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August visit to Wynn restaurants

mocro | Aug 26, 2009 02:49 PM

I just spent about an hour writing a detailed trip report about our dinners at Kokomo's, Daniel Boulud, Alex and Bartolotta and I went to check an e-mail and lost the whole thing!!! Aaaaaggghh. I'm too demoralized to start over so in a nutshell...

Had 5 terrific nights at the beautiful Encore earlier this month w/my husband and 17-year old daughter and took advantage of the Taste of Wynn prix fixe dining promotion - thank you CHs. You need to ask for Taste of Wynn menus - they won't be offered - but this promotion is amazing. Note most restaurants ask you to be seated by 7.

Kokomos ($29pp) - decor outdated and not a fine dining vibe, but the food/service very good. The ribeye a standout - ditto the shrimp cake w/garlic aioli.

Daniel Boulud ($42pp) - Loved. Elegant, but not stuffy. The duck spring roll, chicken w/artichokes, steak frite especially delicious. The setting is divine and the water 'show' is charming, not tacky as I feared.

Alex ($89pp) - A true special occasion place - service impeccible. They even give you a little tuffet for your purse! Highlights were the black truffle risotto and wagyu fillet of beef. Best dessert of the trip - a milk chocolate torte w/hazelnut, caramel and golf leaf. Wow.

Bartolotta ($69pp) - Didn't love the service; the waiter visibly cooled when we asked for the prix fixe menus. Also, didn't think the room was spectacular - the cabanas outside on the water the place to be but not in August. That said, we loved the food. I had a cocotte di parmigiano reggiano - a warm custard - that was lick-the-spoon good and a vegetable risotto that was delicious - both not on the Taste of Wynn menu. Go when you can sit in a cabana.

Also ate at Red 8 - the Wynn's casual Asian - the Penang noodles excellent. Thought the food was better than the slightly coffee shop vibe. If we had it to do again, we'd have gone to Wing Lei but we felt we couldn't stuff down one more big meal.

Had brunch every day at the Terrace Point Cafe - fantastic and much nicer than casual dining needs to be - quite lovely If the weather cooperates sit outside overlooking the pool. You feel like you're in the South of France. And treat yourself to service by Jody if she's available. We had pretty basic stuff but I kept going back for their creamy, steel-cut oatmeal.

Sorry this is so abbreviated but please ask if you have specific questions. Overall we were very impressed w/both the Encore and these restaurants. Will be back soon. As ever, thanks to my friends on this board for your advice. Priceless....

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