A Visit to Silvas Fresh Eatery

I have always wanted to check out Silva’s Fresh Eatery + Churrascaria in South Coast Metro, so when I was invited to a media tasting last week, I was excited to visit. The restaurant offers a variety of slow-grilled churrascaria meats, salads and side dishes. 

This eatery opened last year and is close to South Coast Plaza and I was excited to check it out. It has modern decor and a cozy bar in the corner.

Silvas Fresh Eatery

They have a happy hour mid-week so my husband and I ordered a strawberry and mango caipirinha. They offer a nice selection of handcrafted cocktails, wines, and beer. Our caipirinhas did not disappoint and were delicious and refreshing.

silvas caipririnha

 

The Churrascaria is set up a little differently than some of the others I have been to in that it is all served buffet style. You can choose from several options and go through the buffet line where you will find fresh seasonal organic salads and side dishes to go along with your servings of the slow-grilled meats.

ratatouille

There are several options for the buffet. You can order dinner for $26.95 for all you can eat or you can choose the one time through for $15.95. The lunch buffet is $ 22.95 with a power lunch special during limited hours Tuesdays through Thursdays for $15.95.

For the main course, the Picanha (Top Sirloin) was perfect, as was the Tri-Tip and Skirt Steak. The meat dishes I had were SO GOOD, I did not even add the Chimichurri sauce that is available. The menu also features other meats such as pork ribs, lamb, salmon, and chicken.

Picanha meat silvasI sampled a few sides with my meal including the Broccolini with grapes, the Feiajo Jalo (pinto beans with onion and garlic), the Ratatouille and the Biro-Biro rice. All were delicious side dishes that I recommend you try if you visit.

silvas fresh eatery

We truly were very happy with our meal and decided to share the Passion Fruit Mousse. It was a nice way to end our meal.

silvas bbq costa mesa

Silva’s offers catering and private event service as well. Be sure to bookmark this page and check them out.

 

Tips

Tips on Visiting Silvas Fresh Eatery + Churrascaria

Note that this eatery is located behind the Von’s as some of the map apps will have you wondering exactly where this is once you are in the shopping center.

It is a family friendly restaurant, but if you are planning to go on the weekends, I suggest making reservations as it is very popular. Silva’s does offer a kids menu.

Check out their happy hour Mondays – Thursdays from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm.

Silva’s is located in South Coast Metro
3672 S Bristol Street
Santa Ana, CA 92704
(855) 600-5500

 

Hells Kitchen Las Vegas

A look at my most recent visit to Gordon Ramsey’s Hell’s Kitchen Las Vegas. I am a fan of the show and I finally checked out the restaurant that opened last year. I am also sharing a few tips for you if you are planning a visit.

 

Hells Kitchen sidn

The world’s first Gordon Ramsay Hell’s Kitchen restaurant opened last year at Caesars Palace Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. Inspired by the hit reality television show starring Chef Gordon Ramsay, this was described as a place where guests will feel like they are on the studio set.

l recently visited the restaurant while in Las Vegas.

Hells Kitchen entrance

The restaurant is located in front of Ceasar’s Palace. When you walk in, you can feel the energy of the eatery and its staff and patrons.

Hells Kitchen Las Vegas Bar

The bar was full when we checked in for our dinner reservation. You are first greeted by a video of Gordan Ramsey and a wall full of photos of Hell’s Kitchen alumni from the television show.

The restaurant is large and open and you can in fact see the chefs in the in the familiar red and blue kitchen.

hells kitchen restaurant vegas

 

We were seated in a lovely table next to the window, overlooking the fountains in front of Caesar’s Palace. The menu offerings included many options including two Prix Fixe options (one of which came with a wine pairing).

Hells Kitchen

We started with the Lobster Risotto and were not disappointed. The lobster was high quality and wonderfully cooked over a bed of creamy risotto. Such a great way to start the meal and perfect when shared. You can order the risotto with or without truffles.

Hells Kitchen Lobster Risotto

We debated about trying the Prix Fixe menu, but when it came to deciding I could not help but order the signature dish, the Beef Wellington. The Wellington was absolutely wonderful with a thin, flakey crust and superior flavor.

The Wellington only comes medium rare, so do not even try to order it any other way. And why would you?

The dish was served with a potato puree and a  couple of unmemorable carrots.

Hells Kitchen Beef Wellington

At the suggestion of our server, we ordered  the Pineapple Carpaccio which was a perfect light way to end the meal. It is served with a dry ice container which makes for a fun and Instagram-worthy presentation.

Hells Kitchen dessert

The food and service at the restaurant was top notch. Truly worth a visit if you are in the Las Vegas area. The restaurant was a wonderful dining experience and I would definitely recommend you checking it out.

Tips for Visiting Hell’s Kitchen Las Vegas

The restaurant takes walk-ins, but you are better off trying to get in for a late lunch as dinner is a  pretty popular time at the restaurant.

While we did not see Gordon Ramsey at this meal, he does visit the restaurant about three times a year.  They do have a day of filming planned at this location in March.

We did catch a glimpse of Michelle Tribble, winner of season 17 in the kitchen. The transition to season 18 winner Ariel Contreras-Fox was to take place sometime this month, according to our sources.

Hells Kitchen Las Vegas Chef

 

If the price tag is a bit steep, try visiting at lunchtime for a lower-priced menu.

Hell’s Kitchen
3570 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89109

Hells Kitchen

 

 

 

Gringo Bandito Tacos at Slide Bar

Gringo Bandito Hot sauce has announced that they have partnered with Fullerton, California’s Slidebar Rock-N-Roll Kitchen to create a special taco for their new menu. I had a chance to try the Cali Bandito Tacos at a media preview.

Gringo Bandito Tacos available at Slide Bar.

Thee tacos are made with house made tortillas and filled with carne asada that have been marinated in a sauce that includes Gringo Bandito Red sauce. The tacos are topped with cheddar cheese, sour cream and avocado creme. If you are not familiar with the Gringo Bandito name and the rock star affiliation, read on.

Gringo Bandito Marinade

The tacos were delightfully fresh and the marinated beef was tender and nicely seasoned. There was a bit of spice, but it was not overwhelming. Paired with fresh tortilla chips and salsa and served with beans, it was an awesome meal. It was especially good with a Modern Times IPA.

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Makes for a great meal in a fun spot.

Slide Bar Fullerton

This was my first time to Slidebar Fullerton. Sadly, it was not in Fullerton when I attended CSUF because I would have been there every week as the vibe was cool.

Fullerton Slide Bar

Both Gringo Bandito and Slidebar will be at OC Weekly’s popular Summerfest on June 17th at Newport Dunes.

If you did not know, Gringo Bandito Hot Sauce was founded by Dexter Holland (frontman for the awesome Southern California group, The Offspring) in 2004. Sidenote, I love The Offspring, and their hits Your Gonna Go Far, Kid, and Come Out and Play are seriously good tunes.

Slidebar Rock-N-Roll Kitchen was founded in 2006 by Jeremy Popoff. They offer live music, great food and drinks, in a spacious open air setting. It is located at:

122 E Commonwealth Ave
Fullerton, CA 92832-1909
(714) 871-7469

Gringo Bandito is now sold in Australia, Japan, Canada, Finland, Switzerland, UK, Poland, Germany, Belgium, Hungary and coast to coast in the US. It is also in the top ten on Amazon.com’s highest customer rated hot sauces.

Cheers,

Raquel