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Wynn report

Eugene Park | Jun 6, 2005 05:23 PM

Greetings all! Thought I'd share my Wynn dining experiences when I stayed there for 3 nights recently. For ChinoWayne and those of his ilk, I'm sorry to say that I didn't partake in any of the minibar. They did seem to have an upscale selection of cookies, nuts, candies, etc., that went beyond the typical Vegas minibar selection. The Wynn uses that hi-tech system where if you move an item from the minibar for more than 60 seconds, you're automatically charged for it (so don't bother with trying to replace consumed items with a run to a liquor store on the Strip).

As the business conference I was there for provided most of the meals (whether thru conference-sponsored events or with vendors taking me out), the only meals I had at Wynn restaurants were the buffet (lunch there is of very high-quality with many choices, and better than the Bellagio IMO) and at Red 8 (Asian bistro). The only reason I chose to eat at Red 8 was that Corsa Cucina (casual Italian at the Wynn) had closed at 2:30PM and Okada (Japanese) is only open for dinner. I ordered the Malayasian fried calamari as an appetizer (tasted like normal calamari but with a more peppery seasoning than usual), Hainan chicken (rice didn't taste like it'd been cooked in chicken broth but had rather been soaked after cooking, and the chicken portion was too small and had too much in the way of bony parts) and string beans in XO sauce (tasted fine). With a large bottle of Pellegrino, the total came to $57 before tip. Not worth the money, unless like me you were getting comped.
I've been invited back by the Wynn, so I'll have a followup report in a month or so on Daniel Boulud, Okada and SW Steakhouse. Cheers!

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