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Las Vegas Mini-Report --Lotus, Rosemary's & Bonjour

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Las Vegas Mini-Report --Lotus, Rosemary's & Bonjour

David Feldman | Nov 25, 2001 05:09 AM

I've been in Las Vegas for reasons unrelated to chowhounding, but of course one does have to eat!

I have shown great discipline and eaten at Lotus of Siam only twice, saving myself for more serious chowing next week. The two meals I've had have been as good as ever, including a few new dishes (shrimp larb, and a supernal soup made from greens that don't seem to have an English translation, but taste like a blend of cilantro, broccoli rabe, and spinach. Last night, Lotus was busier than I've ever seen it. Our party of nine had to wait an hour for a table.

Unfortunately, Lotus was closed for T-Day, so we ate at Kim Tar in the Chinatown Mall. The crabs (salt & pepper and spicy basil sauce were both excellent -- otherwise there were ups and down.

Our group was a little disappointed in Rosemary's. The ingredients were excellent, and everything was prepared to the perfect point of doneness, but the sauces consistently undercut and overwhelmed the attractions. There were exceptions -- the barbecued shrimp was as good as any I've had in Louisiana, but the blue cheese slaw was too cheesy for me; the halibut was the big winner. Everything else suffered from inconsistency in execution. I'd try Rosemary's again, but I'm not sure what all the excitement is about based on my one meal.

Bonjour Casual French is a friendly, informal bistro located next to a movie theater in a strip mall in Henderson. The coq au vin special was delicious, but nothing was a knockout, and the assiette de pecheurs was worse than mediocre. Not worth a special trip, but a moderately priced alternative to the fancy shmancy French on the Strip.

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