Ok, so nothing says Christmas to my family like Las Vegas. I have to say, what a beautiful weekend to be in Vegas. Just perfect. The central theme of my trip seemed to be I was always eating and the Bellagio fountain was in the background.
Mon Ami Gabi - lunch Saturday. We wandered over to Paris and this place was packed. They said they had a 30 minute wait for an outside table which was fine because I was with my cold blooded Houston family who wanted to sit inside. We were seated in their lovely conservatory by the window and had a great view of the fountains and the strip. I tried to order a mimosa, but alas was not served because I didn't have my ID. Was I upset by this? No way jose. It was my own fault, the waiter was just doing his job, and I had the absolute joy of telling all my friends that I got carded and couldn't drink. The menu was perfect for a mid day brunch. I had the chopp salad, delicious, the mother had the spinach and brie crepe, very good but a bit heavy for me, and my brother had the blue cheese burger, so good he didn't talk until it was done. This place is a great deal for the money. I would highly recommend it to everyone for a good lunch.
Olives - dinner Saturday. I went here with really no expectations. The family picked it, and I went along. My big issue, the mood lighting was a bit too much. My mom had to borrow a little flash light to read the menu. The bread came and it was delightful. I Hoovered up all the tapanade. I just live for that stuff. We shared the spicy chicken foccacia. It was pretty good but not great. I then had the butternut squash ravioli. This just didn't hit the spot for me. I was wasn't feeling it. Not the right amount of sweet versus savory. The other inhabitants of my table had the lamb shank and were in heaven. They thought it was divine. The meal ended with a warm apple cake. That was eaten in seconds. I'm guessing it was good, but I wouldn't know cuz someone didn't let me get a spoon in.
Prime - dinner Sunday. I read on here on that some people only thought Prime was ok. I disagree. It was fantastic. The furnishings are beautiful. The service was excellent. The wine list was a nice surpirse. I wasn't expecting a bottle under $100, and there were quite a few good ones. I had the pear and roquefort salad, YUM!! I didn't finish all of it because I was trying to save room for dessert. The mother got the chopped veggie salad and was in heaven and my brother ate up his cesar lickity split. Then the main course arrived. I had a fantastically rare ahi tuna stead au poivre and the other two both had filets. They said their steaks were fantastic. We aren't a steak sauce family. So, I can't really comment on those. We had the broccalini and hearts of palms as sides. We were trying to be healthy. I probably didn't need to order mine since the wasabi mashed potatoes on my plate were just sooo good. I ate every bite and still had room for dessert. Warm chocolate cake. Mmmmmm. I also asked for a nice glass of dessert wine and the waiter brought out a small glass or port. Delicious and budget friendly. Not like when I went to Nobu and ordered some sake in a box and while good I was shocked the waiter picked the $28 stuff.
Anyway, overall a great trip to vegas. I have to admit we ate in the room alot and took advantage of the mini bar between gambling bouts, but nothing really special there to report on.