Julian Serrano @ Aria, Las Vegas

As I mentioned in my review of Picasso, I stayed at Aria Hotel during my stay at Las Vegas in October. Aria is one of Vegas’s newer hotels in the CityCenter complex with modern amenities, sky trains to other casinos, and good security. They place guards near the elevators to check your key card before they let you enter your hotel.

As it was early October, we were welcomed by all these autumn/Halloween related themes in each hotel. Aria’s main entrance/lobby looked like so, image below, with ginormous colourful leaves hanging from the ceiling and pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns around. J’adore!
aria hotel Aria Hotel Las Vegas

Within Aria, there’s also a colourfully decorated Spanish tapas restaurant called Julian Serrano. We came here conveniently on our last night as we had to catch our Cirque du Soleil show at 7pm.

The friendly waiter guided us through the menu and explained to us that it’s tapas style where we all share the plates. He suggested to have 2-3 dishes per customer so we excitedly went ahead and selected the following…

Rabo de Toro | oxtail | iberian pork | creamy mashed potatoes ($14)
– delicious!! recommend it!
julian serrano oxtail

Fried Calamari| fried calamari | alioli sauce ($14)
– nothing too outstanding but I liked the alioli sauce.
julian serrano calamari

Black Rice | fresh calamari | lobster meat | sofrito | squid ink ($12)
– HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT! Get it! Black rice sounds bad but it’s just squid ink mixed within. This dish was probably one of our top favourites! The calamari was cooked just right, not too chewy. I savored every bite!
julian serrano black rice

Imported spanish “Pata Negra” ham | the most delicious ham in the world | garlic tomato sauce ($38)
– I’m a charcuterie fan…any cured meat will get my attention! This was also superb! I have to say that their sauce made it that much better!
julian serrano pata negra

Creamy Risotto | wild mushroom | aged manchego cheese ($10)
– Sorry that the picture, it didn’t turn out too great. We started eating it before we realized we forgot pictures. I find that Risotto is never the most attractive thing on a plate but despite the looks, it was scrumptious that we had to order seconds for this!
julian serrano risotto

Beef and cheese* | prime tenderloin | cheese | honey | walnuts ($17)
– Also one of our favourites. The tenderloin was so soft and tender with melted cheese. mmmm. But after Picasso‘s dinner, it was hard to compare. 

Montado de Lomo* | marinated pork loin | manchego cheese | sliced tomato | fresh lettuce ($12)
– This was alright. Porkloin was tender and they just add cheese to everything!! which we loved!
julian serrano porkloin

Lobster Saffron | half lobster tail | saffron oil | iberian pork | creamy potatoes | asparagus ($14)
– The lobster saffron was alright. I’m not a fan of a lot of spices for my lobster cause it takes their freshness away. But I did like the creamy potatoes at the bottom. Basically, I’ve had better lobsters.
julian serrano saffron

Overall, I loved my experience at Julian Serrano! Great service and splendid food! We informed the waiter that we have a show to catch and he made sure that our orders would come in a timely manner which he did. Each dish was eloquently crafted to it’s best. Probably one of my favourite and best tapas meals I’ve had. I would say it’s comparable to Susur Lee in Toronto except this is a Spanish fusion.  Plates that I highly recommend, Black Rice, Risotto, Oxtail and Cured Meat. Oh, I want to go to Vegas now!

julian serrano

Julian Serrano @ Aria (CityCenter)
3730 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 590-8520
http://www.arialasvegas.com/dining/restaurants/julian-serrano

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