The trouble with visiting Las Vegas only a few times a year is deciding whether to return to those tried and true restaurants or venturing out to try something new thereby omitting a family favorite. This time around, we stuck mainly with the familiar, leaving the next trip for more experimenting.
Night one brought a return to Raku. Mostly everything was great as usual, but this time around we had a few lapses in service in that courses were forgotten and the delivery of the dishes was off, causing lengthy delays throughout the meal. We also made the mistake of ordering the king crab special which was a very large singular king crab leg split and charcoal grilled. The crab did not come easily out of the shell, suggesting freezer issues, and it lacked any sweetness in flavor. Considering the whopping $39 charge for the one leg, to say we were disappointed is a huge understatement. On the other hand, the foie did not disappoint (although this was a course they forgot to deliver), and the enoki, asparagus, duck, scallop, and waygu were our favorites.
Dessert at Raku Sweets followed. As another poster mentioned, the latest desserts include a Caribbean sundae concoction, which was beautiful in the making and service, but not as flavorful as the tiramisu or raspberry lava cake. The pineapple sorbet was fine as were the cream puffs, although the vanilla fared better than the chocolate. Oddly, the cream puffs are served without flatware intending to be eaten by hand, but they are not so well suited for that.
Day two dinner was at Carnevino where the service was impeccable and the food, as always, quite good. I am the non meat eater in the family and have learned in the past that their fish dishes are not their strong suit (after all, it is a steak restaurant), and have learned to make a dinner out of their quite good side dishes. The meat eaters in my family consistently share the large ribeye for two, so they must execute that perfectly. We skipped dessert at Carnevino in favor of gelato at the Art of Gelato. The flavor choices were far from exotic this time around, but what we had were well executed and flavorful.
Because of concert plans on Saturday night, we opted for Border Grill's late brunch. We ordered extensively from the menu, finding the oysters, tacos, red velvet pancakes, and MACHACACHILAQUILES, the best of the lot. the churro tots were extremely dense, akin to very heavily made matzoh balls. Regardless of the order, not one of them was hot upon arrival at the table, with some being cold in the center suggesting a much earlier assembly time. Despite those issues, the value of the brunch was good.
The following evening was our return visit to Roubochon for the 14 course tasting menu. My husband and I split a wine pairing as I can't handle all the alcohol in one order by myself. The split pours were extremely generous as were the refills and bonus round of wine. This most recent menu did not wow me as much as others in the past, but it still made for a spectacular meal, as well it should with the corresponding high price tag.
Two lunches were at Table 10 and David boulud. The beer selection at Boulod made my husband quite happy, as did their burger.
Overall, a lot of good eating in a short amount of time. Next time out, we'll finally try Twist and possibly Guy Savoy, and anything else that might be recommended on this board between now and then.
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