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Trip Report: Raku, Milos, Jaleo and e!!!! Mostly from the Cosmo:

sockster | Feb 16, 201210:39 AM

What a weekend of eating we just had in Vegas:

It started Saturday night with the Kaseki dinner at Raku. In what has to be the bargain of the year, ($100pp), we spend three blissful hours eating course after course of incredibly wonderful food. They put us in a private room in the back, we had our own server, and she was incredibly helpful.
When we had to wait for a course, the owner came in and offered us a glass of "his grandmother's reserve sake" which was incredible. We chose to do a sake pairing for the kaseki and they brought out all of these incredible sakes. The services was a bit slow, but having this kind of food was totally worith it. It was an incredible way to start our foodie adventure.

On Sunday we had the $20.12 lunch at Milos. Food and service was wonderful. Ask for a table outside...such a good feeling.

Sunday night, I happened in to China Poblano myself (my girlfriend was ill), and had a good not great meal. Dry dumpings followed by good, not great dan dan noodles. I expected alot more from this place, but maybe I just ordered wrong.

Also on Sunday, I got my girlfriend two slices of plain pizza from hidden pizza. The crust was good and the flavor of the sauce just fine. But the best pizza ever??? Not really.

On Monday night, we went to Jaleo with a party of 6 people. I asked the General Manager Michael to make us dinner and basically he brought Jaleo's greatest hits! It was a two hour festival of wonderful food. He paired dinner with a champagne, and white and red wines, and an incredible dessert wine. All I can say is that my guests are still talking about this dinner three days later!! Kudos Jaleo!!

Lastly, it was Valentines Day dinner: I chose to go to e by Jose Andres for the special Valentines Day menu. We went to the 9pm seating and found out we were the only two in this special haven of a restaurant. We had two waiters, and the incredible chefs of e, led by the uncomparable Brett, who finished every course and explained every dish to us. In a dinner full of caviar, truffles and foie gras, this was a magical night. The servers were so in sync and the orchestration amazing. I have been fortunate to have eaten at El Bulli, and the new Tickets and 41 degrees in Barcelona. I have to say that the dinner at e was maybe the best course for course meal I ever had. Not only was it beautiful to see, but course after course was absolutely incredible!! What a night!!!!

All in all, I am not a fan of "strip" restaurants per se, but Jose Andres is doing some incredible things at e and Jaleo. And despite all the criticism of Raku- It is still brilliant!!

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