We will definitely return to the Hawthorn Grill at JW Marriott
February 14, 2017 3:05 AM
by Eileen Di Rocco
Recently we received an invitation to dine at the new Hawthorn Grill located at JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa. For those not familiar with the name, it is the hotel adjacent to Rampart Casino in Summerlin. The invite said we would experience “a menu of crave-worthy steakhouse fare and American classics in an elegant setting,” which certainly piqued our interest.
Access to the restaurant, which opened just last month, is easy. Simply pull up to the valet at the hotel entrance and Hawthorn Grill is a short walk to the other side of the main lobby. Unlike a number of Strip hotels and casinos, the JW and Rampart both have free parking, including valet, and compared to its huge Strip counterparts, the lobby is warm and cozy.
The maître d’, Tariq, graciously offered his arm to escort us through the bar area and the tastefully decorated restaurant to our window table overlooking the patio, which included a waterfall and lush landscaping.
We chose the Rainbow Kale Salad to start. It included red cabbage, shaved apple, smoked almonds, quinoa and Parmesan cheese with citrus vinaigrette dressing. The blend of flavors worked well together and it was very enjoyable. The citrus seemed to accent everything perfectly. Ron chose his favorite go-to salad, the classic BLT Wedge with bacon, tomatoes and blue cheese dressing. It must have been delicious as he ate every morsel.
For our entrée we chose the classic Filet Mignon with red wine jus and a side of Roasted Broccolini with lemon and chili. Our meat, which we ordered medium rare, was cooked to perfection and was tender, juicy and very flavorful. We don’t usually add sauce to our meat but we did taste the jus and found it complimented nicely. The chili in the broccolini added just a slight touch of heat to spice things up. Ron said his Oven Roasted Salmon with gremolata, green beans and smashed potatoes were excellent.
Our waiter, Jonathan, was very attentive and kept the sesame and garlic seasoned bread in ample supply much to Ron’s delight. He also wisely suggested we might like to share the Chocolate Souffle for dessert. It was served with a creamy vanilla sauce and whipped cream, and was melt-in-your-mouth delicious. We savored every bite.
We will definitely return to the Hawthorn Grill in the not too distant future and try some of the other menu items such as the Pan Seared Diver Scallops, Slow Braised Prime Short Rib, Lobster BLT or Mediterranean Branzino.
The restaurant is open for breakfast and dinner. The bar, with its own menu of appetizers and small bites, opens daily at 4 p.m. Check their website, www.hawthorngrilllv.com for menus, hours and other details such as reservations.
See you around town.