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What is the appeal of Yusho?

I've been reading uhockey's reviews on here for years now and I don't remember him ever saying something like that.

Jul 14, 2014
LongIslandChef in Las Vegas

What is the appeal of Yusho?

I don't care how cold it is, a $10 Heineken is a $10 Heineken ;-)
As For Yusho, I never ordered a la carte, always went with the omekase, so for that alone it was a completely different experience. I enjoyed the flavors, the presentation, the pacing of the meal, the service (other than the recommendation of a $1000 bottle of sake) and I never walked out hungry. I also loved how they were open so late every night, which they aren't anymore. I'll be back in Vegas in Sept and will be going to Yusho at least once. Will be interesting to see if it has gotten better or worse over the past few months.
Don't get me wrong though, there were definitely misses with some of the dishes I was served, but for me there were many more dishes I loved as opposed to dishes i disliked

Jul 13, 2014
LongIslandChef in Las Vegas

What is the appeal of Yusho?

I'd like to chime in here, but probably not about what you might think. Am I a fan of Yusho? Absolutely. But I have no problem with a contrary opinion. But to complain about the prices? I pay $8.50 for a Heineken on the strip, $10.00 with tip. Now THAT'S robbery!!! Back home I pay about $13.00 for a twelve pack. All prices are way over inflated in Vegas. I spend $50 just going to Grand Lux Cafe for an app, a sandwich and an iced tea.

Jul 13, 2014
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Review of é by José Andrés

When I was there a couple years ago, they asked about the pairing you want upon arrival at the restaurant.

Jun 25, 2014
LongIslandChef in Las Vegas

Which Hotel Has the Best Restaurant Portfolio?

I'd probably go with the Venetian/Palazzo since it is such a well rounded group of restaurants.

Jun 15, 2014
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Review #2: Yusho

They always asked me before we started the omakase if there was a specific dish on the menu I was interested in, but I always left it to the Chef.

Jun 15, 2014
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Review of é by José Andrés

Thats the same pairing I went with and it ended up the same price. Figured as much, but just making sure.

Jun 14, 2014
LongIslandChef in Las Vegas

Review of é by José Andrés

Is the price still the same? Are we still talking $400+ per person(with beverages/wine)?

Jun 13, 2014
LongIslandChef in Las Vegas

Review of é by José Andrés

In a way, I'm kind of happy to hear this review. Was thinking about going there again in Sept...Now I won't pressure myself to go there when I'm back in Vegas.

Jun 13, 2014
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Review #2: Yusho

They are very nice there, especially the managers. Each time I was there, a manager came over and had me taste a couple of different sakes. One straight up, the other on ice. Generous pours as well.

Jun 12, 2014
LongIslandChef in Las Vegas

Review #2: Yusho

They told me most dishes were changed a little for the omekase as opposed to the menu item. Could have been a bunch of bs or maybe they don't do it like that anymore.

Jun 12, 2014
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Giada at the Cromwell - Sunday Dine Opening Week

The more I read about this restaurant, the more interested I become in trying it when I return in September. Excellent review!!!

Jun 11, 2014
LongIslandChef in Las Vegas

Review #2: Yusho

Glad you enjoyed it there, I certainly had a blast at Yusho. The pickles and ramen were two of my faves there as well. I've already noticed they aren't taking reservations past 10pm other than weekends. A shame since I loved knowing they were open until midnight each night.

Jun 11, 2014
LongIslandChef in Las Vegas

Giada at The Cromwell - Opening Night review (long)

I'd also give her place a try if I was in town. Why not, right? But I won't be until late September.

Also wanted to add, the prices don't seem that bad. Even if it does disappoint(but not saying it will), when I consider how much money I've spent on some crappy meals in Vegas in the past, it would be a drop in the bucket. Sad, but true and we have all been there.

Jun 10, 2014
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Well I asked for the 6 course, but each meal it seemed as if they threw me some extra courses. So it was supposed to be 6 but always ended up between 7 and 9...

Jun 09, 2014
LongIslandChef in Las Vegas

Giada at The Cromwell - Opening Night review (long)

"As someone who plans their trips in a tetris-esque fashion" First of all, I love the word tetris-esque, describes my planning perfectly as well. For me I lay out the shows/events first then fit everything else around them. Of course, very little but the shows/events goes as planned, but thats another story...

Jun 08, 2014
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yes, unfortunately true about events but I figured to give it a try. And yes, It is a generous grade. The reason? I really did have some fun there, met all sorts of nice people and tasted some really good beer. If I didn't buy a VIP ticket and just the regular for less than half the price, it would've been a much more enjoyable experience. Feeling as if you were ripped off before you even walk in is never good.

