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Soba, naengmyeon or other cold Asian noodle dishes

Yes, I-Naba is the correct answer! Great soba noodles, hot or cold. I'm also very fond of their agedashi tofu with eggplant app. And everyone raves about their pork belly, but I'm not really a fan of eating that much fatty meat, so I don't tend to order it.

Aug 29, 2014
ah6tyfour in Las Vegas

Is Halal Guys Much Better than your Favorite Halal Guy

Haha, I'm glad it's not just me being nit-picky. The steam pan meat completely changes the dish. The flavor and textures you get from the little bits of char is what makes it an amazing plate of food. nd every single piece of meat has a different amount of char. Without it, it's just bland meat over rice.

I'll have to drop by the B&M location myself to try it out. I'm in the NY area for the next month, so might as well take advantage of it. It would also be weird if they were cooking meat on the flat top to order. Is it too much to ask that they dump a huge pile of meat on the flat top and just continuously mix it up and move it around until it's time to dump more meat on top of the existing pile? That's how they get all those different textures!

I was pretty proud of that NY trip report of mine. I think I must have gained 5 pounds after those 6 days.

Aug 28, 2014
ah6tyfour in Manhattan

Did anyone try SLS buffet today? I walked in and walked right out

That's how I felt about SLS. Except for restaurants, no reason to go back. Nothing about the place stands out. It almost looks like you could peel back the wallpaper and rub away the new paint to reveal the old Sahara still there underneath. And who thought it was a good idea to not replace the parking garage elevators?

They should have imploded the Sahara and rebuilt from scratch. If nothing else, that would have allowed them to have higher ceilings and change the floor plan.

I'm excited about the Umami Burger sports bar though.

Aug 28, 2014
ah6tyfour in Las Vegas

The Griddle Cafe at SLS - the food lives up, the service needs work.

Wait, you don't like savory breakfast food? I'm the complete opposite. I tend to stay away from pancakes, french toast, etc and gravitate towards eggs benedicts, scrambles, omelettes, and things like steak and eggs. I never really get excited about breakfast and I usually hate it when people recommend we meet up for breakfast. I have to wake up when? And we have to wait in line because they don't take reservations for breakfast? And it's going to be $17 for breakfast? I'd rather just get a Sausage McMuffin with Egg at McDonalds!

If you say the pancakes are moist, maybe I'll give it a try. Or maybe I'll take someone who is sure to order pancakes and I'll just try some of theirs. I usually use minimal syrup, but good to know it's the real stuff. Have you been to Babystacks? Aside from the lemon ricotta pancakes, I don't like any of their pancakes. So dry and one-note.

Aug 28, 2014
ah6tyfour in Las Vegas

The Griddle Cafe at SLS - the food lives up, the service needs work.

Oh, really? I had no idea. I assumed Kevin was the guy from KevinEats. It does seem like him because he asks about places or about getting a reservation to a place and then a few weeks later, I'll see a KevinEats blog post about the place. Maybe it's just coincidence. I'm not sure now. I really thought it was him. I guess I made that assumption so long ago that I just assume it's him now. Although, now that I think about it, the writing style isn't quite the same. Do you know for a fact that it's not him?

Advertising online is all about generating visits to a site. It doesn't matter if one has no financial gain at the moment. Maybe someone will click over to the blog, like it, and become a regular reader of the blog. That means that initial click was essentially advertising. What if all the blog readers came from constantly seeing links to the blog and now that the blogger has amassed a bunch of regular readers, starts adding pay-per-click ads or an Amazon Marketplace to the blog? It's impossible to quantify and Chowhound should just restrict it by not allowing links to blog posts at all.

The best solution would be to just write a review for the board itself and write something separate for the blog.

I (usually) really enjoy/trust your reviews. But I definitely avoid clicking links to the blog just because I don't think it's something that should be allowed. Hopefully no hard feelings...

Aug 28, 2014
ah6tyfour in Las Vegas

The Griddle Cafe at SLS - the food lives up, the service needs work.

I try not to let it show, but I've always been a bit annoyed with blog posts on the forum. It's too easy to cross the line from helpful reviews to pure advertising. So I'm glad Chowhound decided to try to look into the issue. Their solution is pretty terrible though. It's worse than just pasting the blog content into the thread, which I already thought was a bad idea.

