to a party the other evening to celebrate the opening of a new restaurant
inside the Paris of Las Vegas Hotel & Casino. And what a restaurant!
is definitely different and the name itself tells you something is unique
inside. "Ortanique's" takes its name from a delicate hybrid, a combination of
an orange and a tangerine found only in Jamaica. Born from the culinary
imagination of Executive Chef and co-creator Cindy Hutson, Ortanique's "Cuisine
of the Sun" puts an international spin on traditional Caribbean cuisine to
create a style that is uniquely its own.
original restaurant is located in Miami's upscale neighborhood of Coral Gables,
Florida. The 120-seat restaurant was the second place to feature the new and
very special cuisine created by Ms. Hutson. Her other successful and first
venture was "Norma's on the Beach," which opened in 1994 and won all types of
awards from the very first year, including the coveted Five-Star Diamond Award,
bestowed upon restaurants for providing a total dining experience.
Paris restaurant, located in the walkway between its sister hotel, Bally's,
seats 180-diners in very comfortable surroundings. Beautiful drapes cover the
walls and the tables are spaced nicely so as to allow privacy while dining. The
bar is located in the front section of the room adjacent to the entertainment
and dancing section.
like to think of "Cuisine of the Sun" as an eclectic fusion of different
nations and their natural bounties," Hutson said, who first teamed up with
co-creator Delius Shirley in 1994 when they opened Norma's in Florida. "We're
delighted to bring Ortanique's cuisine to what has become one of the most
dynamic dining cities in the country."
are treated to a wide range of menu choices, from appetizers including
Ceviches, Curried Crab Cakes (which my partner loved) and Jerk Foie Gras, to
wonderful island salads such as Tropical Mango and Spicy Fried Calamari. Some
of the main courses include Caribbean Bouillabaisse, Pan Sauteed Bahamian Black
Grouper with Ortanique Orange Liqueur Sauce and a Jerk Double Pork Chop with
Guava Sauce (which was absolutely out of sight).
newest edition to the Las Vegas dining experience is open daily for dinner
only, Sunday through Tuesday from 5:30 to 10:30 pm., Wednesday through Saturday
from 5:30 to 11 pm. Ortanique also offers live music on Wednesday and Thursday
from 9 pm., to 1 am. and Friday-Saturday from 11 pm., until 2 am. Reservations
are strongly suggested.
Reynolds, the unstoppable one, opened last night in The Orleans Showroom and
will be singing, dancing and doing her impersonations through this Sunday. This
is a lady that just keeps going and going and going. And to be perfectly honest
with you every day she ages its like fine wine she just gets better. One cannot
go wrong paying for a ticket to one of her shows.
Rio will be a busy place these next few weeks what with the return of Penn
& Teller to the 1,500-seat Samba Theatre with performances nightly at 9 pm.
The 2001 Magicians of the Year in Las Vegas open Oct 25 through Nov. 11. The
marvelous Scintas continue to bring their very special brand of entertainment
in the Copacabana Showroom nightly Friday through Tuesday. We enjoyed their act
when they were at the Hilton and now in this much roomier showroom they are definitely
top drawer. The Rio has booked the
fantastic Earl Turner into the room to do his special style of entertaining
when The Scintas are taking a rest on Wednesday and Thursday. All and all a
That's it. I'm outa here!
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