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Vegas reviews: Picasso/Tableau/Capital Grill...more

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Vegas reviews: Picasso/Tableau/Capital Grill...more

LVI | Oct 25, 2005 04:20 PM

Once a year I make my annual “guys” weekend pilgrimage to Mecca (known to all you as Las Vegas) to enjoy to food, wine golf and all Las Vegas has to offer. Dinners this year were held @ Picasso, Capital Grille and DB Brasserie for dinner and Tableau for lunch (we had 2 other lunches scheduled but after eating there the first day we no reason to go elsewhere.)
The Verandah @ the Four Seasons: The finest breakfasts on the strip with prices to match. Their Huevos Rancheros are THE best. And if you have had a little too much from the evening prior, it will cure all that ails you!!!
Tableau: This is the restaurant that is poolside to the suites section of the Wynn. We chose it for no other reason than convenience. I had the Blue Crab bisque to start. The bowl was brought to the table with 2 crabmeat cannellonis. The server then poured a creamy bisque over the top. Just the smell made my mouth drool! But after taking my first taste the soup was lukewarm, at best. The flavors were excellent but the soup needed to be about 50 degrees hotter. The crabmeat cannellonis were exquisite with their slightest hint of lemon zest. I ordered this soup the next day but made sure to order it piping hot which made it as close to perfection as possible. For my entrees I had Sand Dabs the first day and the Slow Roasted Pork sandwich the next. The Sand Dabs were delicious with a crispy fried potato chip coating. My only complaint was the mashed potatoes that they were served upon were a little gluey. The fish was pristinely fresh and had a wonderful lemon butter sauce. The Slow Roasted Pork sandwich was nothing special. It certainly was not bad but given the ingredient list I expected the flavors to be a little more pronounced. There were six people for our 2 lunches and it seemed that everybody like their lunches a lot, not love but like. I would certainly go back for the Blue Crab bisque alone.
DB Brasserie: This is a beautiful restaurant. Although I did not eat in the main dining room (we ate in the bar, which in my opinion is as nice as most upscale Las Vegas Restaurants) the service and menus were the exact same in the bar area. Between four of us we had; the smoked salmon which was excellent, the escargots, again excellent, and the country pate, which was ok, for appetizers. For the entrees we had; veal cheeks, which were tender, flavorful and excellent, the beef short ribs which were OUTSTANDING, and the DB Burger which sadly was ok. I had so looked forward to that burger that when I finally had a bite I should have listen to the criticisms on this board about a $29 burger. Sure, it was good but when you throw foie gras, short ribs and black truffles into the middle of a burger, it should knock your socks off…it did not.
Capital Grill: I do not profess that a chain steakhouse is better than all the others. As a matter of fact this was the LAST place I would have imagined our group. Our initial reservation was for either Delmonico’s or the Steakhouse in Circus Circus. But after our waiter from Tableau talked us out of those reservations we opted for Capital Grill. Now lets us all be frank with one another, as long as the steak is dry aged prime and cooked properly, most of these places should all be the same. Capital Grill fits into that mold. The steaks were ALL excellent and service was swift and efficient. The setting is also beautiful. It is on the top floor of the fashion mall over looking the Wynn. It is, in my opinion as good as ANY of the other steak places in town…BAR NONE. And when compared with places like Prime, it is quite a bit less. Ask for Tony…he’s a great waiter.
Picasso: About the only negative thing that could possibly be said about this restaurant is that the menu does not go through wholesale changes every-so-often. Our table of eight sat outside on the patio and had an unbelievable evening. From the Oysters lightly poached w/a vermouth butter sauce topped w/ caviar to the warm Quail Salad (do not think salad) to the perfectly roasted veal chop this dinner was as perfect as the artwork on the walls. The slightest criticism I will lob at the kitchen is that the seared Foie Gras was slightly over-cooked. And when I say slight, it was minimal. And the staff could not have been nicer. Do yourself a favor and book a table for your next visit. Sure it will be the better part of $250 for 2 w/out wine (if you are a wine freak/geek like myself, they allow you to bring that special bottle for a $35 corkage, as long as it is not on their list), but it is Las Vegas after all!!!

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