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#16 SethG

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Posted 04 May 2009 - 01:24 PM

The 'cue place I was remembering at the Rio is the Vegas branch of RUB, which I thought was pretty good. I still haven't been to their NYC branch.
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#17 prasantrin

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Posted 04 May 2009 - 01:35 PM

QUOTE(fantasty @ May 4 2009, 10:03 PM) View Post
Hash House is awful. AWFUL. Not only was the food simply not good, the whole experience was depressing. Huge servings of bad food, intended to be shared family style (or so we thought) were being ordered as individual entrees by very big (but not tall) people. It was like the diner of the living dead.

That's really too bad about the Mayflower.


Oh no! Now I feel disappointed even though I've never been there. I'll have to find another Vegas diner-type place to dream about. I don't know why, but I think LV should be full of really good diners.

Are there any good ones? I might have a trip to LV coming up next year, and I like to plan ahead. smile.gif

#18 Evelyn

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Posted 04 May 2009 - 02:33 PM

QUOTE(prasantrin @ May 4 2009, 06:35 AM) View Post
QUOTE(fantasty @ May 4 2009, 10:03 PM) View Post
Hash House is awful. AWFUL. Not only was the food simply not good, the whole experience was depressing. Huge servings of bad food, intended to be shared family style (or so we thought) were being ordered as individual entrees by very big (but not tall) people. It was like the diner of the living dead.

That's really too bad about the Mayflower.


Oh no! Now I feel disappointed even though I've never been there. I'll have to find another Vegas diner-type place to dream about. I don't know why, but I think LV should be full of really good diners.

Are there any good ones? I might have a trip to LV coming up next year, and I like to plan ahead. smile.gif


Fantasty's comments about Hash House are kind compared to my thoughts ninja.gif . There really aren't any good diners here. Since most of the gamblers/club crawlers want something close and cheap, most just hit the casino coffee shops. There are some video poker bars (open 24/7), but, they are better described as bars that serve food, than diners. Who knows though, by next year, there might be something worthwhile. The landscape here changes overnight.

I was sad to see the Mayflower go too. A lot of restaurants are struggling. I think if Mayflower had just stayed where they were, rather than grabbing the Strip 'brass ring', they'd still be around today.

#19 little ms foodie

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Posted 21 June 2009 - 12:47 AM

reporting back from my recent Vegas trip- we stayed at the Encore (girls weekend) which was just awesome! it's small & boutique-ish by vegas standards. Thanks to Evelyn we took advantage of a special $30 3 course meal at Wazuzu which was actually really good. All the girls were happy, the crunchy roll was awesome as was the spicy prawn soup. We ordered a few extra spicy tuna rolls and some wine. perfect for the first evening. Drinks were had before at Sinatra's (both of these are in Encore) and we were also very pleased with the cocktails.

Also at Encore is an outside restaurant near the European pool which served me an excellent chicken Caesar salad, the dressing was really really good and the chicken, even when tasted on it's own had flavor! yeah!! can't remember the name of the place but it is the only one out by the pool where you can sit and have a good meal.

We also ate breakfast at Society both days ("coffee shop" that looks like a Jonathon Adler ad) and were very happy with the food although the service was a bit slow.

Dinner the 2nd night was at Bouchon- we had the same table and same waiter as we did 4 years ago when we were there! He remembered us because I asked if Mr Keller was in the house and he said yes so I asked him to come over. Keller had actually sat with us for a while and then bought us every dessert on the menu. Well Keller wasn't there this time but they still bought us every dessert on the menu! yeah! And all the food was delicious as expected.

Della and I had lunch at the small bar in the encore on our last day and again were very happy- I had a trio of mini grilled cheese sandwiches. one just cheese, one cheese and ham and one cheese and smoked turkey. very nice.

Anyway thanks again to Evelyn for helping me find a bargain resto for the first night. And I would highly recommend the Encore for their outstanding service, beautiful interiors, BEST spa in vegas (we've been to all but 2 maybe) and surprisingly good food/restaurants!


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#20 Evelyn

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Posted 22 June 2009 - 02:16 AM

Glad to be of help, LMF. Just sorry I didn't get to meet you while you were in town.

There are some amazing deals here right now. Including multiple course prix fixe menus Robuchon and L'Atelier for under $100. Yes, Las Vegas is hurting sad.gif .


#21 Carolyn Tillie

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Posted 23 June 2009 - 06:35 PM

Debating where to dine for dinner, Daniel Boulud's DBistro is mere steps from the opulent water show of the Parasol Bar, but despite the massive array of empty tables, I was told there was an hour+ wait. Getting hungry, five of us opted to squeeze into the lounge area, which is not quite as comfortable for where (we were told) at least the whole menu was available.

