On a recent stroll through the Grand Canal Shoppes of the Venetian Hotel, my husband and I decided to stop in at Wolfgang Puck’s Postrio Bar & Grill for a light lunch. The appeal to us of Postrio is that is has an outdoor seating vibe, even though it is inside the hotel. It could help that the ceiling is painted like a sky, and is practically as high as the real sky. The Grand Canal Shoppes also have a refreshing light and airy feel that makes you want to relax and just tinker around. You would never know it is a 120* outside, as it seems more like you are taking a stroll of old world Italy on a Spring day.
As we were looking for some light nibbles that would not bog us down while shopping, we opted to go with two appetizers. The first appetizer being one of my all time favorite things to order, Tuna Tartare. Postrio serves up a mean Spicy Tuna Tartare served with avocado, pickled ginger, cucumber and crisp sesame wontons. This is hands down the BEST tuna tartare I have ever had in my entire life. Such an elegant interpretation of the dish, the crisp wontons were the perfect vessel for the fresh fish that had a lovely spicy kick to it.
Next appetizer on the agenda was something my husband and I simply love, Crispy Calamari. This appetizer like the tuna was truly splendid, and came served with rock shrimp, scallions, jalapeño, cilantro, and sweet Thai chili sauce. Incredibly light and crisp, the scallions, jalapeño and chili sauce brightened up the dish, and it felt as if we were not even eating fried food.
Although we were not planning on ordering dessert, the intriguing menu called to our sweet tooth like sugar sirens, and we absolutely could not resist! After taking a scan of the menu we decided upon something so devilishy good I’m still dreaming about it weeks later, Chocolate Melting Beignets. These magical beignets were almost like small molten lava chocolate cakes as they oozed out a delicious chocolate filling once broken open. They are served with the perfect partners in crime, caramel espresso ice cream and vanilla Anglaise.
I liked this place so much, I had to put it in the elusive “The Perfect Bite” category. ’nuff said.
Postrio is located in The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian Hotel.