Big family celebration of my Dad's 80th.
First dinner was at Bartolotta, at the Wynn. Very civilized space, relatively quiet, expensive. Most of our party shared the whole grilled fish, which cost $60 per person. Be careful about your saucing; those that chose the olive sauce thought it overwhelmed the fish. I was very happy with my7 order -- a rag pasta with shellfish to start and an app portion of risotto with shellfish in lieu of an entree. Both were rich and satisfying and I was full for a high and low $20s.
Lunch at Lotus of Siam. Surprisingly, two of three cabs had difficulty finding the place, as it is in the back-facing parking area of the Commercial Center. Half of our party of eleven ordered conservatively while the others chose favorites from a CH thread giving favorites here. The two that had the recommended coconut-based Tom Kom Something soup loved it. I really liked the grilled beef over cabbage. A table favorite was the crisp sea bass over drunken noodles. I loved the red curry sauce under the crisp duck. The crisp chicken wings with garlic and black pepper were good, but not extraordinary. Surprisingly, favorite for many were the two orders of mee krob -- crisp, sweet, good. Excellent service for a large party with all combos of sharing and requests from all sides. I'll look forward to returning with dining mates who won't insist on a 1 on the spice scale.
Skipped dinner before show -- nobody hungry.
Brunch at Bouchon. We had a table for eleven in a semiprivate room with three other tables, one occupied. Some said this was their favorite meal. I loved my croissant, warm dark and crisp, even though I only had a couple of bites as it went around the table. I was disappointed in my quiche -- the custard wasn't as rich and creamy as at Bouchon in L.A., and the spinach was incorporated in a green mixture that made up the upper half. No real cheese flavor at all. The greens alongside needed more dressing, which was provided when requested. The crust had crispy layers like a puff pastry or phyllo dough rather than a traditional pie crust. I did love the mini-blueberry muffins set out while we waited, and chatting with the oyster-shucker as we waited.
Dinner at Charlie Palmer Steak. Private room. "Cut of the Week" menu somehow $55 instead of $48. Excellent bread service with four types -- I loved the corn bread. I really enjoyed the poached pear salad that was part of the set menu, though it was only a small slice of pear with Humbolt Fog goat chesse alongside a mound of greens -- great starter. I also really enjoyed the white wine provided with it. I enjoyed my ribeye once I obtained a new steak knife -- the first wouldn't cut -- and the mashed potatoes were great, the greens a good accompaniment. They comped an assortment of desserts for Dad's BD -- the lemon sorbet, served along with orange and raspberry, was my favorite single bite of the trip, tart, not too sweet, amazingly refreshing. I'd like a quart right now.
Dinner at Valentino Grille. Right outside the Blue Man Group show at the Venetian. Stayed because traffic totally screwed because of the Marathon, and used a 20% off coupon that came with our tickets. Ordered a pizza and lasagna to start. Pizza was good, but overwhelmed by WAY too much sausage -- had to scrape some off. Lasagna was a huge order for a starter -- I was hungry and shared half, but still very good. I had the pork chop which was part of the three-course special. A bit expensive but really excellent, nicely grilled, thick, medium-rare, moist, delicious. Great dish. Good chocolate mousse with chocolate ice cream (instead of pistachio) for dessert.
My sister turned a little over $100 to $700 her first time playing blackjack. Great trip.