In our classic sharing mode, for the table I ordered a 2004 Outpost Zinfandel which was well-loved by all. Also for the table was the *small* version of the fruits de mer, an exceptional offering of chilled fish. On the platter was 4" prawns, three types of crudo and tartare, a half lobster, mussles, oysters, and clams. The quality of the fish was exceptional and ample. I also ordered the terrine of foie which was easily one of the best offerings of foie I have tasted in a decade. Served alongside was an aspic of elderflower and a crème with an inperceptable flavor. We asked about it because it was so light and enticing and the waiter insisted it was horseradish, which was obviously wrong. Regardless, the foie itself was perfectly prepared with a firm, creamy texture and served with delightfully thin, toasted brioche.

Also on the table was a glorious charcuterie plate, the best burger I have ever tasted, a rich duck breast, and a side of creamed spinach. I would go back for the burger in a heart-beat, despite what I think was a $32 price tag. We finished up the evening with a cheese plate but because of the volume in the lounge, we didn't really understand the cheese explanations which were offered. They were served with a few glasses of Tokaji and I was very surprised that in all, the entire meal with tip came to a mere $100 a person. Quite a bargain, considering the quality and bounty of the food offered.

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Posted 27 July 2009 - 02:09 AM

Going to be in LV next week for a few days and wondering if anyone has tried any of the "bargain" meals at the more upscale places. Here's a list of some of them Specials. Basically early bird specials called Lion King Dinners oddly enough. If you click on the restaurant name, then menus it shows the bargain menu. Would any of these be worthwhile (seafood only choices are out)? The best sounding to me are Fleur Di Lys, Il Mulino and Aureole. No clue if these are worth it though. Thanks!

#23 Evelyn

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Posted 27 July 2009 - 02:46 AM

Merlin, most of the restaurants here are offering prix fixe early menus. If you go to the hotels websites, you can find examples of the menus with a little searching. Some, like the Wynn, have a special separate listing for their dining specials on their main page crawl. MGM is by individual restaurant on their site.

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Posted 27 July 2009 - 09:33 AM

Thank you! Are there any you'd particularly recommend?

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Posted 27 July 2009 - 01:29 PM

Merlin, Daniel Boulud was a highlight for me on my trip and I only wish I had stumbled across it early enough to try their early bird special. It would be high on my list of places I would return to and make sure to sit as close as you can to the pond for the show.

#26 Evelyn

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Posted 27 July 2009 - 02:05 PM

QUOTE(Merlin @ Jul 27 2009, 02:33 AM) View Post
Thank you! Are there any you'd particularly recommend?



I can't really comment on the 'special' menus, as I'm always more attracted to the offerings on the regular menus. But, I love the food at L'Atelier, Alex, CUT, Spago, Bartolotta and Stratta. I'd cannot imagine any of those places using substandard ingredients or producing substandard dishes just because they are providing 'special' menus. If you are looking for French bistro-style food, I have to disagree with Carolyn. The food at Bouchon is far superior dish for dish vs. Daniel Boulud. If you want a 'view' over food, then DB is your choice.

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Posted 27 July 2009 - 04:02 PM

Headed out to vegas in a couple of weeks for a couple of weeks.. So looking forward to going back to Cut. That and Lotus are really the two I miss when I am not there.. Also Batalli's casual spot is awesome.

Everyone speaks of Alex, this is the place across from Nobu? My customers always want Nobu..
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Posted 27 July 2009 - 11:30 PM

QUOTE(Carolyn Tillie @ Jul 27 2009, 06:29 AM) View Post
Merlin, Daniel Boulud was a highlight for me on my trip and I only wish I had stumbled across it early enough to try their early bird special. It would be high on my list of places I would return to and make sure to sit as close as you can to the pond for the show.


I just made reservations there and they told me the show doesn't start until 8:30. We're going at 8:00 so that's great for us but I imagine it's past the time that an early bird special is offered.

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Posted 28 July 2009 - 12:35 AM

QUOTE(Daniel @ Jul 27 2009, 09:02 AM) View Post
Headed out to vegas in a couple of weeks for a couple of weeks.. So looking forward to going back to Cut. That and Lotus are really the two I miss when I am not there.. Also Batalli's casual spot is awesome.

Everyone speaks of Alex, this is the place across from Nobu? My customers always want Nobu..



No, Alex is in the Wynn.


Here is the link to all the 'special menus' offered at the Wynn (and Lauren, DB's menu is offered until 7 pm):

http://www.wynnlasve.../taste_of_wynn/

#30 Carolyn Tillie

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Posted 28 July 2009 - 01:06 AM

QUOTE(Lauren @ Jul 27 2009, 04:30 PM) View Post
QUOTE(Carolyn Tillie @ Jul 27 2009, 06:29 AM) View Post
Merlin, Daniel Boulud was a highlight for me on my trip and I only wish I had stumbled across it early enough to try their early bird special. It would be high on my list of places I would return to and make sure to sit as close as you can to the pond for the show.


I just made reservations there and they told me the show doesn't start until 8:30. We're going at 8:00 so that's great for us but I imagine it's past the time that an early bird special is offered.


Yes, I believe the early bird is 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Here was my blog entry on Boulud.