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Las Vegas trip report

George | May 20, 2006 07:06 PM

My wife and I celebrated her birthday in Las Vegas. Our first time. Great suggestions from you chowhounds. Stayed at the Venetian. Went to Bouchon our first night. Loved the French brasserie atmosphere. Good service. Excellent wine list. Had an Alsatian pinot gris from Kuentz Bas. Outstanding. Onion soup good as starters. Have had better and was a little disappointed. Not an intense onion flavor. Their bread, an epi, was excellent but butter just OK. Excellent fish special as main course with vegetables and mashed potatoes were fabulous. Very good coffee from a roaster near San Francisco. Next day lunch at Olives in the Bellagio. Excellent. Gorgeous ambiance and good service. Chicken sausage flatbread and octopus and squid were our entrees. Dinner at Commanders Palace. One of the best meals I have had anywhere. Gorgeous European style room. Wonderful service. Turtle soup au sherry and then the Cajun spiced escolar on the grill for main courses. Fabulous. Not overpriced and not crowded when we went. We loved everything about CP. Lunch at Canaletto in the Venetian. I know, part of a chain. Marinated seabass and canneloni with pear. We had a similar pasta dish at Felidia in New York. The pasta at Canaletto was better. And their breads. The sesame semolina rolls and ciabatta are wonderful. Dinner at Postrio. Apps of artichoke salad and tempura squash blossom were fair. Wife complained of a lack of flavor with her artichoke salad. 16oz. pork chop and quail for mains. Very, very good. We loved Las Vegas and the restaurants. Had a good lunch at a Chinese buffet on the strip, China Star. For $7.99pp, the food is not bad. Also looked at Guy Savoy at Caesar's. Prix Fixe at $290pp. Room did not impress me. Beautiful table settings however. Anyone been there? We cannot wait to return to try some others, such as Daniel Boulud and Joel Rubochon at MGM. Thanks again for all your help.

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