Sage :: Las Vegas
Do you like to drink? And no I’m not talking about chugging Natty Light out of red solo cups after extricating an orange ping pong ball. Do you like to savor and enjoy, experiment and infuse, muddle and barrel age?
Then Sage at Aria Las Vegas Resort & Casino may be right up your alley.
Walking into Sage, with it’s dark, speak-easy feel, it’s easy to feel in awe of the bar. Master mixologists stand behind it, serving up drinks, their beautiful chemistry experiments of liquor. A look at the drink menu displays an impressive array of beers, the most diverse on the Vegas Strip, beautiful wines and probably the largest assortment of the world’s liquor I had ever seen. I truly did not know there were that many types of Vodka. Or Whiskey… Mental note, return to Sage when not 8 months pregnant…
Our amazing evening started off with an amuse bouche cocktail, the Pink Lemonade, not merely handed to you, but presented, poured through an absinthe cooler that iced the drink to perfection. It was a simple concoction of gin, Lillet Rose and lemon juice, but was light and refreshing and an excellent way to clean and prepare your pallet for the onslaught to come. And oh did it come… It was readily apparent that these people didn’t screw around with their alcohol. From barrel aged cocktails, literally served from the barrel at the table, to Moscow Mules made with homemade ginger soda, Sage was all things boozy.
But don’t get me wrong, the food at Sage is amazing too.
What else would you expect from the likes of Shawn McClain, James Beard Award Winning chef? His take on Artisinal American food focuses on fresh, farm to table ingredients, showcasing the best of California produce, as well as sustainable seafood straight from the ocean… in the middle of the desert.
We were treated to an array of his favorites, from the Pan Roasted Sea Scallops and the Iberico Pork Loin, to Kushi Oysters and a beautiful display of Yellowtail Sashimi. The kicker was however, the Foie Gras Brulee. This rich custard-like brulee had all the creaminess of the traditional dessert, with all of the rich earthy flavors of traditional Foie Gras. Even though it was served with toast points, by the end of the meal we were eating it straight out of the bowl with spoons. It was just.that.good.
The icing on our proverbial cake was definitely the General Manager, Robert Nikodem. His passion for the restaurant was evident, as he brought out dish after dish, cocktail after cocktail, explaining all in fantastic detail. He showed us how they hand carbonated the ginger soda for the Moscow Mule. He took delight in telling us how they looked for just the right absinthe cooler to present their “amuse bouche cocktail”. He reveled in the fact that 8 women were hanging off his every word… seriously, he was the MAN that night.
Sage is located on the main floor of the Aria Resort & Casino, close to the registration desk. But once inside? You’re miles away from the operations of a busy casino and instead inside a hedonistic experience of beautiful food and even more beautiful booze. How could you ever go wrong?
A very special Thank You to everyone at Sage who made our experience truly unforgettable, especially, Robert. I, for one, will definitely be back!
Sage :: Aria Resort & Casino :: 3734 Las Vegas Blvd S :: (877) 230-2742
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