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Japaneiro: Outstanding food in unlikely location

I reported on exactly what was served, and its quality. As my recent travels thoughout France, or any number of US Cities, will indicate I don't mind paying for great food. I mind paying great prices for food that dose not meet standards. The specific complaints I made of the cuisine I made are not addressed here by you, at all, just a 'low blow' attempt at discrediting my opinions as you've done repeatedly with Bazaar Meats.

I ate with two other experienced diners who felt similar, and have two critics in text saying they'd think the place was better at half the cost.

Execute with perfection and charge me what you like. Use truffle oil, 'butters,' and fail the basics of serving fish tender or chawanmushi flavorful and I'm not going to act happy that I spent strip prices for it.

Find me steaks aged like Carnevino anywhere in the US and then put a price on it, until then, you're right - there is no basis....unlike the stuff here which is pretty standard fare for a similar spot.

1 day ago
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Japaneiro: Outstanding food in unlikely location

Oh boy, tossing out the 'comp' argument. Well done. I wasn't comped at any of my meals at Twist, Carnevino, Raku, Yonaka, or other places....so where does that leave you?

Truffle oil is intrinsically poor form. I don't rave it anywhere.

As to your "prime" assertions - move along - it is irrelevant when discussing Carnevino's beef as they make no claims. It is still a top shelf product, per "professional food critics" no less.

Please tell me overcooked prawns justify $25/e or a single uni tongue $13?

1 day ago
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Japaneiro: Outstanding food in unlikely location

I was so underwhelmed by this place that it was almost astounding. Between the music, the way they seem to intentionally hide upcharges, and the overcooked $25 prawns...it was just crazy. All told I really do tend to trust the palates of people I dine with and know, but this one TOTALLY missed the mark for myself and the two folks I dined with. http://endoedibles.com/?p=32802

Jul 30, 2015
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With Mothership Coffee Roasters, Sin City now has an Artisan Coffee House and Bakery to call its own

Good folks with a strong backing, seems very likely to do well since it is 'low risk' with Sunrise already established and their products already a known entity. They did a great job with the space, too, though more seating would be nice.

Jul 28, 2015
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With Mothership Coffee Roasters, Sin City now has an Artisan Coffee House and Bakery to call its own

Not technically in Las Vegas, but rather in Henderson, these folks are a paradigm shift in the local coffee community.

Jul 28, 2015
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Gelatology -- Desyree soon to resurface on South Rainbow

...so Messina it shall remain. :(

Jul 27, 2015
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Gelatology -- Desyree soon to resurface on South Rainbow

A talented and truly delightful individual. She should do well given proximity to Spring Mountain, though the gelato game in Vegas has really stepped up in recent months.

Jul 26, 2015
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Trip report, 6/19–24, 2015

...when Crave is your backup to PS702 you know you planned poorly. ;) Hearthstone, MTO Café for future reference.

Glad Clawson impressed.

Jul 26, 2015
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48 hours in Vegas

Yeah, I mean, come to Las Vegas and eat nothing but food from Andres when DC is much closer to Philly...and go for Iberico Belota when the same imported stuff is available at home...

Jul 23, 2015
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Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare remains an uncelebrated gem with seafood worth celebrating.

Please refrain from citing scumbags. :)

Jul 23, 2015
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48 hours in Vegas

No bbq. None.
Thai - Lotus of Siam and Chada Thai both top anything I know of in Philly.
Regional Chinese - see Spring Mountain. I particularly think Dumpling King is special.
Fried Chicken - Yardbird. Done deal. Do it. The version on Delmonico's lunch menu is also special.
Cured Meats are somewhat uncommon here, but Carnevino/B&B does some good stuff.
Herbs and Rye is probably your best bet on cocktails.

Jul 22, 2015
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48 hours in Vegas

...um, not just doing Andres restaurants is a start. ;)

What are you dietary interests, and budget?

Jul 22, 2015
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Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare remains an uncelebrated gem with seafood worth celebrating.

I trust John's source is correct. This sort of seemed alluded to when he skyped with us at the dinner blogged above, but didn't want to draw conclusions.

Jul 22, 2015
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Coming to Vegas for Black Hat - Lunch/Dinner Recomendations

Skip Stripsteak. It is a disaster. There is better steak in NYC, and better service too.

Border Grill's Brunch is good. As is Veranda. Both also serve lunch that seems good during the week.

Citizen does what they do nicely, though is admittedly a bit overpriced - 24/7 American. Burger Bar also turns out good food, as does Della's kitchen which is within the attached Delano.

For dinner, if you can do something longer scale, Twist is not too far away and Gagnaire's style is not represented in NYC. A seat at the counter of L'Atelier Joel Robuchon across the street at MGM would also fit the lunch bill.

