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Dining in Las Vegas: Part 1

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I have only one night to dine, where should I eat?

Carnevino

Alex

Bartolotta

I have never been to any of the above.

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Coming to vegas next week for 4 nights, where would be recommended

Dinner for 2 top end, best food in vegas?

Dinner for 7 mid range, i ve heard bouchon would be a good choice?

anywhere else for lunches

Something asian?

thanks for any ideas

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I have only one night to dine, where should I eat?

Carnevino

Alex

Bartolotta

I have never been to any of the above.

Sorry for the late reply but I hope I'm not too late to chime in on a recommendation among the three you've listed.

All are of course quite different, steak, French/American and Seafood. All are in the same expensive price range. The service is good at all three, albeit a bit less refined at Bartolotta and Carnevino than the grand setting and service at Alex. My choice would be Alex.

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I'm off to Las Vegas on Thursday, Some dining plans set, others not quite so set, and some are changing.

We have a reservation at Vintner Grill (off strip) Friday night. Saturday night, we are planning on a late meal at FIRST Food and Bar at Palazzo after some of the people in my group see Garth Brooks at Wynn. We did have plans to go to Mix on Thursday night, but it seems that we are changing that to do a "bar crawl" type promotion at Palazzo/Venetian. We'll probably just eat as we go during that. Some of the stops are actually are restaurant bars/lounges. Other than that, not much is set. One thing I want to check out is the recently opened Mandarin Orientel in City Center. Will probably hit their all meals restaurant for breakfast one morning. Should be interesting. The lobby level for that hotel is on the 23rd floor.


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I'm back from Las Vegas. As is typical, I had some good eats. I didn't really take my camera many places this time (sometimes, intentionally leaving it behind) and when I DID take it, I usually forgot to take any pictures. In any case, here is a run down of the food. Most all of this is from memory, and supplemented via web menus, if available. Posted more or less in the order I actually visited these places.

Mix -- THE Hotel at Mandaly Bay

http://mandalaybay.com/dining/mix.aspx

My friends and I went round and round and back and forth on what we were going to do out first night in town. Mix was the original plan. Then, we go this idea to go a "bar crawl" at Venetian/Palazzo after stumbling upon a special promotional event. But in the end, we decided to head all the way to the south end of the strip.

Perched at the very top of THE Hotel at Mandalay Bay is this one Michelin star restaurant by Alain Ducasse. Decor is very funky/modern. Glass "bubbles" hand from strings and run around the perimeter. Hard surfaces. Very contemporary. Oh, and then there is a the view. And what a view it is. The BEST view is really from the adjacent MIX Lounge. But it was just a few steps away from out table. Between courses, we walked over there. Flat out amazing.

Anyway, on to the food. Our party actually managed to agree to a tasting menu. Out of the two offered, we select the "Grand Tasting Menu", shown below. (or at least, it's close to what we had. I didn't snag an actual menu. but my notes show that this seems to be right)

“Amuse Bouche”

SPICY CRAB SALAD, GUACAMOLE, HEART OF PALM & CILANTRO

TENDER POTATO GNOCCHI, PUMPKIN AND CRISPY BACON

SEARED SCALLOPS, SWEET CORN FRICASSEE

ROASTED MAINE LOBSTER “AU CURRY”, COCONUT BASMATI RICE

COLORADO RACK OF LAMB, JAPANESE EGGPLANT AND TOMATO, NATURAL JUS

PRE-DESSERT

MIX CANDY BAR

The amuse was vegetable. Artichoke heart, eggplant, and I think tomato. Drizzled with some balsamic. This was an OK start. The crab salad was good. Had a strong black pepper kick to it. Next up was the gnocchi course. This was really great. Hit the mark with the cool weather that night. Seem just right for late fall. My notes (i actually took some notes because they provided a little note pad and "golf" pencil at the table) remind me that the viognier/roussanne blend was really nice. The seared scallop was OK. Ours had some pork belly with it. After that was the lobster course, which I found to be just OK. Note says a nice wine with it, but doesn't indicate type. Final savory course was lamb. It might have been rack of lamb, but it wasn't served with a bone. It was like a little filet. Perfectly cooked. Well seasoned. Really good. Out of the savory courses, the lamb and the gnocchi were the best.

