ENGLISH PUB FARE LIKE YOU HAVE NEVER TASTED BEFORE
If you are under the assumption that English food is hard to swallow than we encourage you to head over to recently opened Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill (it’s in the former Bradley Ogden locale) at Caesars Palace. Order the Braised Pork Belly Roll. Be sure to get it with a side of English Peas Two Ways, sautéed and puréed. Have a taste, although you won’t be able to stop until you have devoured the dish in its entirety, and our work here is done.
Our server called the dish the filet mignon of pork and she was 100 percent on the money. We have had pork belly served in a variety of ways but none compared to this one, especially when paired with the peas to give its salty flavor a new dimension to our love of the sweet and salty combination.
But don’t fall under the misconception that chef Ramsay is serving up a one-hit wonder. From the arrival of the bread basket — caraway seed buns topped with pumpkin seeds and pretzel bread with bacon chunks served with pots of Devonshire butter and cheese spread with an edge of horseradish — onward the flavor was in generous proportions.His ample helping of Cream of Cauliflower soup, laced with curry oil and roasted cauliflower, was thick and richly made. Chef’s innovative version of French Onion soup, English Ale Onion Soup with welsh cheddar rarebit crouton, was a more modern take on the traditional dish. The Chilled Shrimp Salad poached in lemon-beer shandy and coated in light ginger-mayo gave us pause as we didn’t know shrimp salad could be so dynamic.
In addition to the Braised Pork Belly, our server cited the Pub & Grill’s other signature dishes as its Sautèed Scottish Salmon with bacon-braised cabbage, forest mushrooms and lemon cream; Traditional Shepherd’s Pie; and Hanger Steak with mustard basted, red onion purèe, and stilton cheese. Based on her pork recommendation, we can’t imagine you could go wrong.
The “Sweets” portion of the menu was similarly divine. We could have made a meal strictly on the Sticky Toffee Pudding with a lovely note of vanilla; Peanut Butter & Jelly, which featured blackberry cobbler and a peanut-oat crumble crust; Butterscotch Pot de Crème with pumpkin spice cake; and the Potted Triple Chocolate Trifle of white, milk and dark chocolates.
Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill, Caesars Palace, 702.731.7410
Hours: 11 a.m. to midnight Sunday – Thursday and 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday.