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Yet another Vegas Vacation...

As of now I'd say lets go with the 23rd. Because that night could turn into a really late one and i might not be awake in time for lunch on the 24th lol...

about 11 hours ago
LongIslandChef in Las Vegas

Yet another Vegas Vacation...

Do they still do the Hells Kitchen tasting menu at Gordon Ramsay Steak? Was thinking about doing that, if they allow it for one person...

about 12 hours ago
LongIslandChef in Las Vegas

Yet another Vegas Vacation...

Doesn't have to be Bouchon, I'll have to think of a few others, maybe Tableau? I'll contact you in a couple days to figure it out.

I have never even heard of Yonaka, I'll look it up right now, although if I'm going off strip it'll likely be to Raku, but you never know.

about 12 hours ago
LongIslandChef in Las Vegas

Yet another Vegas Vacation...

Almost ready to go...I currently have reservations at Yusho, Gordon Ramsay Steak, Sage and Sinatra. The rest of the nights I'm going to go with the flow and make last minute reservations. I will be going to the Brooklyn Bowl restaurant, but not sure if it will be for lunch or dinner on my first day in town. Still torn on the order of activities that day.
QAW and anyone else who would like to join our proposed lunch at LOS, I'm thinking either the afternoon of the 23rd or 24th. Could also do(if necessary)the 21st or 25th. Lets get this nailed down over the next few days.

uhockey, I'm still open for Brunch on the 26th, so let me know if you want to meet up, and anyone else of course.

Speaking of last minute reservations, Ill never forget last year at Public House in the Venetian. The woman at the desk told me it would be a 45 minute wait. I walked 10 feet outside, went to opentable on my phone, made a quick reservation and walked back over. They look at me, check the computer and lead me right to a table. Still makes me laugh when I think about it.

about 24 hours ago
LongIslandChef in Las Vegas

Yet another Vegas Vacation...

Sounds good. Maybe meet up at Bouchon on the 26th for Brunch. Hard to pass up another chance at the Chicken and Waffles.

Apr 05, 2014
LongIslandChef in Las Vegas

In Search of a Great Burger

When I was in Vegas last year, I had an excellent burger at Delmonico steakhouse in the Venetian. Liked it so much that I might have to go back when I'm in town in a couple weeks.

Apr 05, 2014
LongIslandChef in Las Vegas

Yet another Vegas Vacation...

Ah ok, so we're back to a weekday then.

Apr 05, 2014
LongIslandChef in Las Vegas

Yet another Vegas Vacation...

Could possibly do the 26th if that would be better with yourself and others. The craft beer festival I have a ticket for doesn't start until 3 that day, thought it was 2pm...

Apr 04, 2014
LongIslandChef in Las Vegas

Yet another Vegas Vacation...

Great start!!! Anyone else? We can figure out the exact day and time over the next couple weeks.

Apr 04, 2014
LongIslandChef in Las Vegas

Yet another Vegas Vacation...

Also wanted to add, do any chowhounders want to have a lunch at LOS when I'm there? If we can get a bunch of people together we can go crazy with the amount of dishes. Since I haven't been there yet, would love to try all sorts of things but there's only so much one person could order. Pretty much any afternoon from the 21st through the 25th is good for me.

Apr 04, 2014
LongIslandChef in Las Vegas

Yet another Vegas Vacation...

Looks I'll be going there on the 24th. Reservation made and I'm excited to try it.

Apr 04, 2014
LongIslandChef in Las Vegas
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Yet another Vegas Vacation...

That makes sense. Never been a fan of waiting on hold. I just can't stand that attitude against tables for one. I know they feel they're missing out on revenue, but then why not just offer them at slower times of the night? I'd think a full table is better than an empty one. But as i like to say, common sense isn't too common anymore lol

Mar 31, 2014
LongIslandChef in Las Vegas

Yet another Vegas Vacation...

I've been to Cut before and how in the world did I miss that flan? Definitely trying that, even if I just stop by for an app or two.
I definitely will be going to Carnevino for lunch at least once. The menu looks good. And based in what uhockey says about emailing in advance about the dinner items, might have to go a couple times.
I cancelled the pub reservation based off of pretty unanimous recommendations, thanks for that. Sounds like it would've been an expensive mistake. Still have the GR Steak reservation.

