Remedy for Foodies
Nov 06, 2018 01:53PM
● By Debbie Hall
East Fremont in downtown Las Vegas pulsates with a vibe of excitement exemplified with Therapy Restaurant and Pub as its hub. The gleaming industrial-style, two-level, upscale American gastropub engages locals and tourists with its elevated menu and extensive drink offerings. A night in Therapy entails sipping a fantastic cocktail while tasting a delectable dish meant for sharing. Surrounded by hip, fun, cool people with tunes filling the air; you experience the best Vegas has to offer when you come here.
Executive Chef Talen Lancaster explores what some might consider strange food combinations creating scrumptious, shareable plates such as the paprika and bacon peanuts and oxtail empanadas. One of the more in-demand dishes also one of his favorites is the Tuna Tartare. The ahituna is marinated in soy sauce and Sriracha topped with a blend of Fresno peppers, fresh pears, and Greek yogurt accented by a Yuzu Gelée. On the side, fried lotus root chips add crispness and taste similar to that of a potato chip, only with the added element of fruitiness.
Along with shareable plates, high-end entrée offerings add a more refined presentation, elevating the dining experience. Chef Lancaster’s roasted duck dish is surrounded by a purée of roasted cauliflower, blood orange, and hazelnut purée embodying the crisp appeal of the new season. Roasted fennel and blood orange segments topped with blood orange jus take the flavor profile to the next level.
For serious carnivores, try the coffee-rubbed filet mignon. This cut of beef is prepared with a smoke-wagon whiskey accented with huckleberry au jus that’s been blended with red wine, whiskey, and fresh huckleberries, served on a bed of crispy marble potatoes. This will appease any reverberating cravings as your primal desires take over. Utilizing the colors of fall, the chef also serves up a risotto dish that can be made vegan or vegetarian. One of his favorite grains, the hearty texture of risotto gives off an earthy flavor and is combined with butternut squash creating vibrant orange colors that burst on the plate. The dish is topped with pomegranate and pumpkin seeds, and Parmesan or mascarpone can be added for a more nutty tang.
“We take a little bit from everywhere,” Chef Lancaster explains. “There really isn’t one style or cuisine featured here. I like all different ingredients. I use whatever interests me during the season and I always work with fresh ingredients. I love to experiment with new things.”
“Since Las Vegas is one of the wedding capitals of the world, we like to marry concepts from different countries,” adds General Manager Maria Horta. The romance of food and drink entice, while the laughter of friends and family linger afterwards.
Recently, the pub introduced its own private-labeled Therapy Wines and handcrafted Therapy Guava Beer. Therapy Cabernet Sauvignon, bottled in California, showcases a vibrant medium magenta color with a nose of ripe plum and cherry. On the palate, you can taste licorice with a rich cherry finish. The Therapy Chardonnay is pale gold, like the afternoon sun with floral and tropical aromas. It’s like drinking liquid butter, nuts, and butterscotch balanced with toasty oak and a lingering fruity finish. Therapy Guava Beer is a mildly tart, fruit-infused ale with bright and tingly flavors blending fresh ginger and guava with undertones of passion fruit. Therapy even combines retail therapy. For the home cook who wants to recreate the culinary magic, Chef’s original line of sauces and spices are available for purchase.
Therapy is the pulse of downtown made up of part wine bar, part fine dining, part hangout, all equaling one very cool place.
The hockey season has begun with reigning Western Conference Champs Vegas Golden Knights with crowds cheering behind the blue line. Therapy’s specialty Golden cocktail menu celebrates the team’s second season, so show your support with these #VGK drinks.
Golden Glory is made with passion fruit syrup, peach liqueur and pineapple juice, topped with Guinness Blonde Lager.
Knights on Ice combines Caña Brava rum, Pineapple Reàl, pineapple juice, orange juice, and heavy cream served in a glass rimmed with gold sugar and golden-covered cherry garnish.
For a heavenly dessert drink, the McFleury blends Darke Crème de Cacao, brandy, and half-and-half, which is then poured over a scoop of Luciano Pellegrini brown sugar gelato, served in a chocolate-drizzled glass, topped with whipped cream and edible gold flakes.