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Another Vegas Weekend Report

zook | Aug 14, 201611:58 AM

Only had three nights in town this trip so we didn't have much time to try many new places; instead relying on some past favorites. However, our first night took us to Stripsteak for the first time. Let me preface my comments by saying that I'm not a big beef eater, but when the mood strikes, our family generally goes to Carnevino, having tried a few other steak places in town but always finding that we prefer Carnevino. However, my son voiced some previous issues he had with Carnevino, so we decided to try Stripsteak. We really enjoyed it. We were seated in a booth which gave us an opportunity to look out at everyone yet have some semblance of privacy and quiet. The room is attractive. Like all steak restaurants, the prices are very high. Amongst the four of us, we shared a ribeye, filet mignon, American way skirt steak ($82) with sides of fingerling potatoes (good but plain), creamed peashoot tendrils (sounded way more interesting than it tasted...reminded us of the old standard Thanksgiving green bean casserole, assorted mushrooms (excellent), and eggplant. The portions are huge. We shared two desserts: chocolate peanut butter lava cake with vanilla ice cream (the peanut butter lava cake at Hearthstone still remains the best of the best) and monkey bread with banana ice cream. With one cocktail and two glasses of wine, the total came to $480. Not cheap by any stretch of the imagination, but we all enjoyed the meal and atmosphere very much. There was plenty of food in our doggie bags for later in the weekend.

Breakfast the next morning was at Kitchen Table. I know some on this board are not impressed with them, but we love it. The foie and apple pancake is excellent, albeit decadent. An order of an egg mackitchen and a meatless benedict rounded out our order. We left full and happy.

Dinner was at Chada Thai. We ordered a whole bunch of stuff all of which was excellent (oysters, pad hed, shiitake and shimmer mushroom stir fried with brussel sprouts and lotus root, drunken noodle sea bass, crispy soft shell crab with apple, charbroiled prawn and eggplant with spicy garlic sauce and crispy duck with chili and Thai basil. My favorite thing of their menu is the oysters and I can't resist ordering several of them each visit. After dinner we went over to Raku Sweets since my son wanted that in lieu of a birthday cake. The line was long and hot at around 8:30 p.m. We hadn't been there in awhile and apparently things changed since our last visit. No longer do they have the three course tasting dessert menu with the edible menus. Instead they have a two course consisting of an amuse bouche (which this night was a mini panna cotta), and your choice of one of their four main desserts. We opted to skip the amuse and just order dessert. While I can appreciate the artistry that goes into making these beautiful desserts, I can safely say been there done that. The wait isn't worth it and there are so many other places in town where you can get a great dessert.

Breakfast the next day was a return to Babystacks. This was my husband's first time there and he made the mistake of ordering a full stack of the bananas foster pancakes. They were humongous and as hungry as he was and as good as they were, he could only make a small dent in them. The rest of us shared corned beef hash, eggs, and two small stacks of the carrot cake pancakes and the red velvet pancakes. I rarely enjoy red velvet anything, but red velvet pancakes are an exception as I really liked these and I have also enjoyed those on the brunch menu at the Border Grill in Mandalay Bay.

Dinner was a return to La Cirque for the 5 course tasting menu. Reading the menu, it sounded virtually the same as the one we had back in March, but the presentations were totally different. The chilled spring pea soup was amazing as was the sautéed foie gras . However, the upcharged scallop, was a disappointment. The scallop tasted great until I got to the sauce underneath it and discovered it was way over salted, almost to the point of being inedible. Also, the lamb, while tasty, was very fatty which I mentioned to the waiter. He offered to replace it, which I declined and later reported that he mentioned my comment to the chef who replied that that day's delivery of lamb was particularly fatty. Huh? Then why serve it or use it in a different manner. For a restaurant of this caliber those two courses were a disappointment which was a shame as I love coming here. I was happy that we were able to choose any dessert from the menu as their souffles can't be beat.

Short visit, lots of eating. Next visit is in September. Will be returning to Hexx for some meal or another as they are currently offering a groupon that was worth purchasing.

Border Grill Mandalay Bay
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