LAS VEGAS – I couldn’t spend the night at the recently opened SLS Las Vegas without eating at Cleo.
Now, for many foodies, this Mediterranean restaurant might not be the first choice.
I say that because this new resort’s packed with buzzworthy restaurants including a new version of José Andrés’s Bazaar restaurant – Bazaar Meat by José Andrés. According to OpenTable.com, 90% of review writing customers would recommend it to friends. (There are two other Bazaar restaurants at the SLS hotels in South Beach and Los Angeles.)
I picked Cleo because I don’t eat meat, wasn’t in the mood for sushi (Katsuya) and – mostly – because Cleo had won a spot in my heart when I ate at the original one in Hollywood a couple of years ago. It’s located inside the Redbury Hotel, which is run by sbe – the same group that runs the SLS luxury lifestyle hotels and knows how to create a hip, chic atmosphere. You’ll find many familiar elements here.
So last night, I ordered one of my favorite dishes from the Los Angeles location: the Brussels sprouts.
Again, I found them roasted in a tasty, eclectic way that encapsulates the Cleo style (retro colored crystal candleholders, modern music, etc.). Some of the little jewels were slightly wilted and still fairly bright green while others were roasted until they were dark and crispy. They’re served up in a brown coffee filter.
Hard to believe, but I left with a new favorite dish: mushrooms (see above).
In terms of the environment, the place was full with a mix of couples, larger multi-generational groups and people who looked like there were for business.
The waiters and even the busboys at this Cleo have personality, especially my main waiter last night – Patrick, who made my solo meal fun with just enough chatter and winks as he passed by.
It’s worth noting in case you like to go online while you eat solo like I do: Wi-Fi is free in the restaurant as it is throughout the entire, massive hotel (more about that next week!).
Enjoy the pics!