The pre-dessert was liquid. Served in a cocktail glass was a lime/coconut foam floating on top of a mango puree. Foam was warm. The mango cold. Drank it so you would get both the warm and the cold together. I really liked this. It was much larger than I usually see in a dessert amuse. Given the location and what not, I think this was ideal. The "mix candy bar" was some sort of chocolate thing. It was paired up with some sort of lime/coconut sorbet that was a bit grainy. Candy bar was good. Paired with a port. I really don't like ports much. Final item was some fresh baked madelines.

Overall, pretty good. Expensive. But a decent amount of food. And there was that view. They are really cashing in on that location and turning out much better food than they could get away with. One tip.. If you don't want to eat, but want to see the view, the adjacent MIX Lounge doesn't charge a cover before 10:00 PM.

Silk Road -- Vdara Hotel

http://www.vdara.com/amenities/silk-road-restaurant.aspx

On Friday, I made plans to meet up again with Las Vegas local and fellow eGullet society member John Curtas (TheDininingAdvocate). Always looking for something new to try, we went to the only opened a week Silk Road in the only opened a week Vdara Hotel in the just opened and much anticipated CityCenter project. MGM Mirage has been building this place for several years and I've seen the steady progress on it over several trips to Las Vegas over those years. Finally, I had a chance to go in!

Silk Road is the only restaurant in this non-casino hotel (or, really, I think, hotel/condo). It's run by Martin Heierling. He runs Sensi at the Bellagio next door. That's a restaurant that I am a big fan of. Decor is very "George Jetson". At least, I think that's what it's like. Or maybe, it's what they 1970s called "modern". Started off with some Fried Mystic Oysters with Sichuan Pepper, Salam Leaves, Citrus & Wasabi Dip. These were really nice. Perfectly cooked. Still had that nice, fresh, briny oyster taste. Next up were Silk Road Burgers -- Char-Grilled Black Angus Beef, Condiments & Seasoned Fries and the Kataifi Crusted Shrimp with Avocado & Watermelon Salad, Spiced Cucumber & Ginger Preserve. Burgers were really just a couple of sliders. Good, but I didn't think they were anything to get too excited about. My shrimp, though, were really good. There was some sort of broth at the bottom. Light. But very flavorful. The restaurant also sent out Charred Marinated Beef Carpaccio with Crisp Cheese Twinkies, Mushrooms, Dukkah & Baby Arugula. These weren't so good. Pretty salty. Just too strongly flavored. Dunno what it was, exactly, but we really didn't care for these. For dessert, we split the pineapple bingets. These were good. Light. Drizzled with some honey tableside. Not too sweet. Good way to finish the meal. Well, actually, it would have been better if they didn't decide to test the fire alarm during the later part of the meal. But they did. Super annoying. Yeah, it's new, and I guess maybe they were still kind of finishing up stuff in the hotel, but still. Not really what you want to deal with during lunch.

Vintner Grill -- Off Strip

http://www.vglasvegas.com/

When I go to Las Vegas, I pretty much focus on the strip. But this time, we wanted to do one dinner OFF strip. And not even in some off strip casino. We wanted a true local restaurant. So, we piled into the rental car at Paris and drove west. All the way west to Summerlin. Thats a good distance form the flashy strip place. In fact, the location of Vintner Grill is a bit unusual. It's on the back side of a non-descript, two or three story suburban office building. When you're GPS tells you "You have reached your destination", you may think it's lying to you. But look for the signs that say "VG". Follow them to the back. And you're there. My party had a reservation for the chefs table. We presented ourselves to the lovely host and were taken back to the kitchen area where there was a high table surrounded by stools. After a bit of a wait, our server appeared. The way it works there is that you can either order off the menu or you can have them put together a multi course meal. They'll ask you if there is anything you like or don't like. So, that's what we did. One friend mentioned something on the menu that looked good to him. Then, we said "just start brining food". All of us (expect my friend who drove) opted for wine with the meal as well.

