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3.5 days in December--would appreciate dinner comments and help with lunch options

Ponder99 | Oct 27, 201310:12 AM

My wife and I are planning 4 nights in Vegas staring on Christmas itself and are putting together an itinerary focused on meals, as we usually do. We enjoy fine dining and tasting menus, but will eat anything anywhere as long as it is delicious. "Dining fatigue" usually not an issue, but a little diversity is always nice. We're staying in the CityCenter area and will have our own car.

This is currently what we have:

Day 1 (Christmas Day):
Dinner: L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon vs Joel Robuchon

Day 2:
Lunch: ?
Dinner: é by José Andrés (confirmed and held for us)

Day 3:
Lunch: ?
Dinner: Twist vs ? (must be done by 10:00PM for O at the Bellagio)

Day 4:
Lunch: ?
Dinner: Raku

Day 5:
Breakfast: ? (something quick before hitting the freeway back to So Cal)

With blowout itineraries like this, we usually don't do breakfast. My main questions are those lunches. A buffet one day for the experience wouldn't be out of the question. Since we have our car, off-Strip suggestions are in play. I hear good things about Bachi Burger. Lotus of Siam seems to be one of those "must-try" places, but reading about it makes me wonder if it's relying on its reputation.

Deciding between L'Atelier or Joel Robuchon proper. Focusing on the food only and not price, service, or environment, can someone go through the basic difference between the two and why we would choose one over the other?

I've read the mixed opinions on Twist and I'm very open to changing it. We already have tickets to O at 10:00PM, so we would need to be done to make it to the Bellagio. No problems eating early to get the full experience somewhere instead of an abbreviated pre-theater menu. A place on the Strip would be more appropriate so we don't have to worry driving back in time.

Looking forward to something completely different at Raku and already have the reservation, so would prefer not to change that one.

Thanks for all your help!

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