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Vegas trip report 5/13 -5/16 (LOS, Ogden..)

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Vegas trip report 5/13 -5/16 (LOS, Ogden..)

ltrinh | May 17, 2004 04:04 PM

Hello Chowhounders.

I'm a South florida hounder visiting Vegas for a long weekend of fun with some friends. Here are the tales of our meals for the trip.

Arrived at Luxor on thursday (5/13). Could not get a good hotel, probably because of the jones fight, and had to pick the Luxor. Got in to the hotel at 8pm and was starving. Only 1 of my friends had arrived so we decided to just eat in the hotel . Decided on Luxor Steakhouse.

Luxor Steakhouse-- Nice atmosphere, staff very courteous and friendly. Not at all Stuffy. Ordered some Sauteed Prawns that was not very memorable. Came with 4 shrimps that did not seem big enough to be considered prawns. Neither bad or good, just so-so. I ordered the bone in ribeye and my friend ordered the petite filet. Surprisingly my steak was quite good, perfectly grilled (medium) but what was surprising was the the butter on top of the steak was quite tasty and made the steak very good. Definately a place i may consider eating again if i was in the mood for steaks. Oh one more thing, they brought us a very good loaf of sourdough bread in the beginning, quite good. So in my opinion, this is a place i would recommend for steaks. Did not try deserts... Total for two, $100 before tip.

Gambled the night away, craps mostly, up a few hundred dollars.

Next day, drove through death valley (never seen a desert), good long drive but quite fun and the scenery was quite nice. Got back to vegas at 3pm and decided to goto LOS (lotus of siam) for a 6:00pm meal. Now one of my friends grew up in Thailand and of course Thai is his favorite ethnic cuise (he's a caucasian). I told him that LOS is considered one of the best in the US so we both had very high expectations. I've never eaten there, only read the reviews you guys have posted.

LOS (Lotus of Siam)-- Wow a hole in the wall, construction everywhere and so many Korean restaurants around it (will have to visit them since i love Korean food too). Appetizer of pork satay and sour sausage over cripy rice. Satay was very good, definately one of the best we tasted in the US. Now my friend speaks thai so when they asked how spicey (i wasnt paying attention) he told them in that extra extra spicey!
The sour sausage came out and damn was it spicey, and very sour too. Either way it was very good. However, let me give you readers some info about the sausage. I'm vietnamese so I was incredibly surprised to find that the thai sour sausage is also a Vietnamese food. On a trip to vietnam a few years ago, i remember walking the streets of Hanoi and seeing an old lady selling it on the street. Quickly bought some and it was wonderful. When i returned to the states, and relayed the stories to my mother, she was surprised I had bought that. Her reasoning is that the sausage is a RAW sausage and could be hazardous to my health since god knows how they make it in a third world country. I was shocked, been eating it for years and did not realized it raw. To be fair, the sausage is marinated in lime juice which does cook it but still, raw pork was something i was not expecting. Anyhow, the appetizers at LOS was very good. Next I ordered a soup made from basil and beef tendon. Incredible, slightly sweet, spicey and the tendons were great. I would recommend this soup to anyone. Then we had the fried catfish in basil sauce, and a shrimp in oyster sauce. The catfish was amazing, we ate everything on the fish but the eyeballs! Shrimp was nothing special.
Overall I would rate this restaurant with the best one's I've had in DC or LA. I met our expectations.
Dinner for two $65 before tips, the fish alone was $25.

That night we met another friend and gambled more, then spent all our winnings at err disreputable clubs:)

Saturday, went to the pool (really sucks at the Luxor). So we jumped on over to MGM for the pool. Not bad, not great either. This night, we had reservations at Bradley Ogdens at 6:30pm

Bradley Ogdens -- Arrived at 6:00pm and asked if they had the tasting menu available for the night. I had called a week earlier for reservations and Bradley himself said he was not sure if it will be available since it is a saturday night, pre theater seating. Well when we got there, Bradley stated he still did not know, and that maybe when we seated at 6:30 it might be possible depending on how he was. Went to gamble (lost $200 on Let it ride in 15 mins) then came back at 6:30. All the staff was incredibly nice and knowledgeable. Seated at a very good table inside, right in the front looking out at the casino. The Hostess and Maitre D came over and profusely apologized that Bradly could not do a tasting menu since he was innodated that night (even though Celine Dion had cancelled). Our waiter offered to make us a tasting menu anyhow with whats on the menu, but only smaller plates. We told him we would look at the menu first and decide. After perusing a very nice but small menu, we decided to just do ala carte. Here's our selection..
Me-- Foie Gras duo, Rack of Lamb
Friend 1 -- Asparagus soup, Salmon
Friend 2 -- Soft shelled crabs, Scallops

The appetizers were amazing, best foie gras I've tasted. Served on a Huge platter with a pureed fruit sauce, a mousse of some kind and vegetable .

Friend 1's soup came out in a bowl with a nice pice of sauteed fish in it, then they poured the asparagus soup over it, very nice presentation and it tasted wonderful.

Friend 2's soft shelled crab was very well fried with a light batter that was not overly oily. However, the taste was nothing to rave about. Was good but not memorable.

Dinner came next, my Lamb was done medium rare, and was the best i've had. My friend told me his Salmon was wonderfully prepared and very tasty. My other one however, thought the scallops were good, but not too much to his liking.

After the main course, we tried the strawberry cake and the sorbet tasting. The cake was good but not extraordinary. The sorbet tasting was incredible, 4 types of fruit sorbet with various fruits around the plate. At the end, Bradley sent us another desert (his signature) as compliments of the house. It was a coffee mouse/creme brulee served in a small cup with whip cream. Wonderful. Total for 3, $330 before tip. We also had a bottle of sauvignon blanc recommend to us by the waiter (cant remember the price). Would come here everytime im in vegas, but i have to try the tasting menu next.

Well That's it, thanks for reading the long post.

Lam

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