How to Order and Enjoy Tapas

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Tapas Restaurant Las Vegas

The serving of tapas is designed to welcome conversation, inviting the focus to be on things beyond the meal. This is an ideal culinary experience for those that enjoy a little taste of everything. As smaller portions give way to larger varieties, you can experiment with different temperatures, textures and preparations. The style allows you to enjoy just enough to stay satisfied, keeping energy levels high for a night of libations, dancing and entertainment in Las Vegas. Tapas are a delicacy suitable for a group of friends or a romantic dinner for two.

Of course it is entirely possible to make feasting on tapas the center of your social gathering, too. In Spain, it is a customary part of the culture to partake in el txikiteo – bar hopping while sampling a few smaller dishes at each location along the way. The growing popularity of tapas, however, has led to many fine restaurants evolving the appreciation of this cuisine into that of a full dining experience.

Whether joining a traditional txikiteo in Madrid or sitting down to a complete meal with friends in a restaurant in Las Vegas, here are some tips for the next time you tapear (the Spanish verb for eating tapas).

Order in Phases

Even in the most upscale restaurants, the tapas style is an altogether unique dining experience.  Unlike other cuisine where individuals order for themselves and dishes are divided into more defined courses, the size and sharable nature of tapas allow for a more lively and free-flowing journey for your senses.

Consider the practicality of ordering in phases as well.  Rather than receiving everything at once and allowing certain dishes to go cold, you can have a constantly refreshed spread of small, finely crafted bites that are always served at their best.

Be Adventurous

No matter how beautifully your server describes the special, it can be difficult to take the risk and try something you’re unfamiliar with — especially if you’re really hungry.  Ordering smaller plates with the intention of sharing eliminates the concern.  In fact, ordering tapas is the perfect excuse to try that particular food you’ve always been afraid to order.

If you’re unsure where to start, ask the staff.  Since many tapas menus offer multiple preparations of the same food, they might have a suggestion for something a little more “approachable” for your first time experimenting.

Think About Your Drink

Much like other cuisines, the options are truly endless for creating an exquisite pairing combination with tapas — regardless of your drink of choice.  To get started, why not consider one of these traditional options:

Vermouth – When it comes to pairing drinks with tapas, many Spaniards opt for a glass of vermouth — a trend that has only recently become fashionable among younger generations.  In Spain this spirit, most known for its Italian roots, is exclusively distilled in Catalonia and is sometimes enjoyed with a spritz of soda and a wedge of lemon.

Sherry – Very generally speaking, sherry is to Spain what port, or porto, is to Portugal.  The key difference of Sherry, however, is that it is produced using only white grapes and is also dry in texture, since the fortification process happens after fermentation.  Outside of Spain Sherry is sometimes misclassified as strictly a dessert wine.  Despite that notion, there are styles such as the medium-bodied Oloroso, which are well suited for rich, gamey dishes.

Cava – Cava is Spanish sparkling white wine that is produced using the same champenoise method of French Champagne.  Spanish Cava can be white or rosé and offers a nice complexity that makes a great pairing for fried and spicy foods.

Sangria – From its roots in Spain, Sangria has grown in popularity as a refreshing beverage well paired with the summer months. Traditionally a red wine punch, it can also be made with white (Sangria Blanco) or sparkling wine (Cava). Sangria is often prepared with an assortment of fresh fruit to create a one-of-a-kind flavor.

Try Your Best To Use Spanish Pronunciations

In addition to helping create an authentic experience, get in character and play with some of these terms that are fun to roll off the tongue. “Tabla serrana,” “pescaditos fritos” or “arroz con leche,” even if you mispronounce a word, you’re likely to do it with a smile on your face!

No matter where in the world you sit down to dine on tapas next, remember that the meal is just as much about the experience and social interaction as it is about the food. ¡Buen apetito!

Posted on June 30th, 2015

Bardot Brasserie – Coming Soon To ARIA

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James Beard award-winning chef Michael Mina will pay homage to the café culture of Paris at BARDOT Brasserie.

This classic French brasserie experience will offer traditional brasserie fare for dinner and weekend brunch, including roasted bone marrow with bacon marmalade, foie gras en croute and more. Leading the brasserie’s inspired culinary team will be chef Joshua Smith, a Vegas favorite and longtime Mina collaborator.

Offering a subtle nod to Hemingway’s Paris, BARDOT Brasserie’s cocktail program will tip its hat to the eclectic bars throughout the Parisian districts’ rich history with offerings such as the Sidecar from Harry’s Bar and Serendipity from Bar Hemingway. Also set to feature an array of new world and old world wine, BARDOT Brasserie’s wine program will focus on the regions of Burgundy, Bordeaux, the Rhone, Alsace and the Loire.