Jun 06, 2014
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Day 8: Great Vegas Festival Of Beer

I bought a VIP ticket for this festival way in advance based on the promises made about what advantages a VIP ticket gets. One of them is the food by La Comida(more on this in a bit) It also was supposed to allow early admission one hour before the other ticket levels. When I showed up, there was only one line, there goes that advantage. They also give me this tiny tasting glass and tell me that if it breaks I'll have to buy a new one for $10. Wonderful so far.

Then you enter the festival and because they let everyone in at the same time, the popular breweries lines were huge right from the start. I decide to go to the "Brewers Lounge" and check out some of the exclusive beers we get to taste as VIPs. There were a few little tables set up in the bar area where they were pouring a few good beers, but they ran out of certain ones very quickly. Also, there were people smoking cigars all over the place, to the point of not being able to get away from the smell of them. I can deal with it to a point, but when its non stop for hours, I get a bit annoyed.

Now to the food. For the VIPs, there was a buffet of Mexican "delicacies" available. But I use the term "delicacies" very lightly. I tried a stewed pork dish, had no flavor. Tried two types of tacos, had no flavor. Tried the tamales, loved the texture of the masa, but nothing could give it any real flavor. It was such a shame because everything looked good and I was excited to try them, until the first bite. I was hungry though and since I was drinking I needed to eat some.

Obviously, this was a buffet and doesn't really reflect what they might be capable on a daily basis. Just completely disappointed about the experience as a whole. While I did get to taste some good beers, meet some interesting people. One guy gave me a taste of some homemade moonshine which was pretty cool. However, I paid double for the VIP ticket and in the end, it just wasn't worth it. I could have paid half as much and paid for snacks at the food trucks they had, some sounded pretty damn good.

Grade: Food I tried: F
Festival as a whole: D+/C-

Jun 05, 2014
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Day 7 Dinner: Yusho

Once again, I had just finished a show, it was late night and I was hungry. Even though it was Saturday night, there weren't many reservations available around midnight. According to Opentable on my cell phone, there were only about 10 restaurants with available reservations and Yusho was by far the best option.

So once again I took the long hike through the Monte Carlo. Upon arrival, I was greeted by one of the managers whom I had been speaking with on my first night. I sat at the bar and was waited on by the same waitress as the first night. In fact, I was in the same seat. Was almost like Deja Vu. Thankfully this time there were no recommendations of $2400 bottles of sake. But I did try out a few of the different cocktails they make. They're very tasty and very strong, so beware!!!

Once again I went with the Omekase. The real highlight for me on this night were the mushrooms.

First was the roasted maitake with a light vinaigrette. the light char from the roasting, the earthy taste of the mushroom and the brightness of the vinegar. To me, this kind of dish is heaven. So simple, so much flavor, so satisfying.

Second was the Matsutake mushrooms with the steak course. The steak itself was overcooked and forgettable, but the thick slabs of Matsutake were the star. Perfectly cooked, nothing but salt and pepper on them. I left half of the steak on the plate, but tried to eat all the mushroom. I was unsuccessful, left one slab behind.

Some of the other dishes this night were the same as the other nights, such as the Logan Poser Ramen, The Pickles, The chicken wing/drumette combo.

It was a very good meal, but it wasn't great. Not sure if I was a little burnt out of the place? was it because I had so many of the same dishes? or was it because it was late Saturday night? Not sure...

Grade: B+

Jun 05, 2014
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I appreciate the kind words Tom!!! Truthfully, I've never been to a Vegas restaurant with more than one or two people, but I'll try to help. First a word of warning, Some restaurants are wonderful with two to four or even six people, but completely fall apart when you get larger parties of eight to ten or more. Sometimes its the waitstaff, other times its the kitchen.

I see that LVI responded with some great info. Where would I go? I'm thinking so much right now that I feel like I'm pondering the fate of the universe lol.

Since you do love Prime, like LVI recommended SW would be a GREAT choice. Loved my dinner there a few years ago. On the other hand, the one time I was at CUT everything was amazing, except the steak which was so salty I could barely eat it(not kidding, it was that bad). Because of that, I have a hard time telling someone to go there before I give it one more try, which I might.

I've only been to Carnevino for lunch so far, but I'll be going back in Sept for either lunch or dinner. Especially since I already spend so much time in the Venetian.

The more I think about it, I'd probably go with either SW, Carnevino, or Prime(again).

Others bouncing around in my head right now:

Delmonico: I've never been here for dinner either, but did have a wonderful lunch there last year. Amazing service, but not the most lively of restaurants.

Stripsteak: Have had a pretty good dinner here in the past, but wouldn't be near the top of the list. Thought about going back this past trip, in fact the night I ended up at DB Brasserie, I thought about going here, but just wan't feeling it.

