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Las Vegas Dining Dilemma

stuckinsillyvalley | Apr 4, 200811:13 AM


I am heading to Las Vegas at the end of the month with my brother and father and I am having trouble deciding on the diner reservation for our first night. Currently, the line up is as follows:

1. Carnevino or Guy Savoy
2. Alex
3. Bartolotta

On my previous trip to LV for two nights, I ate at B&B Ristorante and L'Atelier. Although I did not encounter the same oversalting issue that is apparent in many of the other posts about B&B, I thought the food was good but not great. I live in the Bay Area and consider the pasta dishes served by Michael Tusk at Quince superior to the offerings at B&B. While each dish was very appealing conceptually, the execution lacked a certain discipline and care that one would expect from a restaurant of this caliber. The wine list was very interesting (although marked up a bit high in my opinion) and the atmosphere was a welcome respite for the hustle and bustle of the casino. Based on this experience and the few posts regarding Carnevino, my concern is that the same execution issues exist at Carnevino. When you couple this issue with the prices that they are charging, I am not sure this is a good bet.

As for Guy Savoy, Frank Bruni's recent review in the New York Times as well as several posts on this site as well as other blogs have made me reconsider this option as well. Since I will be dining at Alex the following night, I would need more persuading that the experience at Guy Savoy is so different and worthwhile that the price tag is justified. As someone you had the good fortune to experience a 21 course diner at the French Laundry recently (I went with a regular), the $290 price tag at Guy Savoy is troubling given the feedback. Since I was introduced to Robuchon's cooking ar L'Atelier last time (he was there that night and had a chance to speak with him in broken French (his English is not so good and generally has one of his staff with him when he walks around to interpret customer's comments), I want to try something new and would prefer to save a meal at the Mansion for a trip with my wife.

Alas, this is my problem: I wanted to structure the meals so that we had a different dining experience each night: steak (Carnevino), tasting (Alex), seafood (Bartolotta). Although Guy Savoy would have put two tastings on the list, I don"t think I have seen enough evidence that it is worth the trip. Other possibilities I have considered are Cut, Louis's (although the whole mall idea bothers me) and Restaurant Charlie (yes, I know that would make two seafood choices). Rosemary's is not a possibility and Lotus of Siam would not fly with my father. If anyone has any insights that could help me resolve this dilemma, I would greatly appreciate it.

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