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Trip Report - D.O.C.G., Border Grill, Julian Serrano, MoZen Bistro, Bellagio Buffet, Panevino, Jean Phillipe Patisseire

Simon Restaurant at the Palms has this kind of format: eat as much as you'd like from the small buffet tables; and order as many items from the kitchen to be delivered by your server.

It might be a little cheaper than Veranda, but the food quality isn't nearly as good, IMO.

Jan 25, 2015
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

Trip Report - D.O.C.G., Border Grill, Julian Serrano, MoZen Bistro, Bellagio Buffet, Panevino, Jean Phillipe Patisseire

Thanks for a terrific trip report. Sounds like you did well.

I'm curious about the Mozen brunch. How much does it cost? I assume all but the entrees are served buffet style?

Jan 24, 2015
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

Good casual food in Vegas (bunch of rock climbers looking for just really great casual food)

I think you would enjoy Tacos El Gordo on Charleston, especially the adobada taco. Cheap and fast food ambience and no rush to leave. Don't miss the free chilies and onions at the far end of the grill.

Another vote for Fat Choy, especially the pork bao and the sesame noodles.

I like the idea of Goodwich, too, and definitely hit up Art of Flavors. But Viva Las Arepas is literally next door, and I'm addicted to their cachapas and soup and stew specials during the winter.

Jan 23, 2015
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

Buffet Brunch, Giada and LOS or do I have it wrong? Plus..which downtown restaurant is a must eat?

On another thread, I just recommended the weekend brunch buffet at the Veranda at the Four Seasons. I think it's far superior to any of the ones you mentioned, although the M is much cheaper. It's also quieter and seating is more spacious at Veranda.

There have been threads about both Giada and Guy Fieri's -- the search box will yield them, although as I recollect there was far from unanimity about this.

On my recent trip to Lotus, I didn't find that portions were obviously smaller than my previous trip. They are smaller than they were ten years ago, I think, but I don't recall when that happened. It's sort of when that young guy I used to see in the mirror turned into an old guy!

Jan 20, 2015
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

Trying to pick that one weekend brunch spot...

I'd suggest the Veranda at the Four Seasons, the only buffet I happily go to in Las Vegas. The selection is smaller than most but the quality is extremely high. And if you prefer, you can order ala carte off the menu.

Jan 20, 2015
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas
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Where can I get an onion board?

I agree re: Kossar's onion board. Kossar's bread tends to be on the dry and ascetic side.

Jan 17, 2015
Dave Feldman in Manhattan

Lotus of Siam: Still wonderful but...

I think the sheetfish that Lotus uses in the soup is smoked, and it is pounded so that it consists mostly of crispy skin. The texture is is crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside.

I know that Salo Salo at 3650 S. Jones has bangus. Or more accurately, I know they used to serve a stuffed milkfish but I never ordered it. The people there are super nice, to the point that I'm sure they'd point you to a place that serves it if they don't at this time.

Jan 12, 2015
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

Jin Ramen - 82 and Amsterdam

My guess is that you were just unlucky. The tonkotsu could hardly have been richer the night I went.

Jan 12, 2015
Dave Feldman in Manhattan

Lotus of Siam: Still wonderful but...

If it makes you feel any better it's often not available. I think the sheetfish is flown in from Thailand. The prep also very labor intensive, including some violent pounding of the fish to flatten it even further.

Jan 12, 2015
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

Jin Ramen - 82 and Amsterdam

Weak as in "not as good" or weak as in "diluted"?

Jan 12, 2015
Dave Feldman in Manhattan

Lotus of Siam: Still wonderful but...

So maybe we are contrary indicators for each other! I love Thai soups, and in fact the sheetfish soup at LOS, which I've never even seen in any other restaurant, is one of my favorites anywhere.

Jan 11, 2015
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

Lotus of Siam: Still wonderful but...

Thanks for the nice response. It's funny that in my first report about LU, I complained a little bit about the crispy pork! I'll look forward to trying Lers Ros. I've had so many great Thai experiences in Chicago and Los Angeles, as well as LOS and Chada in Las Vegas, that it bums me out to some extent to eat Thai in New York, including most of the most popular places in Queens.

Jan 11, 2015
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

Lotus of Siam: Still wonderful but...

If you were there during CES, Beach Chick, you would have been in even worse shape in the evening. I ate at LOS 5 times during my December trip, and found it just as great as always, if often slammed. At one point, three of the four Chutimas and the GM were all in the kitchen cooking. A waiter told me they did 750 covers on Christmas night.

Maybe next time I come to Las Vegas we can try to get a LOS Chowdown and you could come up.

Jan 10, 2015
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

Lotus of Siam: Still wonderful but...

One thing I try to never do is argue about someone else's meal, especially as there is no way to tell if our tastes differ or a restaurant is having a peculiar off- or on-night. Still, I have to admit I'm stunned by your comparing Larb Ubol favorably to LOS.

I was one of the first people to report on L.U. on the Manhattan board, and I did (and subsequently have) reported favorably about it. But offhand, I can't think of a single dish that I think L.U. does superior to LOS, (and on their non-Issan dishes, I think it is a rout) but we can agree to disagree.