CraftSteak: Had a couple nice meals here in the past. Could be a comfortable place for a group, but the restaurant just didn't seem to have any personality, very boring. Food was good but tiny portions of sides and I was alone, with another person, the sides would be gone in a millisecond. Couldn't even imagine how many you'd have to order to satisfy a group of ten.

Jun 01, 2014
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Day 7 Lunch: Public House

I woke up without an idea where I wanted to go for lunch. I walked around the strip a while and ended up at the Venetian(shocker, I know)...

I hadn't been to Public House since the year before, so I walked by and took a look at the menu. Looked pretty good and decided to give it a go. They offered me a table or the bar. I decided on the bar. I went with my usual iced tea and ordered the bone marrow and the french dip sandwich.

Well, this is where the waiting game began. In fact, the marrow was taking so long, the Chef sent me a cheese plate as an apology. A very nice gesture, but since I was hungry, I started eating the cheese and it killed my appetite for the rest of the meal.

Finally the marrow arrived. Two nice sized halves of bone nicely roasted and browned. Scoop some out onto some bread, some of the bacon marmalade, how can you go wrong? Like Anthony Bourdain says, its "the butter of the Gods"...I ate about half of it, looking back I wish I had eaten more, but probably saying that because I'm hungry right now.

Then the French Dip sandwich is placed in front of me, and it's huge. Starting to feel pretty full since I wasn't all that starving to begin with. Upon the first bite, the meat was completely overcooked. To the point of being dry. In a way I was kind of happy since I wouldn't have to force myself to eat much more of it. But of course, it was also disappointing. The fries were nice and crispy though, so I figured out how to make some room for a bunch of them.

This was yet another meal where I thought I'd be in and out in about 45 minutes and ended up taking well over an hour in a mostly empty restaurant. However, the bartender was an extremely attractive woman, so chatting with her certainly helped the time pass. I guess it wasn't ALL bad lol.

Grade: C

May 29, 2014
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Day 6 Dinner

I had planned on going for a good dinner this night, but after the big lunch at Carnevino, I just wasn't very hungry until late night. I didn't want to go far, so the options were limited at 2:30am.

For about a second, I thought about going back to Noodle Asia, but instantly slapped myself back to reality. Ended up at Grand Lux Cafe and sat a the bar. My order was the same as almost every time I go there for a very late night meal. The buffalo chicken rolls and a BLT with well done fries.

The place was basically empty. A couple tables filled and a couple others at the bar. The buffalo rolls took over a half an hour to arrive. The sandwich arrived about twenty minutes after that. So yes, I was there for well over an hour. The bartender was very nice, and they had ESPN on so it wasn't that bad, but just WAY too long considering what I ordered and the time of night/morning...

The food? Average as always, except for the fries. They managed to be both overcooked and soggy at the same time. The sandwich was good, they didn't skimp on the bacon. But the damn bread always manages to scratch the roof of my mouth as I bite down on it. The buffalo rolls were ok, a bit greasy though. Perhaps the oil wasn't quite to temp when they put them in.

Grade: C-/D+

May 29, 2014
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The octopus

May 27, 2014
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Day 6 Lunch: Carnevino

I really wanted to get here during this trip, finally on Friday afternoon I saw my chance. Upon arrival, I was quickly seated at a table near the bar overlooking the casino. Not sure what was going on at the table next to me when I sat down, but the couple didn't seem to be getting along at all. Thankfully they left just a few minutes later.

The waiter/bartender arrived to take my order and filled me in on the specials. The first app he described was a spicy octopus preparation. Sold!!!
For the main I knew I wanted a burger. Going in I knew I should have it topped with cheddar and not the Gorgonzola. I just knew it would be too overwhelming. Of course, as I'm ordering the burger, the waiter starts talking about how wonderful and special the Gorgonzola they use is, so I give in and go with his recommendation.
Immediately afterwards I knew it was going to be a mistake, but I just went with it.

The octopus app arrives and it looks beautiful(I'll post a pic right after this) The octopus was so tender you could cut it with a butter knife. There were very thin slices of what seemed to be marinated octopus underneath and the sauce around was tangy, spicy, and just the right amount of seasoning to help bring out the flavor of the octopus but not overwhelm. The micro green salad on top was a nice palate cleanser between bites. Loved this dish and certainly among the best octopus preparations I've ever had.

Now to the burger. Unfortunately I forgot to take a pic of this, but it was a great looking burger. I had an order of the "Tuscan fries" on the side, but these are not the typical fries, they're basically roasted potatoes. The fries were a bit unevenly cooked, so one bite would be delicious and the next could be that weird under cooked potato flavor.