I really wish I had taken notes here. I'm pretty sure I'm going to forget some things. Started out with a salad of burrata cheese and some greens (frisse, I think) with a pice of grilled bread and a tomato jam. Really nice. Cheese was a good sized portion. Soft. Creamy. Rich. I had never had this before, but I became an instant fan. I do recall the type of wine. It was a rose Cava. I think the next course was the lamb ribs. They were braised and served with some sort of apricot dipping sauce. IMHO, not so great. Lamb seemed very under seasoned to me. Not much flavor. After that, I remember a seafood course. Striped bass. I think this was served with a cauliflower puree that was really good. After that, it was a meat course. Some sort of beef. Can't recall exact cut, but for some reason, I want to say it wasn't filet. Earlier, I had mentioned one of my dining companions expressed interest in one of the entrees. That was osso bucco. They told him that it really wasn't suited to tasting portions. But no matter. they brought out a full order for the table to share, along with the beef course. Really good. It wasn't the typical cut used for this dish, though. It was more from the end of the shank. Got a lot of meat this way. Very tasty. I think that was it for savory courses. I might be missing one, though, Looking at my photos from the trip, I have one of a fish course. Maybe this was it instead of scallops? Or did we have both? I dunno. I can't remember. I may also be confused as to where we got that cauliflower puree. Looking at the photo, it might have been with the fish. They actually told us when the meal was all over that they had planned to work a pasta course in there, but decided not to at some point during the meal, figuring they might just kill us. Two different desserts came. Thankfully, they cut the portion sized down. One was a strawberry shortcake. The other was a lemon cheese cake. A wine was served with this (French. Not a sauterenes, but something like that made from a different grape) worked well with one of the desserts (I am pretty sure it was the lemon cheesecake). But it didn't work well at all wit the other (shortcake). My friend made a comment about it and an additional wine appeared. IIRC, it was a late harvest rieseling. Much better match with the shortcake.

Overall, one great meal. Only one dish fell a bit short (those lamb ribs). Warm, friendly service. We were treated great. Really, I can't recommend this place enough. It's totally worth the trip out there. If you have a car, go. If you don't, rent one for the day. (It will probably be cheaper than a round trip cab ride from the strip)

Mon Ami Gabi -- Paris

http://www.parislasvegas.com/casinos/paris-las-vegas/restaurants-dining/mon-ami-gabi-detail.html

I had two breakfasts here during my trip. Both times, out on the patio. Despite the cool to cold weather, they had plenty of heaters. Couple those with a sweater and a bit of sun, it was perfectly comfortable. Typical breakfast foods, with some non breakfast stuff tossed in (cheeseburger, French onion soup, steak frites). One meal I had waffles. Light. Crispy. Pretty darn good. Next time was some scrambled eggs with bacon, toast, etc. etc. Eggs were a bit under seasoned and bacon was not crispy. I really like this place for breakfast. While masses of people line up and wait for the buffet, we were able to be seated right away. I certainly recommend this for anyone staying at Paris or any of the nearby center strip properties.

Society Cafe -- Encore

http://www.encorelasvegas.com/#/dining/societycafe/

A friend and I stopped by here on Saturday night for a drink and a snack while some other friends were at the Garth Brooks concert. We sat at the bar and ordered up some drinks and something to eat. 'Lollipop'Chicken Wings and tuna tacos. Both were really good.The chicken wings were prepared using the "drummete" part, and cut so that most of the bone was exposed. Deep fried, then dipped into a traditional Buffalo style sauce. The chicken itself had a lot of flavor. Sauce was good and what you would expect when getting Buffalo wings. The tuna tacos were mini "taco" shells. But they weren't made from corn tortillas. Rather, it was more of a flaky pastry dough. It was filled with a tuna tartare. Tasty. Bartenders were friendly and had no problems making me a Negroni.

FIRST Food and Bar -- Palazzo Shops

http://palazzolasvegas.com/first.aspx

By the time my friends go out of the Garth Brooks concert, we needed a late dinner. We selected FIRST Food and Bar in Palazzo (really, it's in a new part of the Palazzo shops. Or is it in a new part of the Venetian canal shops? I dunno. In any case, the place isn't so easy to find. It's really out of the way, down a long hallway that really doesn't have anything else opened up. Place was pretty empty at 10:00 PM or so. I have heard many good things about this place, so I had pretty high hopes. For me, it wasn't so great. Not bad or anything, but not quiet as good as I hoped for. This plate touts itself as a late night place. But when we ordered donuts for dessert, we were told the machine was down for cleaning. Bummer. I don't see my self making an effort to make my way back here.

