Wednesday, January 19, 2011

As Cosmo Goes... China Poblano!

Below is the review for the very first Cosmopolitan restaurant I tried last week! Photos of both the restaurant and the casino are below. Enjoy! :-)


I just had to try it. I was drawn to it. Chinese food. And Mexican food. And avant garde cuisine. By Jose Andres. All under the same roof!

Many adjectives can describe the food here, but I suspect "boring" will never be one of them. Since I needed a cool libation after a rough morning, I was ready for a margarita. My "Salt Air Margarita" soon emerged... With salt foam on top! Very interesting, and very yummy. So far, so good.

And from there, it just kept getting better. The queso fundido came out piping hot, and served alongside fabulous housemade tortillas. It was divine.

Next up was an eggplant dish that I'm still trying wrap my head around. It was sauteed with black garlic and served with this interesting, slightly sweet soy sauce. The black garlic was quite pleasant and sweet, and the eggplant was very tender.

And finally, there was dessert. Because my curiosity got the best of me, I had to taste for myself the "coconut tapioca balls" with passion fruit and mandarin orange sorbet. OMG, this was something else! I had my doubts, but this made me a believer in tapioca pudding again... Especially when it's combined with floating balls of coconutty creaminess and perfect orange sorbet!

All in all, my first impression of China Poblano was quite good. I look forward to returning soon and exploring more of the fascinating menu here.

Style: Comfortably Casual
Price: $$$
Open: Lunch & Dinner

The Rating

Food: 4.9 (out of 5)
Service: 2.8 (out of 3)
Ambiance: 1.8 (out of 2)
Overall: 9.5 (out of 10)
Outstanding, Destination Eating!

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