Restaurants & Bars 9

Disappointed with Rosemary's

Philber | Feb 21, 2010 11:31 AM

As four year residents of Las Vegas my wife and I have frequently heard the rave reviews for Rosemary's, but we live on the East side of town making the commute a bit of a challenge. On Saturday night we finally had our chance to give it a shot! We both elected to go with the prix- fixe menu - three courses for $55/each. This seemed like the best value as the price of many of their entree's approaches $40. One of the nice things about their approach to the prix- fixe menu is you can mix and match appetizers/salads/soups/desserts for two of your courses and select any entree. (Note: there are a few items that aren't availabe on the prix-fixe option, but they are clearly annotated on the menu.) I suppose this dining "flexibility" helps justify the price - keep in mind you can get a 3 course meal at Daniel Boulud's in the Wynn for $42.

I started my meal with the Panko Crusted Crab Boulettes ($15). I found them to be lacking in crab, but the cucumbers and sauce were very good. I then had the Wilted Spinach Salad ($12.50). It was a nice salad with a bit of a zip to the sherry mustard dressing. For my entree I ordered the Rack of Lamb ($39). The lamb was good and cooked to the requested medium rare, but the potatoes were average and the kalamata olives didn't match well with Rosemary Bordelaise sauce. Overall I felt the dish was significantly over salted.

My wife opted to start the meal with the daily special salad ($12.50). The salad was a mix of greens with vinagrette with goat cheese dumplings and candied pecans included. It was excellent - best dish of the entire meal. For her entree she ordered the Seared Sea Scallops ($36). There were only four moderately sized scallops served, a bit skimpy for $36!. The mashed potatoes and parsnips were quite good. Again we both felt this dish was significantly over salted. For dessert she selected the Tres Leches cake, the daily special. This was very nicely done; as moist as you would expect and a lovely flavor.

General comments: Service was very attentive and professional. Serving sizes were on the large side - three courses were too much for us. Plate presentation was very nice with each course presented on appropriate plating and well garnished. The restaurant was much louder than we had anticipated with conversations drifting easily across the entire dining room. The place was packed and there were approximately 15 people waiting to be seated when we left.

All-in-all we both felt there are numerous dining options in Las Vegas offering both better pricing and quality.

Rosemary's Restaurant
8125 W Sahara Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89117

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