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At Honey Salt, We May Have Found Our Steak Of The Year

Where: 1031 S. Rampart [map], 89145
November 5, 2012 at 3:25 PM | by | ()

Farm-to-table dining may be the cool thing for restaurants to do to promote themselves, but that quality of food is usually good for the customer. Honey Salt is the newest farm-to-table restaurant to open in Las Vegas and it is as good as we wanted.

Honey Salt is located in the Vegas burbs of Summerlin, not exactly where we expect to find cool new fine dining. The restaurant was started by husband-and-wife team Elizabeath Blau and Chef Kim Canteenwalla (of Encore's Society Cafe).

The menu is loaded with fish which seems strange for a "farm" to table restaurant in the desert. When asking the waitress which non-fish items she recommended, she pointed out every non-fish item on the menu. She was very nice, but not very helpful.

Not being fish eaters, we started with steak tartare which was one of three non-fish appetizers. Thankfully, it was good. Unfortunately, this writer was expecting carpaccio since he gets the two confused. The tartare was tasty, but a little spicy.

Staying on the farm, we opted for the filet mignon with bacon hash and were blown away with the steak. We're going to avoid sounding too giddy, but the filet mignon was outstanding. It was so good that we have to put the filet mignon at Honey Salt up for steak of the year.

It was a great-tasting piece of meat that was cooked a perfect medium. The seasoning may have been a little peppery, but it didn't take away from the beautiful, butter-flavored meat. The hash was a little rich, but the bold smoky flavor of the bacon almost brought a tear to our eye. Unfortunately, for the hash, it was paired with a steak that stole the show. The hash would be bettered paired with some eggs so it can star in its own show. This was the filet's show and nobody was getting in the way.

Our friend had the roasted chicken which sat on mac n' cheese and topped with asparagus. The pepper grinder must have been weighted because the chicken was also a little peppery. This time, the pepper (along with chicken's crispy skin) only added to the dish. The chicken was juicy and full of flavor. We don't order chicken at restaurants very often, but this may be an exception in the future.

The main courses were filling, but not overly so. Our friend saw a magnificent looking piece of cake being delivered to the table next to us and we had to try. The chocolate cake had a brown sugar frosting and two layers of fudge on the inside that surrounded a banana cream filling. Whoa! The description of the cake is better than the flavor. The cake wasn't bad, but it didn't meet our excitement of the description.

We absolutely enjoyed the main courses at Honey Salt. The food served alongside the main course was good, but couldn't match the level of the main course. There's nothing wrong with that. We can focus on the main courses next time and not mess around with frivolous items.

Honey Salt is located at 1031 S. Rampart. Its open for lunch and dinner service beginning at 11:30 a.m. until 10 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

(PHOTOS: Chelsea McManus on Vegas Eater, VegasChatter)

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