Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >

zippyh's Profile

Title Last Reply

Dim Sum/Seafood

I liked Ping Pang Pong but I don't think I'd take the trouble to go there if I didn't have a car.

Feb 20, 2015
zippyh in Las Vegas

Yusho help?

I liked the food at Yusho a lot but it did seem overpriced. It's definitely the most interesting option at the MC.

Aria buffet was okay but I wouldn't go out of my way for it and I sure wouldn't go there on the hunt for seafood.

Dec 04, 2014
zippyh in Las Vegas

Scarpetta, Julian Serrano, me out please :)

Totally agree about that polenta. It's delicious.
Short rib pasta is pretty good if a bit horseradishy.
Avoid the squid ink pasta. It was nasty.

Nov 30, 2014
zippyh in Las Vegas

Three dinners in LV!

How about DB Brasserie.

Nov 17, 2014
zippyh in Las Vegas

Happy Hour on the Strip

We always try to hit Comme Ca. Theirs lasts until 8 or so too.

Oct 29, 2014
zippyh in Las Vegas

What to do when the RESTAURANT cancels your reservations?

Somewhat unrelated to your question but I'd consider someplace else besides Jean-Georges. We had a rather underwhelming meal there several months ago. It wasn't bad but just sort of meh.

Aug 21, 2014
zippyh in Las Vegas

What is the appeal of Yusho?

My wife and I dined at Yusho partially based on your reports. I'm glad we went. We ordered the omakase and enjoyed the food. But I do think the price/serving size ratio is way out of whack. I'm not expecting massive quantities of food but even my wife, a petite person, mentioned it.

I can easily see how some people just can't get over the price/quantity ratio no matter how good the food is.

We ended up getting a slice of pizza at Five Fifty although that was several hours later after much drinking and gambling.

Jul 15, 2014
zippyh in Las Vegas

Lets get these reviews started...

Thanks for the reviews LIC.

Looking at the Yusho menu, it lists a 6 and 9 course Omakases. Which did you order?

Jun 09, 2014
zippyh in Las Vegas

Thanksgiving 2013, buffet?

I'd be amazed if any Vegas buffet didn't have the usual turkey stuff on Thanksgiving. Most of them have turkey all the time.

Buffet lines are beyond hellish on Thanksgiving. I'd book a regular restaurant.

Nov 13, 2013
zippyh in Las Vegas

November weekend trip

I thought it was just that they were getting rid of Todd English but it would remain open.

Oct 28, 2013
zippyh in Las Vegas

November weekend trip

I'd do Bouchon Saturday. They serve Brunch menu both sat and sun.

Sep 18, 2013
zippyh in Las Vegas

Is Le Cirque closing?

I read on that Mario Maccioni is leaving.
I hope that's not a sign of a dumbed down Le Cirque which would be even worse than them closing.

Aug 28, 2013
zippyh in Las Vegas

Sage, Picasso or Le Cirque?

For Le Cirque at least, I wouldn't worry about which night of the week I dined there. Last fall we dined there on a Saturday night and although they were fully booked, except for having to wait a few minutes before our table was ready, service was equally as good as when we dined there in the spring during a slower Sunday night.

Apr 01, 2013
zippyh in Las Vegas

L'Atelier de Robuchon at the MGM for smoke sensitive person?

I don't think it will be a problem unless you're seated next to some one who reeks of smoke. The last time wifey and I were there, the couple next to wifey left to go have a smoke in the middle of their meal. They didn't reek of smoke and it didn't really bother us but wifey did notice.

Feb 18, 2013
zippyh in Las Vegas

Visiting from Toronto- will be most appreciative of any input provided

My personal prefs would be le cirque, then Picasso, then Sage
But I'd be happy with any of those three.

Also I'd pick Jaleo over Julian Serrano.

Jan 30, 2013
zippyh in Las Vegas

Bartolotta Pre Show Doable in Less than 2 hours?

It's doable but sounds unpleasant.
I'd figure at least 30 min travel from the restaurant to your seats. More if it's Friday or Saturday.

To be honest, I'd much rather eat somewhere in Ceasar's after the show unless you have your heart set on Bartolotta.