Designed by Bishop Pass, the Brasserie will convey the mood of early film noirs with its mix of low lighting and dramatic shadows setting the stage for alluring and mysterious experiences yet to come.

Bardot will open at ARIA in early 2015.

Posted on October 6th, 2014

Pair Thanksgiving Favorites With Unique Offerings At The Buffet

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The Buffet will be serving up all of your favorite Thanksgiving classics this year, but why not add some spice to the most savory meal of the year?

The staples that have helped make The Buffet one of the most unique dining experiences in Las Vegas will also be available on Thanksgiving at ARIA, including the stuffed red velvet pancake, the rotating gelato wheel and several other unique flavors from around the world.

Also, while celebrating with your group at The Buffet, you can also enjoy unlimited cocktails.

Available all day on Thanksgiving, let us do all of the work while you indulge.

Posted on October 6th, 2014

Halloween Brings Sweet, Spooky Treats To Jean Philippe

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Come to check out the intricate, amazing Halloween displays at Jean Philippe Patisserie this month, but stay to try many of the Halloween-themed treats.

Pumpkins, ghosts, witches and mummies have never looked so tasty … and yes, they’re just as delicious as they look!


Posted on October 6th, 2014

Alibi Delivers A New Kind Of Cocktail Experience To ARIA

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Alibi at ARIA

Unlimited libations, endless excuses.

That’s the motto of Alibi Cocktail Lounge, which opens this fall and delivers a refreshing, different cocktail experience to all ARIA guests.

Located in the space formerly occupied by City Bar, Alibi will offer a unique cocktail program that can be tailored to fit any mood or taste, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Follow along on Facebook for more sneak peeks as Alibi sets to open in the heart of the ARIA casino floor.

Posted on October 6th, 2014

Fresh produce accents new Jean Georges Summer Menu

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With the best seasonal farmers market produce bringing out new flavors, Jean Georges Steakhouse now offers its diverse Summer Menu.

Descriptions of the unique tastes and presentations can only provide so much detail. So why not let pictures do the talking?

Presenting …

Snap Pea Caesar Salad
Endives and Herbs, Parmesan Dressing



Posted on June 19th, 2014

The Buffet at ARIA’s gelato freezer satisfies any taste this summer!

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From classic favorites, to light sorbets, to unique combinations of flavors, topping off your experience at The Buffet at ARIA is tastier than ever this summer.

The Buffet features our signature rotating gelato freezer – the only one of its kind on the Vegas Strip – with as many as 12 flavors at a time being kept cool and crisp at subzero temperatures.

Several toppings are also available to accent the flavor of your choosing, be it classic chocolate, rich strawberry sorbet or exotic multiberry cheesecake.

Make sure to save some space as you experience The Buffet at ARIA, because dessert has never been tougher to resist.

Posted on April 25th, 2014

Julian Serrano Sangria – Summer flavors meant to be savored

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Nothing pairs better with summer than Sangria at Julian Serrano.

Your choice of red, white or sparkling Sangria is prepared with care and patience, delivering a quality that is unrivaled.

The Sangria at Julian Serrano is prepared with nothing but natural ingredients, including an assortment of fresh fruits. Each batch sits for three days before it is served, allowing the fruits to ferment and create a one-of-a-kind taste.

The recipe for Julian Serrano’s Sangria is so well-protected, that it is not fully shared with anyone in the restaurant. This gives an added element of mystique to the perfect complement to Julian Serrano’s wide array of creative, innovative small plates of Spanish fare.

Posted on April 25th, 2014

Unique experiences abound at Vegas Uncork’d!

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There is still time to purchase tickets for exclusive Vegas Uncork’d events, featuring ARIA’s highly acclaimed roster of celebrity chefs.

Tickets can be purchased for the All-Star Buffet at ARIA on Saturday, May 10th from 6-9 p.m. Celebrity chefs such as Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Masa Takayama and Jean-Philippe Maury will take over ARIA’s buffet kitchen to create a deluxe all-you-can-eat experience with impeccable flavors from around the globe.


Posted on April 25th, 2014

Cocktails for every taste this summer at the ARIA pool!

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No matter what type of experience you’re looking for by the ARIA pool this summer, there is an option on our expansive summer cocktail menu to fit your taste.

ARIA’s highly acclaimed Master Mixologist, Craig Schoettler, has helped craft a palette that features unique twists on summer classics, plus his own one-of-a-kind, summer-inspired options. A few popular poolside options this summer include …


Posted on April 25th, 2014

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