Shawn McClain's Sage is one of the true originals of the Strip, a bona fide American restaurant that serves dishes that reflect both the skill and the aesthetic of the chef. McClain's cooking is confident and creative. Witness dishes such as his Wagyu beef tartare garnished with slow-poached egg, crushed caper aioli and crisp chocolate wafer, or a note-perfect Iberico pork loin with milk-braised cannellini, baby eggplant, and boutique Italian mortadella, and you'll get the idea. But it's his Kusshi oysters with Tabasco sorbet - five delicate, buttery bites perfectly offset by the acidity in the sorbet - that we always come back for. These perfect little bivalves hail from the icy waters of British Columbia, and their sweet complexity is the perfect metaphor for the chef's approach to cooking.
Desert Companion awards include: Restaurant of the Year, 2010 Restaurant Awards; Signature Dish of the Year, 2011 Restaurant Awards; Best Dessert, Best of the City 2011; Best Restaurant Splurge, 2012 Best of the City; and, Best Place for No-Expense-Spared Meal, Best of the City 2015