Jan 12, 2013
zippyh in Las Vegas

See What's New on Chowhound

My first thought was "why am I looking at the mobile site on my computer?"

Dec 10, 2012
zippyh in Features

CUT and Le Cirque - Reviews

Too bad about your experience at Le Cirque.

The times we've gone the service has been quite friendly. I agree there was a bit of that old boy feel from the sommelier but the rest of the staff were great.
There's also at least one female assistant server. I only mention her because she was very friendly and personable.

Nov 05, 2012
zippyh in Las Vegas

Scarpetta portion size

I've only had the tasting menu, but even those portions are pretty big considering the number of courses involved. Also, they bring more food than what is listed on the tasting menu. We were stuffed.

From the looks of the dishes on other tables, they looked pretty big.

We're probably returning there soon. I think we'll order something like two apps, split a pasta, two mains, and split a dessert.

Oct 18, 2012
zippyh in Las Vegas

Thanksgiving dinner on Oahu

We dined at the Hawaii Kai and the Waikiki location about a month ago.
Our meal at the Waikiki location was better. Dishes seemed to be prepared with more care at the Waikiki location. At the HK location, our baby octopus app was somewhat overcooked and chewy. There was someting less than ideal about another app which I can't remember.

We've been visiting the islands for years and had always made the trek out to HK to go to Roy's. We'll just be going to the Waikiki location now. Not that the HK location is bad but there's really no reason to go out of your way for it.

Oct 06, 2012
zippyh in Hawaii

Best French & is there Fondue in Vegas

Nobhill in the MGM Grand has a fondue appetizer although I suspect it's not what you're looking for.

Oct 06, 2012
zippyh in Las Vegas

Need recommendations for Anniversary dinner this Saturday

The ribeye at Aureole is pretty good and is more interesting than just a hunk of meat.
Sit in the Swan Court and it's 3 course for $85.
Also includes a side, amuse, and ice cream/sorbets with dessert.
The room is romantic if you consider swans cruising by outside the windows romantic.

You can usually find $50 certs for under $5.

Aug 30, 2012
zippyh in Las Vegas

5 Days In Honolulu/Kailua/Kaneohe - Itinerary Feedback Requested

Keep this in mind at at L'Aperitif "Long-sleeved collared shirt or jacket required for gentlemen" and Lewers Lounge "Attire: Evening attire for the ladies. No t-shirts, shorts or beachwear. Dress shirt, slacks and covered shoes for gentlemen."

I remember being chased out of Lewers by a lounge dragon many years ago when I was wearing shorts. Probably the only time I've experienced anything less than a welcoming attitude anywhere at the Halekulani.

I've witnessed them being a bit more discrete when they enforce their dress code now.

Aug 10, 2012
zippyh in Hawaii

Suggestions for the Wynn for casual dining

About 1/10 mile from the Encore port cochere.

Aug 05, 2012
zippyh in Las Vegas

Reservation at Alan Wong's

This happens with a lot of places on Open Table.
As others have said, just call.
Hotel concierges can often get a more favorable time too.

Jul 21, 2012
zippyh in Hawaii

Bradley Ogden closing?

It appears it really is closing in August.

Jun 25, 2012
zippyh in Las Vegas

Under $150 for two - Wynn, Mirage, or Venetian

Okada is now Mizumi. Same exec chef as before.

Jun 08, 2012
zippyh in Las Vegas

Which high end places (twist, la atelier,etc...) have a bar menu?

Oh yeah, that white asparagus dish was great. Loved that fried egg.

Jun 07, 2012
zippyh in Las Vegas

Pick 4 for me....Having trouble.

I'd go to Le Cirque, CUT, and Scarpetta and try to find a 4th place.

Jun 05, 2012
zippyh in Las Vegas

24 hours in Vegas: build my food itinerary!

Verandah weekend buffet is about $37.

Joe's is okay. It's not a bad choice for lunch if you're in the area. I've had the stone crab claw lunch a few times. One time the claws were kind of watery and tasteless but the other times they were fine. I remember the hash browns being really good.

Jun 01, 2012
zippyh in Las Vegas