Restaurant of the Week: Ada’s Wine Bar

Ada’s Wine Bar, located in Tivoli Village in Summerlin, proves that you can have over-the-top fun while enjoying cuisine worthy of a beloved James Beard finalist.

Ada’s Wine Bar from Chef James Trees (Al Solito Posto, Esther’s Kitchen) re-opened in its current form in March 2021. It’s difficult to imagine any other version that would fit the upscale European vibe of the area so perfectly. Almost any experience you’re after – a glass of wine at the bar after work, small bites at a high-top with friends before heading to the casinos, a romantic multi-course dinner for two or an adult birthday party with wine tastings – can be had at Ada’s. 

The wine list at Ada’s is as diverse as it is unique. To be clear, they are not a prisoner to current trends, and the entire team has input on what makes the list. Heading that team is Wine Goddess (official title, thank you) Kat Thomas. “We like to show how fun [wine] can be but also have classics,” says Thomas. Ada’s Wine Bar offers 30-plus wines by the glass ranging from $10 to $28, and a bottle list that hovers near 100 selections. The entire team is qualified to help you make a selection if you’re unsure what would best match your preferences, and they are eager to help you explore. For those seeking prosperity (there are multiple casinos within three miles), ask about their Porron before you leave. For the non-wine drinker, Ada’s also offers sangria, a selection of cocktails and craft beers/ciders.

Ada’s Compressed Summer Melon

The food menu is divided into “Bites,” “Boards” and “Something Bigger,” plus a couple of caviar excursions for those wanting to splurge. 

The “Bites” are a nod to the tapas Trees enjoyed while traveling in Spain and the Mediterranean and the options range almost as wide as the wines. The compressed summer melon makes for a perfect first bite or as a palate cleanser. The melon explodes with flavor from the fresh fruit, strawberry consommé and sorrel vinaigrette. It is ideal for a summer day. The heirloom tomato dish shows that the refusal to go with “standards” isn’t limited to the wine. Instead of the usual caprese salad, Chef de Cuisine Jackson Stamper pairs the ripened tomatoes with Greek feta and cherries before adding the familiar basil and red wine vinaigrette to create a light and pleasantly tart dish. Another highlight in the “Bites” section is the sweet corn ribs with miso-honey butter and Aleppo chile. It seems impossible to fit so much savory taste in a quartered cob of corn, but if you are a vegetarian who misses the sweet, sticky enjoyment of ribs in the summer, this is for you. This is one of those dishes that the table goes quiet for once everyone gets their first bite.

“Boards” currently offers a chef’s selection of cheese with honeycomb and Marcona almonds, a charcuterie board with pickled vegetables and Dijon mustard, salmon rillette, and a pintxos board with a variety of cheeses and charcuterie with olives.

“Something Bigger” offers multiple seafood dishes, a chorizo grilled cheese with manchego and tomato gazpacho, a skirt steak with a chimichurri marinade, and one of the most popular items on the entire menu – Mick’s Royale with Cheese. The name is an ode to “Pulp Fiction”: “You know what they call a Quarter Pounder with Cheese in Paris?” asks John Travolta. But this burger is an elevated ode to old-school, diner-style smash burgers. The Royale with Cheese started as a lark when a guest smelled the burger Chef Mick Skarda created for himself and wanted one of their own. More regulars caught wind of the delicious concoction and it became an off-menu favorite. Soon, it was too popular not to include on the menu, and here we are with one of the best burgers in town at an upscale wine bar in Summerlin. 

Ada’s Wine Bar is open Sunday to Thursday 2 to 9 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays 2 to 10 p.m. Happy hour includes a selection of discounted boards and bottles and is offered from 2 to 5 p.m. daily.

For more information about Ada’s Wine Bar or to make a reservation, visit adaslv.com.  

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