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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 eatinglv.com 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 restaurant.com $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

24 hours in Vegas: build my food itinerary!

How about brunch at the Border Grill or the Verandah in the 4S rather than Mon Ami Gabi?

May 31, 2012
zippyh in Las Vegas

What to order at Cut without breaking the bank?

My wife and I usually split a steak when we go to Cut but that's so we can order more starters and sides. Plus, although my wife likes steak, she just doesn't eat a lot of it.

I remember the brussel sprouts with bacon as being pretty good.
Fries are good; would pass on the onion rings.
I also remember an exceptional sweet corn side dish but I think it was a seasonal special.

We've enjoyed every starter we've had there except for the asparagus with egg and that was more due it it just being kind of boring.

If by $100 you mean $100 for food before tax and tip, you might be able to do it.

May 26, 2012
zippyh in Las Vegas

Twist or big daddy Joel Robuchon

The first time we went to Robuchon we ordered the 6-course. We were stuffed by the time the cheese course rolled around (so to speak). And that's after making an effort to not eat too much from the bread cart (very difficult to do). I find the thought of the degustation daunting.

May 22, 2012
zippyh in Las Vegas

Le Cirque, Scarpetta, Jaleo, Sage report may 6-

Le Cirque
Had the tasting menu.
Wife and I chose the same courses except for dessert.
White Asparagus, Scottish Smoked Salmon, New Potatoes Crusted Farm Egg,
Osetra Caviar, Sorrel Purée, Ravigote Vinaigrette. Enjoyed this a lot.
The egg yolk made for a nice sauce.

Sautéed Sonoma Foie Gras, White Chocolate & Raisin Brioche,
Roasted Rhubarb, Cardamom Streusel, Ibiscus & Champagne Gastrique. Enjoyed
this even though I'm not a fan of rhubarb. Foie is always good.

Chilean Sea Bass, Purple Artichoke, Grenaille Potatoes,
Chanterelles, Tomato Confit, Verbena Sauce. It was okay. Fish was perfectly
cooked but not a real memorable dish.

Honey Glazed Barbary Duck Magret, Daikon Duck Confit,
Spiced Sweet Potato, Bing Cherry au Foie Gras, Ruby Port Sauce. The sliced
duck was good but the pureed potatoes with pieces of duck confit was
awesome. The cherry injected with foie and then deep fried was pretty
good too.

There was a choice of a cheese course or sorbet. I had been thinking of
getting the cheese but our waiter suggested the sorbet since the tasting
menu is a lot of food. Glad I went with his suggestion. I think it was a
lemony sorbet served in an egg shell.

For dessert, wife had souffle. I had the chocolate sphere. It was kinda
cool the way it's presented as a sphere of chocolate and then a warm sauce
is poured on it to reveal the insides of ice cream and some crunchy stuff.

Also was served a plate of petite fours and some chocolates in a little box.
Service was exceptional. Attentive and friendly without being chummy.
Room is great with a view of the fountains. Plus there are monkey murals.

Jaleo for late dinner. Seated under the bull head.
Jamon - Just slices of jamon. Kind of expensive but tasty.
Bikini sandwich - Little pressed sandwich with ham, manchengo cheese and truffle.
Favorite dish. Would order again. Probably multiple.
Gazpacho - Okay. Good but not great.
Patatas bravas - Basically potato chips with sauce. Okay. Would not order again.
Squid with ink sauce, artichokes, and onions. - Would order again.
Carne asada with piquillo pepper - Good. Would definitely order again.
Don't remember what we had for dessert other than it had olive oil ice cream.

I remember some one saying the food from here was over salted.
I thought it was almost under salted the night we were there. The Carne asada
could have used a little salt.

Mon Ami Gabi for breakfast.
Food was meh but sitting on the patio on a perfect day made up for it.

Had the tasting menu.
When the waiter brought the bread basket, he warned us not to eat too much of it.
Good warning although I did nibble on a couple of the breads. The stromboli was good.

