Just got back from a weekend trip to Vegas. Below are some highlights.
MANDALAY BAY BUFFET:
I have to go to at least one buffet when I am in Vegas. I hit the Wynn last time and it was very, very good. However, since I was with a big group, I didn't want to impose the $40 per person bill on everyone. So, we went to the Mandalay Bay Buffet at $27 per person. They had king crab legs, good prime rib, a few sushi rolls, salmon, salad, desserts. It was not the Wynn buffet, but it was still a pretty good deal at $27. It was solid food and a good variety. Nothing to blow you away, but nonetheless, I would return to it.
This was definitely the highlight of the trip. I was a little worried going in because the board had mentioned that their chef had left. The steaks were excellent. I had a filet mignon and my companion had a bone-in rib eye. Both were done perfectly, crisp on the outside and tender and moist on the inside. The 3 sauces were pretty mediocre to bad. The only edible one was the white one with garlic. The other two were terrible. But, I went for the steak and not the sauces. We also had a side of truffled cream corn (very tasty) and yukon potatos. The seating was fabulous. The tables were outdoor or indoor with open patio. There was a great view of the waterfall and gardenlike grounds. They had a show every 30 minutes. It was a very romantic and beautiful atmosphere. I would definitely return although I have yet to try Craftsteak or Prime. I did try Delmonico's once, and maybe it was an off night, but I thought it was terrible.
To finish off the weekend, we headed toward Chinatown for dim sum. I remember seeing Cathy House and Joyful House on the board, and since we saw Cathy House on Spring Mountain Rd. first, that's where we stopped. The dim sum was good and maybe even superb by Vegas standards. I live in Los Angeles and am spoiled by the San Gabriel Valley dim sum, and the Cathy House passed mustard. It wasn't the best I have ever had, but it was solid. The service was so-so. I'd definitely go back to dim sum if I were in Vegas again.