Jan 10, 2015
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

Economics of High Fructose Corn Syrup vs. Cane Sugar in Soda

Let us live in a fantasy world where Coca-Cola decides to dump HFCS for cane sugar in its signature soft drink. Boutique sodas that use cane sugar charge quite a bit for the privilege, while Coke fans seek out Mexican or kosher versions and pay up, as well.

Do any Chowhounds have an idea how much more Coca-Cola would have to charge to maintain its profit margin? It has always struck me that marketing non-HFCS soda as a healthier option is misdirected. No one drinks soda for its health benefits; but folks are willing to pay up for better taste. Would there really be no market for such a product from Coke or Pepsi?

Jan 10, 2015
Dave Feldman in General Topics

Where can I get an onion board?

Actually, it's Kossar's, but this isn't a spelling board. And onion boards are the subject at hand, anyway. Kossar's sells onion "disks," which look suspiciously like onion boards to me.

I'm pretty sure that Zabar's does not sell onion boards, but in the past I've seen them at Barney Greengrass. I think BG gets their bialys from Kossar's, so Kossar's might be the source of their onion boards, too.

Jan 10, 2015
Dave Feldman in Manhattan

Anyone been to Sugarcane on UWS?

I haven't had the pho, but did try the La Sa Ga, but like you were very disappointed in the flavor of all that I have eaten -- there's something wan and spiritless about the food.

Jan 10, 2015
Dave Feldman in Manhattan

Jin Ramen - 82 and Amsterdam

Mostly good news based on my dinner tonight.

The tonkotsu ramen I had tastes exactly like the Harlem location, including perfectly cooked noodles, and that's a good thing.

But the Amsterdam Jin has a much more extensive menu, including a nice selection of hot and cold appetizers and donburis. And a soba menu is coming soon. My friend, (who had a very good shoyu ramen), and I shared the cold braised eggplant with bonito flakes. Terrific.

The bad news. As Jin doesn't take reservations, we deliberately went early and we snared the last two-top at 6:00 pm. There was a wait when we left a little after seven. And there's no disputing that patrons are packed in like sardines.

So we are left with the conundrum: great comfort food in uncomfortable environs. Still, it is a thrill to have exceptional Japanese food in the 80s.

And one more piece of good news: They are open for lunch in two weeks.

Jan 09, 2015
Dave Feldman in Manhattan

Thanks to this board my husband and I had some great meals in Vegas.

Thanks for a terrific trip report. I went to Fat Choy on my last trip and had the best of my three meals there. Did you have the pork belly buns? In my experience, they are superior to the duck buns.

Jan 07, 2015
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

Move over Ronalds - Ace Donuts just upped the ante for the west side of Las Vegas

Maybe I've had bad luck or made bad choices, but the "artisanal" donuts I've tried in New York and Las Vegas haven't been impressive to me. These look great and it sounds like the taste live up to the appearance. I just got back from a trip to L.A. and Las Vegas, and will do a short donut report soon.

Dec 28, 2014
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

B & B Ristorante

Thank you for taking my comment in the spirit it was intended. I in no way was trying to defend the pricing of B&B. It may be petty, but I have been boycotting Batali establishments because of the two B's treatment of their service staff.

Dec 28, 2014
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

B & B Ristorante

To be fair, the menu clearly listed the seven fish as antipasti "for the table," so I think it was clear that they wouldn't be separate courses.

Dec 27, 2014
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

Any great hummus in Vegas?

Thanks for the great tip!

Dec 27, 2014
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

Solo dining for a light eater?

If you are alone in LV, perhaps give a shout out ahead of time and you might find some Chowhounds who will be happy to share a meal at LOS or some other place. Glad you had a good time at all these venues.

Dec 12, 2014
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

One dinner with family (Raku or LOS)

I doubt very much that they have a dedicated no-gluten area. I've eaten with two friends with severe gluten-intolerance (but neither had Celiac or Crohn's) and they had no problems.

Dec 11, 2014
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

One dinner with family (Raku or LOS)

Yes, they do, Marko. Most of the waiters speak and understand English well. If you have any concerns, definitely make sure to ask for someone else. If you are going in the next week or two, you can ask for the acting general Manager, Joe. I have eaten several meals with gluten intolerance and they had a good selection to choose from.

Dec 11, 2014
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

Tacos El Gordo - On the Strip

That's a real shame, although I would have been sadder if it was the Charleston Blvd. location that shuttered.

Dec 05, 2014
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

Venison

Louro. It was so good it prompted a new post from me about it (as well as the oyster soup). But I'd call to make sure it's still on the menu, which changes often. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9956...

Dec 05, 2014
Dave Feldman in Manhattan

Little Italy Pizza UWS

That sounds like a great plan. I've done a S&C slice/Xian double-play myself a few times.

Dec 05, 2014
Dave Feldman in Manhattan

Little Italy Pizza UWS

I prefer S&C but the Grandma slice is terrific at LIP.

Dec 03, 2014
Dave Feldman in Manhattan