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Trip Report and Thanks

meganeats | Nov 27, 201001:47 PM

A big thank you to all the chowhounders for guiding our culinary adventures in Las Vegas over Thanksgiving. We dined in some great places that we would have never found otherwise.

The tour de food started with Raku on Tuesday night. We were able to procure a same day reservation and boy am I glad. We skipped lunch to be sure and try all of the recommendations listed by others. We ordered everything on the specials chalkboard and they were outstanding. The sashimi was out of this world and their take on tuna tartare unbelievable. My take away was to go for the specials. The only slight miss was the egg custard foie gras. The foie gras was tough and chewy, but the egg custard alone was sublime. Sadly the corn was not on the nights menu, but we left full and will definitely go back.

Lunch the next day was at Enoteca Otto. I wasn't up for dining at any of Mario Batali's restaurants after having read reviews, but my husband is a big Babbo fan and really wanted to try one of his restaurants in Vegas. We had a nice Lamb Ragout pasta and a serviceable pizza with meatballs. Nothing that shook the world, and not Babbo, but solid.

Dinner was at Alex. The dining room was lush and comfortable and the service nice. Our server was relaxed...sometimes too relaxed. When I asked about the poussin confit. He answered that it was a poussin. Great. My husband ordered the market menu and I ordered off of the prix fixe menu. It was truffle season, so he offered us a truffle pasta course and when we declined asked if we wanted the caviar service. Upselling all along the way. Everything was good...very good, but it felt slightly overpriced. Our total tab was about $650. For $650 I want at least one course that will knock my socks off. My sous vide chicken main dish was excellent, but not knock your socks off. I think we are spoiled here in Seattle with tasting menus at Crush or Mistral Kitchen. The desserts were ok. I had a fig tart with sour cream ice cream. Loved the tartness of the sour cream ice cream, but the tart fell a bit flat. The cheese course was lovely as were the sweet bites at the end. I could have eaten a truck load of the madeleines.

Thanksgiving day we had reservations at Sage, but decided instead to try Lotus of Siam after a rich night at Alex. So glad we did. Crispy rice and spicy beef salad to start were amazing. We like heat and ordered 6 out of 10 stars and our mouths were on fire. Toned it down to 4 for the main courses. BBQ shrimp with two sauces, the drunken seafood noodles and green curry with chicken were all winners. The staff was very helpful with selecting dishes and our only regret was that we didn't have a bigger group, so we could try more dishes. Hands down the best Thai I've had in the US. Rivals Thai food we had in Bali. Fresh tasty ingredients and great heat. No thick goopy sauces here.

Bouchon for brunch the next day. Their pastries and breads with jams are amazing. Everything was expertly prepared, but next time I will just order a pastry spread.

I can't wait to go back and eat at Raku and Lotus of Siam again and maybe next time our "big" night out will be Sage.

Thanks again for all of the tips.

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Bouchon
3355 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Lotus of Siam
953 E Sahara Ave Ste A5, Las Vegas, NV 89104

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