Mar 31, 2014
LongIslandChef in Las Vegas

Yet another Vegas Vacation...

I always consider that, but if I have to call anyway, I might just book it right through them. Bouchon, for example, definitely has my info on file.

Mar 31, 2014
LongIslandChef in Las Vegas

Yet another Vegas Vacation...

Ok, a few more questions to add...
6. I don't see much talk about Sinatra on here anymore, is it still good? Worth going to?
7. What would be the top 5 bone marrow preparations in Vegas?
8. How is Carnevino for lunch? People mostly talk about their experiences at dinner but I might only be able to fit it in at lunch.
9. If I can only fit one in, should I go to Gordon Ramsay Steak or his pub at Caesars?
Thats all, for now lol...

Mar 29, 2014
LongIslandChef in Las Vegas

Yet another Vegas Vacation...

Now you're talking!!! :-)

Mar 25, 2014
LongIslandChef in Las Vegas

Yet another Vegas Vacation...

That sounds like a lot of fun, but I'm not sure I can get there between those times on the Wednesday I'll be in town. The show ticket I have for that night starts at 7. Truthfully though, I'm more looking at the bone marrow and fun things like that. Do they still do the crispy pig ears I used to hear about? I know it used to be during happy hour but not sure if you could order it at other times of the night.

Mar 25, 2014
LongIslandChef in Las Vegas

Yet another Vegas Vacation...

Hi everyone, I'll be going back to Vegas next month for a week. I pretty much know where I'll be going, but have a few questions, though I might not be able to think of all right now.
1. I've read on some threads here that Sage isn't what it used to be, is it even worth going to? It seems like I've read so many reviews where it didn't live up to expectations. Don't want to waste a prime dinner slot if I don't have to.
2. Comme Ca, worth checking out for a dinner/snack? Or just stick to Bouchon?
3. Jaleo- worth going to by yourself? I've already been to e, but wondering with the small plates theme, will it be too much for one person if I order a bunch of things...Is Julien Serrano better/as good/worse?
4. Why do so many restaurants not let you make table for one reservation online? I pretty much know the answer to this, just wanted to vent lol...
5. Anyone going to the Great Vegas Festival of Beer downtown on April 26th? I believe the Mortons Group is doing the food, so it should be pretty good.
I think that's all for now, but will probably think of more later.

Mar 25, 2014
LongIslandChef in Las Vegas

3/15/14 Eating Report: Stewart + Ogden, Max Brenner, Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill, Brooklyn Bowl

I'll be seeing Phil Lesh & Friends on the 20th. I'm not a huge Grateful Dead guy, don't dislike them though, I like some of their stuff. He's travelling with some really talented musicians, so it should be a great show.
Was thinking about going to the Cosmo after for something to eat since their restaurants are open late.

Mar 23, 2014
LongIslandChef in Las Vegas

3/15/14 Eating Report: Stewart + Ogden, Max Brenner, Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill, Brooklyn Bowl

Interesting...I'll be coming to town for a week next month and my first night I'll be at Brooklyn Bowl for a concert. Hadn't considered eating there as well, until now. Looks like I have some more thinking and figuring out to do.

Mar 22, 2014
LongIslandChef in Las Vegas

The Revenge of...My Upcoming Las Vegas Vacation

I agree with you Beach Chick, wouldn't hesitate to go back on my next trip, Loved the overall experience there.. I'll just make sure not to order the gumbo next time ;-)

Feb 10, 2013
LongIslandChef in Las Vegas

The Revenge of...My Upcoming Las Vegas Vacation

That's surprising. I thought Delmonico would have a great rendition just based on the reputation of their food quality. It wasn't even an attractive/appetizing color.

Feb 08, 2013
LongIslandChef in Las Vegas

The Revenge of...My Upcoming Las Vegas Vacation

Wanted to add about the service and why I was so gushing. I was a walk in on a busy Thursday afternoon and yet everyone, from the woman who greeted me at the podium, to the captain, to the waiter, to the busboys, had me feeling like I was their number one customer.

