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Short trip and relatively short report

zook | Jan 17, 201508:09 PM

Day of arrival: Dinner at Raku. This was our fourth visit here and maybe that accounted for the ho-hum experience. Yes, the food is still very good (if you order properly), but no longer had a wow factor for us. Usually hit up Raku Sweets after for dessert, but they had reserved tables (didn't think they did that) plus a crowd waiting. Since we were staying at the Palazzo, we decided to try Carlos Bakery. I had a very good chocolate dipped shortbread cookie with pecans and husband had a mini tiramisu cake he enjoyed. The bakery was crowded with a large selection although not surprisingly overpriced.

Day two was lunch at Db Brasserie, a burger for my husband and a beet salad for me. Service was perfunctory with a few errors, but the food was fine, although we decided that it was probably our last lunch there with too many other options to try in the future.
Dinner at Carnevino which seems to be coming a family tradition. Husband and son again shared the bone in ribeye and shortrib ravioli app. I had a side order of beets as my app, and then made a dinner out of several side dishes that were new to the menu since we ate there this past summer. Their cocktails are well made and the service was excellent. We were all too full for dessert.

Day three. Husband got a gigantic croissant from the 24 hour cafe in the Wynn. I've had their pastries before and find them to be a bit tastier than those at the hotel's Bouchon bakery, not to mention larger in size and cheaper in price. Dinner was the innovation menu at Guy Savoy. This was our first visit here as we've enjoyed Joel Robouchon on each of our last two visits and were looking to try something new. I was a bit put off by the speed of delivery of both the amuse bouches in that we hadn't had a chance to order a cocktail or review the wine list before they were served having rejected the champagne proffer made shortly after we were seated. Once we placed our wine order, the pacing slowed to an acceptable level. The meal was very enjoyable, and the service polished and more formal than at Roubochon, but even with a nice view of the Eiffel Tower, I found the room rather sterile as others on this board have noted. If I'm going to spend $1K for dinner for two, between the two restaurants, I preferred Roubochon. Perhaps it's because I prefer the more comfortable setting there and the slightly less formal service, and most definitely because I preferred the mignardise cart at JR over that at GS. I found the food at both on par with one another.

Day four: Husband and son chose to watch the early football game over brunch at Border Grill while I chose to sweat out my calories from the night before at the gym and spa. Because my son and I enjoyed Honey Salt on my last solo visit to see my son, my husband wanted to try it. Whereas last time the vibe was "hip" and lively, this time around, with a full restaurant, we were only one of two tables without at least one child under the age of five. It also appeared that the menu was simplified a bit since our last visit. Service wasn't quite as good as last time, either. However, their desserts were terrific, an apple cobbler and a huge serving of pumpkin bread pudding? Whereas my prior review of Honey Salt said it would be my neighborhood go to restaurant if I lived nearby, that would no longer be the case. It was a perfectly acceptable meal, but with only a few days in town for each visit to Vegas, it's not worth the drive from the strip/Henderson.

Despite the hits/misses on this trip, we still did some good eating, and look forward to trying new restaurants next time we visit (hopefully, in March and/or May).

Bouchon Bakery,
Restaurant Guy Savoy,
Eiffel Tower Restaurant,
Border Grill Mandalay Bay,
Honey Salt,
Raku
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