Solo Dining Review: Tinoco’s Kitchen

by Gray Cargill on November 2, 2009

Las Vegas Club

Las Vegas Club

I didn’t intend to eat at Tinoco’s Kitchen.  I only had one evening to spend Downtown (on Fremont Street) during my recent solo travel to Las Vegas.  Since I was trying to stretch my food budget, I had decided I would try the prime rib special at the Market Street Cafe at the California, which is $6.95 and includes a baked potato, salad bar and cherries jubilee for dessert.  Unfortunately, the Market Street Cafe is a very popular restaurant. I stood for ten minutes in a long line that wasn’t moving at all and finally realized I would be late for my meetup later on if I didn’t try something else.  Nothing was available at the Pasta Pirate until 7pm, and the line at the Main Street Station’s buffet was as long as Market Street Cafe’s.  Then I remembered having read about  a nice, newish  restaurant at the Las Vegas Club called Tinoco’s Kitchen.  I headed over there and they were able to take me right away.

Tinoco’s Kitchen is the kind of restaurant where you might go on date night, but it’s not so upscale that they would turn up their noses at you if you showed up with a knapsack on your back, as I did (it doubles as my camera bag, okay?).  The restaurant featured soft lighting for dinner and had a tasteful decor with warm colors and very attractive paintings on the wall to keep the eye occupied while waiting for food to arrive.  The background music was soothing and pleasant. The restaurant was maybe 1/3 full at 6:30 pm (which is early for dinner by Vegas standards), so conversations were quiet.  It was a nice, mellow respite from the constant sensory bombardment of Las Vegas casinos.  There is no bar seating for solo diners, which is fine because there were no other solos in the place anyway.  I was seated at a roomy booth along the side wall, facing the open kitchen.  My servers (two of them!) were Liz and Jerry.  They were a great team. Liz, in particular, was very  helpful with suggestions when I was choosing my meal.

Asparagus Soup

Asparagus Soup

My appetizer was the asparagus soup, which I practically inhaled, it was so wonderful. It was perfectly creamy and tasted exactly as it should have–like asparagus. They also brought out spinach rolls, which sounded really interesting, but I didn’t want to fill up on bread, so I passed.  I kind of wish now that I had at least sampled them.

Chilean Sea Bass with Curry Lobster Sauce

Chilean Sea Bass with Curry Lobster Sauce

My entree was the chilean sea bass in curry lobster sauce. The fish was fresh, with a lightly sweet taste that was nicely offset by the spiciness of the lobster sauce.  The vegetables that came with it were crisp-tender, as they should be.  I sopped all of my vegetables in the curry sauce, because I just couldn’t get enough of it.  It was delicious.  If they bottled the stuff, they’d make a fortune.

I have to add, though, that as delicious as this meal was, I would not have ordered it had I known at the time that chilean sea bass is on the endangered fish list.  (Where have I been for the past seven or eight years that the rest of the world has known this?  Not eating much fish, so not paying attention to what goes on in the fishing industry.) I’m willing to stop eating it until the population is replenished.  And honestly, the curried lobster sauce would go well with pretty much any mild white fish.

The total before tip came to $25.94–a bargain price for such a terrific meal.  Is it any wonder I was glad I wasn’t able to get into the Market Street Cafe after all?  I’m sure the Las Vegas Club isn’t on every Las Vegas visitor’s “must see” list, so I’m telling you about this restaurant because it’s a winner.  The menu is billed as California-Italian cuisine (whatever that means).  If you’re looking for a great meal for a reasonable price in Las Vegas, this is it.

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SoloFriendly November 3, 2009 at 5:56 pm

You're welcome. I hope you get a chance to try it sometime.

SoloFriendly November 3, 2009 at 10:56 am

You're welcome. I hope you get a chance to try it sometime.

conorreilly101 November 2, 2009 at 8:40 am

Sounds fanttastic, good food at a reasonable price in a nice setting. What more could you want.

Thanks.

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