Dining at Sugercane In Las Vegas

Conveniently located on restaurant row in the Venetian/ Palazzo property in Las Vegas, Sugarcane is an elevated but still casual dining experience. I’ve dined here once, and would definitely come again to try more dishes.

Here is what I learned about the restaurant from their website: “Globally-inspired small plates come from three kitchen concepts – an open fire grill, raw bar and traditional kitchen – overseen by award-winning Executive Chef & Partner Timon Balloo, inviting guests to “kick back, eat well, and stay awhile.”  Embarking on a quest to celebrate the simple pleasures in life – eating well and celebrating with friends – the restaurant focuses on a “shared experience.” Sugercane’s raw bar grill’s menu ranges from shareable small plates from our three kitchen concepts to more hardy fare with our large plates”.

Photo Credit: Sugercane

Here is how my experience went:

Staff: The hostess was fine, the servers were great, and the manager was amazing! We had a party of 6 and he took care of us all and was extremely attentive the entire time.

Atmosphere: Vegas-like (Read: dark and kinda sexy), but more relaxed. We appreciated the chill vibes as our party had been in Vegas for an entire week for a trade show and our mind and bodies were hurting by the end of the week! Also, wait time was very short for a Friday night – possibly because they have recently opened?

Photo Credit: Sugercane

Food: Started our meal with some kind of rose slushy drinks (on the house) which were fantastic. We ordered several dishes from their tapas style menu and I remember enjoying everything.  A few items that really stood out that I can still recall are as follows:
*Blue fin tuna tartare (yuzu kosho, avocado purée & sesame seeds)- Must order
*Smoked fish dip ( served w/ potato chips)- Dip was yummy, but chips were a bit burnt
*Whole roasted chicken (truffle marble potato, wild mushrooms) – Simple, but very flavorful
*Nutella sundae (nutella ice cream, nutella hazelnut brownie, cracker jacks)- LOVED it!!

Be sure to stop by if you’re looking for a non-stuffy place with good drinks and shareable food!

SUGARCANE Raw Bar Grill – Las Vegas
$$$ Tapas/Small Plates, Cocktail Bars, Desserts
3355 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV 89109


Business Dinner at Bluewater Grill – A Seafood Restaurant

We dined at the seafood restaurant Bluewater Grill in Redondo Beach for a business dinner recently, and really enjoyed our experience. They are a 20 year old local to California family owned restaurant chain which opened in 1996 in Newport Beach.

Both my husband and I enjoy seafood very much and were excited to try this restaurant. While previewing their menu before our meeting, I learned that they operate their own swordfish harpoon boat, Pilikia, and serve the finest quality locally harpooned swordfish in season. This instantly made me want to try a swordfish but I changed my mind after finding so many other interesting sounding dishes.

seafood restaurant
Photo Credit: Bluewater Grill

Food: Their menu is expansive covering simple seafood dishes to fancy preparations. House bread was served which was just ok. I ordered a pasta dish from their favorites section. It had shrimp, scallops, asparagus and was tossed in a pesto sauce. It was a little heavy but super tasty. My husband had the beer battered fish and chips which came with fries and coleslaw. His fish tasted light and fresh, not greasy at all. We shared a key lime pie for dessert which was perfectly tart and sweet.

Service: We were greeted and seated promptly. Service was amazing from start to finish.

Atmosphere: The restaurant had a casual and laidback overall vibe. The full length glass windows allowed every seat at the restaurant incredible views of the marina at Redondo Beach. They are located right in King Harbor, surrounded by sailboats and palm trees.

I can’t wait to return so I can try more menu items, hopefully to enjoy a romantic non-work related dinner with my husband. The views are amazing from almost every seat !!!!

Bluewater Grill
$$ Seafood, Venues & Event Spaces, American (New)
665 N Harbor Dr
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
seafood pasta
Pasta with shrimp, scallops & asparagus.


Key Lime Pie


James At The Mill Restaurant

Restaurant: James At The Mill

Address: 3906 Great House Springs Road, Springdale, AR 72762

Website Link: http://www.jamesatthemill.com/

About the restaurant: James at the Mill offers an exciting mix of traditional and contemporary American flavors. Chef Miles James’ groundbreaking restaurant offers Ozark Plateau Cuisine that shares the haute couture of Guy Savoy’s French bistro cooking, as well as drawing from the Manhattan energy and style of David Burke, tailored to the rhythm of Northwest Arkansas. The restaurant constitutes a seminal work of the renowned architect, James Lambeth, with all of the award-winning flair and style of influences from Rome, Paris, London, and Miami — striking contemporary design, with tall ceilings, flowing waters, and calming views. Join us at the bar or table, and experience an evening to remember.

Menu Item Ordered: Peppercorn caesar salad in a potato cage.

My Thoughts: Gorgeous restaurant! I went during the day and it was beautiful. I can’t imagine the views during the evening when its a little dark outside. I could see tea lights decorating the garden area just outside the restaurant hidden amongst the flower beds- I’m sure when lit, they create a romantic atmosphere. The picture below is of a salad I ordered from the appetizer section of the menu. It  was described as follows: James’ Caesar salad in a potato cage with shaved Parmesan, garlic-shallot croutons, cherry tomatoes and pink and black peppercorns $10.

James At The Mill Restaurant
Peppercorn caesar salad in a potato cage

I was on a business trip in Arkansas when I decided to try this restaurant for dinner. I actually read about it when I was browsing through this book: Northwest Arkansas Travel Guide: (Includes Bentonville, Eureka Springs, Fayetteville, Rogers, Springdale, Siloam Springs. Here is a short excerpt form Amazon about this read: The Northwest Arkansas Travel Guide captures the area’s best outdoor activities – from fishing and water sports to hiking, camping, and biking – while also showcasing its fabulous art, historical, and cultural scene. It covers its bustling business community as well as its vibrant culinary, microbrew, and entertainment districts.

Northwest Arkansas Travel Guide
Northwest Arkansas Travel Guide

This travel guide is rated 5 stars on Amazon, meaning that it has satisfied all tourists who got their hands on it so far. I picked it up because due to poor flights, I had some extra time on my hands. I’ve been going to Arkansas at least a couple of times a year for several years and I’m usually alone and bored. I took the author Lynn West’s advice and tried James at the mill restaurant and was extremely pleased both by the food and decor. Can’t wait to go back and try all other suggestions which I bookmarked during my first browse.

Arkansas restaurant
Photo credit: James At The Mill