By Pete Allman
Special to the Las Vegas Tribune
Throughout my career as a journalist and a talk show host on radio and
television, I have enjoyed dining at some of the most popular
restaurants in places all over the world — Las Vegas, New York, Los
Angeles and many other cities in the U.S., Europe and elsewhere.
However, there has been no dining experience I can think of that
surpasses the one I enjoyed recently at Andrea’s at Encore. It’s no
surprise that it’s located in a Steve Wynn Las Vegas property, where
everything is at its very best and customer care is par excellence.
Upon our arrival for dinner at Andrea’s, my guest, Mark Richards, and
I were greeted by General Manager Roy Saunders, who introduced us to
his staff. Mr. Saunders directed my guest and me to a private booth
overlooking the restaurant. No design element was spared for the
well-decorated interior of this fabulous dining spot. It has a
contemporary atmosphere, a so-called “vibe dining” feel, where the
music collection varies from jazz to light techno, moving to a higher
energy level throughout the evening.
Our waiters arrived in moments, readily attending to our every desire.
Kevin Aohi and Rory Brehm know well what they speak of when it comes
to the beverage selections, range of food delicacies, and the overall
wonderful experience delivered by Andrea’s. Everyone works as a team
when presenting some of the most beautiful and delectable dishes in
this diner’s experience.
Our culinary preferences led us on an Asian fusion journey. We started
with a glass of German Riesling wine for Mark and a Sinatra Splash for
me. This favorite consists of Gentleman Jack Daniel’s Tennessee
Whiskey, freshly muddled with blackberries, sweet and sour, and
vanilla-infused simple syrup. Next was the Tom Kha Gai soup, which was
prepared for us by Executive Chef Joseph Elevado. It is a blend of
coconut, ginger and tender chunks of chicken; there are certainly
other unnamed ingredients that contribute to the incredible taste of
such a magnificent soup. The coconut, which adorns the soup, has an
Chef Elevado graduated from the renowned New York Restaurant School in
NYC, and he has an extensive background in preparing award-winning
dishes for world dignitaries. So it’s no wonder why I can’t recall
ever tasting another soup of this caliber. I can recommend the Tom Kha
Gai as the first taste on your dining journey at Andrea’s.
Another item on the menu is the Cucumber Sunomono, which is served
with sesame seeds. Just delightful. In describing our next dish, one
would surmise, correctly, that Kobe beef is the top-grade beef in the
world. It is a texture developed from cows that are hoisted on a strap
and massaged for a period of time, which results in the tasty Wagyu
Our main entrees were Scottish Salmon served atop green curry for
myself and Sea Bass for guest Mark. All this was accompanied by Pad
Thai noodles (served unlike any dish I’ve ever had), along with two
other side dishes: vegetable fried rice and broccoli. The broccoli
dish is drawing rave reviews. It has a taste all its own. I dare say
it’s prepared with a touch of soy and a bit of sesame seed.
As my guest and I enjoyed a bird’s-eye view of the beautiful people
filling the dining area, there was just one more round of unique
treats from Chef Elevado awaiting us — desserts. One of them, Shaved
Ice and Fruit, was served with an array of raspberries, strawberries
and lychee with condensed milk. The other dessert, Absolute Chocolate,
was prepared French-style with chocolate mousse and other decadent
ingredients. It’s truly a cake for the lovers of rich desserts.
If you’re inclined to enjoy the finest in dining, make sure you make
reservations for an unforgettable experience at Andrea’s at Encore.
Celebrity Scene News proudly awards 5 Stars to Andrea’s.
By Pete Allman