Hannah's Neighborhood Bistro
Hannah's Neighborhood Bistro allows diners to define their own menu.
By Ken White from The Las Vegas Review Journal
At Hannah's Neighborhood Bistro, the decor takes center stage along with the food.
Koi swim under a winding glass floor near a small waterfall feature.
Above the 10-seat sushi counter, a wall of water flows. Next to it, a wine cellar with glass doors and a dining room sporting curtained privacy areas, lots of bamboo, sensuous paintings of Asian women and ceiling fans straight out of Saigon.
Outside, there's a heated patio area with small tables, chairs and sofas.
Opened in August, Hannah's, 1050 S. Rampart Blvd., is the creation of Hannah An, of the An family of restaurateurs (they own Crustacean in San Francisco and Beverly Hills, Calif.).
"The concept was to create a place for the neighborhood, where you can come in for any occasion," An says. "You can order sushi or an elaborate dinner. It's American comfort food with a twist of Vietnamese and French influence, and Japanese. The menu is very diverse, it depends on your mood. You define your own menu. You can spend as little as you want, or as much as you want."
And for those who are wondering, An brought over Crustacean's famous garlic noodles.
Seating 235, the restaurant is open daily for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The sushi bar opens at 11:30 a.m. and is open throughout the day. Dinner is served from 5 to 10:30 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 5 to 11:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
Reservations are recommended (932-9399).
Starters: Coconut shrimp with a citrus ginger marmalade ($9); salt and pepper calamari with bell peppers and onions ($8); Buddha vegetarian roll with shiitake mushrooms, cabbage, carrots and chili bean sauce ($6); Hannah's signature roll with soft shell crab, tempura shrimp, salmon, tuna and chef's special sauce (half-roll, $11; full roll, $18); roasted eggplant flatbread with tomatoes, goat cheese and basil ($9); steamed potstickers with ground pork and chicken and a ginger balsamic sauce ($7).
Soups and salads: Asian bouillabaisse featuring a daily selection of seafood ($12); crab corn soup with jalape?os and avocado relish ($10); Vietnamese salad with carrots, jicama, chicken and garlic lime vinaigrette ($10; add prawns, $12); banana flower salad with poached chicken, roasted peanuts and lotus dressing ($9); and lotus chicken salad with fried shallots, kaffir lime, roasted peanuts and shrimp crisps ($9).
Entrees: Signature dishes include roasted Dungeness crab ($42); grilled tiger prawns with garlic noodles ($26); rib-eye steak with garlic, Asian herbs and ponzu glaze ($28) and Mama's ginger-steamed Chilean sea bass with ginger, shiitake mushrooms and scallions ($29).
Large plate items include frutti di mare with clams, mussels, shrimp, sea scallops, lemongrass, tomato broth, crushed red chilies and garlic noodles ($26); Vietnamese roast chicken with Asian pesto, baby bok choy and natural jus ($18); pan-roasted lamb chops with an herb crust, summer vegetables and minted lamb jus ($28); Hanoi broiled sole with turmeric, dill, noodles, peanuts and shrimp chips ($21); and charred Angus New York strip steak with Jack Daniels flambee and exotic mushrooms ($28).
Extras: Braised tofu with garlic, ginger and soy ($7); sauteed asparagus with oyster mushrooms and garlic sauce ($8); dragon fried rice with chicken, vegetables and house stir fry sauce ($10); crab fried rice with snow crab, vegetables and spicy secret sauce ($13); and miso shiro soup ($5).
The sushi bar features a variety of sushi and sashimi, signature rolls and specialties ($3.50-$35).
Desserts: Chocolate lava cake, a flourless chocolate cake served warm with berries and vanilla ice cream ($8); Asian Napoleon with crispy phyllo trio, sweet mascarpone cream and warm apple-pear medley ($8); coconut flan with organic coffee caramel ($8); fall pumpkin tarte with toasted walnut streusel and ginger infused whipped cream ($8); five-spoon creme brulee with dulce de leche, chocolate, mango, raspberry and ginger ($8); plus a selection of ice cream flavors and sorbets ($5 each).