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Brief trip report Jan 23-26

I will +1. Especially late when everything is closed.

about 6 hours ago
LVI in Las Vegas

Phil's Italian Steakhouse-Treasure Island

If you are looking at V&A consider Andiamos in the D. Do a search on this board for a couple very positive reviews.

1 day ago
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Brief Trip Report Jan2015

Just my $.02

Pull out stops...Guy Savoy, Joel Robuchon. Very few complaints except price.

Lotus is a must. Raku has always been great for me (sans the most disappointing omakase) but seems to be getting increased grumblings lately. Raku Sweets after a must.

Agree about putting Carnevino on back burner, but that's my opinion (and many others) while others say best ever.

ė, while expensive is unlike any other experience. Which makes it an almost must, as both food and atmosphere are great.

1 day ago
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José Andrés' Ku Noodle May Go, Griddle Cafe May Change at SLS Las Vegas

Zin you make valid and great points. And to that, as I mentioned above, SLS lacks a draw, lacks location and lacks capital. Each of these restaurants would thrive in Bellagio, Mirage, Mandalay and many others because of the foot traffic alone but also everything you mentioned.

it is sad how commoditized space has become in casinos, forcing restaurants to charge $17 for ramen and all the other ridiculous prices we banter about. Had gambling revenues continued to grow like they did before the crisis we wouldn't be having this conversation. But it did and here we are.

1 day ago
LVI in Las Vegas

José Andrés' Ku Noodle May Go, Griddle Cafe May Change at SLS Las Vegas

After a very good meal in October with a couple fellow CHers at Bazaar Meats we all chatted for a while in the casino. And this was the very outcome we all dreaded for the newly opened SLS. SLS was the pig and the restaurants and clubs were the lipstick. Not to mention location. There is a reason Starbucks is as successful as they are and one of their first priorities when opening is LOCATION. If you are going to open (re-open) on the MOST desolate location on the strip you better have the funding (which I have read they did not) and you better attract the people. Sadly I would venture to guess that many of they places will have shuttered by the time I make it out again in March (granted the good Mrs VI approves) or Oct for my yearly trip.

Jan 27, 2015
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Trip Report - D.O.C.G., Border Grill, Julian Serrano, MoZen Bistro, Bellagio Buffet, Panevino, Jean Phillipe Patisseire

There was an Indian restaurant in NYC that served their lunch brunch that way (name escapes me so I apologize) and you could order as much as you wanted. And the quality was outstanding to boot. That's the only reason I asked, will have to research for my next trip.

Jan 25, 2015
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Trip Report - D.O.C.G., Border Grill, Julian Serrano, MoZen Bistro, Bellagio Buffet, Panevino, Jean Phillipe Patisseire

Are you limited to just the one entree? Or could you eat/order as much as you like? At $64, if unlimited, may prove to be a veritable bargain, if you will.

Jan 25, 2015
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Baazar Meat questions

My guess is that is the rib eye and they vary in price from expensive to bloody expensive. The steaks are good but like most LV steakhouses way overpriced. There are many reviews/comments on this site for Bazaar so I would use the search function for ideas. Our group loved the steak tartare, which by all accounts, was insanely good and very easily qualified as best ever for a couple of us.

Jan 22, 2015
LVI in Las Vegas

70th Birthday Dinner (max $75 per person)

Price does NOT include tax and tip...

Jan 19, 2015
LVI in Las Vegas

70th Birthday Dinner (max $75 per person)

Real old school and very close to Trump is Golden Steer. While not the best, it is a fun place that will come in right about at your budget. As mentioned, Cut of the Week at Charlie Palmers is budget friendly with wine included $60pp tax and gratuity included. Veer off the Cut of the Week menu and it will bust the budget though. An off strip place like Echo and Rig will be under budget and doesn't have the over the top atmosphere but is very good.

Jan 19, 2015
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Wanting to eat good without breaking the bank

Never see for more than $15 a day on HW and PL will be a buck or two cheaper. Some very busy weekends may be more but rule of thumb for me is $11.95 for compact, $15 for midsize.

Jan 17, 2015
LVI in Las Vegas

Wanting to eat good without breaking the bank

i either got edited or maybe my post never hit board.

palmdoc1 makes a great suggestion in renting a car. A car opens up an entire universe of dining in Las Vegas. And for what it costs to get to and from the airport you can get a car. And parking at the casinos is free. So I would highly recommend looking at renting a car (generally for a two day weekend it's around $50, which is what it will cost two people to and fro McCarran anyway. And cabs in LV ain't cheap anymore, not to mention lines.

Getting a car opens you up to places like LoS (will bust the budget a bit, but can be close), China Mama (a personal favorite), Big Mamas for breakfast, Viva Las Arapas, Fat Choy, Hot and Juicy and soooo many more.

Enjoy and congratulations on the anniversary!!!

Jan 17, 2015
LVI in Las Vegas

suggestion for causual weekend lunch (not brunch)

Got a car? China Mama

Jan 12, 2015
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Twist or L'Atelier (or possibly E by Jose Andres)?

è and Twist are both excellent and you will not be disappointed in either, as long as you prepare yourself for the bill. L'Atelier is not even in the same stratosphere.

