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5 nights in Vegas - please help w/ steak, Japanese (sushi & omakase), Italian, Chinese and fine dining

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5 nights in Vegas - please help w/ steak, Japanese (sushi & omakase), Italian, Chinese and fine dining

BRB | Sep 26, 2008 12:51 PM

I will be in Vegas for 5 nights and I would be grateful for assistance/recommendations for the following:

1) I would like to find the best dry aged beef in town. Sure I like good sides and a decent atmosphere, but my primary focus is on the quality of the beef. My initial thoughts are Craftsteak and Carnevino. Any thoughts and am I missing something better?

2) As far as Japanese food goes, I want to find the place with the freshest, best quality seafood . . . that simple. Sen of Japan? Okada? Shibuya? Or something else? I've been to Nobu in both NY and Vegas so I would like to try something else.

But I might also want a wonderful omakase meal separate from the sushi. Would you go to Sen, Raku, Shibuya or elsewhere?

3) For French bistro, I'm thinking Bouchon. Good choice or DB Brasserie or elsewhere? And is it worth sampling at Guy Savoy's Bubble Bar -- can you have an enjoyable meal there?

4) I'm looking for the best fine dining experience I could have, and have been looking at Joel Rubuchon, but I'm thinking I might prefer L'Atelier de Joel Rubuchon because I prefer a more contemporary dining experience. Is this a mistake? And are there better options in town?

To give you a better idea of my likes, I'm more willing to spend big bucks for a more creative dining experience, along the lines of an Alinea/Moto/Schwa in Chicago (i.e., the trend toward molecular gastronomy). Is there a place in Las Vegas where I can find something along these lines and be wowed by the quality of the food, not merely its appearance?

5) Is Origin of India that good, or is it just good for Las Vegas? And if you highly recommend it, what dishes in particular stood out for you? I'm probably also going to return to Lotus of Siam because I enjoyed it so much on two previous visits.

6) Italian - Enoteca San Marco? B&B Ristorante? I'm leaning towards the more casual Enoteca unless you choose to steer me to another restaurant altogether. I've read mixed reviews of both so I'm curious to hear what you guys say, and if there's a place I'm just not thinking of which would be a better choice. Overall, I love salumi and often small plates when it comes to Italian food.

7) Chinese - authentic . . . can be Cantonese, Szechuan, Hunan . . . love it all. Can be a hole in the wall or it can be on the strip. Maybe some great roast duck? Maybe some Xiao Long Bao if there's a good version? Maybe something fiery? Also maybe some dim sum? And any thoughts concerning Orchid's Garden, Cathay House, Chang's Hong Kong, Sam Woo BBQ, Joyful House, Food Express? And if I want Chinese on the strip, what are the best options (cheap and pricey)?

I know this is a lot to ask but I appreciate any recommendations and with respect to one or more of the above questions. Thanks in advance for your thoughts.

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