Sherman's Food Adventures: Holsteins (Cosmopolitan)

Holsteins (Cosmopolitan)

After a filling lunch at Bacchanal Buffet, we weren't really in the mood for something that heavy.  Yet, at the same time, I wanted to revisit Gordon Ramsey Burger for some odd reason.  Turns out everyone else had the same idea and it looked like an hour wait minimum.  No dice (sorry for the Vegas pun...), we weren't gonna do that.  We ended up walking the strip in search for food, as if that was a hard thing to do -  except it was 108 degrees Fahrenheit!   So we ended up ducking into the Cosmo and hitting up Holsteins, mostly due to a lack of  a lineup!

We got a couple of starters including the Fried Cheese Curds with beer mustard aioli and marinara.  Based on the cheese curds, we ascertained that portion size wasn't going to be an issue.  The amount of cheese curds was ridiculous.  In terms of eating enjoyment, that was another story as I thought the batter was not as crunchy as it could've been and the curds themselves were rather dry for some reason.  I would've liked to see them more stringy and melted.  As much as the Caesar Salad didn't look like much and seemingly underdressed, it was actually quite good.  Made with kale greens, parmesan cheese & pumpernickel croutons, this ate hearty while not cumbersome (as some kale leaves can be).  Loved the crunchy croutons and the large shards of parm. 

I decided to go with Steak Sandwich sporting sliced char-grilled medium-rare steak.  Due to the irregular shape of the steak, some parts were fully cooked while the rest was indeed medium-rare.  I though it was sufficiently tender, yet not as juicy as I would've liked.  The ample amount of blue cheese dressing added both moisture and appealing sharpness.  Pickled onions provided the acidity while the arugula lightened things up a bit. My son didn't stray far from the regular with the Gold Standard.  It was made with a dry aged sirloin patty that was fairly juicy and full-bodied in flavor.  There was nothing to say other than this was a solid burger.  From the smoky crisp bacon, creamy aromatic aioli and tangy tomato confit to the melted cheddar, the flavors were complimentary and classic.

Viv ended up sharing the Captain Hook which was a seared salmon filet with remoulade sauce, smoked salmon, arugula & pickled shallots. As you can see in the picture, the salmon was completely crisped up on the outside where it contrasted the fairly moist interior.  Add in the buttery soft texture of the smoked salmon and the creamy remoulade, this was another good creation.  For our sides, we didn't only get fries (more on that later), but we also ordered the Buttermilk Onion Rings.  These were really large and crunchy.  A bit greasy with the bottom-dwelling rings, but the rest were okay.  Within the breading, the onions were soft but not completely melting away either.

Lastly, we had the Garlic-Parmesan Fries that was a much larger portion than we really needed (only one size though).  These were unfortunately not very good.  They weren't very crispy and in fact, rather dense and soggy.  Maybe it had to do with the fact that these fries were plenty garlicky (tossed in too much oil?). It was actually cumbersome to eat them and we actually stopped midway and just left them on the plate.  Overall, the food was not bad at Holsteins, especially the burgers.  As for the sides and appies, they were definitely hit and miss.

The Good:
- Solid burgers
- Excellent service
- Okay pricing considering its location

The Bad:
- Sides and appies were meh

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