They should do what other forums do. Allow a signature at the bottom of each post with a link to the blog's home page. But not allow links directly to the specific blog post so that the blogger can't spam the forums with links to get people to click over there. And not allow any mentions of wording like "go see my review in the blog"

What would be helpful now is what most bloggers on Chowhound do anyway. They link to their blog post, but they write a completely separate post just for Chowhound boards. That way, the content is made just for the forum, but you can click on the link to be taken to the blog, where you can read the same thoughts, but worded differently. That's how most of the bloggers on the NYC forums operate. Better yet, be like KevinEats of the Los Angeles board and just not mention the blog at all. Just contribute like a normal person, even though he's arguably the most well-eaten blogger in Los Angeles.

Aug 28, 2014
ah6tyfour in Las Vegas

Is Halal Guys Much Better than your Favorite Halal Guy

Hah, I'm just seeing this. I think that trip report must have been mine. I was obsessed with the fact that they seemed to serve out of steam trays vs actually putting meat on the grill and that there was no logic to when they would do it a certain way. We had Halal Guys twice in one day, once again the next day, and again a few days later. We received the steam tray meat during lunch rush, grilled meat that same evening around 11pm, steamed meat the next night around the same time, and steamed meat again our last night.

It really takes away from the experience. It was really evident the night I had it twice. During lunch, I had the steamed meat and the meal as a whole was pretty boring and nothing like the Halal Guys combo plate I remember. At night, I received the grilled meat and it was a completely different dish.

Has anyone been to the B&M? They better be serving off the flattop there.

Aug 27, 2014
ah6tyfour in Manhattan

The Griddle Cafe at SLS - the food lives up, the service needs work.

I'm not really a breakfast person, but I'll have to try it out. My friends like Los Angeles rave about the place. I know the pancakes are large, but are they somehow able to make them not doughy and dry? I've always found pancakes to be a really bland/dry dish and I'm almost always disappointed. Did you try any of the savory items? I really want to try one of their omelettes.

So this is what the new Chowhound rules are? It's even worse than before. Seems like now the thread doesn't give any information at all and just allows people to advertise a link to a site. Why would Chowhound want people to click to an external site? Very strange choice by them.

Aug 27, 2014
ah6tyfour in Las Vegas

Did anyone try SLS buffet today? I walked in and walked right out

I have found the opposite to be true, especially with buffets. They put out their best right at the start and then slowly they're forced to cut costs. When Wicked Spoon opened, it was a great meal and they had king crab legs served in butter, but in a way I've never seen before. The king crab was whole with the shell removed, so you got the entire thickness of the crab along with the meat of every joint below the main one. It was like a king crab steak. And Bacchanal was amazing right at the start. Unfortunately, the king crab (most of the time the only way to get some is to ask for it at the hot station) is gone as is the Tomahawk chop. They also got rid of the interesting sashimi dishes they used to put out. It's still my go-to buffet, but it's not quite as spectacular as it once was.

Sit-down restaurant grand openings can be a bit hit or miss, I'll agree with that.

Aug 26, 2014
ah6tyfour in Las Vegas

Did anyone try SLS buffet today? I walked in and walked right out

No, the casino seemed pretty busy, but it's a very small space. Put those same number of people inside Caesar's Palace and it would look like 4am on an off-Tuesday. SLS felt crowded, but the table games were no more than 50% in use. Multiple empty $10 blackjack tables with a dealer just standing around. I definitely expected more on their first day.

SLS is very tight quarters. Slot machines are right up against each other with barely enough room for a small walkway between opposing chairs. It's a big mishmash of machines going every which way and I found it pretty claustrophobic. I don't remember too much about the layout of the old Sahara, but I don't remember the gaming area being THAT small. It's possible the restaurants pushed out towards the center and caused the gaming area to shrink.

The restaurants seemed all seemed well-done. Ku Noodle, with its big windows allowing views of the kitchen from the outside, looks like it will be popular. I really like Griddle Cafe's look as well. Umami Burger is not just another burger spot, but also a full bar with TVs to watch sports. It was very inviting. 800 Degrees is a bit smaller and more subdued than their Monte Carlo location. Bazaar Meat is in a nice space and I like that it's a bit secluded from the main floor (while all the other eateries open up right onto the floor). Katsuya seemed to be really popular when I walked by. I didn't actually eat at any of the restaurants, but I will make my way through them soon. I'm originally from Southern California, so I was a bit amused at the SoCal food invasion of SLS Vegas.

