Chef Beni Velazquez and BarBistro In The Arts District Is a Hit with an Eclectic Latin Fusion Twist
By Elaine and Scott Harris Las Vegas City Editors
BarBistro is located in the Arts Factory, in the heart of the Las Vegas Arts District. The man at the helm of the eclectic Latin fusion menu is Beni Velazquez . Chef Beni is no stranger to Las Vegas and knows the area well. Chef Beni explained “Every dish, every sauce, every meal, is homemade with fresh ingredients. We support our community and locally source ingredients whenever possible. We make all of our sauces, dressings and stock and many ingredients are imported from Spain and Italy.”
Executive Chef Beni Velasquez’s Latin fusion focus on the menu shows his heritage growing up in a Puerto Rican family in New York City, traveling through Spain, cooking with Italian and French chefs at the Ritz-Carlton and Four Seasons resorts and working with Asian and Indian cuisines in Los Angeles. He went on to add “I am self-taught, but through my travels, I have picked up many techniques”
This very passionate Chef is not afraid of making some interesting desserts as well. His warm chocolate ganache cake, ricotta citrus cheesecake and black current Scones are decadent and mouthwatering.
BarBistro also features the only certified fire pit in Las Vegas that turns out some very tasty Lechón (suckling pig). For the Whisky lovers, Chef Beni has put together Whisky Flights that feature Glenfiddich and Jameson just to name a few. Tapas are all the rage now and BarBistro features some of the best in town. Chef’s B+B CANGREJO with lump crab meat, piquillo peppers, scallions, panco, egg, mojo mayo, mustard, lemon juice, honey mojo sweet chili sauce will not disappoint . You can’t go wrong with a lovely treat from the sea. The tantalizing GRILLED FISH TACOS, mahi mahi, jicama slaw, mango salsa, tomatillo sauce is a great way to start your meal.
Chef Beni’s latin roots come in to play with his take on the Classic Cuban Sandwich. The CUBANO PANINI features black forest ham, roasted pork, swiss, pickles, mojo mayo that congures up memories Calle Ocho in Miami. If you are in the mood for a salad, Their CHIMICHURRI STEAK COBB with real Kobe Flat Iron steak, egg, tomato, Cabrales cheese, pancetta, pumpkin seeds, avocado, organic greens, citrus dressing is a meal in itself.
BarBistro is very well known for their hangover brunch. We can’t think of a better way to spend a weekend morning sitting at their outside patio listening to live music and sipping on a Bloody Caesar. However, the brunch is all about the food as well. Chef Beni has put together a tasty brunch that has something for everyone. We started off with BLACK CURRANT SCONES,honey, cream fresh, jam that are probably some of the best we have tasted . A very nice BRIOCHE FLAN FRENCH TOAST, with Powdered sugar, warm lemon sugar glaze, whipped cream is tasty and light. CANGREJO BENEDICT MOFONGO lump crabmeat, plantain garlic mash, Romesco butter, quail egg is a treat for your eyes as well as you palate. Flan is good but Chef Beni’s FLAN CAKE that is whiskey soaked with a sugar glaze is out of this world!
BarBistro is a shining star in the Arts District in Las Vegas. No matter when you stop in, guest s can enjoy great dishes wine, spirits, interesting people and art amongst the eccentric surroundings of BarBistro. Chef Beni and BarBistro will only continue to gain National and International recognition from critics and guests alike. It just goes to show if your do it right, they will come. BarBistro is located in the Arts Factory 107 East Charleston Blvd. Las Vegas, Nv 702-202-6060