Pata negra with grilled bread at Julian Serrano (photo by Steve Dolinsky)
Our final meal of the night was right next door to Bar Masa. Julian Serrano is Spanish, and yet up until now, he’s only been known for his fine-dining Picasso at The Bellagio. This new project in the Aria was supposed to be a homecoming for him. There is the requisite patatas bravas (roasted potatoes coated in garlicky aioli) and charred green peppers; the luscious pata negra ham (finished on acorns before slaughter) with the grilled bread. There is also an impressive list of wines to accompany them, as there are on just about every menu in Vegas; Bill Wirtz would have loved to run the liquor distribution here I bet. So by this time of the night, I’m getting a little sleepy, and after sampling at least two (or was it three) different sakes at Bar Masa, I’m getting a little confused. I think in the video I say this is our third dinner of the night. That would be wrong. It was definitely number four. Thank God I know how to pace myself.