The roasted chicken sandwich ($12.40) had a sweet savory sauce that lingered in the mouth after tasting. While slightly overpowering, the flavorful chicken still made for a filling dish. Photo Credit: Althea Gevero
Echo and Rig
440 S. Rampart Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89145
Monday-Sunday 11am – 11pm
One of the first sights seen when driving into the popular and elegant Tivoli Village, Echo and Rig is high on my list of restaurant recommendations. With its inviting exterior and classic, yet modern interior, Echo and Rig matches its appearance step for step with its service and food.
The restaurant has two stories, and once you enter the establishment you are surrounded by dark furnishings accented with sparkling lights. Usually a reservation should be made beforehand, but luckily my guest and I arrived during a slow part of the day so we were able to be seated without one. Their spacious waiting area had plenty of seating, though we were only there for about five minutes and then immediately helped to our table. We requested to be seated on the outside patio tables, which were located on the second story of the restaurant. The chairs and booth seats were surprisingly soft, and though the day’s heat was persistent, fans and misters placed near the roof were able to combat this problem.
After being seated, our servers made a clear effort to make sure we were comfortable, and throughout the night checked back on us to make sure everything was to our liking. Though the restaurant labels itself as a steakhouse, we decided to try their other choices. For our main courses we ordered a crab cake ($9.80) and a roasted chicken sandwich ($12.40). Our meals came within an impressive fifteen minutes, all the while my drink never reached the bottom of my glass since my servers were so apt to refill it.
The first of our orders to come out was the crab cake, which had a crunchy and golden outside that was extremely appealing. Served with a sweet mayonnaise-like sauce, the inside of the crab cake was warm, but not scorching, and tasted deliciously fresh. The soft core contrasted beautifully with the outer shell without being a crusty or oily mess. I do wish that the serving size were a bit bigger considering the price, but there is no questioning the pleasantness of this dish.
[vision_pullquote style=”1″ align=”center”] Not only were the servers extremely professional and helpful, the whole atmosphere of the restaurant is set to a high standard with its stylish and modern interior design. [/vision_pullquote]
Once finished with our crab cake, next came the chicken sandwich. My first bite was a surprising one; I was not expecting the aioli sauce to be so sweet. The chicken was perfectly cooked and there was a complementary harmony between the arugula and melty mozzarella. The bread itself wasn’t anything spectacular to note, and the taste of the onions was almost completely overpowered by the aioli sauce. In addition to the sandwich itself, there were crispy potato chips as a side. They had no lasting taste and simply served as a slightly salty and crunchy palate cleanser in between bites.
While we finished up our meals, the sun was setting and the lights of the restaurant illuminated the atmosphere in a romantic and ambient way. More and more guests started appearing, though the spacing of the tables was enough to provide a personal bubble and prevent the feeling of crowdedness. The beautiful light fixtures within the restaurant and the professional service would make the perfect date night–save for the fact that Echo and Rig’s music ranges from country to rock to pop to other questionable choices. I have no qualms against these types of music, but they fit the setting poorly and detracted slightly from my experience.
Afterward, we decided to order an apple pie sundae ($6) and blackberry/raspberry sorbet ($2). As the restaurant was now fairly busy, these orders took about twice the amount of time our main courses had taken to reach our table. The sundae was a lovely treat to end our night; the slightly thicker ice cream was sugary and had crumbly pieces of apple pie crust sprinkled throughout it. In contrast, however, the caramel apple slices were on the chewy side and hardly had any flavor. Aside from this one downside, the sundae was a generous size and a choice I don’t regret. The sorbet was unexpectedly tart, though the icy confection was still a cool and refreshing dish. For one scoop, there was enough sorbet to comfortably share between my guest and I.
My experience at Echo and Rig will be remembered prominently as delicious and elegant. I felt slightly out of place when entering the restaurant in my blue jeans, but the staff was welcoming and seemed utterly dedicated to ensuring the best experience possible. Not only were the servers extremely professional and helpful, the whole atmosphere of the restaurant is set to a high standard with its stylish and modern interior design. The prices were also not extremely outrageous, and not a deal breaker when the food is at such a high standard. At the end of the day, its clear that Echo and Rig strives for quality service and food.