My last post about my recent Las Vegas trip will be about the two new places we ventured for noshing: Monta Japanese Noodle House and English’s Gastro Pub. Deon’s Uncle Junior has been talking about Monta Ramen for a while, and since every restaurant has air conditioning, having hot soup actually sounded appetizing, despite the heat. The restaurant is pretty close to the strip but very small, which caused a line to build quickly after we were seated. We started off fried rice and gyoza, our favorites. Apparently the gyoza is placed in a press that fries it on each side. It’s also made fresh to order, and I can definitely say it’s the best gyoza I’ve ever had. Finally, we had the ramen, which was again, the best I’ve had. If you’re willing to venture away from The Strip, this place is definitely worth it.
The. Best. Gyoza. EVER.
From the Monta Noodle House menu: “Tonkotsu-Shoyu Ramen (pork bone and special shoyu base) has a cloudy white colored broth. The broth is like a mix of the Tokyo and Kyushu style blend. This style is the newer trend in Japan. Basic toppings are green onions, two slices of chashu, bamboo shoots and kikurage.”
On the Saturday before we left Vegas, Deon’s mom suggested we try English’s Gastro Pub at the Town Square Mall, also off The Strip. Being the Anglophile that I am, I jumped at the chance to bring a touch of England back into my life. My mother-in-law actually suggested we do Afternoon Tea, but since all of us were eating there for an early dinner, we decided to have actual meals this time round. My husband and father-in-law kept it simple with burgers and chips (my hubby added the house salad below). Not pictured is the child’s version of the burger meal, which was with a slider and chips, and included a drink for only $5. My mother-in-law had the cod and chips with crushed peas (aka mushy peas). I decided to go all the way English and had the Toad in the Hole. All of the food was good and fresh, and I loved the gravy of my Toad in the Hole. The last time I had tea was in London last year at Harrods (post here), and I think I’m due for another go. This visit to English’s just made me feel all nostalgic, and after seeing a few people who had the tea service, and I vowed that the next time we would be in town, my mother-in-law and I would venture on our own for Afternoon Tea.
Photo 1: House salad (leaf salad, tomatoes, cucumber, green onions, croutons); Photo 2: Burgers & Chips.
Toad in The Hole: Mini Yorkshire pudding wrapped bangers, onion gravy, mash.