Thanks to everyone for their informative and useful postings on LV. My wife and I had a chance to use them this week on a spur of the moment trip. Good food, but a *** expensive place to eat. Some highlights (I don't take notes while eating):
MGM - Emeril's Fish House lunch. Delightful crab and asparagus soup, not as thick as many cream soups, very slight hint of chili. BBQ shrimp, slightly sweet, warm poblano taste in the back of the mouth. Crab cake was good, not great, celery, crab, onion, peppers, garlic. Three beers, $120 with tip. Nice touch, they write down your name when you show up, and give it to your waiter, who greets you as Mr Clinton, etc...
Bellagio - Picasso. Deguastation menu. Caviar and salmon tidbit; flaked crab; quail; foie gras; medallion of lamb; red snapper; desserts. With the wine selection, exceeded $300 for two. Prior night they offered squab in lieu of the crab. Either the set menu deguastation (almost no choices) or a prix fixe (few choices). Each wine was explained, I notice they changed an item or two each night, and the wines with it.
We called for reservations six days ahead, no dice, called two days ahead, no dice. Stopped by, was told to call the restaurant at a specific time, as space might become available. Left name with maitre d'. Called and space was available. Restaurant was filled. One big stock brokerage was hosting a meeting there and took several tables, impressive.
Venetian - Star Canyon. Late evening dinner at Siegfried. Rib eye with red chili. Wonderful, done exactly as requested. Prime rib, sent back, meat was rare and tough. Replaced with a perfect piece. Jadot Beaujolais Villages ($50, 4x retail). Dinner with tip was $160.
Lotus of Siam - visited there Friday afternoon. Only one other table was taken. We asked Chai to make us something he would enjoy eating. Delivered a plate of chili puffed rice, garlic, lemon grass. cilantro, peanuts, absolutely heavenly. Then a plate of bbq beef over marinated cabbage, and a plate of grilled pork with garlic and bamboo shoots, with noodles and more shredded cabbage, this time marinated in a rice wine. Whole shebang cost $40 with tip, easily the best meal of the trip.
Other meals were OK. We didn't get to Rosemary's, and did get to House of Blues (food was good, attitude was a little much). Found basic food (coffee & roll) very expensive, high end stuff on a par with NY, LA, etc. Won enough money to pay for the meals and go home with a net of $300 over what I brought...