Duo of yellowtail and tuna. Was okay. They also brought out a little plate
of frito misto. Good but nothing to write home about.

Roasted sea scallop with cauliflower. Scallop was big and perfectly cooked. They
also brought out the polenta with mushrooms. This was outstanding. I would order
this again.

Spaghetti tomato basil & short rib agnolotti. The spaghetti was good but not life
changing. Nice thick homemade noodles. The agnolotti was good but over the top rich.
I can't imagine eating a full serving of this.

Black cod, caramelized fennel and concentrated tomatoes. It was okay. The sauce
kind of overpowered the fish. Plus we were getting pretty full by now.

Spiced duck with endive, preserved orange and cippollini. Duck was good but I didn't
like the cooked endive. And I was very full.

Chocolate cake with almond gelato. Good. Managed to choke most of it down
despite being stuffed.

Was surprised at how much we enjoyed Scarpetta. Nice bustling room with a
view of the fountains. Service was good.

Late night slice of sausage pizza from the no name pizza place several hours
later after gambling and drinking. In retrospect, that slice was probably not
needed after that Scarpetta meal but I've been wanting to try it. Plus drinking
may have influenced the decision. It was okay. I can imagine ordering a fresh
pie would be better but

The Henry for breakfast. Was okay. Huevos Rancheros here is really more like
and enchilada with eggs and ranchero sauce.

Probably the weakest dinner we had but it was still enjoyable.
We shared the poached egg and the baby octopus to start. We've had both
these dishes before. Probably should have each ordered the eggs. It's a
poached egg in thick hot potato soup with buttered brioche. Love this dish.
The baby octopus was okay. It didn't have the nice char flavor from the
last time we had it.

Next we shared the beet salad and the shaved artichoke salad. Meh. Nothing
really wrong with them but not sure I'd order either again. The granola on
the beet salad seemed like a fairly random ingredient.

My wife had the herb crusted lamb with cauliflower puree, fava beans, sugar snap
peas, and confit lamb shoulder. She liked it well enough.

I had the pork loin with spaetzle, mortadella and pickled apple.
The pork was wrapped with bacon but still seemed a bit dry. The mortadella was
a big folded up slice and seemed like a totally random ingredient.
I would not order this again.

Can't recall what we had for dessert.

Late lunch at Spago cafe before our flight home. They have pretty good pasta dishes.
Also saw Wolfgang Puck arrive while we were eating. Within the span of about an hour, we saw
Dick Butkus, Pete Rose, and Wolfgang Puck. If that's not a celebrity trifecta I don't know what is.

All in all, we had four good to great dinners. I think I'd rather go to Le Cirque
again than Robuchon although cost does influence that decision.
I'll definitely return to Scarpetta.
Would probably return to Jaleo if we're staying at the Cosmo or Bellagio.

May 17, 2012
zippyh in Las Vegas

Vegas May 21-24, trying to decide between restaurants in Mandalay Bay and MGM Grand

Just a note about those restuarant.com certs. There is *always* a code out there for at least 50% off. I don't think I've ever paid more than $6 for one of those Aureole certs.

Since you're seeing the 10pm Ka show, I wouldn't limit myself to just the MGM Grand since you should have plenty of time. I do think Nob Hill would be a good choice though. I've enjoyed Fiamma the two times we've been there but that was a few years ago.

I wouldn't waste time/stomach with a buffet, even the Bellagio one.

We just got back from a stay at the Cosmo. We ate at Le Cirque one night and it's really not too bad of a walk between the Cosmo and Bellagio. My wife even mentioned that it wasn't a bad walk with heels. The Bellagio has a moving sidewalk from the strip to the lobby. Don't be tempted to take the tram if you're at the Cosmo. It's a much longer walk since you have to make your way through Crystals.

At the Cosmo, we ate at Scarpetta and Jaleo, both of which we give the thumbs up to.
Le Cirque was fab. Sage was good but I think we were suffering from food overload.

May 13, 2012
zippyh in Las Vegas