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Caesars restaurants

Wish I saw this yesterday...we went to Gordon Ramsay Pub last night, very mediocre. Fish & chips were good, but not $30 good! Sticky toffee pudding was also a letdown...not as good as GR Steak.

about 2 hours ago
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Caesars restaurants

I am definitely going to Spago for a couple of lunches and probably one dinner depending on my wife's schedule. I will probably make it to Gordon Ramsay Pub just to get the sticky toffee pudding. Anybody been to Payard or Bacchanal buffet lately? It's been a while since I've been to Payard, but I was not impressed. I usually avoid buffets but have heard good things about Bacchanal.

1 day ago
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Caesars restaurants

Looking for opinions on Caesars/Forum shop restaurants. Mesa Grill, Gordon Ramsay Pub, Payard, Spago, Nobu, bacchanal buffet, etc. I am Las Vegas local, who will be attending a information security conference at Caesars and I am looking for lunch and dinner options. Thanks.

Oct 18, 2014
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A romp through the menu at Bazaar Meat - a good meal, at a price.

We made it to Bazaar Meat last Saturday night and tried our best to sample as many things as possible. We had the cotton candy foie gras, jose’s asian taco, beefsteak tomato tartar, beef & parmesan grissini, Lindsay ranch rib eye, brussel sprouts, Robuchon potatoes and the chef’s selection of little desserts. And thanks to the wonderful couple from LA next to us, we got to sample the pork skin chicharron, little pork sandwiches and the waygu beef cheeks (we passed some of our dishes over as well). The small plates or tapas impressed us the most. The Robuchon mashed potatoes, cotton candy foie gras, asian tacos, beef carpaccio, pork sandwich, and beef cheeks were our favorites. The rib eye was good, but we have had better steaks at Cut, Gordon Ramsay Steak and even Stripsteak. The desserts were ok, I think next time we will just try the foie s’mores with coffee. I think on the strength of the small plates, Bazaar Meat is probably in the top 3-4 of Las Vegas steakhouses. This place is definitely a great place for group dining, as the menu is huge – literally a huge plastic slab of a menu! If we go back we want to try the suckling pig, but I guess Jaleo has suckling pig on Sunday’s so we will probably try it there first.

Carnevino is probably the next steakhouse on our list.

Oct 05, 2014
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Japanese Cuisine by Omae - a 'destination' off-strip restaurant, but only time will tell if it can last

We had a wonderful meal last night at Japanese Cuisine by Omae. The restaurant is a small space, but very tranquil atmosphere (loved the Koi fish) with great service. Las Vegas is definitely becoming a mecca of Japanese cuisine. Raku, Sweets Raku, Kabuto, Yonaka, and now Omae. Looking back at your blog, it looks like the menu is still the same. They are still waiting on the liquor license and I believe they might be changing the menu in mid October. I guess they did not have the A5 kobe upgrade last night, but the grilled Wagyu wowed us more than Lindsay Ranch rib eye at Bazaar Meat! We really enjoyed the charcoal grilled cod over rice, the steak with wasabi mashed potatoes and the sweet shrimp tartar with those great shrimp chips. There were only six people seated for the 5:30pm service, hopefully more people support this truly outstanding restaurant.

Oct 05, 2014
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The Griddle Cafe at SLS - the food lives up, the service needs work.

After getting tempted by uhockey’s reviews and pictures we finally tried The Griddle Café this past Friday and it was outstanding. My wife loves huevos rancheros, so she had the Tequila Sunrise. I had a couple of bites; it was very good with the chicken tequila sausage being the standout of the dish. I had the BLUESberry pancakes with a side of bacon. Great blueberry filled pancakes, but I thought the blueberry sour cream was too much, so I used more maple syrup instead. What surprises me the most about this place is the level of quality with the huge portion sizes. Usually you get huge portions of mediocre food, not so here. Note for the locals – it is easy getting in and out of the SLS from valet or self-parking. We will return soon to try some different items, the french toast and pumpkin pancakes are calling me.

Oct 05, 2014
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Change at Kabuto. Gen-san is gone.

Bump...everybody have any updates on Gen-san? Curious if he is still in Las Vegas or if he has moved on.

Sep 19, 2014
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Dinner at Bazaar Meat®; dessert at Ku Noodle @ the SLS (12 Sept. 2014)

There is just way too much that looks good on Bazaar Meat's menu! With iberico, foie gras & suckling pig, I don't know if we will make it to steak when we go on the 27th. Looks like multiple visits for me in the near future. Thanks for the report.

Sep 14, 2014
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Japanese Cuisine by Omae - a 'destination' off-strip restaurant, but only time will tell if it can last

After reading your blog post, I setup a reservation for next Saturday. I have been eyeing this place for a while. Thanks for the report.

Sep 14, 2014
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One Dinner, Off Strip, Sunday, Have Car, Will Travel

Sweets is closed Wednesday https://www.facebook.com/sweetsraku/i...
and Raku is closed Sunday
http://raku-grill.com/index.html

Sep 13, 2014
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One Dinner, Off Strip, Sunday, Have Car, Will Travel

Todd's Unique is closed Sunday's except for the occasional wine dinner or special event. Check out Yonaka, see uhockey's blog post:

http://endoedibles.com/?p=18161
Yonaka is on opentable, so getting last minute reservations is not a problem. Do not miss Yonaka's outstanding desserts: mango cotta, greenies & choco 10 ways.

