I am not ranking my favorite chefs in Las Vegas but if I was I would have to make sure to consider Chef Roy Ellamar among the best in that category. Let’s face it, his restaurant, Harvest at Bellagio Las Vegas is knocking it out of the park with his market-driven menu and locally sourced ingredients. However, anybody who has a roving poke’ cart has to automatically skyrocket up the list. (If I had to choose some favorite Chefs, they would probably be Sheridan Su from Flock and Fowl, Nicole Brisson from Carnevino, John Witte From Fulton Food Hall and Brian Howard formerly of Comme Ca and now at Sparrow & Wolf)
There is a 28-day dry aged steak at Harvest by Roy Ellamar that blows me away. It possesses a little bit of funk and a lot of flavor. When I ask the chef about this prized piece of beef his eyes grow wide and he talks about the aging space as if it was his own private man cave. The temperature, the humidity, the atmosphere, it is as if his own version of feng shui for meat is in effect. It is this passion that makes Chef Roy a favorite among Las Vegas diners. It is this passion that made his previous restaurant Sensi great and what is making Harvest a success.
The guy can flat out cook. He can direct a kitchen and he can make Ahi poke. The Big Island Hawaiian native can make magic happen with the simple dishes and this Las Vegas dining experience is part of a recipe for longevity.
Harvest by Roy Ellamar
Bellagio Las Vegas
3600 S. Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Harvest is located in the spot where Sensi was once located
Phone: (702) 693-8865
Cuisine: New American
Price Range: moderate to expensive
Mon-Sun 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Attire: Business Casual
What Should You Expect at Harvest: A grand dining room in the sense that the kitchen is the center of the action. You can watch the food prep over your glass of Cabernet or engage in a conversation in the energetic but soothing space. The restaurant is far enough removed from the casino area that it feels like this could be your favorite fancy neighborhood restaurant. You know the one that you go to because even though it is upscale you always feel like you belong. Harvest is just that, it’s on the higher end of the dining spectrum but it never feels like it considers itself fancy.
How’s The Food at Harvest? You’ll appreciate the farm to table angle that Harvest is going for and you can be sure that the farm is nearby. Chef Roy Ellamar has taken his Hawaiian roots and influences on sustainability and appreciation for the earth and crafted a menu that shines with item after item of home runs. This is a must do restaurant in Las Vegas.
What You Should Try at Harvest:
- Snack Wagon- When that cart makes it way buy your table jump at the chance to diversify your meal. They have ahi poke’ on there but do not limit yourself as so many options can actually make up a portion of your meal. Pork belly, steak tartare and gazpacho are among a few that you must consider.
- Yes, you should consider some oysters but do not miss the roasted octopus that comes over a pureed vegetable. You will seriously consider ordering more, but assert some self-discipline.
- Sensi Naan Bread at Harvest could be your entire meal. Grab a drink and find a seat at the bar and this beauty with some pesto, tomatoes and creamy yogurt will blow you away.
- The dry aged bone-in ribeye is an all-star on this menu. This is a steak lovers steak. Expect a funky bite to the beef that adds in some complex flavors that border on earthiness and gamey. It seems like his aging room add in a few months to his 28 day dry age. This is among the best steaks in Las Vegas. If you enjoy a dry aged steak, this is a can’t miss entree.
- (VEG) Farro Porridge is creamy, flavorful and addicting. I will say that if a slab of pork belly was placed over the top it might be even better but it really needs absolutely nothing to become one of the best dishes you will have in Las Vegas. Who knew mushrooms could be so good.