December 3, 2007

Review: Stripsteak

Saturday, we had seven o’clock reservations at Stripsteak for Frank’s birthday. When we arrived, the restaurant was packed to the gills. It took a minute to get a table ready for us. Atmosphere is loud, but nice; it reminded us of an older sibling of Stack. We looked over the menu; initially we had trouble deciding because there were many appetizing selections to choose from. However, we felt it’d be blasphemy to try anything but steak on a first visit. Consequently, I selected the filet and Frank chose the bone-in rib eye. We also ordered prawns and a Caesar to start, and potato cakes and onion medley as sides.

An onion focaccia was brought to our table along with our drinks. It was delicious. We devoured it while waiting for our appetizers. The prawns were excellent, and the salad was decent. Next, we received complimentary duck fat fries; three kinds were served each with their own dipping sauce: herb fries paired with ketchup, truffle fries served with truffle aioli, and BBQ sauce accompanied the paprika fries. We didn’t care for the sauces, but the fries were tasty. Additional bread was delivered, but we maintained restraint as we didn’t want to spoil our appetite before our entrees arrived.

The steaks were prepared to order. A tad dry, but great nonetheless. The potato cakes were excellent and the onion medley was quite good, as well. Who knew there were so many varieties of onions? We were much too full to try dessert, so we passed, but they sent us home with a bag of fiddle-faddle. All in all, it was a great dinner. The meal was $177 before tip. While Stripsteak rounds out our top three Las Vegas steakhouses, it’s not likely that we’ll return in the future. It lacks value and individuality, both are key, when we seek a standout in a sea of hundreds.

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