I’m way behind on my reviews. This one is from Spring Restaurant Week ’12. Dining out at any half-decent, upscale place should be relaxing. That wasn’t the vibe I got as we entered. It was a madhouse with servers and hostesses running around frantically with overwhelmed and panicked looks on their faces. Granted, it was a Saturday night during restaurant week, but I’ve seen plenty of places handle the rush much better.

The waiting area by the host stand is only large enough for about four people to stand. Any more than that and you’ll feel like you’re in the way. It’s probably best to wait outside if you can.

Luckily, the table we were seated at was away from all the commotion. The interior of the restaurant feels dated — the kind of dark greens and browns that remind me of a cheap hotel.

As for the food, it wasn’t bad. We both opted for the RW menu, starting off with the sweet corn ravioli, which could have used more sauce and some acidity to cut through the sweetness of it.

The filet medallions were a fairly large size, but the quality of the beef was tougher than expected. The roast prime rib of pork was a massive chunk of meat that was as tender as a pork chop could be. The accompanying mashed potatoes were delicious and the cabbage added a welcoming bit of crunch to the meal.

The desserts were the highlight of the meal. The flourless chocolate cake was rich and sweet and the perfect size to satisfy your sweet tooth without making you feel like you overindulged. The butterscotch pudding was similar to a budino but wasn’t as creamy or silky smooth.

After hearing so many good things about this place, my expectations were high. Unfortunately, Todd’s Unique Dining wasn’t able to meet them. The food was pretty good all the way around, but lacked the wow factor of more acclaimed spots around town. The flavors of most of the dishes were solid, but the presentation looked a little dated. Even compared to other high-end, off the strip restaurants, I’d rate Todd’s well below both Marche Bacchus and Vintner Grill.

3 Stars

4350 E Sunset Rd
Henderson, NV 89014
(702) 259-8633

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