Just back from a weekend in Las Vegas, and here's a report back on the meals we had - all but one based on the recs from this board.
First Night at L'Atelier - DH had the 9 course Discovery menu ($148) and I had the 5 course Tasting Menu ($75), and we shared everything. Overall I felt that the $75 is a much better value, most likely because the most memorable dishes were part of it: the langoustine fritter with basil, the pork belly main dish and the selection of tarts. The cheese course was pretty nice too, though the Brillat Savarin was a tad too cold and chalky.
From the discovery menu, we liked the fois gras ravioli in herbed chicken broth, though a smaller quantity of herbs, or a herb scented broth with no herbs in the broth would have been my preference.The signature quail dish was also pretty nice, but the quail was slightly dry.
We washed down our meal with a 2005 Rochioli RRV pinot that we had brought with us, and a half bottle of Duval-leroy Rose served in nice Spigelau glassware. Service was excellent throughout the meal, and the total damage of $391 (incl. tip) was a decent value for LV IMHO.
As expected, getting a reservation was easy for a friday night, but there were a good # of ppl at the restaurant, making for a very nice experience overall.
Since we were curious about the LV buffets, we tried the one at the Bellagio for brunch and it seemed a pretty good deal for around $25 pp. The food quality was surprisingly good for a buffet. We particularly enjoyed the various kinds of bass and Singapore noodles from the Asian station, the prime rib, the roast lamb, and the grilled tenderloin. The highlight was the banana and hazelnut chocolate french toast and I am not even a french toast fan! The desserts were reminiscent of a college cafeteria in their taste and presentation, but the variety was mind boggling. Since we were willing to sit at the bar, the wait in line was cut short, and the wait staff at the bar was extremely pleasant and friendly.
After watching O, we rushed off to Lotus of Siam for our 2nd dinner (about a $18 dollar cab ride) and made it there just under their 9:45 deadline for seating. We ordered 4 dishes from the Northern Thai menu and of these two were incredible - the sausage and the mushroom dip (which was very hot for us, and we tend to eat a lot of really hot food at home!) . The green jackfruit curry w/ pork and the noodles with vegetable and pork blood were unusual and interesting and pretty tasty too, but we did not love them as much as the first 2 dishes. We had brought our own wine, and it was served to us in very nice Riedel stems, and service was efficient and friendly. They encouraged us to take our leftover wine, so we had the singular pleasure of drinking an off-dry sparkling wine out of a styrofoam soup cup as waited outside for our cab. This meal cost us only $70 including tip and corkage, and the time and $ spent on the cab ride was well worth it.
Our 3rd dinner was at Sushi Roku, and it was the most disappointing meal of the trip - detailed report coming shortly.
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