While the world’s most famous secret agent keeps his drink of choice simple, the masses have more than their fair share of selections at this fine dining establishment. 35 Steaks + Martinis has nailed its namesakes. They don’t actually offer 35 different types of steak [there aren’t that many cuts in a cow], but their two-page martini list does boast 35 very different elixirs of creativity, indulgence, and in some [or many?] cases, sin.
This steakhouse is one of a rare breed, where the mixology program takes a front seat to the wine list [this isn’t to discount the wines, which boast excellent labels for any pairing]. The Spicy Serrano needs to make it to your table; the first sip of this properly named concoction will certainly form a ‘wow’ on your lips. Exotic ingredients come together for pear, peach and myriads of other creations that finish as smooth as their names sound. A long list of dessert martinis includes white chocolate, a ‘dirty girl scout,’ and even a PB & J martini, making use of Frangelico for just enough subtle flavor.
Steaks are finished at 1200-degree heat to lock in natural flavor and finished with a light sea salt crust to further enhance taste. The usual suspects are all present, but those looking to share may be interested in the 35-ounce tomahawk ribeye, complete with a bone that extends a foot off the plate. Don’t bother paying $14 to add foie gras, however: the portions is about the size of your pinky finger.
If you’re looking for something not in the restaurant’s title, sadly, you may run into some trouble. Seafood, for one, is in need of a makeover. Seared diver scallops and Chilean sea bass hold excellent texture but somehow lack significant flavor, as does an off-kilter crab cake. Side dishes such as mac ‘n’ extra cheese, sautéed ‘shrooms, chipotle creamed corn and even bone marrow look great on paper but finish with rather uninspired character.
Atmosphere is also a little unexpected considering the hard Rock’s otherwise hip and awesome vibe. Luxury booths aren’t as prevalent here as they are in other similarly-priced establishments. The music, however, is excellent, as is spectacular service throughout the room.
35 Steaks + Martinis is located is open from 5-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 5-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Out-the-door price for appetizer, entrée, split dessert and 1-2 drinks is ~$110/person. Happy Hour every Monday - Friday from 5-7 p.m, featuring a $5 cocktail, martini, & food menu. For more information or reservations call (702) 693-5500 or visit 35 Steaks + Martinis online.