Feb 08, 2013
LongIslandChef in Las Vegas

The Revenge of...My Upcoming Las Vegas Vacation

Day 4 Lunch: Delmonico

Once again, the SHOT show people were taking up just about every restaurant in the Venetian. I walked by Delmonico, didn't look that busy, and figured what the heck.
From the second I walked in, the service was just perfect. Every little detail was taken care of.
I ordered the gumbo as an app and the burger(medium rare) to follow.
(As an aside, before my trip there was a discussion about whether or not there are steaks on the lunch menu. they offer a pretty good selection of steaks)

I loved the way the gumbo came out in a little silver pot with the rice on top, as they pour it out the rice ends up on the bottom of the bowl with everything else on top. It was a chicken and andouille sausage gumbo, but you wouldn't know it because the meat was so cooked out that it was void of flavor. I added some tabasco to it, because without it, the gumbo was flavorless.

Now to the burger. This was a great burger!!! In fact, it ended up being the best burger of the whole trip. Had nice full big thick slices of bacon on it, Thick slabs of cheddar melted just right The burger itself was real big and cooked perfectly medium rare. Just the right amount of salt to bring out the natural flavor of the meat.
Best of all, the fries were cooked well done, just as I requested. I can't stand when you ask for well done fries and they come out barely cooked
I was dying to order the bread pudding, but just couldn't fit it in.

Grade B/B- Pedestrian, boring, flavorless gumbo, but the Burger and Service were top notch

Feb 08, 2013
LongIslandChef in Las Vegas

The Revenge of...My Upcoming Las Vegas Vacation

You definitely should, but maybe try the 8:30 seating instead of the 5:30. I'd think the meal would slow down without them having to worry about another seating immediately after

Feb 01, 2013
LongIslandChef in Las Vegas

The Revenge of...My Upcoming Las Vegas Vacation

Day 3 Lunch: Taqueria Canonita

I knew that I didn't want a big lunch, because of the dinner that was to come. I tried to get into Public House but it was too long a wait. I took a lap around the Venetian Shops and decided to stop in here for a bite.
I didn't order much, The chips, salsa, guacamole and queso fundito with chorizo and jalapenos.
First of all, I was sitting at the bar which doesn't leave much space. They brought it all out at the same time. So I had about 15 plates(an exagerration but not by much) in front of me at the same time. The guac was ok, I make it much better. There were some nice chunks of avocado in there but could've used some more jalapeno and cilantro.
The salsa had a nice kick to it, so it kind of made up for the lack of Jalapeno in the guac.
The queso fundito was good, but could've used more chorizo and jalapeno that I ordered as add ins. The soft flour tortillas were ok, came out nice and warm. This was the first time I've ever had this dish, so I have nothing to compare it to, but I would order it again.

Overall: C/C-

Day 3 Dinner: E by Jose Andres

This was the night I couldn't wait for. First of all, this was my first time I had been to the Cosmo so I left myself plenty of time to get there. Typical of me, I got there WAY too early. I arrived at the restaurant about 4:45. They sat me at the bar and offered me some water.
About 5:15 I was asked about the different beverage options, I went with the non alcoholic option, I didn't want to be looped by 8pm.
About 5:30 we were led into the "bar" where the magic takes place. I was seated right in the middle in front of the chef.
We were immediately offered a cocktail made with liquid nitrogen. First time I had ever tried anything with liquid nitrogen before, it was like a grown up slushie, loved it.
Here are just a few of the highlights of the 24 courses:

Truffle Cotton Candy- Sounds odd right? It was absolutely delicious. An amazing blast of truffle flavor all through this gorgeous little ball of cotton candy

Lobster with Citrus and Jasmine air- This was one of the best dishes I've ever eaten. The jasmine air was such a perfect taste to balance the sweet/tart of the citrus and the sweet/ocean-y flavor of the lobster.

Turbot and Bone marrow- For me, this dish was all about the beautiful little deep fried tubes of bone marrow. Crunchy on the outside and liquid marrow in the middle. SO good!!!