Emeril's Fish House -- MGM Grand

http://www.mgmgrand.com/restaurants/emerils-creole-cajun-restaurant.aspx

On Sunday, all of my friends that I was hanging out with left. But some other friends were arriving that afternoon. We wanted to try to get together for dinner Sunday. Since they were staying at MGM, I figured we could just go some place there. I called them maybe at about 4:00 PM or so. They wanted to eat right away. I quickly got changed and raced down to the MGM. While I was making my way down there, they selected Emeril's for dinner. I had been here twice already. This third meal was OK. Better than my last one here, but not as good as my first experience, where I was at the chef's table. I chose the short tasting menu. I think it was just 4 course. I don't recall all of the details, other than that I had some steak tartare, some fish course, a beef course, then bread pudding for dessert. I honestly am not sure if there was a course of scallops in there or not. My dining companions liked what they had. They ordered up a plate of fried calamari before I actually made it to the restaurant. Not bad. Light, crispy. Cooked just right. No "rubber bands" like you get far too frequently. A few people had a soup. Some type of lobster bisque, if I recall correctly. They really raved about that. FWIW, I've always found that Emeril places have a pretty nice level of service.


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With the Aria hotel opening in the CityCenter development, I'm very interested to hear about Sage. I'm a huge fan of Shawn McClain's restaurants in Chicago - specifically Green Zebra and Custom House. (Plus, McClain was Grant Achatz's predecessor at Trio) The description of Sage makes it sound like a "best of" his places in Chicago, so I've got pretty high hopes. I don't think I'll be out to Vegas anytime soon, but I'll be interested to hear if anyone makes it there and what they think.

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I am going to be in Vegas for 4 days as of March 22. I will likely eat at Bouchon and Boulud since I am staying at the Wynn Encore. I am now trying to decide whether I should go to Mix, L'Atelier, maybe Guy Savoy, Craftsteak, or Stripsteak. I guess I should break it down thusly. I want to eat at a restaurant owned by a Michelin starred chef. I am looking for French or American cuisine and/or steak. Italian, Chinese, Japanese, etc. just aren't interesting to me at this moment. Everyone seems to have mixed feelings about the three french restaurants I listed which makes my decision so much harder. My budget is not limitless so would it be better to have the small tasting menus at two or three of these places or should I get the large menu from only one?

TIA!

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Although, I have never been to Vegas, I have eaten at restaurants supervised by Ducasse, Savoy, and Robuchon in New York as well as France. I would recommend Savoy highly: from looking at the menu, the Las Vegas restaurant very closely mirrors Restaurant Guy Savoy in Paris. My next choice would be Mix: no one does classic french as well as Ducasse. I am not a fan of Robuchon restaurants and wouldn't go to his place in Vegas.

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I am going to be in Vegas for 4 days as of March 22.

We ordered the two price fixe menus at Picasso, at the Bellagio a few months ago and were very happy with all the 7 dishes that were presented.


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we had the large prix-fixe at l'Atelier in October, were very pleased. They also added an anniversary dessert for us -- nice touch. I would highly recommend it.

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Which menu did you take? I am just trying to figure it if I would be better off taking the full tasting menu or would a smaller prix fixe give me enough of an idea of the kitchen.

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I am going to be in Vegas for 4 days as of March 22. I will likely eat at Bouchon and Boulud since I am staying at the Wynn Encore. I am now trying to decide whether I should go to Mix, L'Atelier, maybe Guy Savoy, Craftsteak, or Stripsteak. I guess I should break it down thusly. I want to eat at a restaurant owned by a Michelin starred chef. I am looking for French or American cuisine and/or steak. Italian, Chinese, Japanese, etc. just aren't interesting to me at this moment. Everyone seems to have mixed feelings about the three french restaurants I listed which makes my decision so much harder. My budget is not limitless so would it be better to have the small tasting menus at two or three of these places or should I get the large menu from only one?

TIA!

Remember that Bouchon is NOT in Wynncore. It's "next door" in Venetian/Palazzo. (to be specific, in the Venezia tower of Plazzo). It's a bit of a walk. All the way through Wynn. Outside. Over the bridge that crosses Sands Blvd. Into Palazzao. Through Palazzo casino and into connector area that connects Palazzo to Ventian's "Restaurant Row". Then, down there, passing everything, through the casino, following the sigs for the main check in desk. Then look for the signs for Venezia tower. Through a door way, then up the elevator, then down the hall past another regstration desk. Keep going. Finally, Bouchon is on the right.

Yes, you gotta know where the place is. You almost need a guide if it's your first time. You'll walk a long way to get there. You'll be hungry once you arrive. I suggest going there for breakfast.

For a starred Michelin chef, why not check out a guy that's truly been IN Las Vegas for many years? Go to Alex at Wynn.


