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Cravings -- New Buffet at the Mirage in Las Vegas

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Cravings -- New Buffet at the Mirage in Las Vegas

Dave Feldman | Jun 21, 2004 02:44 AM

I just returned from a long trip to Las Vegas, and have many reports to make. The first one will be the most depressing. The new buffet at the Mirage is not the breakthrough it is marketed as being. Yes, the steam trays are smaller than at most other buffets, and yes, the stations are small and most have dedicated chefs who are dealing with a relatively small number of dishes.

But the execution is no better than average, I'm afraid, and other than the heavy, large rectangular plates (a great idea for a buffet), there isn't much to commend Cravings. It's several notches below the dinner buffets at the Aladdin, Bellagio, or even the Paris. Even before the openings of the Venetian, Bellagio, or Mandalay Bay, when the Mirage was arguably the plushest hotel on the strip, the buffet was always a weak spot. Like Caesar's Palace, its buffet was never up to the standards of other elements of the hotel.

With full disclosure, I usually detest bufets, but then, that also means I went in with low expectations.

The only thing I ate that I liked was the chocolate chip cookie, fresh out of the oven.

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