Jan 06, 2015
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B & B Ristorante

I will be the first to beat the dead horse. $ has become no object for many properties in Las Vegas. And the Batali/Bastianich machine is not shy about squeezing as much as they can from the consumer, whether it be Las Vegas, NY, Chicago or wherever...

Dec 27, 2014
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Raku $100 tasting menu - extremely overpriced

By the looks of the caviar it looks to be osetra at a minimum, and the other dishes look to be of high quality also. But I agree with you regarding the omakase. While a Raku is one of the better restaurants in all of Las Vegas, the omakase has always disappointed me in the past. I have found making my own tasting always satisfies me and is around the same $ amount.

Dec 26, 2014
LVI in Las Vegas

Veranda at Dinner - a mixed experience, even at half off.

That really is a very thought provoking article. And depressing.

Since gambling revenues started declining in the late 90s and into the 2000's retail has paid a much larger role in revenues and thus the emphasis on squeezing the consumer as much as they have. Throw in the credit crisis and horrible investments and we the consumers are paying for it, in spades. And I do fear when the next show drops, cause it ain't going to be pretty.

As was mentioned in the article, the F&B positions are no longer held by those understanding what will draw in people but accountants and CFAs who base expectant revenues solely from from formula.

At some point, and I am afraid it is sooner rather than later, Vegas will lose its appeal to tourists like myself based purely on it becoming too expensive, not to mention mediocrity.

Dec 22, 2014
LVI in Las Vegas

Veranda at Dinner - a mixed experience, even at half off.

As has been discussed on this site ad nauseam the prices on the Strip are absurd. Throw the fact that you are dining at the Four Seasons and $6 for an espresso is about in line with the rest of the Strip. Not to mention that coffee is the single biggest marked up on all menus. Why do you think there are so many coffee shops?

As for the "Really"...kid yourself to think a dollop of ricotta (puhleeeze with the "high end" an egg, melted butter and the pasta is anything more than $3 in ingredients.

Dec 19, 2014
LVI in Las Vegas

Veranda at Dinner - a mixed experience, even at half off.

With due respect, I am curious as to how you describe "truly laughable coffee up charge.." with such distain yet defend with such veracity the cost of a single $25 ravioli? To me that is a bit mind boggling if not hypocritical.

Dec 18, 2014
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Great Italian

I will respectfully disagree about not needing a reservation to LoS, especially if you want to go on the weekend, prime time.

As far as slipping, I would also respectfully disagree. The quality has actually remained consistently excellent. One knock maybe the size of the portions getting smaller but the quality remains great.

Dec 16, 2014
LVI in Las Vegas

One dinner with family (Raku or LOS)

My $.02 is you may be hard pressed if you are truly looking for gluten free at LoS. There may be a few items on the menu by chance are. Being truly gluten free means dedicated fryers and work spaces. I have never been in the kitchen (Dave F may be able to comment on that) but I remember my friend commenting on how he could not bring his daughter there because she has Celiac.

Dec 11, 2014
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Have Le Cirque down, would appreciate other suggestions including bakeries

You are absolutely right in that the Veranda is not at all a scene. Rather the opposite. And you could definitely say the same about Raku. Not a scene but rather the food (Raku more so than the Veranda). Just my $.02.

Dec 09, 2014
LVI in Las Vegas

Have Le Cirque down, would appreciate other suggestions including bakeries

Raku on list...assume you would do Sweets Raku after?

The Veranda may fit perfectly, especially for family. Surprisingly good meal, especially pastas.

Dec 08, 2014
LVI in Las Vegas

One dinner with family (Raku or LOS)

My kids (brainwashed remember) love the chili wings, garlic prawns, drunken noodles (bass, shrimp), Khao soi amongst others.

Dec 07, 2014
LVI in Las Vegas

One dinner with family (Raku or LOS)

LoS hands down. My family has eaten there several times and it's the kids (13, 13, 11) favorite restaurant in Las Vegas (I may have had them brain washed...). There are many dishes that are as good spicy as they are non-spicy.

Dec 06, 2014
LVI in Las Vegas

One dinner, seven months of planning.

As mentioned é would be a good fit. My initial review/experience was stellar. However that was when the all-in was $225pp. The current pricing makes it hard to swallow, IMO, compared to something like Guy Savoy. Don't get me wrong, it's a GREAT experience and food is mostly fun and excellent. It's just hard to justify price after literally pay half what the current price is.

Why not save a whole lot of money, go to the Laundry Room for your craft cocktails and head to Lotus of Siam for dinner, or visa versa? I have been going to LoS for many years and each and every trip (about 7 months out) my OCD kicks in and I start planning my dinner there.

Dec 05, 2014
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One dinner, seven months of planning.

How many people?

Dec 04, 2014
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Trip Report: Kabuto, Bazaar Meats, Wicked Spoon

$200ish pp. and yes, over priced.

Nov 22, 2014
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Trip Report: Kabuto, Bazaar Meats, Wicked Spoon

There are many food critics and reviewers alike who should take a page from Ruth Reichl and forego the preferential treatment and treats alike. It's no wonder so many reviews are skewed.

Nov 21, 2014
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[UPDATE] Vote for your favorite restaurants in Las Vegas for "Best of 2014."

Nov 20, 2014
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