The burger itself was cooked rare, just like I wanted. But upon my first bite, I knew the Gorgonzola was in fact a mistake. The flavor of nothing but Gorgonzola washed over my palate just like I was afraid of. After a few more bites, I just couldn't take anymore of it. Just a shame because I was so happy about the burger being so perfectly rare. Can't blame the restaurant for the cheese disappointment though, this one's on me.

Grade: B+

May 27, 2014
LongIslandChef in Las Vegas

The Sterling Brunch

I won't be back in Vegas until September, so I look forward to hearing what you have to say about it.

May 26, 2014
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Day 5 Dinner:

I was supposed to dine at Gordon Ramsay Steak this night. I had the last reservation of the night(10:15) my dining companion was running a little late, so I walked over to the desk and asked if it was OK if we go in about 5 or 10 minutes late because she was parking her car. They told me this wasn't possible since the kitchen was going to close. Again, I'm talking about 5, maybe 10 minutes, shouldn't be that big of a deal. The place did look busy so they must be taking orders. I had to cancel the reservation standing right there in front of them, I've never had to do that before, felt a little weird.

Oh well, where should we go? Why not Yusho? She agreed, we jumped into her car and off to the Monte Carlo.

After the twenty mile hike through the casino(just kidding, its only ten miles) we arrive. When the hostess grabs the menus, I tell her right off that we'll be going for the omekase. They offer us a seat inside or outside, we picked outside and I'm so happy we did. It was a perfect night and even though we were overlooking the strip, it felt so peaceful. We order a couple drinks and we're on our way. The waitress walks over and says the Chef remembers me from the other night so be ready for something special and she wasn't kidding.

We started off with the same pickles as last time, but this time accompanied by a salad with beets and deep fried tofu. Loved the tofu, at first it looked like it might be burnt, but it wasn't, crispy and light. I'm usually not a big fan of beets, but these were sweet, earthy with just that little bit of crunch for texture.

From there it was a blur of dish after dish, plus a few drinks. Some of the highlights:

The fried rice with dashi broth on the side. The rice was good and spicy, the earthy dashi broth would wash away the spice beautifully. My guest didn't like the dashi at all, but loved the rice.

Hamachi Kama: This was brought out on a big platter. It was accompanied by little pieces of nori, a type of slaw and a little dish of peanut sauce which was also slathered all over the fish. They encouraged us to make little tacos of of it. Let me tell you, this dish was so simple and genius the way all the flavors came together. You took a fork and raked the fish off the bones, put it in the nori, add some slaw and a little sauce, how could you go wrong?

When they placed this dish in front of us, the waitress announced this was our last savory dish of the night. When we're just about finished and completely stuffed, the waitress comes back and says that she's so sorry and there's actually one more savory dish. We look at her with incredulity, but she wasn't kidding.

Monster Ramen: The Chef comes out with the waitress and puts down the largest bowl of Ramen I have ever seen. On the side of this huge bowl, was the same pork(but bigger) as I had with the Logan Poser Ramen the last time, but this time there were grilled shrimp and maitake mushroom there too. The waitress then tells us that the Chef had wanted to do this dish for a long time. I felt so bad that we could barely eat any because it was so damn good. The noodles were perfectly cooked, the broth was similar to the Logan Poser Ramen but seemed a bit spicier. Both of us felt like we could explode and there was still dessert to come. Thankfully they took pity on us and only gave us the soft serve.

There was only one word to describe this meal, WOW!!! Walking out of there, I felt so happy and satisfied(yes ok, and a little drunk).
The staff, the kitchen, the whole place really hit this night out of the park.

Grade: A+

May 25, 2014
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The Sterling Brunch

Interesting...I have no problem with the price, if its worth it. I'll have to wait and see what people think when they reopen it at BLT. Maybe one of our fellow chowhounds will take the(rather expensive) plunge and let us know.

May 25, 2014
LongIslandChef in Las Vegas

The Sterling Brunch

Was just reading an article how BLT Steak will be "adopting" this. Why have I never heard of this brunch in here or elsewhere and has anyone been there in the past? Not at BLT Steak obviously but in the previous location. Interested for my next trip in September.

May 25, 2014
LongIslandChef in Las Vegas

5/10/14 Dining Report - Original Sunrise Cafe, Caked Las Vegas, Cugino's, The Cookie Bar, TWIST by Pierre Gagnaire

I really need to get back to Twist on my next trip in a few months. Loved it the one time I've been there.

May 22, 2014
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I did see your review and I have to say I'm kind of surprised at the service problems. The service was great the night I was there. But of course, the place was empty, so it was easy for the waiter to give me his full attention, I was his only table.

May 21, 2014
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