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Only in Vegas?

Sorry it has taken me so long to come back to this thread - I am really grateful for all your responses.

You will be pleased to know that I already plan to go to Lotus of Siam - we adore thai food so it is a bit of a no brainer. Because it is off strip and stuff, it isn't really the unique vegas experience I am looking for so I want to pick something else as well. I am having a think about e, but am leaning towards Sage at the moment because I think the cost of e will end up being huge.

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Lotus of Siam
953 E Sahara Ave Ste A5, Las Vegas, NV 89104

Jul 13, 2011
pinchy in Las Vegas

Only in Vegas?

Hi! My husband and I will have 3 nights in Vegas next spring/summer as part of a 3 week roadtrip (we will be on holiday from the UK). For one of our 3 nights we would like to splurge on a meal although I would like to stick to a max of $200 per head. I have read these boards in quite a lot of detail so know what the top choices seem to be at the moment for the best food, but I have noticed that a lot of the restaurants mentioned are the children of restaurants elsewhere in the US and the world such as Joel Robuchon's restaurant empire (we have one in London as well). I would like to have a meal that is a totally Vegas experience, but with top notch food. That doesn't mean I would rule out Robuchon if chowhounders felt there was something about that particular restaurant that made it 'only in Vegas'. It could be the decor (ostentatious?) or a view perhaps? Or is there a restaurant that really is both unique to Vegas and very worth a trip? I would definitely like to go somewhere with a bit of showmanship! I do like the look of Le Cirque, but I know that is also a NY restaurant as well. Any ideas?

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Le Cirque
Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Jul 03, 2011
pinchy in Las Vegas

Bouley - full menu?

That's very odd that they sent me the preview menu then.

Do the tasting menus have the different options like the original tasting menu did?

Dec 05, 2008
pinchy in Manhattan

Bouley - full menu?

Hi,

Does anyone know if Bouley has gone back to a full menu yet? I emailed them to get hold of the menu and was sent the very limited 'preview' menu that I didn't think they'd be using anymore. I emailed back asking when they would be switching to a full menu, but no response so I thought I'd ask you hounds if you have any news on this.

Thanks!

Dec 05, 2008
pinchy in Manhattan

MSG Coma at Momofuku Noodle Bar

Here's an excerpt from an article back in 2006:

"Barring actual poisons, is there any foodstuff more vilified than MSG? One might point to saccharin, or the supposedly Mikey-cidal combo of Pop Rocks and soda, but it's hard to beat MSG's toxic haze of associations: Ringing ears. Headaches. Brain lesions in rats. Top Ramen. That's why I was surprised to see chef David Chang quoted in November's Food & Wine on the appeal of the dread ingredient. According to the piece, he uses Kewpie mayonnaise from Japan in the lobster rolls at his restaurant Momofuku, claiming that it is "the best mayonnaise in the world, because it has MSG." Was he just being cheeky? Or could Chang be on the leading edge of an MSG revival?"

Link to full article: http://www.slate.com/id/2140999/

Dec 01, 2008
pinchy in Manhattan

Dinner for 2 for $400 including wine, tax, and tip

I don't understand your maths... even if the menu is $100 per person and they buy two $65 bottles of wine and then tip 20%, they will still come in just under $400!

or have I missed something?

Nov 19, 2008
pinchy in Manhattan

Bagels and Lox

Do you have hot-smoked salmon in Manhattan? On the Barney Greengrass menu (and other menus) I have seen 'kippered salmon' and I'm wondering if that is actually what in the UK we call hot-smoked salmon.

Nov 19, 2008
pinchy in Manhattan

Please Define Bacon For A British Visitor

Thanks for the all the responses. I think I prefer our UK bacon, but then I also think I have only ever had the dirt cheap version of US bacon so maybe if I had a more gourmet version I woud like it better.

It's interesting that you see bacon and pork belly as pretty much interchangeable. In the last few years in the UK, it has become quite trendy to serve roast pork belly in restaurants. It is a non cured piece of meat so isn't like bacon at all and it's considered the mark of a good chef to be able to make a good dish out of such a cheap lump of meat

Oct 27, 2008
pinchy in General Topics

Please Define Bacon For A British Visitor

Hello, I'm a newbie UK chowhound and I was just wondering what people from manhattan mean when they say Bacon? I am going to be visiting Manhattan for the first time in a couple of months (very excited about all the food adventures I am going to have) and although this is a question that has been on my mind for a while, it seems particularly relevant now. You might think it's a very odd question, but in my experience US bacon has always been very different to UK bacon. The US bacon I have had has always been very streaky and very crispy. UK bacon tends to be leaner and much meatier. Soz if this is a bit of a derail, but I have difficulty picturing it all otherwise...

Oct 25, 2008
pinchy in General Topics