaten from the inside out, edamame-style. “It’s like edamame on crack,” is how one of our dining companions put it, and that was as apt a description as we can think of. All the bright, sunny/sweet herbaceousness of a fresh pea is given just the right char (for the barest touch of smoke) and the right seasonings for an addictive kick.
Plus there’s something eminently satisfying about eating your legumes from the inside out. (The peas you eat are actually the seeds of the pea plant.)
Eating your vegetables doesn’t get any better than this.
Especially for only seven bucks.
Only at Table 10.
For those needing a tutorial on the eating procedure, here is ELV stripping, scraping, chewing and spitting his way to pea-ness perfection:
Wait….that didn’t sound right.
In the Palazzo Hotel and Casino
3327 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, NV 89109