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I have heard that my hotel is pretty far from some of the other hotels. I hope the shuttle and bus service is not too bad.

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Wynn/Encorre is at the end of the north end of the strip that is actually fully developed and lined "wall to wall" with big resort hotels. If you keep heading north, things get a bit "dicey". You have empty chunks of land, chunks of land with halted construction, The Riveria, the Saharah, the Clown, the the Stratosphere.

But fear not. It's get plenty of good stuff on it's own, plus it's "across the street" from Palazzo/Venetian which also has a lot of stuff in it. They have plenty of cabs for the rest. :)


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Just got back from a weekend if Vegas. For our big meal out we went to StripSteak in Mandalay Bay. The 18oz ribeye that I ordered medium rare came out perfectly cooked and was one of the top 3 steaks I've ever had in my life. We also shared some sides, some au gratin potatoes that were very good and truffled mac and cheese and actually tasted and smelled like truffles.

My only minor quibble was the sashimi appetizer that I ordered. It was 6 gorgegous slices (2 of each) of tuna, compromised of albacore, ahi, and toro, however the plate and fish were chilled to the point that it was very difficult to discern the subtle differences of each fish. It was still good, but from the looks of what some of my friends ordered, there may be better apps to be had. But whatever, I was mainly there for the steak, and that was sublime. We had a group of 10 people and everyone walked away stuffed and happy.


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Has anyone been to all the big steakhouses? Off the top of my head I can think of CUT, Steakcraft, Stripsteak, Delmonico, and Charlie Palmer. I am wondering which is the best.

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I've been to several of them both on and off the strip. Some are "big names" others not as much.

Austin's (Texas Station - way off strip)

N9NE (Palms -- just off strip)

Delomonico's Steak House (Venetian)

Carnevino (Palazzo)

Morels (Palazzo)

Strip House (Planet Hollywood)

To be honest, I think I had good to really great meals at all of them. While they are all steakhouses, each was different enough that I could actuall notice it.

Austin's was an interesting "diversion". I dunno if I would go back or if I would suggest an out of towner staying on the strip go there, but if you live in Las Vegas or you just like going to [way] off strip places, it's worth considering.

N9NE has a very young, modern, vibe. It's LOUD, too. I had a great steak there. If the idea of having s great steak in an athmosphere that is almost like a night club, go. If that idea does not appeal, stay far away.

Delomonico's Steak House was very solid. Nothing super special about it, but it's a good place to go to if you want a place with a well known name attached to it.

Carnevino. I lucked into a rather special meal here. (a lunch, actually) What was special about it was the beef. Aged beef. REALLY aged beef. I have a rather detailed post about my experience here. If you are fealing flush and want really aged beef, go to Carnevino and get a "Riserva" steak. Also, the Mario Batalli twist to a steakhouse yields some apps/sides that are not the standard steakhouse affair. Overall, it was really great. Big thumbs up to this place.

At Morel's, I had another very nice meal with a large group of friends. Good food. Excellent service. Nice looking room. Respectable cocktail menu. If you like cheese, this French inspired place is a good pick.

Strip House at P-Ho is just fine. Pretty traditional. Nothing really special about it. But my friends and I enjoyed our meal here.

Overall, I think my two favorites would be Morels and Carnevino.


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I don't see any mention of the riserva steak at Carnevino. I only see aged steaks. Is it the same thing?

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When we went, the Riserva wasn't on the menu. I mentioned an interest in a Riserva steak when I made a reservation on OpenTable about 3-4 days before our meal, but they didn't have any on hand when we got there. They seem to know about when they will have them, so if you want to try a Riserva steak, I would call in advance and ask when they will be available to be sure they will have some when you're in the restaurant. My impression is that they are offered as a special when they have them.


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I don't think the Riservas are on the menu.

My meal was sort of "pre-arranged" so they had some ready for us. But the impression I got is that they tend to keep some on hand in the kitchen. Certainly based on what I saw on a tour of the kitchen, it seemed to be that way. But who knows what be going on any given day. As David suggests, you should really call them up and talk to them in advance. The restaurant has a large meat aging facility off strip. It may be as simple as making sure someone brings over a sub primal to the Palazzo so they can trim it and cut it into a steak for you.


