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Vegas restaurant write ups from this weeks visit

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Vegas restaurant write ups from this weeks visit

Timbo | Mar 6, 2006 03:33 PM

Well, just got back from our five nights away and thought we would post some feedback on some favourites often mentioned on this Board.....the good ....the bad....and the ones we didn't get round to as we were too full !!!!!!!

In order of praise.....all hail the god Robuchon.

We had the tasting menu at L'Atelier and it was excellent. The size of portions are more what we are used to in good restaurants in U.K and Europe.
I wouldn't go too mad over it though as there are numerous restaurants that I have been to that have been better. Overall though very pleasant and the best meal of our trip.

On a different level we had a very good lunch at Commander's Palace. We had been a little wary due to some indifferent comments on here, but we were pleasantly surprised and would go again without doubt. The 25 cent martinis were great, as was the bread pudding souffle.

We also had a good dinner at Mesa Grill and would go again and recommend. My wife loved the cumin rubbed rabbit and sweet potato risotto. Our dessert - cream cheese ice cream with carrot cake cookies - was also great.

We also had a lunch at Mesa Grill so we could do our own "burger test". Mesa beat the Burger Bar hands down.
We found the Burger Bar a bit lacking in flavour, and seriosly lacking in seasoning(coming from a man who rarely if ever puts salt on restaurant dishes.)

The Wynn buffet was not bad, but we thought Bellagio's was better when we visited it a couple of years ago. Desserts were the highlight.

We didn't make LOS this trip (having just recently got back from Thailand we have had a lot of good Thai food recently and our stomachs needed a rest.)

Biggest disappointment was Bradley Ogden, which was a shame as this was the one we chose to be our highlight dinner (for my wife's birthday).

Appetizers (foie gras, and cheese souffle) were both good, but no wow factor, as were the deserts.

Entrees were a big disappointment. I had pork chop. While I like my beef rare, I'm not too keen on my pork done this way. It was also very sinewy and I probably left about half the chop. Although not bloody, it was way beyond pink.

Wife had chicken and it was bland, and did not taste free range. For a man who makes his name from the best seasonal ingredients I think Mr Ogden needs to look at his suppliers a little closer as this was a poor excuse for a meal.

I think the overall impression of food from our visit was OK. Service was excellent almost everywhere, compared to previous visits, but the food rarely excited, and certainly will not live long in the memory (even L'Atelier).

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