Las Vegas eating report. We arrived early Sunday and flew out late Thursday. We stayed at the Encore.
Wynn Buffet - Notable highlight was the Kobe beef sliders. Otherwise it was standard Wynn buffet fare.
Stratta in the Wynn
Dinner after the Santana show. Limited late night menu. We still weren’t super hungry despite the late hour due to indulging in the buffet earlier in the day.
I had a salad described as frisse with poached egg and spinach but it was really more like spinach with poached egg and a little frisse but despite that it was very good. Nice soft poached egg with bits of bacon.
My wife had spaghetti and meatballs. She quite enjoyed them. I had a meatball sandwich. It was good but kind of boring as it was just meatballs, a little sauce and a little melted cheese. I saw another table that had some kind of pulled pork eggs benedict. Those looked really good.
Peppermill breakfast. Giant omelets done well with awesome tacky atmosphere.
Warmly greeted by our server who remembered us from last summer.
We ordered the Discovery tasting menu. It’s slightly different than what’s shown on the MGM Grand web site.
Amuse was something involving grapefruit and avocado puree. It was somewhat forgettable. Nice refreshing taste though.
LE CRABE ROYAL-King crab on a turnip disc with a sweet and sour sauce
Loved this dish. Probably my favorite of the night. Sweet crab was very flavorful
LA SAINT-JACQUES-Sea scallop cooked in the shell with seaweed butter.
Fairly simple perfectly cooked scallop.
LE FOIE GRAS-Duck foie gras with confit quince and yuzu
I love foie gras. I think the cruelty makes it tastier.
LA CEBETTE-White onion tart with smoked bacon and asparagus
Loved this too. Thin crust almost like a pizza with a bacon onion cheesy topping.
LA SOLE-Dover sole filet, baby leeks with ginger
Simple dish. Good, not great.
LA CAILLE-Foie gras stuffed free-range quail with truffled-mashed potatoes
Wife had this. She always orders this so she must like it.
LA HAMPE-French-style hanger steak with fried shallots
Tiny perfectly cooked steak. I liked.
LA PASSION-Fresh passion fruit in a coconut meringue, Champagne brut
This was exceptional but then I really like passion fruit.
LA NOISETTE-Hazelnut dacquoise, gianduja crunch and chocolate ice cream
The quantity of food was starting to take its toll but still managed to choke this down. It was good.
We’ve never been disappointed at L’Atelier but this evening seemed better than usual. Usually with this many courses there’s a clunker but this evening I thought everything was at least a B+ except for maybe the amuse.
Terrace Point Café (aka the coffee shop)
Wife and I split the giant coffee cake and an order of breakfast sliders. Coffee cake was excellent. Sliders, not so much. They put evil cilantro in the potatoes too. There’s free wifi there.
We ordered from the Taste of Wynn menu and supplemented it with the lobster risotto.
Wife had Cesar salad. Lettuce was fresh and crisp. I had beet salad. Salad was fairly large so you’d better like beets. Had beets, orange bits, goat cheese and pistachios. I enjoyed it.
We split an order of lobster risotto which was totally unnecessary but quite delicious. Risotto was creamy with mushroom and topped with a generous amount of lobster. Very rich dish. I couldn’t imagine eating a full order.
We both ordered the ossobuco. It was served on a bed of risotto. This was an even richer dish and we were unable to finish it all but not from lack of trying. I really liked this dish.
Dessert was tiramisu. It was good but we were stuffed by the time it arrived and we just picked at it.
One note about the music. They really need to find more Frank Sinatra songs. We heard New York New York twice and My Way at least three times during our meal.
The Palm – Had the Business lunch special for $23. They no longer have the filet and instead offer twin tenderloins with a mushroom ragout. Still served with the massive plate of fried onions and potatoes. Also came with choice of soup or salad and choice of cheesecake or key lime pie.
Salads were meh. Tenderloins were cooked perfect medium rare and flavorful. The fried potatoes were excellent. Cooked in beef fat too. Cheesecake was good. Key lime was okay I guess.
Sage – Based on recommendations from our server at L’Atelier, we changed our reservations from Julian Serano to Sage. He also said that Amercian Fish and Twist were very good.
The room at Sage has very high ceilings and the music is a touch loud. There are some kind of interesting murals. It’s a nice room but not the place for a romantic dinner.
We ended up ordering 6 starters since the week of eating was starting to catch up with us.
Amuse was a spoon with a date/bacon thing with foam. I missed the description since I was in the restroom when it came.
Bread choices were two kinds of ciabatta. Olive and herb I think. The olive was very good. I didn’t try the other. They were fresh and warm.
Mushroom salad – An assortment of sauted wild mushrooms. It was a bit on the salty side.
Beet salad – I’m blanking on this. It compared favorably to the one from Sinatra but that’s about all I can remember.
Roasted Sweetbreads – These were awesome. Served with risotto, chanterelles, and bacon. The sweetbreads were perfectly cooked and creamy. My wife was kind of skeeved out by them though. Same with the bone marrow from the ossobuco the night before. But she loves raw oysters. Go figure.
Charred Octopus Caponata – This was another exceptional dish. The octopus had a great char and was cooked perfectly to a tender but slightly al dente doneness.
Sunchoke and Salsify Tortellini – These were good. Served with dates and brown butter.
Poached egg – Oddly enough, this was probably our favorite dish of the evening. It’s a poached egg in a rich potato soup topped with shaved truffles. Served with toasted country bread for dipping. The yolk/potato/truffle with buttery toast makes for a great combination.
For Dessert we had the malted chocolate dome. The salted peanuts were a nice touch.
I’d definitly order the sweetbreads, octopus and egg again. I look forward to returning and ordering main courses too.
Wife made a run to the lobby bar for coffee and muffins.
We had an early seating since we were flying out that evening.
We ordered from the $55 prix fixe menu.
All tables get duck fat fries. Paprika with bbq sauce; truffle with aoili; herb with catsup. Bread was some kind of pan bread which seemed to have been soaked in butter.
We supplemented with the foie gras sliders.. They’re little buns with a slab of seared foie gras, shaved apple, onion and some kind of spread. They’re quite addictive.
We both ordered the wedge salad. I think the other starter choice was crab chowder. The salads were a nice crisp wedge of lettuce on top of a avocado puree. The dressing was a fairly strong blue cheese and they were topped with bacon, baby tomatoes, and pickled onions.
My wife ordered the fried chicken with truffle mac-n-cheese. The chicken was exceptionally moist and flavorful. Even the breast. She managed to choke it all down.
I ordered the prime rib. The other choices were a rib eye for an extra $10 or a filet for an extra $15. The prime rib is not a conventional preparation. It’s poached in butter, then finished on the grill. Excellent. It was served with brussel sprouts, truffle mac-n-cheese, and sauted spinach. I could skip the mac-n-cheese.
Dessert was root beer floats. There were three kinds of ice cream which I can’t remember. They were also served with fresh baked chocolate chip cookies.
Coupled with a $50 restaurant.com certificate for $6, this meal was quite the deal. I probably wouldn’t have ordered the prime rib if it wasn’t for the prix fixe menu but I’m glad I did.
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