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Bar Charlie: Spectacular (Las Vegas)

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Bar Charlie: Spectacular (Las Vegas)

foggy_town | Aug 14, 2008 11:09 PM

I just came back from Vegas, and had a spectacular 14-course Kaiseki dinner at Bar Charlie. The menu has changed from what is on their web site. The courses are (the starred ones are part of 8-course meal):

1) Santa Barbara Uni with Fuji Apple & Chervil: A+
2*) Japanese Snapper with Braised Ma Kombu & Lime: A+
3*) Carbonated Carrot with Diver Sea Scallop & Sultana Raisins: A+
4*) Spanish Blue Fin Tuna with Watermelon, Pine Nuts & Mint: A
5*) Steamed Alaskan Halibut with Asparagus, Garlic & Heirloom Tomato: A+
6) Nigiri Trio: Tasmanian Ocean Trout, Braised Octopus & Shima Saba: B+
7) Yakitori of Braised papaya with Sweet Potato & Shiso: B
8*) Tempura of Langoustine with Roasted Beets, Turnips & Black Sea Water: A+
9) Seared Hamachi Belly with Cured Wa-Gyu & Breakfast Radish: B
10*) Saikyo Miso Soup with Maitake Mushrooms & Cilantro: A
11) Elysian Fields lamb Chop with Bing Cherries & Marcona Almonds: A
12) Ohmi japanese Beef with Plum & Fresh Wasabi: A+
13*) nectarine Sorbet: A
14) Passion Fruit Chiffon: A
15*) Steamed Cacao Nib Cake with Sour Candied Kumquats & 99% Cacao Ice Cream: A-

Yes, there are actually 15 courses. It is expensive ($250), but for me, it's a better value than other restaurants in Las Vegas. The food is uniformly fresh, flavorful, clean and creative. The presentation is beautiful. The service is personal and relaxed.

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