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

Nov 20, 2014
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[UPDATE] Vote for your favorite restaurants in Las Vegas for "Best of 2014."

Nov 19, 2014
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[UPDATE] Vote for your favorite restaurants in Las Vegas for "Best of 2014."

Nov 19, 2014
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[UPDATE] Vote for your favorite restaurants in Las Vegas for "Best of 2014."

Nov 19, 2014
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China Mama needs more love on this board

Only wish we could have done together! April if I can swing it!

Nov 18, 2014
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Help for special birthday dinner

No, of course you are not wrong. The subjectivity of food is what is missed more often than not. My single greatest bite of food may be another's kryptonite.

That doesn't mean that some places are not turning out some good stuff. Take for example The Veranda that Mike just opined about on another thread. The buffet quality there is great, well executed and tasty. But IMO, is it "Chow-worthy ?" I don't think so. I have never run across a buffet that is. I'm sure that there is a buffet that exists out there somewhere but I have not been to one in Las Vegas, or anywhere else that I have been.

When food is prepared ahead of time and left to sit, I think by default it loses it's "Chow-worthiness". There are some that have better quality at the expense of quantity. To me, that is not the essence of Chow-worthy.

But that's my thought. Am I wrong? No of course I'm not wrong, and neither are you.

Recently renovated, and probably the most refined brunch in Las Vegas - Veranda at The Four Seasons

Tmi...not in the biblical sense.

That's a ton of info (thank you). To the non-coffee aficionado it's pretty good stuff. And I'd imagine that most places, non-coffee centric establishments, serve something similar to the Four Seasons. And the good news is it ain't $12 a cup.

Which begs the question, what the heck is Starbucks serving (not saying Starbucks is the best but they have a pretty solid customer base).

Nov 09, 2014
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Recently renovated, and probably the most refined brunch in Las Vegas - Veranda at The Four Seasons

Regardless of brand, knocking the coffee without actually trying it is like reviewing a restaurant without going. I am by NO means a coffee aficionado but their coffee, IMO, is some of the best on the strip. Tableau may be a tad better.

Nov 09, 2014
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Foie gras meals recommendation for last minute trip

+1 to Raku suggestion by Mike.

Sage is another good option.

Nov 06, 2014
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2 nights in LV, molecular gastronomy recs requested

Depending on your budget and size of party Guy Savoy has a private room off of the kitchen. While it's not open it is all glass and unobstructed views of the kitchen. And WHAT a kitchen it is!

Nov 06, 2014
LVI in Las Vegas

Recently renovated, and probably the most refined brunch in Las Vegas - Veranda at The Four Seasons

I have had several dinners there over the years and all have been good. I am not sure how long Antonio has been the chef there (if I am not mistaken it is within the last year) but out last dinner (8 months ago) was excellent with 2 pasta dishes being spectacular (La Pasta Cotta Nel Vaso, and a special). One issue they have is some dishes are great and some so so. One reason it flies under the radar is that the setting is so unspectacular and plain many do not recolonize it as anything more than simply "the place in the Four Seasons to eat".

In terms of the Four Seasons being expensive, I have stayed there for the last 7 years never once spending more than $209 a night. When and where you book is key but it is by far the best 5* deal on the strip.

Nov 05, 2014
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SLS: "Social Sunday" for locals

I wonder if it will include the entire menu?

Oct 31, 2014
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SLS: "Social Sunday" for locals

Tartare for the cab, tartare for the elevator, tartare for the room....washed down with the cotton candy foie.

Oct 29, 2014
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SLS: "Social Sunday" for locals

If they do I'm flying out!!!

Oct 29, 2014
LVI in Las Vegas

ISO Steak House Recs

Well that is an interesting statement that precious few can match. A whole different direction in the topic so I will leave alone. My point is that purchasing non-prime beef is more economical than prime. Yet Carnevino charges the same and more money than those places serving Prime Dry Aged. I would bet (I am stating opinion not fact) that the beef that they purchase, BBL, costs significantly less than Prime. Dry aging, whether it be at Carnevino or Smith and Wollensky, Peter Lugers or wherever, costs the same. Meaning the weight loss and waste contributes to the higher price.

Oct 29, 2014
LVI in Las Vegas

ISO Steak House Recs

I agree wholeheartedly with the "Cut Of The Week" being a tremendous deal. I have had 1 excellent experience with it and 2 good ones. Heck, for $60 (tax and tip included" you get a whole meal when some places are charging more than that for a steak. However, as Taiwan says above, nothing screams must go, except the value.

As a side note, I have had one meal where we ordered a "premium" steak and it was fine but would never order again.

Oct 29, 2014
LVI in Las Vegas

ISO Steak House Recs

And I agree with that statement 100%. While I "dry age" in my refrigerator occasionally in the basement it cannot even approach what a proper dry aging facility like Carnevino, Gallaghers (I'm not going to say Bazaar Meats as I do not know if they have such a facility so I will stick to fact) and others have. And that is the reason I will pay to eat a dry aged steak. We can't do it at home.

Oct 29, 2014
LVI in Las Vegas