06/29/09 -see other reviews-
Attitude - 2 Eye Candy - 4 Price - 2
"An Adventurous Spirit"
Review by Heidi Knapp Rinella of the Las Vegas Review-Journal
"Simon says surprise: Adventurous spirit shows self in unique touches to delicious cuisine"
"There's no disputing that Simon Restaurant & Lounge at Palms Place is gorgeous. There's no disputing that its target market skews young and hip; the energetic soundtrack, pool right beyond the windows (and I mean right beyond) and Palms-compound location are about as obvious as it gets. And we know executive chef Kerry Simon likes to play with his food; witness the cotton candy and Rice Krispie treats on his menu.
All of which leads to the inevitable question: Is there anybody in the kitchen who's serious about food?
Thankfully, yes. And as it turns out, Simon's adventurous spirit (maybe even a love of whimsy) is communicated through his cuisine, which is infused with unexpected touches that help keep thing interesting.
(Rinella looks at quite a few dishes)
Our waitress was quite good, pleasantly and adroitly juggling a number of tables that had been seated at the same time. Her assistant, however, needed an attitude adjustment; projecting a nature that seems surly, and pretty much nothing but surly, is not a recipe for success.
All of the little surprises that Simon presented, however, most definitely were."
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