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  • Writer's pictureMark Vogel

Café Express Las Vegas: Kosher Flavors and Israeli Hospitality in Nevada

Kosher Café in Las Vegas, Nevada

Café Express Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada
Café Express Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada

On a recent trip to Las Vegas, Nevada, I had the pleasure of dining at Café Express Las Vegas, a casual dining spot that brings a touch of Israeli culinary expertise to the heart of the desert city. I took an Uber from the modern Vdara Hotel & Spa on the Las Vegas Strip. The 20-minute ride brought me to the doorsteps of a restaurant that prides itself on healthy and fresh offerings.

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“The culinary creations of Ran and Eliad, rooted in their Israeli heritage and their world travels, offer a refreshing dining option for those looking for wholesome, fresh, and tasty meals.”

The Ambiance and First Impressions

The ambiance at café Express was straightforward and relaxed, a welcome contrast to the often-over-the-top dining establishments found in Vegas. This down-to-earth vibe aligned perfectly with the philosophy of the owners and chefs, Ran Barak and Eliad Suissa. Their mission: to provide high-quality, fresh, and nutritious food in a friendly environment. Their backgrounds, rich with experience in the culinary world and a shared history of culinary training in Israel, were evident in the attention to detail throughout the café.

Breakfast and Lunch Offerings

For the earlier part of the day, Café Express serves a selection of breakfast and lunch options. Breakfast enthusiasts can indulge in top-quality coffee, teas, and smoothies to kickstart their day. The menu expands into a variety of baked goods, which I presumed would be perfect alongside their premium brews. Healthy eaters would appreciate the salads and Buddha bowls on offer, all boasting the freshest of ingredients, with the café ensuring daily cut veggies.

Lunchtime presents a shift to more substantial offerings, such as paninis, sandwiches, and tacos. Each dish is designed to satisfy both the palate and the body, aligning with the owners' dedication to a healthy body and mind.

Evening Italian Fare

As the day transitions to evening, Café Express Las Vegas shifts its culinary focus to Italian cuisine. The dinner menu, rich in traditional Italian dishes, brings the essence of Italy to the Nevada desert. Options range from appetizers like Arancini and Mozzarella Sticks to a variety of salads, including the Italian Chopped Salad and Caesar Salad for those seeking lighter fare.

The pasta selections are particularly noteworthy, with the Spaghetti Tomato Sauce and Penne alla Vodka marked as vegan options, catering to diverse dietary preferences. For a more indulgent choice, the Fettuccine Alfredo and Truffle Gnocchi are tempting with their rich flavors and use of Parmesan.

From the grill, the Vegan Grilled Chicken Breast and Grilled Salmon promise hearty and healthful plates, while the pizza section offers customizable experiences, from the simplicity of a Cheese Pizza to the sophistication of a Margherita or Truffle pizza. Each dish is thoughtfully prepared with the best ingredients, aiming for freshness as a central tenet.

My Meal: Lox on Toast

Since I was at the café for lunch, I chose the Lox on Toast, a dish showcasing Atlantic smoked salmon gracefully accompanied by cream cheese, cucumber, pickled onion, and alfalfa sprouts. Each component of the dish was fresh, speaking to the café's commitment to daily preparation. The balance of flavors was delightful—the smoky richness of the salmon contrasted with the zesty pickled onion and the crispness of the cucumber, all rounded off with the creamy tang of the cream cheese.

Service with a Smile

In line with Ran's vision of making everyone feel at home, the service was amiable and efficient. The staff's smiles were as genuine as the food was fresh, creating a dining experience that felt both comforting and personal.

Kosher Market & Shawarma Express

After my lunch, I stepped outside and walked a few feet to shop at Kosher Market, a small kosher store filled with many products imported from Israel. In between Café Express Las Vegas and the Kosher Market is Shawarma Vegas, a kosher meat restaurant. The convenience of these three establishments in the same area make it a perfect stop for any kosher-keeping tourist visiting Las Vegas.

Café Express Las Vegas may not offer the pomp and spectacle of other dining venues in the city, but it stands out with its genuine approach to food and service. The culinary creations of Ran and Eliad, rooted in their Israeli heritage and their world travels, offer a refreshing dining option for those looking for wholesome, fresh, and tasty meals. Whether for breakfast, lunch, or an Italian dinner, Café Express is a perfect place to have some good food served with a warm welcome.

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