Jul 21, 2015
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Birthday Dinner on Strip for 16 year old

No need. I will not support that endeavor and portion sizes don't lie. I trust the words of those who've been recently, friends and critics alike.

I eat here regularly, and I know plenty of folks 'in-the-know.' I speak what I believe to be the truth, and if people don't like it they are free to ignore me - thus the beauty of a public forum.

Jul 20, 2015
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Birthday Dinner on Strip for 16 year old

For the Italian recommendation, I cannot say enough about Portofino by Che Michael LaPlaca (http://www.mirage.com/restaurants/por...) Not only is it the best Italian Restaurant in the city, but it is also quite near to TI and with dinner service beginning at 5:00pm would be perfect. It is kid-friendly and the food is very impressive while the service is excellent.

For "steak and fries" without going full "Steakhouse" consider Bouchon at Venetian or Bardot at Aria - both are exceptional and offer a broad menu for all diners.

Giada is outlandishly priced. See online reviews since the initial "OMG NEW RESTAURANT" response typical of Las Vegas writers.

Jul 19, 2015
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A "Deal" at Bazaar Meat?

Adria olives...

Jul 19, 2015
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Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare remains an uncelebrated gem with seafood worth celebrating.

...and I was underwhelmed by Marea, finding the service wooden and the food tiny with an excessive pricetag. The uni/lardo toast especially expensive. A damned shame as I loved Alto, and quite like most of White's other spots.

Jul 15, 2015
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L'atelier or Jaleo or something else

Pre-Theater menu at Le Cirque for $72.
Tasting Menu at Yonaka.
Three Courses at either Portofino or Yardbird.

Jul 12, 2015
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A "Deal" at Bazaar Meat?

I won't have to keep going too long, I don't imagine them still in business come the New Year anyhow. ;)

Jul 08, 2015
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Restaurant Requests

Skip dbBistro, please, and do Bardot instead. Trust me.

As to someplace doing 'simple' but amazing food, you really can't beat Bartolotta, though the pricepoint is high - the ingredients are superlative. Another thought is Hearthstone or Sage as both do great things with top notch produce.

Jul 07, 2015
uhockey in Las Vegas

A "Deal" at Bazaar Meat?

...value and Bazaar Meat...two words never uttered in the same sentence without some sort of negative modifier.

Jul 07, 2015
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Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare remains an uncelebrated gem with seafood worth celebrating.

My ratings judge a restaurant for the quality of the experience, all things included. I didn't drink, so my best guestimate on my "all-in" cost for everything I ate would have been ~$400. In that case, it is a 4.5 star subjectively for what was served and presumed price. I can easily separate cost from the equation, though I can see why others would doubt my opinions as 'applying to the little people.' (your words, not mine.)

Jul 06, 2015
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Budget Foie gras restaurant in Vegas?

You don't need to go 'french' for foie. For a good 'deal' foie, not French, there is Hearthstone for a cold prep or Rose Rabbit Lie for warm. Bouchon or Bardot would probably be best for most affordable versions, also with accessible French Food.

Jul 06, 2015
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Christine Ferber jams in Lyon

Anyone know a location where they might be found in a retail store? If not, perhaps something on par? Visiting for the next week and would like to take some back as gifts (as well as for self.)

Also, if any local hounds are interested in meeting up for a bistro/brasserie bite I'd be happy for the company and can forward my agenda via E-mail listed in profile.

Jun 27, 2015
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Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare remains an uncelebrated gem with seafood worth celebrating.

We paid tasting menu price, close to $200/per before tip, but it was definitely discounted (Slipper Lobster/Langoustine plate *for 2* alone would have been ~$400 ALC)

Jun 27, 2015
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Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare remains an uncelebrated gem with seafood worth celebrating.

I just can't see Jaleo as impressing, considering I was bored by the original. Bazaar Meat...overpriced. Mina was great, but I've only been once.

Jun 27, 2015
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Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare remains an uncelebrated gem with seafood worth celebrating.

That is too bad, indeed. Yes, it is pricey, but by-and-by I think few spots in Vegas are 'reliable.'

Jun 26, 2015
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Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare remains an uncelebrated gem with seafood worth celebrating.

“I tasted live langoustines from Scotland, Norway, Spain, Denmark, Istria, France, all over Italy and beyond to find the one I wanted,” he tells me, not revealing which he finally chose.

Jun 25, 2015
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Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare remains an uncelebrated gem with seafood worth celebrating.

That is not what I'm referring to. What I'm saying is that no one has ever confirmed where the langoustines come from. It is a 'closely guarded secret.' There is no doubt his sourcing is beyond reproach.

Jun 24, 2015
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