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LV Trip Report: Aqua

JoeyH | Mar 15, 2003 12:57 AM

In the Bellagio Hotel, branch of the original in San Francisco.

Started with Prawns stuffed with dungenous crab. Nice sized prawns overflowing with crab meat. I think there were three, which I scarfed down pretty quickly.

Entree was their signature Lobster Potpie. The dish comes from the kitchen still in the pot. The service staff cuts open the top crust and puts in on the bottom of the plate, then reconstructs the contents of the potpie onto the plate. It was a nice sized lobster with carrots, mushrooms, potatoes, etc. The sauce was flavorful but not overwhelming to the sweetness of the lobster meat. I wasn't sure how much I would like this dish, but it was great.

Dessert was an assortment of mini tarts, cakes, and cookies with a trio of ice creams. Very good...especially the ice creams.

The service was top notch, as expected...several team members seeing to our needs.

One thing marred the evening, though. The hotel was in the process of changing over the flower display in the Conservatory, just outside Aqua's front door. Our table was the first one inside the door. There was the constant motor noise of the crane they were using outside. It was difficult to hear conversation. I finally complained to the manager. He offered to move us but since we were halfway through the meal, I opted not to. He said he was not allowed to close the front doors...and apologized. But a couple of minutes later, the doors were closed. I appreciate the effort. Since the restaurant was not full, however, they probably should not have been using that particular table during the changeover.

Still, they made the effort to make things right.

A- (only because of the noise)

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