I really like the look of Perq. It seems like a great place to get a cup of coffee.

Aside from the restaurants, it felt like that "young modern" concept some Macy's department stores tried few years ago in the young urban casual section. Where they left the ground, walls, and ceiling unfinished and threw up some fake graffiti. I think that concept failed miserably. I guess it's what the SLS clientele want, but it's not for me. I like subdued elegance like Aria, M Resort, and Palazzo.

Aug 24, 2014
ah6tyfour in Las Vegas

Did anyone try SLS buffet today? I walked in and walked right out

So it really was bad... Yikes. I almost just went ahead and paid, but I thought it was weird that there were only 20 people eating lunch on grand opening day. So I decided to check it out first. I can't believe the prices. And shouldn't there be some law that prices must be posted? I had to ask a cashier.

Did you happen to go for dinner? If so, what were some of the featured items? The brunch stuff looked terrible.

I bet it did fill up in the evening since they were offering two free buffet passes with 500 points earned.

Aug 23, 2014
ah6tyfour in Las Vegas

Did anyone try SLS buffet today? I walked in and walked right out

Went to check out the new SLS today and I was pretty disappointed in the property overall. I had gone today with the intention of trying the buffet, but luckily I asked to take a look inside before actually eating there.

There is a center island for desserts which looked decent, but the actual food service area was quite limited. It's essentially three sections and that's it. So imagine Rio Carnival World Buffet with just the Mexican section, Asian section, and that weird American hodgepodge section. That's the length of the food area. The food was not appealing at all and turnover was slow, so items were just sitting there.

I took a look around 3:20pm, as brunch was ending (4pm is switch to dinner) and nothing looked good. I went back at 4:30pm and the exact same dishes were still out. Even though they stayed charging dinner price 30 min ago, the staff had not yet changed to dinner dishes and showed no real hurry to make the change. There were no more than 15-20 people eating either time I checked.

Did anyone actually eat at the SLS Buffet today? Was it better than it looked?

Aug 23, 2014
ah6tyfour in Las Vegas

Anyone been to Fogo de Chao recently?

From what my friends have said, Texas de Brazil at Town Square does the better job. I have not been to either here in Vegas, so I cannot vouch for it.

And as of a few months ago, their lunch (at lunch price) included all the meats that the dinner includes. Which is awesome since I've always hated lunch at these places since they don't put out the good meats. I only want chicken to come around so many times...

Aug 15, 2014
ah6tyfour in Las Vegas

Craving sweets

If you're okay with Japanese desserts that actually are not very sweet, Sweets Raku is the place to go. It's a dessert counter where you get three courses of dessert (you get to choose the middle "main course") for $19. You also get to watch the pastry chef create your dishes in front of you.

Aug 07, 2014
ah6tyfour in Las Vegas

8/2/14 Dining Report - Norm's Eggs Cafe, Guy Fieri's Las Vegas Kitchen & Bar, Pink Box on Durango, Herbs & Rye

This is probably just a matter of semantics, but the mods probably wouldn't like you telling someone to read your blog. Perhaps "look through my post history" would be better. While I'm sure everyone appreciates your reviews on here, sometimes it's a fine line between useful reviews and overtly advertising your blog (yes, I do realize you don't profit from the blog).

In any case, 4x at Twist probably is a regular since most people eat there once in their life! One day I will go and experience it. I think the only place I'm a regular is McDonalds after midnight for a Sausage McMuffin with Egg and a large fry. =P

Do you think you'd try Guy Fieri's place for dinner? Again, I don't think I'd ever go and I'd really appreciate a review. I just can't do it. I can't sit there and read that menu and say those menu items to the waiter.

Aug 05, 2014
ah6tyfour in Las Vegas

8/2/14 Dining Report - Norm's Eggs Cafe, Guy Fieri's Las Vegas Kitchen & Bar, Pink Box on Durango, Herbs & Rye

Wow, nice report. Thanks!

Somehow from your posts on here, I never thought you'd actually eat there. Now I feel bad because it's the one place I refuse to try (mostly because the menu annoys me to no end, but also because I'm probably a little bit afraid I'd like it).

