I celebrated my birthday a few weeks ago and no, I am not going to tell you how old I turned.
Does it really matter after age 30? I joke and tell everyone that aging is overrated and I would gladly swap youth for wisdom! But I am just kidding, I think…..hahaha….
I am really fortunate to have such a sweet family and group of friends and they made sure I got to enjoy a full week of birthday celebration. My hubby and I went to Satay Thai Bistro and Bar as part of my birthday week. We went on an early Friday evening and it was not busy but became quite busy by the time we left.
Satay Thai Bistro and Bar is located in a strip mall which is conveniently close to the strip. There is a large patio area which was roped off when we were there and I imagine it would be a fun space for cocktails in nice weather. It is a fairly large restaurant and the decor is very swanky and I love swanky. Dark drapes hang from the ceiling amongst modern looking furniture and bamboo fixtures which brings to mind some very cool bars and restaurants that you can find at major metropolises in SEAsia.
I only do reviews of SEAsian restaurants which is great but most of the restaurants I have reviewed don’t really put too much thought into ambiance. They are mostly mom and pop restaurants that are more focused on the food rather than atmosphere and I have yet to run into anybody who has told me that they have loved the vibe at their local Asian eatery.
Which is why I loved Satay Thai Bistro and Bar so much more. They have a great bar with an outstanding bartender, Hichem. They were playing Club and jazzy European songs while we were there which I also enjoyed greatly because it brought back fun memories of living in Europe for me. They have a very diverse clientele, locals and quite a few tourists mostly due to their location. Happy hour is from 4-7 pm and they have a delightful selection of cocktails and appetizers. There is plenty of parking and reservations are highly recommended for large parties.
Malaysian Mai Tai
This sweet and tropical drink contained rum, grenadine, orange and pineapple juice along with a float of Myers’ Dark. It was very refreshing and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Thai Nachos with Mango Shrimp Ceviche
Crispy shrimp chips with mango and shrimp ceviche. I was a little confused by the name of this dish. When I hear nachos, I think of chips smothered with cheese. Aside from that, the ceviche was delicious. The marinade was light and citrusy and my hubby who is not a fan of cold foods, loved this dish!
Egg noodles and vermicelli with chicken, fish meatballs, fried tofu, and bean sprouts in a coconut curry broth. Laksas are popular throughout SEAsia and every country, and really region within the country even, has their own version. The best Laksa is naturally from my hometown of Kuching, Malaysia and it is called Sarawak Laksa.
I liked the combination of the 2 types of noodles and the smooth tasty fish meatballs . It was a flavorful and thick coconut curry and I would love to see them serve this with a side of lime slices mostly because this type of curry begs for some mild tartness to round up the dish.
Char Kway Teow
Wok fried flat rice noodles with chives, bean sprouts, and eggs. They truly hit it out of the ballpark with this dish. Char kway teow is so difficult to replicate in American kitchens because this is traditionally a street food in Malaysia, so the noodles are cooked in a wok over a large open fire.
The high flames from the open fire gives the dish a wok hei or “breath of the wok” which provides that sweet and charred smell that one usually associates with barbecue. This char kway teow not only smelled but tasted outstanding and I would go back again and again just for this dish alone.
Nasi Lemak with Beef Rendang
Anchovies sambal,cucumbers, hard-boiled egg, and peanuts with coconut rice and beef curry. Sambal in it’s simplest term is usually a chilli-shrimp paste sauce. It is found in a lot of traditional cooking in SEAsia and is a staple condiment for most meals especially when eating rice. The anchovie sambal was really good; sweet and spicy as it should be. I only wish it was not icy cold.
The beef rendang or curry was amazing and extremely authentic tasting. It is no easy feat to make a good rendang. Rendang making is very laborious involving multiple and tedious steps for spice and meat preparations. It also takes hours because the meat has to be braised slowly which results in a thick and most often spicy and rich curry. This was a decadent rendang with a strong lemongrass and coconut taste, so bravo to the chef for a job very well done!
Multi-layered flatbread topped with condensed milk, brown and powdered sugar. Condensed milk; enough said because it is synonymous with delicious!
Satay Thai Bistro and Bar is owned by the Low family who are originally from Penang, Malaysia. They have been in the restaurant business in Las Vegas since 2005. The restaurant serves a good combination of Malaysian, Thai and Chinese food. The menu is large but not too extensive and most entrees are under $15.
The service was very good. The bartender and manager Hichem was particularly attentive and helpful, a true asset to the establishment. The quality of the food was superb and the atmosphere simply outstanding.