Cava Sangria- A beautiful little globe of sangria on a spoon. You put it in your mouth and it explodes into a mouthful of sangria. A great palate cleanser in the middle of the meal.

Chickpea Stew with Iberico Ham- The best part of this dish were the "chickpeas" that were really a puree which was re-solidified into little spheres.

I LOVED this meal, from start to finish it was incredible. However, I do have one problem with it. It was too quick. We were in and out in 2 hours. Not kidding, 24 courses in two hours. Would've liked to slow it down a bit and had the chance to really let everything sink in before moving on to the next course.

Grade: A.....would've been an A+ if it wasn't rushed through

Jan 31, 2013
LongIslandChef in Las Vegas

The Revenge of...My Upcoming Las Vegas Vacation

Day 2 Lunch: Public House

The place was packed. Once again because of the SHOT convention going on. I was told it would be about a 30 minute wait, I decided to put my name down and walk around a little.
About 30 minutes later I was walking back past the restaurant and my phone rang, they had a table.
Was put at a booth in the middle of the room, pretty comfy actually. I looked over the menu and decided on the roasted bone marrow and the quail and waffles for my main dish

The bone marrow was one bone split in two, exposing all that buttery goodness in the middle. It came along with some caramelized onions and some nice crusty bread. But it was almost too crusty, the kind of crusty where if you aren't careful you can destroy the roof of your mouth. I didn't, but I've learned from experience in these matters.
Was a very good starter, satisfying and tasty, what more can you ask for? If there was one bad part, could've used one more half a bone for the amount of bread and onions given,
So they clear the plate about 15 seconds after I finish and immediately the main dish is put in front of me. Really? that fast? they couldn't give me a couple minutes to digest the app?

The quail was, for lack of a better word, disgusting. The whole thing, batter and all, was loaded with grease. As if they fried it in a fryer that wasn't up to the proper temp. The waffles with the "moose drool" sauce were good. The greens were very bitter and just weren't worth eating.

Overall grade: C/C-

Day 2 Dinner: Public House

So after I left lunch and the disappointment over the quail, I felt as if I'd give them a chance to redeem themselves. Since they were so crazy busy, it didn't seem a true representation of what they could really do. So I decided to make a late reservation.
This time, there was a wait at the podium, but since i had a reservation, I was showed right in. Good start
I decided on the lighter side tasting plank of beers and they were brought out quickly. Always nice to have fresh beer from the tap, especially those you don't get on tap often, if at all.
For food, I started with the Fois Gras app and the short rib for the main.

The Fois Gras was very good. A nice chunk, perfectly seared with the sweet/tart rhubarb and creamy tasting almonds were a great match.
However, once again as soon as I finished my app, they were slapping the main in front of me. Didn't like that.
The Short Rib was also very good. Tender, not dry at all. The sauce had a bit of a coffee flavor to it. I liked how they gave me a little carafe of the sauce, so I could control the distribution myself, especially over the mashed potatoes. I always appreciate these little details...
I was WAY too stuffed for desert, which was a shame, they sounded pretty good...Very happy that I gave them another chance

Grade: B/B+

Next up will be Taqueria Canonita and E(not going to tell too much because I don't want to ruin peoples surprise, but will tell about some highlights for me)

Jan 26, 2013
LongIslandChef in Las Vegas

The Revenge of...My Upcoming Las Vegas Vacation

The tasting menu was 110, the beers were 14 each(i think) and I had two or three of them. With tax and tip, it was about 200...

Jan 25, 2013
LongIslandChef in Las Vegas

The Revenge of...My Upcoming Las Vegas Vacation

It definitely wasn't a pasta, i'm trying to remember if it was pork or fish, Keep in mind, at this point is was after 11:30pm, which since it was my first night, means for me it was feeling like 2:30 in the morning.

The reason i gave it a higher grade than the food indicates is because the service was top notch. The waiters were very knowledgeable on the dishes being served and didn't try the old Vegas up sell of the most expensive items on the menu. Also, the less memorable dishes weren't bad, just didn't wow like the others. Plus, I was getting full lol. Hadn't eaten a big multi course meal like that in a long time.

edit: Thinking more about the grade now, you're right, maybe B+ was a bit generous. Probably more of a B than B+.

