All the positive buzz about this newest restaurant in the Tivoli Village development caught our attention-and rightly so. Calling it’s menu “modern” Mexican cuisine, Cantina Laredo is tweaking standard Mexican classics just enough to give them new vibrancy utilizing exceptional ingredients.
We fell in love at first sight with a duo of two memorable fire-roasted salsas and an outstanding guacamole prepared tableside. With the help of a few remarkable ingredients (we went for the fire roasted jalapeños), and an amiable server, top-notch avocados were transformed into the poster child of what all other guacamoles wish they could be. It renewed our faith in restaurant guacamole.
Carne Asada, another standard in Mexican restaurants, can be a miserable, leathery disappointment, but not the case here. A large portion of skirt steak so tender no steak knife was required was served with a zesty chimichurri sauce and topped with crisp pickled onions. The dish was a winner.
Chile Relleno, a substantial fresh poblano chile filled with an almond and raisin studded version of beef picadillo, then battered, fried and sauced just right with a ranchera sauce was absolutely delicious. We appreciated the side of roasted zucchini chunks that bore no resemblance to limp, precooked/reheated veg we usually leave on the side of our plate.
We normally pass on desert, but were enticed by a dense, Mexican brownie served with a brandy butter sauce served hot on a sizzling platter. With the texture of a British sticky toffee pudding and loaded with pecans and walnuts, the desert was a decadent, dreamy delight (and worth every calorie).
We enjoyed the comfortable upscale-casual décor as well as the cordial service that was efficient and right on point. The Mexico City-style menu includes grilled fish, chicken and steaks complimented by signature sauces with several vegetarian and gluten-free options. We plan a return visit soon…the impressive selection of tequilas we spotted in the bar must be explored…and very soon.
430 South Rampart Blvd Suite #110
Las Vegas, Nevada 89145
Hours of Operation:
Sunday – Thursday 11am – 10pm
Friday & Saturday 11 am – 11 pm