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Just wanted to offer some of my thoughts/input on the most recent posts. I was out for week in December and I revisited several of the places being discussed

For Steak:

Carnevino: We did the riserva steaks at Carnevino, actually the second time I've done this, both of which have been at lunch. As correctly indicated, they are off menu/daily special items. They don't always have them on hand (especially at lunch) but if you call ahead and put in a request they will do their best to have them for you. The first meal I had there was on a weekday and the selection was fairly limited. On the more recent meal there was a large group of us and it was a weekend and they had several cuts to select from. Honestly, the riserva is the best dry-aged steak I've had. Ever. Really funky (in a good way) stuff. The service here is really accommodating and top-notch. Also the appetizers are more unique for a steakhouse - I think we tried most of them and they were across the board great. The salumi was especially well done.

Cut: Really love this place. A more interesting riff on the standard steakhouse. Great steak, appetizers and cocktails. Highly recommended.

Delmonico: Very solid, consistent steakhouse. Not overly creative but always good.

I'm not really a big fan of any of the other steakhouses. They all feel sort of the same to me. Most are very good but none particularly stand out in my mind.

French:

Charlie Trotter/Bar Charlie: This is my favorite restaurant in Vegas. The main restaurant is great. Very creative food leaning towards seafood. Really well done, thoughtful, and balanced with exceptional ingredients. I can't go on enough about it. Since you're not interested in Japanese inspired food probably Bar Charlie won't be for you but I truly feel that the food at Bar Charlie is the best thing going in Vegas restaurants.

Savoy and Alex: I would echo the recommendations for Guy Savoy and Alex. Guy Savoy feels a bit more refined and maybe a little more clever/whimsical with their dishes. Alex to me is more precise (you can never have too much precision in your food) and also does have that intangible homegrown feel to it. Both are very memorable meals. You can't go wrong with either - just don't plan on doing much afterwards if you go full tasting. Additionally, Savoy offers a small bite menu in the (very nice) bar where you can sample small portions of several main menu items as well as other dishes from the kitchen very much in the same vein as the main menu selections at significantly less cost.

L'Atelier: If you're trying to keep cost down this will give you some very interesting and thoughtful food with the option of doing tastings in smaller portions (most/all of the menu options are smaller plates). The egg, langoustine, and quail/squab(?) were standouts for me at my last meal. The tasting menu(s) are also more affordable than those mentioned above.

Twist: I assume at some point in your planning you will come across Pierre Gagnaire's new restaurant in the Mandarin. Although noteworthy for its namesake, I would recommend against it for the time being. It was pretty typical Gagnaire - very high notes and very low notes. The restaurant I think is still finding its identity and frankly the food, although fairly creative, doesn't make much sense - at times it seemed almost like they were trying to combine weird flavors together without tasting the result to properly calibrate the outcome. There was no congruence in between (and sometimes within) courses. I think with time they'll tighten up their menu/format and it will be a key restaurant to visit, but I was less than thrilled with the overall meal I had there. Might try it again in 6-12 months.

Mix: I would recommend against here. Aside from the view the food has never been overly impressive and also seems overpriced. You can do much better at

Hope this helps some...

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I am going to be in Vegas for 4 days as of March 22. I will likely eat at Bouchon and Boulud since I am staying at the Wynn Encore. I am now trying to decide whether I should go to Mix, L'Atelier, maybe Guy Savoy, Craftsteak, or Stripsteak. I guess I should break it down thusly. I want to eat at a restaurant owned by a Michelin starred chef. I am looking for French or American cuisine and/or steak. Italian, Chinese, Japanese, etc. just aren't interesting to me at this moment. Everyone seems to have mixed feelings about the three french restaurants I listed which makes my decision so much harder. My budget is not limitless so would it be better to have the small tasting menus at two or three of these places or should I get the large menu from only one?

TIA!

I am heading to Vegas this weekend and when I was there last June, went to Alex for my "special" birthday meal (solo) but met a bunch of people at Boulud which ended up being more memorable. Alex was stunning and I had no problem being a single diner there and it was certainly exceptional. Boulud worked better with a group because the portions were large and benefited from sharing. You can search back into my blog for Boulud pics and I'm ashamed to say I never got around to writing up the Alex meal (I will soon, I promise).

However, check about the status of Boulud as it is scheduled to close soon. I may check on it this weekend, but am deliberately NOT planning on where I am eating this time and leaving it to whimsy.

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Has anyone ever tried the gift certificates from restaurant.com. I noticed that they have great deals at Stripsteak and Mix. Is it possible to stack these certificates?

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