I just returned from joining my husband on a business trip at the Bellagio. It was my first time staying there. Very nice rooms, but the food was NOT.
They have some serious food management issues. As a guest of the hotel, I have come to expect a decent place to have a casual meal. Their three options didn't offer even one! And nowhere for a businessperson to have a quick bite before beginning their day or rushing to the airport.
DH stayed there for a few days. He had a quick dinner his first night in at the Cafe (their coffee shop). Said it was 'fine'. The next morning he and two associates had omlettes in the same Cafe. No one had anything complimentary to say, but I don't have the details. The second morning before rushing off to a trade show they had a quick breakfast in the patisserie. Quite pricey ($3.75 for a cup of coffee???)and a breakfast sandwich. For lunch I tried the same place. Their breakfast panini was AWFUL. I just can't describe the gooey american cheese, cold poached egg and salty, cold, shaved ham that was stuck between three pieces of poorly grilled white bread for $9.50! I still can't get the taste or the sensation of this slimy, gooey, salty cheese off my teeth! I attempted to eat some of it and became insensed. I called the manager over to the table and she was lovely. She was appalled that they had served me half of the panini still chilled and offered me another sandwich as well as a pastry or dessert of my choice. I opted for the chicken pesto panini which was indeed edible, but not memorable. The passion/mango sorbet was exceptional.
Last night we couldn't get a reservation early enough at FIX or Sensei so we opted for the buffet-- something I'm never enamored with, but we had show tickets and needed to get through quickly. I had been given a line pass, so I bypassed the approximate 1.5 hour wait for the rest of the patrons.
What can I say, it was tons of food, most of it mediocre, meat wasn't rare, and people eating like there was no tomorrow. Frozen defrosted shrimp and soggy crab legs leave me cold. The buffalo was so tough and dry as other posters have reported, Kobe beef was well done, as was the prime rib. The Wellington was okay as well as the baby lamb chops. My tiny bottle of Perrier was $4.
Today on our way out of town we ate lunch again in the Cafe. It wasn't bad, it was just okay. The "applewood smoked bacon" in my club sandwich tasted like Oscar Meyer with plenty of fat, my husband's crab salad was pitifully small and so overdressed with too much balsaminc that he finished my sandwich.
We did have a surprising decent meal at Il Fornaio in New York, NY. Their antipasto platter was very good, not traditional by including scallops and smoked salmon but delicious nevertheless. My petti de pollo was juicy and flavorful too. Even though I'm not fond of that hotel, I'd return in a minute for another meal there.
I was disappointed that this business trip didn't include a meal at Delmonico's or Prime or Olives or somewhere else that I wanted to dine, but it really bothers me that most of the food I consumed was so mediocre in such a lovely hotel.
P.S. DH was entertained one evening in Okura-the teppanaki grill (think Benihana) at the Wynn. All 5 in the party were not impressed with the food. Small portions, no Benihana type entertainment (cheesey as it is) with just slightly better quality ingredients.
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