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Las Vegas - Emeril's Fish House/Commander's Palace/Cafe Ba Ba Reeba/Wynn (very long)

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Las Vegas - Emeril's Fish House/Commander's Palace/Cafe Ba Ba Reeba/Wynn (very long)

Michelle | Jun 3, 2005 03:38 AM

Hi,

Just got back from 3 days in Vegas (ChinoWayne, seems we were there at the same time!) with my sister and had some fabulous food, thanks to recs from the 'hounds!

Note that in the below reviews, my sister and I are not big eaters, so we always split plates. That was not a problem at any place we went to.

The first day we had lunch at Emeril's Fish House at the MGM Grand. I haven't seen many reviews of this place, but we have been there several times in the past and have always had excellent meals there. This time was no different. We were last there a year ago, and in that time, the place has been completely redesigned and redecorated. It is now very elegant. Anyway, we had the soup of the day, lobster bisque, which was intensely flavored and very smooth and creamy. We also had a house salad with sun-dried tomatoes, which was very nice because the tomatoes were not rock hard and chewy, but instead were soft and very flavorful. The main course was halibut with a wild mushroom risotto and green beans, all with a lemon/truffle/butter sauce. This was delicious and my most favorite dish of the trip, I think! Dessert was the banana cream pie, one of their landmark desserts, very tall pie, creamy, with lots of sliced bananas and real banana flavor (no fake stuff). Service was fast, friendly and attentive. Enjoyed ourselves very much.

Then, it was off to M&Ms World down the block. 4 stories of all things M&Ms, what could be greater? Left there with about 2 pounds of plain dark chocolate M&Ms (newly released in conjunction with the new Star Wars movie, but proving impossible to find at home), jewelry, a purse, and a few other things. That's a must visit on all of our trips!

Dinner was at Commander's Palace, prior to seeing the Queen musical "We WIll Rock You" at Paris. Dinner there was probably the most elegant and enjoyable experience. Impeccable service, felt pampered in every way. We had the soup trio (3 demitasse cups, one of turtle soup, one gumbo and one the soup of the day, which was a smoky, creamy wild rice). I had never had turtle soup before and would say that it was one of my favorites. The gumbo was good, but quite spicy. We also had the crabcake, due to another rec here and it was excellent, highly recommended. Our main course was the Kurabota pork chop and pork belly which came with asparagus and a potato cake. The chop had to be at least 1.5 inches thick and was moist throughout. I had never had pork belly before and it was like bacon, very good. They have a tray with individually packaged pralines by the front desk and you help yourself as you leave, and we grabbed a few and ate them at the show. They were also very good. Commander's Palace also has a 8 or 9 course tasting menu, which I would love to try some day.

Had the breakfast buffet at the Suncoast, which is one of the cheapest buffets around ($5.95) and is highly rated. We thought it was very good, and had excellent breakfast pizza and veggie quiche there.

We also went to the Fashion Show Mall and shopped for awhile and ended up having lunch at Cafe Ba Ba Reeba. This is a Spanish place that has tapas (at least 50 types, including dessert plates), sangria (many different types), and also several types of paella. Again, service was very friendly and attentive. The food was delicious. We shared paella with shrimp, monkfish, pork, chicken, and green beans, and 2 tapa plates (roasted dates with bacon and apple vinagrette and mussels gratin) and 2 dessert tapa plates (chocolate truffle cake and rice pudding). The tapa plates are big enough to share, at least 2 people can share a plate. The plate of dates probably had 8 to 10 dates on it and the mussels had 10-12. Most plates were $5-8 or so. The dessert plates were $2 apiece. Everything was delicious!

Went to the new Wynn casino to check it out and scoped out all the restaurants. I would say that the theme of the Wynn is Country French.
there's a cafe and a buffet, but most of the other places seemed definitely upscale and pricey. We ended up having dinner at the cafe, which again was another excellent meal. Had a terrific salad that I would love to recreate. It was a chopped Meditteranean salad and had lettuce, turkey, roasted red peppers, olives, feta cheese, garbanzos and probably a few other things in it as well. We also ordered a bacon wrapped meatloaf that came with buttermilk mashed potatoes and perfectly cooked mixed vegetables. All very good.

I would definitely go to all of these places again. Alas, the trip was too short, there are many places I still want to try, such as Mon Ami Gabi, LOS, etc., all from the recs I read here. So, thanks hounds! We had some truly memorable meals on our trip!

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