Aug 04, 2014
ah6tyfour in Las Vegas

South Point Breakfast Buffet

Thanks for the review! I used to go to the Orleans buffet a lot, but hadn't gone for a year or two before revisiting it a few weeks ago. I found the food incredibly salty and everything tasted premade/frozen. So maybe I'll go give South Point a try! Did they have fried scallops? I remember them having great fried scallops.

Aug 01, 2014
ah6tyfour in Las Vegas

What is the appeal of Yusho?

Yea, a $50 bowl of ramen is a bit far-fetched. Especially if it's not that special. It would be like Ichiza selling $9 yakitori skewers or Secret Pizza at Cosmo selling white pizza by the slice for $16.

It's a very strange feeling when that cost/value ratio is off. It's something I have never experienced to the degree I did at Yusho. It's as if Yusho just went over that edge. A small dish of house pickles for $3? Great. $5? Getting a bit high up there, but maybe they're really good! $9? Yikes, there's no way we just paid $9 for this little saucer of veggies.

You can find reservations at Alinea for $210 sometimes. Why would anyone buy a $50 bowl of ramen when you can have a cutting-edge memorable tasting menu for $210?

Jul 26, 2014
ah6tyfour in Las Vegas

What is the appeal of Yusho?

Strange that you'd get the giant bowl for omekase and not the normal bowl. What did you think of it? Was it a satisfying good bowl of ramen?

I can't even comprehend a bowl of ramen that's $40-$55. That would be like going to a new taco shop and paying $10 for an al pastor street taco!

Jul 26, 2014
ah6tyfour in Las Vegas

What is the appeal of Yusho?

What's the monster ramen? Is it the size of a normal bowl of ramen elsewhere? How was it?

Looks like it's on the Monte Carlo website as $55. Did you end up paying $55 or $40? If $55, then that means the YushoLV website really is new pricing.

Still though, $40 for their ramen? That's four bowls of ramen and an order of edamame elsewhere. And those places would use good ramen noodles and have a decent broth!

Jul 26, 2014
ah6tyfour in Las Vegas

What is the appeal of Yusho?

Hmm, very interesting!
You're right: http://www.yusholv.com/food-drink/

I would be inclined to say your site is more accurate since it would be easier to update an internal website than to get Monte Carlo to update their website. But it's also possible this was the pricing pre-opening and they raised everything when finalizing the menu for opening.

Ugh, even their homepage sucks. It looks like a "Learn HTML" intro class website from the 1990s!

EDIT:
You might be right! This yelp review has prices that match your menu (especially the flat $20 price for 3 buns...except she wrote it as $10). She also says she got six chicken drummies when her picture shows the normal service size of 4, so not sure how reliable she is. http://www.yelp.com/biz/yusho-las-veg...

Jul 26, 2014
ah6tyfour in Las Vegas

What is the appeal of Yusho?

I just checked the online menu against the prices in my initial post. They're all the same except the pork shoulder bun, which either went down by $1 or I wrote the wrong price on my review. I'm going with no pricing changes and I just made a mistake on that one item.

Did you see some other items that changed price? For me, things like the house-made pickles would need to be dropped down to $4 or $5. The bowl of ramen needs to come down to $12-14. Essentially, drop everything by around 40%.

By how empty it seems to be every time I walk by, they're better off dropping everything down 30-40% than ending up on Groupon in a few months.

Jul 25, 2014
ah6tyfour in Las Vegas

Wedding Rehersal Dinner in Vegas - Any GOOD BBQ Buffets/Restos?

That's a great idea! It won't be as hot and fresh from the kitchen and your choices would be a bit more limited than being able to just let everyone at the table order to their hearts' content, but it would probably be the better idea. You would have to predict which things people want and stick to just 3-4 meats and a few sides instead of just randomly ordering smoked meatloaf and burgers and another round of hush puppies. I hear very positive things about their catering/delivery service.

Here's a picture of the quality of the pork ribs from another forum:
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-hLeqsD4X8c8...

Maybe you could go all out and get TWO of the "Big Man" party pack. You'd end up with 4 slabs of ribs, 4 chickens, 4 pounds of meat of your choice (maybe split it into 2 pounds of brisket and 2 pounds of links), 8 pints of sides, 4 pints of sauce (maybe get 3 normal and 1 spicy), and 40 buns. And then maybe add on 2 slabs of beef ribs. Wow, that's a TON of food. Can I come?

