When we first moved to Las Vegas our dining options in the burbs were either fast food or big food chain restaurants like
Applebee’s or Olive Garden. I’m not knocking the food, but as a former New Yorker I missed the non-corporate giants. The neighborhood restaurants where the owner isn’t just a famous name, he’s the guy in an apron greeting guests or attending to some small detail to make sure everything is just right. DW Bistro is just that kind of place.
Over the past five years, despite a horrible economy, Las Vegas locals have seen the introduction of many new independently owned and operated neighborhood restaurants. Some didn’t last long, others have thrived. I’m happy to report DW Bistro is one of the survivors. Like they say, only the strong survive and DW Bistro kicks ass!
Dalton Wilson, the culinary genius at DW Bistro, has done something remarkable. He’s created a whole new cuisine. I call it New Jamexican (kidding). It’s a combination of the foods and flavors he grew up with from Jamaica where he was born and New Mexico where his family immigrated to in the U.S. The combination is a spiced right, flavorful, palate pleasing delight. There’s nothing ho-hum about the DW Bistro menu.
As we entered the dining room and passed the bar I noticed several large glass containers filled with what I knew had to be either rums or vodkas that were being infused with the flavors of various fruits and made a colorful display. I couldn’t wait to see the cocktail list. Our server Luis was just the nicest guy. He asked if this was our first time at DW Bistro and skillfully guided us through our entire experience. We started with a selection from the specialty cocktail list. Based on Luis’ recommendations we had the “Delicioso”; Barsol Pisco and Orchid Guava Liqueur mixed with agave nectar and fresh squeezed lime juice and my dining companion had the “Tingy V”; Ketle One Vodka and Orchid Guava Liqueur mixed with Jamaican Pink Ting. Hell yeah they were yummy!
I believe that very often you can gauge how memorable your dining experience will be by the first food that hits the table; the bread service. Luis brought out an interesting mix of fresh breads with chipotle lime infused butter. I was all smiles. I knew everything was going to be “irie”.
We were at DW Bistro for a late lunch. I had the Jerk Chicken Salad (a staff favorite) with grilled squash, chayote & zucchini,
jicama, orange segments, macadamia & mango vinaigrette. Seriously, it makes my mouth water just writing about it. It was fabulous. The salad was a little drier than I like so I did ask for a little more of that delectable dressing. No biggie. My friend ordered the Grilled Lamb Chops with veal demi glace, served over mashed potatoes (another staff favorite). It was plate licking good. A great dish with excellent flavor cooked perfect medium rare.
After our meal Luis came by with 2 forks and a big slice of their signature dessert; Jamaican Carrot Cake for us to share on the house! A welcome to us as brand new partons. Awe. Here’s another neat little twist, you get Jamaican ginger hard candy at the end of the meal. Nice touch.
The decor is tough to describe. It’s a reflection of the food’s style. An infusion of the warm sunshine of Jamaica and New Mexico with a bright contemporary vibe. A sort of George Jetson goes to the Caribbean. It’s as cool and comfortable as the cuisine. There is also a small patio if you’d like to dine alfresco. Also part of the decor are owners Dalton Wilson and Bryce Krausman. If you stop by you are sure to run into one or both. Great guys.
DW Bistro is located at 6115 S Fort Apache Road and open Tues – Sunday. Closed Mondays. Hours are 11am – 9pm Tues -Thurs and 11am – 11pm on Fridays. 10am – 11pm on Saturdays and 10am – 2pm on Sundays. Serving lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. Reservations for parties of 8 or more only. Call 702-527-5200.