One of Kevin’s co-workers recommended this restaurant to us. Since it is pretty close to where we live and I’m getting kind of tired of driving all over the valley lately, it seemed like the perfect place to try at this time.
The restaurant is located in a strip mall, amongst a day spa, dry cleaners and a Gold’s Gym. But the ambiance when you walk into the restaurant is pretty great, with brick walls and lots of chalk boards covered with information about the broad range of wine, soup and dessert offerings.
The meal started with a small loaf of bread, served with butter. The bread was pretty good, nice crusty outside with soft insides. Not so crusty that you end up with bread shrapnel all over the table though. The loaf is pre-sliced into 5 or 6 slices, just halfway through so it is easy to break into individual pieces.
The service kind of left something to be desired. We waited a couple minutes at the host stand even though the restaurant was pretty quiet at lunch time. After being seated our waiter stopped by the table just a couple times through the entire meal, often hardly saying a word to us at all. Our food was served by someone entirely different than our regular waiter.
At first I was glancing through the sandwich menu and was tempted by at least 4 choices. But then I turned the menu over to see the pasta and pizza offerings. Again my interest was piqued by several options. After much deliberation I decided I would get a pizza. I chose the shrimp pesto pizza with roasted red peppers and artichokes. It is a 10″ pizza on a thin crust, cut into 6 small slices. The flavor of the pizza was really good, I loved the combination of the pesto with the shrimp and I’m really developing a taste for artichokes. I did find the outer rim of the crust to have a slightly flaky quality, a little strange but still tasty. If I’m having a full-on craving for pizza, I probably wouldn’t choose this place for that, but for a little more “grown-up gourmet” pizza, this would hit the spot.
Kevin ordered the Linguine with Triple Cream Brie, which was just as decadent as it sounds from the title. The pasta is tossed with toasted walnuts, mushrooms, prosciutto, fresh herbs & parmesan cheese. The sauce was simply amazing. The bowl was huge though and it could have easily fed a couple people.
We both left food behind due to large portions and were very full. Disappointing because they had several dessert options that sounded good, including a seasonal pumpkin cheesecake. Plus there were many appetizer selections that sounded interesting to me, but it would probably be best to order if we had a larger group of people in order to save room for the meal.
So even though the service was pretty lacking, I will definitely plan on returning here because the good was great and there are several other items on the menu that sound like they deserve sampling.
Grape Street Cafe
7501 W. Lake Mead Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV