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Vegas quickie report - Commander's Caveat

GroovinGourmet | Jan 16, 200712:06 AM

Had a reservation for 3 for lunch today. My guests were running late, so I was seated ahead of them. The waiter brought a lunch menu for me to peruse. He returned with my ice water and informed me that there was no 25¢ martini deal because their stocks were running low due to closing. Major bummer.

As he finished up filling the other water glasses I said "Let me guess...there's no 3-course prix fixe deal either." "The $18.80 lunch? No...that's not available anymore".

I ordered a Cherry Choptini which was pretty good, but $9.75 more than I had planned on spending on a drink today. My guests arrived and I gave them the bad news. A diet coke and a Betty Page later and we decided to head for the Spice Market.

Hands down the best LV buffet experience I've enjoyed since the early days of the Paris. Whereas at the Bellagio last month I didn't finish most items, much less desire seconds of anything, I happily plowed through 3 plates.

The selection was lovely, the layout was roomy and overall quality was excellent. Only things I wouldn't get again were the baba ghanouj and hummus, not because they weren't good, but they are nowhere close to the versions we overdose on at Salt Lake City's Mazza.

The Middle Eastern selection still shone with excellent tandoori chicken, a nice biryani and some lamb filled broiled tomatoes among others. I could have gone through copious amounts of any of the dishes I tried...everything was very fresh and very nicely prepared. The roasted baby carrots in the salad area are already calling me back.

Service was really good too...our waiter was outgoing and on top of things. Lunch is $18.85 including tax. If I'm not mistaken that's a dime less than the price for lunch at the Bellagio before tax. Way better chow for less dough? Pretty much a no brainer.

Needless to say I'm way bummed about missing out on Commander's, but given what I observed of the menu, the room and the service, it will be worth the wait for them to relocate. I will have a Tasso Shrimp Henican before I leave this earth...

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