Julian Serrano

During a recent early afternoon visit to Aria, we found ourselves in need of something light to tide us over till dinner and an unplanned visit to Julian Serrano turned into a real treat.

Just craving a few bites and a glass (or three) of sangria, we asked to be seated at the bar, a perfect way to enjoy tapas, those small plates of intensely flavored bites meant to be eaten with wine and shared.

The refreshing sangria was outstanding, light and not-too-sweet, and paired beautifully with our plates of slightly “deconstructed” gazpacho. We couldn’t resist following that with a plate of that famous, Spanish Iberico ham (and another round of sangria).

We finished by ordering one of the more contemporary plates on the fascinating menu. Tuna Raspberry Skewers, bites of sesame crusted tuna topped with a “molecular” raspberry and wasabi garnish were fabulous (as was our third round of sangria).

Service at the bar was as entertaining as it was efficient, thanks to Jeff Watson who was at the helm on the afternoon of our visit….and his sangria. Jeff makes a killer sangria.

Julian Serrano also offers up classic Spanish paella and seafood. A full dinner and signature tasting menu are offered. We plan to make a return visit very soon to explore the intriguing menu.

Julian Serrano is located in the lobby in Aria at City Center on the Las Vegas Strip.

In the Aria Hotel and Casino
3730 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, NV 89109

    • Terri
    • July 14th, 2011

    The sangria was REALLY good… This was my first tapas experience and now I’m addicted!

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