BTW, again was able to use CSR for my first night at Aria. $159 (plus tax and resort fee) and got back $100 in food credit and 2 free breakfasts (up to $60 for two).
Las Vegas dining updates please!
Posted 21 March 2019 - 01:31 PM
All are lunatics, but he who can analyze his delusions is called a philosopher.
Posted 21 March 2019 - 02:45 PM
Agree that Edo is a better experience than Jaleo.
And, re Blue Ribbon-Blue Ribbon Sushi is now open at Red Rock Resort. Certainly not the same experience as you find at Kabuto or Yui. But very good for what it is.
Posted 24 March 2019 - 04:19 AM
Holstein is alright given how it could be, no?
Yes indeed. And it doesn’t have the 30 minute wait that Gordon Ramsay’s burger counter commands. Bobby Flay’s Burger “Palace” is usually empty, perhaps because it’s disgusting.
Posted 24 March 2019 - 04:23 AM
I am at a conference next week where I estimate the crowd to be 8,000 plus. This means even the huge resort staging it will be a zoo, and every restaurant and bar will be booked for private parties.
Still scarred from last year, this time I have two dinners planned out of the resort, one off the strip. Phew.
Posted 28 March 2019 - 01:52 AM
I don’t think I’ve ever had smoked haddock in a fine dining place before, but with crisped squid legs it was good. (A flavor of my childhood; the haddock that is). The foie gras was just really enjoyable. I was comped a lobster/pumpkin dish which didn’t really need pumpkin. Venison was fine, could have been a bit more generous with the civet. Cheese plate was psychedelic: the Gorgonzola ice cream was good, but I’d rather have had more cheese. Desserts, three or four so it didn’t matter I didn’t like them all. Jam tarts, though.
The place was barely a quarter full. The captain was superb and had little to do except please me, especially when I let some interest and understanding show. Substitutions, comps. Another positive, beyond the staggering pomp of the Bordeauxs and Burgundies, the wine list had many very worthy country wines, correctly priced in the $45 to $60 range. Really. I was much happier with a juicy Lirac in that range that with the $30 btg options (or the pairings).
Posted 30 March 2019 - 03:04 AM
I’d been eating on the road, well and badly, often heavily for three weeks. So my reaction here was that, although there was a lot going on with the dishes (bonito flakes here, edible ash there, preserved this and that), it was still a very clean tasting, fresh and light meal.
Then I will contradict myself by saying the skate wing was Flinstone sized. The skate was good, and the warm ocean parfait to start, with sea urchin and smoked trout roe was excellent. Being off the strip meant that Chablis was $15 a glass, not $39 or some other random tourist rip off price.
I was with someone who insisted on dessert
Nice place. Keen to try the nearby Partage.
Posted 30 March 2019 - 03:07 AM
Posted 30 March 2019 - 01:57 PM
The cocktail I started with was the "Tea Thyme"- Jameson Black, lemon, Earl Grey ginger syrup, thyme tincture. Nicely balanced, and not too sweet. I loved the warm Ocean Parfait. My main-a special of the evening- lightly seared U10 scallops, perfectly cooked. Accompanied by braised daikon, topped with the aforementioned bonito flakes and shreds of nori. There is a reason I am known as "The Enabler" ...dessert was a Vanilla Bean Pavlova (if you are dining with me, and there is a dessert with meringue on the menu, expect it to be a given that I will be ordering it ). Served with yuzu-bergamot curd, citrus confit and Thai basil. Very good. Although the meringue could have stood a bit more drying time in the oven.
Posted 04 June 2019 - 01:50 AM
I started with the El Bulli olives, no longer surprising.
A special of the day, churrasco steak, was absolutely inedible. Tough and tasteless.
I did start with a glass of Ruinart, but the above, two glasses of ordinary Rioja, tax and tip, $190. Viva Las Vegas.
Posted 06 June 2019 - 03:03 AM
The service is correct, formal, French. But no tablecloths, oh well.
Good sourcing: the local farm fresh peas with the turnip-wrapped ravioli of crayfish and lobster were not nonsense. Then tete de veau in a paper-thin wrap. A hanger-ish cut of Wagyu. French cheeses. A digestif trolley. Entirely potable French wines at $10 a glass and up.
Countless additional accents to those dishes, tweezery and compose (see Instagram). And a much lower check than Bazaar Meat of course.