A very quick report on 3 days in Vegas...
first, the out of the way (off the strip)
Lotus of Siam - yes, go there, it's as close to a sure thing as you can get in Vegas, with the wine list of any German reisling lovers dreams. sea bass with drunken noodles was the dish of the trip.
Mariana's Supermarket - want some very good, authentic Mexican that's dirt cheap? this is your place. amazingly good lamb burrito, yummy pozole, great selection of meats for tacos, etc. and you can pick up some detergent and eggs when you're done.
Orchids Garden - solid dim sum, not spectacular, not bad.
Sen Sushi - Taka level, Nobu level, whatever you want to compare it to, it's very good. ex-Nobu sushi chef, prices that will have you swearing off the strip sushi joints forever.
On the strip...
Bartolata at the Wynn - way overpriced, tacky decor, mediocre to good to almost very good food. no way I would ever recommend this place. the same bottle of JJ Prum Riesling Auslese we had at Lotus of Siam was literally 3x as expensive here. not surprising. (great wine by the way, we did not choose to order it at Bartolata)
Red 8 at the Wynn - very good upscale Chinese, not too bad on the value scale actually and pretty authentic. really good pork buns. they also have chicken feet, what more could you ask for?? (actually, the chicken feet was the least interesting dish we had, I'm not a fan)
A bunch of photos, food and otherwise, at http://flickr.com/photos/kaplanbr/set...