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LV Report - FIX, Commander's Palace, Burger Bar and more! (LONG!)


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LV Report - FIX, Commander's Palace, Burger Bar and more! (LONG!)

AmberJane | Jul 27, 2005 10:12 AM

We went to Vegas for our 1 year anniversary and I was very much excited to be showing my husband Vegas because this was his first time. While it was my third time there, I hadn’t really had a chance to eat at my choice of restaurants due to my previous company. Needless to say I did tons of research and here are my experiences:

Spice Market Buffet (Aladdin): We ate there for brunch on Saturday. Still a solid buffet, but not quite as delicious as I remember it to be two years ago. Their biggest weakness was their Middle Eastern section. The chicken kabobs were very dry. But still a good buffet and it fit the bill because we had to kill some time before we checked in to the Aladdin.

FIX (Bellagio): We had our first dinner there. The place is great! It’s right in the middle of the casino and has on side completely open to it, but the music drowned out the sounds of slot machines. One thing about the music, it’s very eclectic. I felt like I was in a Quentin Tarentino movie  Now the food was amazing! Unfortunately, my husband was feeling under the weather and didn’t eat hardly anything. He got the buffalo “wings” to start which look like little lolli-pops and had a great flavor and crispiness. I got ½ dozen raw littleneck clams which were delicious. Four our meal he got the Kobe Beef Sliders and didn’t really get a chance to eat much of them, but I had a taste and the flavor was really good. They had a nice meaty flavor that you usually don’t get with regular ground beef burgers. I got the scallops benedict which were melt in your mouth delicious. The huge scallops were placed on top of tiny potato pancakes and bacon and then had a crab hollandaise sauce on top. Yummy! For dessert I got the shake and cake and again it was very tasty, but not quite as WOW as I was expecting. One thing about fix is that the presentation is wonderful…very clever!

Oyster Bay Seafood & Wine Bar (Desert Passage Shops – Aladdin): Since we had big plans for an anniversary dinner at Commander’s Palace we decided we would have something light for lunch and really wanted to have some sushi rolls, but found this place instead. We could go for some cold seafood…anyway, we ate at the bar and had the seafood sampler which consisted of crab legs, shrimp, clams, and oysters but we asked if we could have all clams since we are not big fans of raw oysters. They were fine with it and gave us a few extra for the same price. It really hit the spot and the seafood seemed pretty fresh. I can’t comment on the quality of the rest of the menu, but we enjoyed it for what we were in the mood for.

Commander’s Palace (Desert Passage Shops): This was our big anniversary dinner and I really loved the CP down in New Orleans, so I figured with the great reviews on Chowhound that I would take my husband here. I made reservations WAY ahead of time online and let them know it was our anniversary and my husband’s birthday (not the same day, but two days after). When we arrived at our table, we were greeted with two white balloons which was a very nice touch. Everything about this place was fantastic. The room, the service, and the food. I got the three soup sample which had gumbo, French onion, and the turtle soup…all three very rich in flavor. My husband, feeling adventourous got the Alligator stuffed with creole mozzarella and ham. I have to say it was amazing, and it pretty much tasted like chicken  For dinner I got the Monkfish special which was topped with all sorts of mushrooms, crayfish in a yummy berre-blanc sauce. I only ate about half of it because I had to save room for the bread pudding soufflé that I ordered ahead of time. My husband got the veal due to the fact that it came with the best sides  I didn’t get a taste of it and he wanted to pick up the bone and knaw on it so I’m guessing it was pretty darn good. Like I said, we split the bread pudding soufflé for dessert and they brought it out with some incredible bourbon cream sauce. The whole thing was devine. They also brought out two plates of their famous prailines with “Happy Anniversary” and “Happy Birthday” written on them. They promised not to sing, but did give my husband a great paper chef’s hat that I was able to get a picture of him in  All in all, a perfect anniversary dinner!

Coffee Shop at Aladdin: Mediocre food for a Mediocre price, but we just wanted something small and fast, so it was what it was.

Burger Bar (Mandalay Place): Knowing how much my husband loves a good burger, I figured that this would be a great place to try. We both got the Kobe burger with various toppings, but I have to say I wasn’t that impressed. The burger had a lot less flavor than the little sliders we got from FIX. Plus our waiter was horrendous! He asked for our drink order and then let it sit at the bar for at least 10 minutes, which caused my frozen drink to melt. I have to say that the sweet potato fries were VERY good and so were the onion rings.

Mon Ami Gabi (Paris): I’m sorry to say that we had to cancel our reservation because of my husband feeling under the weather. I’ll have to try it another time.

And for our last meal before we left we went back to FIX, we liked it that much and my husband really wanted to get to eat his meal (he started to feel better). So needless to say we got the wings, the sliders, and a side of fried macaroni and cheese to share. It was all wonderful and the sauce you can dip the fried mac a cheese had crack in it I swear! We then shared the donuts, which were good, but I was expecting something more from them. Mental note…FIX for dinner, the Pastisserie for Dessert 

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