Sep 12, 2014
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Next trip coming soon, but first...

Here's the hours for Sweets Raku https://m.facebook.com/sweetsraku/abo...
Sweets closes most nights at midnight, so you might have to have dessert first or find another time.

Sep 05, 2014
vegasjlt in Las Vegas

Craving sweets

Jinju Chocolates at the downtown container park. Seriously good, reminds me of some of the best chocolatiers in Paris.

Aug 23, 2014
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Alize - review is coming, but first a question to the CH community

Do they still have those ancient "silver domes" that they pull off to reveal each course? We got a good laugh out of that, thinking we were on an 80s cruise ship! Hopefully, you had a better experience than we had around Valentine's day last year. The only good thing I could remember is the view.

The whole Palms property needs a refresh.

Aug 11, 2014
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Rosemary's Cafe -- Vegas

http://www.seattlecentral.edu/wp/seat...

Could always email and see if he still intends on coming back to Las Vegas in 2016.

Aug 08, 2014
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Rosemary's Cafe -- Vegas

The Las Vegas Shakespeare Company project is now opening in 2016 - http://www.lvshakespeare.org
Background story -
http://www.lasvegassun.com/vegasdelux...

Hopefully, we will see Rosemary's return in 2016.

Aug 08, 2014
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Next trip coming soon, but first...

Chada Thai http://m.chadavegas.com is open until 3am nighty so that might be a good option for Sunday night. Raku followed by Sweets Raku are essential. Yonaka as someone mentioned before, is worthy of a visit, reminds me of Uchiko in Austin.

Aug 06, 2014
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Recommendations Needed ASAP!!! LOS, Dessert, and Bar

LOS - Nam kao tod, sai oua(northern style sausage), nam prik noom(green chili dip), crispy duck (panang or chili mint), mango w/sticky rice & coconut ice cream.
Dessert - Sweets Raku or Yonaka.

May 07, 2014
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Need Help!!! Tasting Menu $100ish???

It's been about a year since I've been to Sage. They have some great dishes but the overall experience has fallen off. Twist is probably the best option if you are looking for French fine dining. Raku or Kabuto followed by Sweets Raku (I'm a glutton!) would be my 2nd option. Scarpetta could be another option if you want Italian. The pasta is outstanding & great view of Bellagio fountains.

Apr 13, 2014
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Need Help!!! Tasting Menu $100ish???

My top picks - Twist, Kabuto, Raku, Le Cirque, Sage.

Apr 13, 2014
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Sweets Raku

New business hours starting in March for Raku Sweets. Many new savory items coming to their menu. Soups, sandwiches, croissants will coming. According to one of the servers, they will use fish & other products Raku grill uses. We watched the Raku head chef sample many items today and they let us sample the vegetable soup & tomato soup. The soups were good and we can't wait to try the other new lunch items. They also let us try red & white sangria, both were they very good. We can't wait to go back & try the new menu as they expand.

https://www.facebook.com/sweetsraku. - new hours posted

Feb 28, 2014
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Best Restaurant With A View

Scarpetta is a great option for Italian. Twist at Mandarin Hotel is outstanding and would be my first choice. We like going to the Mandarin Bar and then walk over to Twist for dinner. You can reserve seats at Mandarin Bar and Twist via Opentable.com

Feb 08, 2014
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Coming back to Vegas. Anything new, not too pricey, that I shouldn't miss?

Sweets Raku does not take reservations. I've never had a problem getting in, although we tend to go 6-9pm. Went last night after Kabuto around 7:30pm. Try the new dessert: red rock & we love the cheese plate.

Jan 25, 2014
vegasjlt in Las Vegas

Coming back to Vegas. Anything new, not too pricey, that I shouldn't miss?

If you are going to Raku, you might as well go to Sweets Raku in the same strip mall.

Jan 24, 2014
vegasjlt in Las Vegas

Buying foie gras

http://artisanalfoods.com
On Sunset Road, cool little store. Open 7 days - 9am-5pm.

Jan 11, 2014
vegasjlt in Las Vegas

Visiting soon...Sweets Raku and other questions

You should be able to get in. I have been 5 or 6 times since they opened and have not had a problem getting in. The chocolate dessert, "Apollo" & the apple pie are my favorites. Like uhockey said the foie gras is very good & I really enjoy the cheese plate as well. Those mille-feuille dipping sticks that come with the foie & cheese plate are addictive.

Oct 22, 2013
vegasjlt in Las Vegas

Visiting soon...Sweets Raku and other questions

Here is today's menu from Sweets Raku -

Oct 11, 2013
vegasjlt in Las Vegas

Visiting soon...Sweets Raku and other questions

Kabuto then Sweets Raku is great combo. No reservations at Sweets Raku. They have added cheese plate, foie gras, and caviar as extra dishes. Looks like they have some new desserts:

http://instagram.com/p/fVAUDtGd_J/
http://www.mynews3.com/content/video/.... Click eating Las Vegas section, Sweets Raku quick video.

You can always eat dessert first. They open at 3pm and they seem to get packed after 8pm in my experience. We usually eat dinner at 6pm & now go to Sweets Raku.

Oct 11, 2013
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Kabuto and Ichiza

Dec 17, 2012
vegasjlt in Las Vegas

Kabuto and Ichiza

http://www.trattorianakamura-ya.com/M...

Next door to Kabuto, might be worth a look.

Dec 16, 2012
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