Brunch With A Punch

Smokey Heirloom Beet Salad at The Black Sheep in Las Vegas Tuesday, March 19, 2019. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @KMCannonPhoto
Smokey Heirloom Beet Salad at The Black Sheep in Las Vegas Tuesday, March 19, 2019. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @KMCannonPhoto

It’s hard to believe it’s been nearly two years since The Black Sheep took the local dining scene by storm. During that time, chef Jamie Tran’s refined but soulful American-Vietnamese cuisine has made the 50-seat restaurant at the intersection of Warm Springs Road and Durango Drive a regular haunt of local foodies and a top dinner destination for tourists in the know. So when she quietly rolled out the restaurant’s first brunch service in late February, it didn’t take long for it to become one of the hottest reservations in town. A handful of dishes offered during the first few weeks — including salads, oysters on the half shell and Vietnamese spring rolls — were holdovers from the dinner service. But the menu also included plenty of creative new items guaranteed to wow regulars.

In a play on the hot chicken craze, Tran pairs spicy kimchi karaage-fried chicken (marinated and coated in extra-crispy potato startch) with honey butter scallion waffles. Challah bread French toast is served over a smear of toasted black sesame seed paste and topped with a hearty helping of blueberry compote before being drizzled with brandy syrup and dusted with powdered sugar. And the house eggs Benedict are offered with tender lemongrass-braised short rib.
Of course, it wouldn’t be brunch without bubbly. So The Black Sheep offers bottomless mimosas, bellinis and rosé.

Constructed in 1906, Bently Heritage Estate Distillery’s mill was once home to the Minden Flour Milling Company.
The Napa Valley Wine Train offers a variety of excursions, including a new murder-mystery dinner ride. Photo by David H. Collier
The sisters also created a pair of pink sweats with a satin bow as part of their new clothing line.
After a two-year absence, Smith & Wollensky opened on the Strip and still features drinks with generous hand-pours. Photo by KeyLimePhotography
Bank Atcharawan is known for his expertise on rieslings, whose fruitiness complement Thai dishes. Photo by K.M. Cannon
David Perrico’s Pop Strings Orchestra provided the evening’s entertainment.
Former Raiders quarterback Jim Plunkett, center, chats with attendees and shakes hands with Dave Melroy during the Raiders Foundation’s second “Celebrity Swing” at TopGolf.
American artist Aaron Taylor Kuffner created the sonic kinetic sculpture “Gamelatron Perhiasan Emas di Awn Hitam” or “Golden Jewels in a Black Cloud” for the new John Hardy store at The Forum Shops. Photo by Aaron Taylor Kuffner