Thanks to Chowhound my husband and I enjoyed a wonderful "eating" week in LV to celebrate our 60th birthdays.
Our first dinner was at L'Atelier Joel Robuchon. We both ordered the Taste of Winter menu $89 (we were there the last night it was offered) and unfortunately, we were both underwhelmed. The choices were Salmon and Beef and both were properly cooked but there was really nothing special about the meal with taste or presentation. One exception...our amuse of foie gras was both delicious and fun. We both felt the service was somewhat lacking even a little sloppy. We do realize though, we may have had a more innovative meal if we had ordered the tasting menu.
After our L'Atelier Joel Robuchon experience we decided to change our tactics and just try many restaurant bar/lounges for appetizers or small plates and order wine by the glass. This proved to be lots of fun.
Sage at Aria: This was our favourite bar. Stunning decor and excellent service. We ordered the crispy sweetbreads (which had been recommended on this site) and the tuna tartare. WBoth were superb. Sweetbreads crispy on outside and soft interior.
Sensi Bar at Bellagio: Our best appetizer was the duck potstickers with Sonoma foie gras and a ginger confit.
Bubbles Bar at Guy Savoy: Very austere bar which was empty the evening we visited as was the restaurant. We were offered bread service from the cart because it was such a slow night.
Our 4 small bites for $40 was a great value. We had the crispy sweetbreads with potato & black truffle chips. (As good as Sage's). A beef slider with parsnip chips. Foie gras with artichoke and a cheese plate of 4 cheeses. Impeccable food, beautiful presentation and so rich that we were happy to only have a few mouthfuls to savour.
Aureole (Charlie Palmer) at Mandalay Bay: Their small plates were wonderful. Many to choose from and very reasonable cost. The bar was very comfortable and the service excellent. We shared all the plates and without asking our waiter,many arrived split onto two separate plates for us. We totally enjoyed the beef sliders, the risotto cake, the calamari nuggets which were served in tiny tins. We ordered an appetizer of caesar salad which had a unique presentation. The romaine served vertically with a wide band of Parmesan cheese wound around the base.
Oyster Bay Seafood and Wine Bar at Planet Hollywood: Excellent fried oysters.
Julian Serrano Tapas Restaurant at the Aria: We were pretty underwhelmed, so much so, we can't remember the two tapas we ordered. Also, didn't find the bar a very comfortable place.
Jean Georges Steakhouse. Had to order the sweetbreads...they didn't come close to Sage's.
The sable fish appetizer came a little overcooked and wasn't at all special.
Taqueria Canonita at the Venetian. We enjoyed our dinner here. As recommended, ordered the crab cakes and mussels to start. Just O.K. The pulled pork (slow cooked in leaves) was succulent (next time we would share as the servings are large). Great roasted poblano pepper stuffed with mexican cheese, dried fruit and nuts. Sort of fun to sit out "in the square" beside the canal.
Enoteca San Marcus at the Venetian. Went for lunch as I wanted to try Mario Batali's pasta. Ordered two pasta dishes and while the sauces were excellent, the pasta wasn't at all special.
We did have a car, but this was my first trip to Vegas so decided to stay on the strip to eat. Next time, we will try some of the restaurants off the strip which come highly recommended.
Oyster Bay Seafood
3663 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109
3600 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV
3355 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109
3667 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109