It is fun having visitors in Las Vegas - with a relative in town for a convention it led to some outstanding evenings this week. Omakase at Sen of Japan one night, and a wonderful spread at Lotus on another. So when it was suggested that we change the pace and go for some "comfort food" on the last night, it seemed like the ideal opportunity to give Table 10 a try. And the food hit the target. While there is nothing terribly adventurous about the menu, which is not what they are aiming for anyway, the execution of the dishes and the quality of the ingredients came awfully close to their mission statement. Kudos to the kitchen, and the vendors that they are working with.
A reservation for 8:30 had us seated at 9:05. The first appearance of a server was at 9:12. A glass of wine ordered at 9:15 arrived at 9:35, four minutes after the first appetizer reached the table (the food was brought by different servers than the drinks), and at no time was I asked if I would like another glass, even though when the entree's arrived there was not much left. Two empty water glasses sat for a long time, before being re-filled.
This all came as a surprise. While Emeril Lagasse tends to be either a "Love/Hate" for many, the one thing that we had been impressed with in the past were the service standards at his restaurants. This night did not seem to be a case of the staff being disinterested or lazy, but rather overmatched. My dining partner and I were trying to come up with a good comparison, and since he lives in rural Virginia he came close - "Applebee's on a Friday Night".
This raises a rather serious question - with so many new upscale restaurants opening in such a short period of time, is Las Vegas falling behind in being able to properly staff the venues?
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