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Stuff we ate in Vegas 2/16-2/20


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Stuff we ate in Vegas 2/16-2/20

zippyh | Feb 27, 2009 04:09 PM

Hash House a Go Go
Since it was President’s Day, they were serving brunch.
Big ass pork cutlet sandwich. Good but needed more pickles. Fries were bleh. Excellent Bloody Mary. It was nice and spicy and big too.
Wifey had smoked salmon scramble. She enjoyed it. I hate those cast iron plates they use however. Since they’re not heated, they suck all the heat out of the food.

Stratta in the Wynn
Clams Casino – Mostly ordered these so I could say we had Clams Casino in a casino. The topping stuff was good but the clams themselves were just slightly overcooked. Bruschetta – Three different types, fig gorgonzola and walnut; goat cheese with roasted peppers; and tomato basil. The first two were good but the tomato basil one was somewhat blah especially since I don’t like raw tomato.
Wifey had Lobster Fra Diavolo – That was lobster and shrimp in spicy tomato sauce with pasta. She liked it.
I had the special which was Osso Bucco. I thought it was excellent. It was served with a nice lemony risotto. There was a little spoon for scooping out the marrow which was quite tasty as well.
We had some ice creams for dessert. They were good if not particularly memorable.
One comment on service though. It was borderline bad. It looked like they were understaffed but it’s not like our server was really on top of things either.
Bad restaurant service seemed a bit of a theme at the Wynn this week.

Society Café in the Encore for breakfast.
I had an omelet. Nothing to really comment on about it other than it was good. The English muffin was a little unusual in that it wasn’t your typical English muffin and was 3 small house made ones.
Wifey had steak and egg sliders. It was a pair of cheddar biscuits with creamed spinach, scrambled eggs and beef tenderloin. They were quite rich and good although they were rather stark since it was just the sliders and no potatoes or any side.
The kitchen was really slow. They were busy but nowhere near capacity. Our coffee cups were kept topped up though so it wasn’t too bad and we weren’t in a hurry.
They also bring everyone a shot glass sized smoothie after you’re seated.

Met my sister and bro-in-law plus their two friends for dinner.
We sat at the counter.
I was surprised that some of the staff remembered us from our trip last July.
Wifey, sister, and I had the Discovery Menu. BIL and one friend had the winter special menu. Not sure what the other friend had. The Discovery Menu was different from what’s currently on the MGM Grand website. The winter special menu was the same though.

Discovery Menu
L’Amuse Bouche – Foie gras parfait with port wine and parmesan foam. Excellent. Very strong parmesan flavor.
Le Saumon Fume. – Smoked salmon in an herb gelee with a wasabi cream. I didn’t really like this much. It reminded me of salmon bits in jello.
Les Huitres – Poached baby oysters. I love oysters.
Le Homard – Maine lobster in a tomato sauce and green asparagus. Perfectly cooked lobster pieces of lobster. Very good.
Le Foie Gras – Foie gras ravioli in a warm chicken broth with herbs. This was okay. It was basically fancy chicken soup.
La Sole – Dover sole with warm leek salad and crispy potato. Very simple but I think this was my favorite course.
La Caille – Foie gras stuffed quail with truffle mashed potatoes. This is always good. Yay for foie gras and truffles.
L’Anaras – Pineapple infusion Tahitian cheesecake. Simple but very good.
Le Parfait Arabica – Coffee cream with coconut milk and lemon. Another simple but good dessert.

Chef Robuchon was in the house too. My wife bought a cookbook and he signed it for her.

There was something going on with the jamon. Chef Robuchon and Chef Benjamin had a big conversation about it which ended with them cutting off slices, examining it closely before eating it. Eventually two more chef guys from the back came out, discussed the ham and then tasted it. I think they just liked the ham.

Carnegie Deli in the Mirage

Daniel Boulud in Wynn
We both did the $49 Prix Fix menu.
We both started with the pate. It’s a rather large slab served with some tiny but flavorful pickled vegetables . I thought it was quite good but it’s really a large portion.
Wifey had the Skate Grenobloise. Served with cauliflower and a brown butter sauce.
She like it.
I had the Steak Frites. It’s served with onion compote, fries and some arugula which really cut the richness of everything well. Fries were excellent and came with a nice mayo. The steak is a thick sirloin rather than a hangar steak. I thought it was as good if not better than most steak house steaks.
Wifey had some hazelnut chocolate thing for dessert.
I had some ice cream. I can’t remember much other than it was good.

Bouchon in the Venetian
Wifey had eggs au gratin. She liked.
I had a croque madame with fries. I love fries for breakfast. Even better when dipped in mornay.

Michael Mina Nob Hill in MGM Grand
This was the first place we went that seemed slower than usual. We were there at 7 and there were only about 4 or 5 other tables of diners. They had filled up more by the time we left.
We both did the winter special menu ($59 for three courses).
Wifey started with the beet salad with burrata and ham. She liked. The burrata was good.
I had a the tuna nicoise starter. There were four good sized slices of seared tuna, some tiny bits of green beans, some fingerling potato halves, and a cold boiled quail egg. It was very good and a somewhat large starter.
Wifey had the Cioppino which had clams mussels, crab, and shrimp. She thought it was excellent.
I had the short rib with potato puree and roasted veg. I love a good slow cooked short rib and this was excellent. Very rich with a dark Worcestershire sauce.
For dessert, Wifey had the cheese plate.
I had the Citrus Tasting which consisted of an orange soufflé, lemon ice cream, and grand marnier gelee. Honestly, by this time I was so stuffed I was barely able to taste each. I don’t think my wife had too much of the cheese as she was equally stuffed.

Wifey just went down to the coffee shop and brought back coffee and croissants.
Drank coffee and packed. The croissants were pretty good.

Spago Café in Forum Shops
Had the smoked salmon pizza with caviar. I remember when the caviar was standard and not a $8 option.
Also had the Italian sausage pizza.
We’ve always like Spago Café for a quick lunch.

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