Jun 22

Dumpling King – Las Vegas, NV

5740 W Spring Mountain Rd

Las Vegas, NV 89146

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

Located in Las Vegas’ Chinatown, Dumpling King supposedly serves up some great tasting soup dumplings. When we arrived on an early weekday afternoon, we were the only customers there. A Mandarin-speaking server brought us to a table and provided menus. She did not know much English at all either, so communication became a challenge. The restaurant is heavily decorated in red floral, so do not be surprised if you come here. There are plenty of Shanghainese items on the menu that I am not familiar with, but we managed to find a few things to try.

Today, we decided to order the soybean paste noodles, juicy beef steamed dumplings, and beef pot stickers. The soybean paste noodles were similar to ji jiang mien, but was not as saucy. The noodle dish was also plated differently with the noodles and veggies on a plate and the sauce with pork on the side. We basically poured the sauce and meat over the plate and mixed everything together. The noodles were chewy, the vegetables were fresh, but the sauce tasted watery. After mixing everything together, we found that we did not have enough sauce to really mix into the noodles. The juicy beef steamed dumplings were interesting because it was basically a beef xiaolongbao. I would say around half of the dumplings were already busted and juice depleted. The remaining dumplings remained juicy and tasted delicious when dipped in the soy-vinegar mixture. The beef actually provides a different, yet softer texture than pork xiaolongbaos and has a different flavor to the broth due to the dumpling being made of beef. The beef pot stickers tasted OK, but did not have much filling, and the filling contained celery. The taste of the small pot stickers just tasted odd to me even when dipped in the sauce.

Overall, Dumpling King does serve up a great tasting beef xiaolongbao. Unfortunately, everything else we ordered was a disappointment. If you want to try a xiaolongbao made of beef, then you should give Dumpling King a try, just don’t expect them to have many good tasting dumplings.

Jun 19

America – Las Vegas, NV

New York New York Hotel Casino

3790 S Las Vegas Blvd

Las Vegas, NV 89109

Rating: ★★½☆☆ 

Located inside New York New York Hotel Casino, America serves up traditional American Fare to hotel guests and visitors. As we arrived for late breakfast, plenty of seating was available. A hostess promptly brought us to a table and provided menus. While reviewing the menu, we noticed the restaurant decorated with various items representing various states in America. Most noticeably, there is a large 3-D map of the United States that spans from the floor to the ceiling and reaches across the restaurant.

Today, we decided to order a fresh orange juice; build your own omelet with sausage, cheese, and spinach; and a breakfast burrito. The orange juice did not actually arrive until after we reminded the server after the food arrived, which was quite unprofessional considering we waited around 15 minutes for the food with no orange juice to drink. The omelet was cooked fresh and served with a side of hash browns. The hash browns were tasty and fresh, which went well with an adequate amount of ketchup. The omelet tasted good, but there seemed to be a grainy aftertaste after taking a few bites, which lingered throughout the meal. There was a good amount of spinach and sausage in the omelet. The omelet also came with a side of toast, which tasted OK. The breakfast burrito came with ham, bacon, and chorizo along with the eggs and cheese. The burrito was a decent size, but smaller than many other Mexican restaurants. The burrito was full of flavor, especially when you run into the chorizo. The provided salsa added a much-needed freshness to the burrito, which ended up tasting fairly bland. The provided side of hash browns were just as tasty as the other plate.

Overall, America serves up traditional American food at reasonable prices. You are able to use your MGM express comps at this location. Service could have been a lot better if the server were to check on us more often and provided the orange juice when requested the first time. Food is in the “nothing special” category, and you should definitely not go out of your way to come eat here.

Jun 15

Tournament of Kings – Las Vegas, NV

3850 S Las Vegas Blvd

Las Vegas, NV 89109

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ 

Located inside the Excalibur Hotel & Casino, the Tournament of Kings show is a dinner and show combo. Unfortunately, they did not allow photography, so I could not take a picture of the meal. The meal started out with a mug of soda, which is refilled at least once throughout the show. Next, tomato bisque is served onto a bowl. The soup resembled the tomato soup that comes with the canned ravioli, but without anything hearty. The soup was served hot, and tasted alright. The main entrĂ©e was then provided on a metal medieval plate, which included a biscuit, two potatoes, a large piece of broccoli, and a small roasted hen. The biscuit was tasty and fluffy. The potatoes were delicious and cooked perfectly. The broccoli had some cheese on it for flavor. The hen did have some seasoning on the outside, but the meat was actually pretty dry and hard to eat. Due to the theme of the show, you are not given any utensils, so you will need to eat with your hands. You are given a moist wipe you can use after you finish your meal. As you get close to finishing your meal, a small dessert plate with a flaky apple pastry is provided. The pastry was extremely flaky, but the filling resembled McDonald’s apple pie. Overall, eating the meal while watching the show was pretty fun. Unfortunately, the main course failed on its main protein due to how dry it was. I also found myself without a filled soda cup for extended amounts of time because the servers do not seem to check on everyone enough. If you are in the mood for a fun show where you can eat, then Tournament of Kings would actually be a good idea, but just don’t have high hopes for the food quality.

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