Jan 24, 2013
LongIslandChef in Las Vegas

The Revenge of...My Upcoming Las Vegas Vacation

Lets get this party started...

Day 1 Lunch: Valentino
After arriving I walked over to the Venetian for some lunch. Wasn't quite sure where I wanted to eat, but because of the SHOT convention, most places seemed to have quite a wait. I tried to get into Public House and was told at least a half hour but probably much longer. I decided to try some place else.
Next, I walked by Valentino, took a quick look at the menu and decided to give it a shot. I was seated at the bar, The bartender(forgot her name) was very sweet and attentive.
I started with the Fried Calamari. It was very good. A nice thin crispy crust on the outside and still nice and tender on the inside. A little fresh squeezed lemon, some spicy marinara and I was off to a good start, ate the whole plate of it and as it turned out, I'm glad I did..
For the main dish I ordered the rigatoni with sausage and broccoli rabe. The first couple of bites were ok, but all the sudden this strong scorched or burned taste started to come through. Just not pleasant at all.
Grade: C+

Day 1 Dinner: B&B Alto Adige tasting menu
Was a long day of travelling and I wasn't sure what I wanted to eat. I kept walking by Cut, but I just didn't want a steak and the rest of the menu just didn't excite me that night. After the pasta fiasco, I started thinking I'd get my pasta fix and go to B&B. I went there completely expecting to get the pasta tasting menu. Upon being seated, my waiter was telling me about the regional tasting menu and it sounded so interesting that I had to go for it.
They started off with the same chickpea crostini as they used to. Simple, little, but tasty. A nice start to get your taste buds going.
First course: Insalata di Vitello with Grilled Rye and Lardo
A delicious start. The veal is lightly pickled, the lardo is slathered on top of the grilled rye, some microgreen salad and beets to tie it all together.I'm usually not a fan of beets, but these were perfect in the dish.

Second course: Canederli in Brodo
The canerdli are a kind of bread dumplings. Not too heavy, but I certainly wouldn't call them light either. A nice full flavored broth which they sat in. Really liked this dish as well.

Third course: Radicchio Ravioli with Calf's Brain and Vin Cotto.
I couldn't wait for this dish and yes I liked it, but I felt like the ravioli needed more filling. Even the way they looked on the plate was kind of sad. I've never really seen a ravioli that doesn't bulge at all, just flat from top to bottom. The radicchio ribbons were lightly sauteed so they still had lots of flavor. Good dish, but should've been a great one.

Fourth Course:Braised Oxtail with Parsnips
I love braised dished that have big flavors. This one wasn't quite that dish. It was tasty, but maybe they need to flavor the braising iiquid more or maybe marinate the meat in a more full flavored marinade. The parsnips were a great choice since they're flavor sponges as well, just wish there was more flavor for them to soak up.

Fifth Course: Alta Badia with Roasted Hazelnuts
Was starting to get full at this point, thankfully this was the last savory course. Wasn't too memorable either. I just ate a little of it and decided to same room for desert.

Sixth Course:Handrolled Pasta Sfoglia with Sage Pastry Cream
I was told, on thing this region in Italy is supposed to be known for is their amazing pastries. After trying these deserts, I just might have to go there. The crisp of the dough, the sage infused with the cream, the candied sage leaves. A great desert, never really thought about Sage as a desert ingredient until this.

Seventh Course: Local Apple and Almond Strudel with Pomegranate-Apple Molasses
I was SO full at this point. I didn't know how I could eat anymore. When they put the strudel down, I somehow found a way to eat some ;-) You would think by the description it would be super sweet, I didn't find it to be. Has come tart, some sweet, some creamy, great balance.
The whole meal I was drinking an Italian micro-brewed beer called Friska. Has the taste of orange and spices. Was a great recommendation by the waiter. I need to find it here as soon as I can.

Overall grade: B+

Next up will be Public House. For Lunch and Dinner, yes went twice on the same day.

Jan 24, 2013
LongIslandChef in Las Vegas