The caveat is that I love to eat; finding new local restaurants and trying new dishes is at the top of my vacation to do list. Tonight we were looking for something light (I had a huge lunch - there is an upcoming post about this week's lunches), and we both love Asian cuisine. Handsome Chris suggested Sweet Basil, on the Main Street strip just a few blocks from the tree fort.
I highly recommend Sweet Basil. The decor is Asian modern without the Vegas kitsch. The atmosphere soothing. Our service was friendly yet not overly familiar while providing an impeccably professional tone to our experience.
Fried egg rolls, not to be confused with a fresh spring roll, are on of my litmus tests for Asian food. I don't care for the Chinese egg rolls. The won ton wrappers are too thick and chewy, the fillings often over seasoned with MSG/soy sauce. I prefer the lighter Vietnamese or Thai egg rolls which usually have a thin, crispy wrapper and fresher, less seasoned fillings.
I selected the vegetarian egg rolls - which came in an odd set of five. I really want to give my man everything, but not the fifth egg roll; that one is mine!
I lifted my chopsticks and had a bite. I don't know the look that crossed my face, but I didn't say a word. I asked H.C. to take a bite and give me his professional opinion.
Fish sauce. That's the conclusion we both arrived at. It had a distinctly tanginess we both readily identified. This crunchy salad is a distinct mixture of green papaya, tomato, long beans, chili peppers, dried shrimp, peanuts and a dressing of lime juice, palm sugar, fish sauce.
Worried that I didn't like it, H.C. asked if I wanted to order something else. Nope - I liked the newness for my palate. I ate the entire salad.
At a Thai restaurant, my first choice is always mango and sticky rice. Sticky rice is a distinct variety which really must soak overnight then cooked with coconut milk and palm sugar. The warm, sweet rice - think rice pudding - is then served with a side of fresh mango. A perfect ending to a perfect meal.