Hearthstone has taken a page out of the HoneySalt playbook with a look full of rustic and homey elements that make for a cozy dining environment. The transformation of the space formerly occupied by Hachi is remarkable. The space is more inviting with its dark decor, open kitchen, two long bars, a lounge area and patio.
Small plates dominate the menu, allowing diners to sample plenty of eats. Several salads are available. The wild arugula ($12) combines some wonderful flavors with citrus poached leeks, toasted hazelnuts, and ricotta, although the leeks were my least favorite element with it’s crunchy texture and slight bitterness proving offputting. A much better option was the roasted heirloom beets ($14). Tender chunks of beets sat atop a bed of whipped ricotta with goat cheese and lemon thyme adding some brightness to the dish along with a bit of crunch from the pistachios.
Dishes are all beautifully presented, but not always successful. The tuna carpaccio ($14) lacked focus. An overpowering sweetness from avocado and plenty of acidity from tomatoes drowned out the flavor of the fish while the flower petal garnish didn’t add anything to the profile of the dish. Thankfully more savory options like the butcher steak tartare ($14) and meatballs ($13) delivered in making the main ingredients the stars with supporting elements that heightened the flavors of each.
For those that want larger portions, entrees are available as well. The wagyu short rib ($28) is a dish perfect for cooler weather. The hearty, savory, stout braised beef and vegetables is comfort food at its best.
Their dessert list is full of options I’ll have to return to sample. The lone dessert I’ve tried has been an almond chocolate chip souffle. Restrained sweetness and a silken, warm texture made it perfect for soothing the soul and tastebuds.
Hearthstone doesn’t forget their younger audience either. A kid’s menu is available with plenty of favorites. A pizza is available where kids can add their own toppings at the table and the resulting dish is then brought back to the kitchen to be cooked. Chicken fingers are on the menu, but unfortunately my kid found them to be too hard and underseasoned.
Expect higher prices due to the quality of ingredients and overall superior quality of food as compared with most other Summerlin spots. It may not be for everyone, but the Light Group has created a restaurant unique to this part of town with dishes more commonly associated with the Strip than the ‘burbs.
Red Rock Hotel and Casino
11011 W Charleston Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89135