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(Kind of) Quick Trip Review

picks | Apr 24, 201710:08 AM

First off, thank you for everyone who responded to my last post. I always appreciate the opinions of people on these boards.

Night #1 (dinner):
L'Atelier - 9 course tasting menu. Overall, we really enjoyed the experience. There were definite hits including: Foie gras parfait, langoustine tartar, white asparagus topped with french ham and spinach veloute. Some misses: sea scallop and the two desserts (although I enjoyed the orange cinnamon carrot cake, my wife did not). The seared kampachi was good when all of the plate's ingredients were combined in a single bite, by itself - I was not enthused.
The wagyu beef ribeye was excellent, thought the duo of duck foie gras and farm chicken was unexciting. Again, I really enjoyed the experience here overall. The wine pairings were fun, service was good and the atmosphere is not snooty. The bill was huge, but I expected that and was not disappointed.

Day #2 (brunch):
Bacchanal - Head straight to the back and go to the Asian / Chinese section of this buffet. Eat the dumplings, especially the shumai, and the shanghai beef. The meat carving station includes pork belly, chicken, ham and 4 types of sausages. I think I tried each and they were all very good. Seafood off a buffet is not my favorite thing, so I treaded lightly but the shrimp was fine. Hard to screw up an omlet. Nice selection of freshly squeezed juices. Price break if you arrive before 10am. I'd return in a heartbeat, very good buffet if you're into that type of thing. Enjoyed Wicked Spoon on my last visit but think I'd prefer Bacchanal. I could probably eat 15 of the shumai easily.

Day #2 (dinner):
Rose.Rabbit.Lie - Party of six, had them create a tasting menu for us. I cannot remember all of the courses we had here, they served us a ton of food at $90 / person which I thought was a great deal considering the number of plates we constantly had in front of us. I'd like to start by saying that my primary interest here was the entertainment which absolutely DID NOT disappoint and we had a lot of fun. Plates that did stand out - Caviar Tacos and the Octopus. Rest of the plates were OK, again - this place was about the entertainment for me. Head over to The Study afterwards, throw on a favorite LP and enjoy an after dinner drink. Excellent.

Day #3 (dinner):
Libertine Social - I am from the midwest and enjoy my sausage and pretzels with cheese...the artisinal sausage plate and the house baked pretzel with cheddar fondue were both good. Roasted beet salad was probably my favorite dish. Also enjoyed the grilled gulf shrimp. Wife tried a signature cocktail, I was not super impressed. Did I enjoy my food here? Even though I was not overwhelmed with anything, I wasn't underwhelmed either. Thought each plate was interesting with good flavor. Will I come back here? Probably not. Food was OK+, service was kind of slow. Server looked and felt rushed.

Day #3 (dessert):
Jean Philippe Patisserie at the Aria - If you can't find a dessert you'll love here than you don't love dessert. Get a coffee, skip the cold draft latte.

Bonus comment...friend ate at the bar at Herringbone. Enjoyed a trout salad along with a glass of wine. Looked and acted satisfied when we met up with her. I looked at the menu and was semi intrigued. Would probably pass for a quick, off the cuff dinner at the bar. The place was empty though, kind of a strange location.

Again, thanks again for the tips, comments and thoughts. Next trip to LV will include a splurge dinner at Twist.

L'Atelier De Joel Robuchon,
Libertine Social,
Herringbone Las Vegas,
Rose. Rabbit. Lie.,
Bacchanal Buffet
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