The Shut-Up-and-Give-it-to-Me-Quick Version:
I’m dreaming about salt air margaritas constantly and after I had it, it was the only thing I could talk about. The appetizers were also delicious!
Mon – Sun 11:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.
The I-Like-to-be-Wrapped-Up-in-All-the-Details Version:
The idea of this restaurant sounds interesting… Chinese and Mexican food in one place. I love both cuisines, but I’ve never thought about it together. My sister and I headed here after not finding my favorite drink at E by Jose Andres, which is actually just upstairs. They used to have the best cucumber drink with a shot of raspberry sauce that rocked my world. For some god forsaken reason they took it off the menu, so in search of drinks at the Cosmopolitan we headed downstairs to another Jose Andres restaurant, China Poblano. We sat at the bar with a view of women making fresh tortillas. While the hostesses weren’t as friendly, the lady behind the counter and our waiter were great. The restaurant is eclectic, colorful and sort of divided seating wise. There are 2 bar/counter areas, an arena-style seating area that faces towards the front of the restaurant where you wait to be seated and table seating to each side.
What we ate/drank:
- Salt Air pomegranate margaritas ($14 each)
- Guacamole ($15)
- Queso fundido ($12)
Ok the Salt Air pomegranate margarita is literally the best drink I’ve had in Las Vegas; it’s actually tied with my other favorite drink of all time (from Reed & Greenough). So normal margaritas are delicious, by normal I mean salt-rimmed and on the rocks. If you are the person that asks for no salt on the rim we probably can’t be friends, but that’s a whole other discussion haha. Assuming you are normal and this is your standard, then you will be BLOWN AWAY by Jose Andres’ genius Salt Air Margarita. Picture the salt in an airy, foamy perfect mound that tops your drink and finds its way into every sip. I can’t even describe how amazing it is. My world is a better place just talking about it. There’s nothing I can say except for please drop whatever you’re doing and head there NOW! If you find yourself in the unfortunate predicament of not living in Vegas, don’t fret… they also have this drink at The Bazaar in Los Angeles!
Since we we’re gearing up for our 6-course, 2-Michelin star dinner at Picasso, my sister and I decided to just order appetizers and trust me if we didn’t have to literally be at dinner 30 minutes after that I would’ve totally spent my evening at China Poblano. We started with the queso fundido with chorizo, this is essentially melted cheese topped with chorizo and served with tortillas. For the avid Eat & Escape reader, you know this is a must order at Pacos in LA and rarely do people make it as tasty, but China Poblano really brought their A-game. It was stringy and delcious. The chorizo was plentiful and the fresh torillas created the perfect “plate”. I loved it! We were going to stop there and then heard that they made a killer guacamole, I liked that as well. It was a bit different because they had crumbled cheese on top and tomatillos chopped within, but nonetheless, delicious! All in all I had a great experience and can’t wait to go back.