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vegas dining report

mrsjoujou | Jun 3, 2004 02:31 PM

We just got back from vegas and for the most part had a good dining experience.
Day 1- we ate at the burger bar at the mandelay place.
I had the surf and turf burger. It was $26 and it was suppose to come with beef patty and half of a grill lobster. It was a tasty burger, but the lobster was on the small side. The others had the american classic burger and the first burger on the menu that came with olive tapenade. Every body seemed happy with their meals. the fries that came with the meal was ok and kind of pale.The place looked very cute and the servive was great. We had gelato at cafe gelato at the bellagio and it was very good. Later I had a panini at cafe gelato for about $9 and my husband had a chicken sandwhich at the coffee shop across from cafe gelato and he felt the chicken was too dry.
Day 2- We started our day with the bellagio breakfast buffet. It was good, but I like the paris buffet much better. I feel the paris buffet has more variety. At the bellogio buffet they repeat the same food in two different location, so it seems big. A lot of their breakfast items was kind of cold. The best bet is the omelet station. I didn't see much dessert either. For lunch we went to cafe neiman marcus. They are famous for their mezieh plate, so we ordered that. For $15 you get lots of food. You get hummus, baba ghanouj, tabbouleh, grilled shrimp, grilled lamb and lots of pita and olives. For dinner we had reservations at Bradley Ogden, but after seeing the menu the day before we decided to cancel. the menu looked the same as always and the prices were way up there. I wonder if he increased the prices after winning the james beard award. The lowest price item was the salmon for $40. I know he gets the very fresh stuff fed exed to him but come on. After lots of unfriendly talk with the bellagio conceriage and not being able to get a reservations at the prime, he made a reservation for us at the Alize. The dinner at Alize was good, but not great. I had a herlioom tomato salad and they used the red,orange and yellow tomatoes that you could buy at costco. I expectd more exotic selection of tomatoes. For entree we had two fish specials. I had the monkfish that was suppossed to be wraped around bacon and my husband had the halibut. His fish was fresh and good, mine on the other hand was a different story. The fish was sitting on the bed of boring puree of potatoes and spinach with two half cooked bacon on each side. I was very surprise with the presentation. The prices of the fish was in the mid 30's. They served Warm slices of bagutte and some kind of sorbet. For dessert we had chocolate suffle that came with a boring vanilla ice cream. All in all,it was an ok meal. I could kill the conceriage that sent us there. From my experience in the past, you should always go with your original meal plans. Every time I had change my dinner plans and conceriage has recommand the place, it has always been a disaster.
day 3- we had breakfast at bouchon at the new venition tower. Is the new Thomas keller place. The place looked great and reminded me of this brassreie in denver. They serve breakfast and dinner. We had the most amazing croissants and a good egg dish, but they should really work on their service. It took for ever to get our bill and the to go items. You could always count on paris for a good sandwhich at jjb and a good dessert.
Our last stop was lotus of siam. We had the crispy rice appetizer, but wish the portion was bigger. We also had the beef jurky and although it was good, I don't think I order it again. For entree we had a soft shell shrimp special with ginger that was really good. We had a charbroil beef that was great, a sea bass special that was very good and the pork stew that was good, but not great. Of course we had the great dessert combo that we enjoyed very much. The service was very friendly and the only thing that was not great was the thai iced coffee. It was way too sweet.

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