There's also a 10% off coupon on their website. I don't know if it'll apply to party packs, but it'd save you a good $30.

Jul 24, 2014
ah6tyfour in Las Vegas

What is the appeal of Yusho?

Yes, please do. I really feel like I got them on a really off day and I feel terrible for disliking them so much. I need to see about going back and trying again, but I don't think anyone would be willing to go with me after our previous visit.

Jul 24, 2014
ah6tyfour in Las Vegas

What is the appeal of Yusho?

That distinction should definitely have gone to Monta. Or the ramen option at Omae. Such a shame.

Jul 24, 2014
ah6tyfour in Las Vegas

What is the appeal of Yusho?

My bowl of Logan Poser Ramen was sour. It tasted a bit like that Russian Borscht soup they serve at Hong Kong cafe places. The Poser Ramen had mustard seeds in it, with the acidity and taste of some cooked cabbage. It was really weird. And really salty. It was a bowl of disappointment =(

It was not "rameny" to me at all. When I think of ramen, I think of a rich, complex broth with a fattiness that gives the broth body to cling to noodles. I love ramen because it's a bowl that looks so simple, yet the technique and the depth is so complex.

My friends and I compared the flavor of the ramen broth to this package of hot and sour instant udon. It's pretty close:
http://theworldsbestever.s3.amazonaws...

Jul 24, 2014
ah6tyfour in Las Vegas

Vegas eats with kids - Bellagio buffet? Fois Gras?

This is also why I go to Aria buffet often. The desserts (or at least some of them) are definitely from JP. I stayed at Aria once on a special occasion and a plate of desserts from JP were in my room waiting for me. The exact rectangular macaroon (which is one of my favorite desserts at the buffet) was included, as was a few assorted pieces I've also seen at the buffet. There were some chocolates and a card signed by JP. The quality of the Aria buffet desserts are noticeably better and more polished than other buffets. I do miss the old glass plates they used to have for the plated desserts.

Jul 23, 2014
ah6tyfour in Las Vegas

Wedding Rehersal Dinner in Vegas - Any GOOD BBQ Buffets/Restos?

You just blew my mind. I don't know why I never thought to ask. I guess I just assumed everything is pre-prepared with barbecue and so the brisket was completely chopped in the morning.

This changes everything. My next three-meat combo will be pork ribs, unchopped brisket, and pulled pork or a link. Thanks!

Jul 23, 2014
ah6tyfour in Las Vegas

Wedding Rehersal Dinner in Vegas - Any GOOD BBQ Buffets/Restos?

I think it will be a good choice then. It's near the Fashion Show Mall, although you do need to cross train tracks. There are also a couple strip clubs somewhat nearby, but you won't really see them unless you drive the wrong way.

They have a large alcove off the main dining area which I've seen set up as one big long table for 20-30 people. In any case, I'm sure they'd accommodate. I usually find I can't eat enough BBQ to make the $25 worth it, but if you're going as a big party, might as well just pay the buffet price so you know the exact bill and so everyone will be free to order as much as they want. Drinks are included and offered as a self-serve fountain drinks as well as sweet tea.

The only thing I dislike about Rollin' Smoke is their brisket. It comes chopped. So if you decide to pack your plate full of pulled pork and brisket, you end up with two mushy meats.

Jul 23, 2014
ah6tyfour in Las Vegas

Wedding Rehersal Dinner in Vegas - Any GOOD BBQ Buffets/Restos?

The best BBQ in town is Rollin' Smoke. It's not a fancy or classy place, so not sure it'd be a very good place or a rehearsal dinner. They have an alll-you-can-eat option for $25, where you can order whatever you want off the menu. I'm sure they could work out something for you.

Their pork ribs are great, although I prefer their amazing beef ribs. The sides are mostly good (avoid the mac and cheese). They make a normal sauce as well as a spicy sauce in-house. They have smoked meatloaf, this ridiculous Outlaw Burger, and even some fried shrimp and catfish. The owners and operators have authentic southern charm.

It's not the best atmosphere for this sort of thing, but the food will be better than any other BBQ place.

Jul 23, 2014
ah6tyfour in Las Vegas