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Help me with my last reservation for first Vegas trip

My husband and I are traveling to Las Vegas right before Thanksgiving. Here's what we've booked so far.

On a friend's recommendation, we are staying at the Venetian, and decided to eat here our first and last night. First at Aquanox, last at Buchon. In between we have booked a dinner at L'Atalier. We have tickets for LOVE, and I would like to pre-book dinner before our 10 pm show tickets. Trying to get away from French food for at least a moment, I was thinking of trying Japonais, but a lot of the postings were disappointing. Then I was thinking of Wing Lei at the Wynn. Any ideas or advice?

Thank you in advance!!

Oct 23, 2007
eetl in Southwest

Fleming's (moved from PA)

I have had dinner here several times over the past few months, both on my own and as part of a private dinner event (one of which I organized, the other was organized by someone else). I have found the service consistently friendly, the food very good (including a vegetarian meal option -- which involved no pasta -- created by request to accomodate friends coming to the dinner I organized). The management was very helpful and responsive and although I know the main room can be crowded when the place is full, the tables are at least spaced nicely apart so that I did not find the noise level deafening.

Jul 31, 2007
eetl in Chains

Best place in Philly for Dim Sum newbie?

Imperial Inn has been a favorite of mine for over 10 years.

Address 142-6 N. 10th St, Philadelphia, PA, 19107
Phone 215/627-5588

Jul 31, 2007
eetl in Pennsylvania

Carmine's Creole Cafe in Bryn Mawr

I finally tried Carmine's in Bryn Mawr, and found myself sadly disapointed. The food all tasted very much the same, as if the kitchen was sharing one big jar of something labeled "Cajun Spices." I did enjoy my seafood gumbo. my roasted duck was ok (if eerily similar to the gumbo), but my husband's seafood pasta looked like it had been flooded with Velveeta and tasted about the same. I'm not sure I want to try again...

Jun 27, 2007
eetl in Pennsylvania

Great Pizza on Main Line?

We really like Vic & Dean's in Wayne. Good crust, very nice ingredients, cheese not overwhelming.

http://search.cityguide.aol.com/phila...

May 24, 2007
eetl in Philadelphia

West Chester/Brandywine suggestions

I had such a bad experience at Gilmore's the one time I tried to go I never actually got to eat. I had been hoping to try the restaurant a few years ago for my now-husband's birthday on a Thursday night. I made the reservations well in advance and confirmed them. We arrived on time to a very crowded waiting area. Our reservation was not found when we presented ourselves. When I explained I had confirmed the day before, and even informed the hostess it was a birthday dinner, the best they could come up with was that we could wait any maybe a table would open up in 45 minutes. They then tried to take our wine, but we rescued it and left, and ended up at Alberto's Trattoria across the street, which, when we asked if we could be seated and explained our reservation at Gilmore's had been lost, laughed and said it was not the first time that had happened. While Alberto's gave us a good meal and we had a good time, the treatment at Gilmore's really smarted, and I have never gone back, and I go out of my way to share this experience with others since I do not think any restaurant that treats reservations this way should stay in business. (As you can tell from this post, I'm still upset by how we were treated, years later, especially since it was a birthday and I was trying to do something special).

While I agree Dilworthtown Inn is expensive, the service and food have always ben very good, the wine list has a wonderful selection, the scenery is pretty, and it has none of the attitude of other restaurants which apparently feel they can live off of a "hot" reputation and not have to actually deliver quality service.

May 21, 2007
eetl in Pennsylvania

West Chester/Brandywine suggestions

I love the Dilworthtown Inn. Food has been consistently very good over several years, as had the service. Best Caesar salad I have ever had, and very good chateaubriand as well.

http://www.dilworthtowninn.com/

May 14, 2007
eetl in Pennsylvania

Mother's Day Brunch at Pond

I really had high hopes for this brunch, which was my first time trying Pond. I went with an open mind, prepared to suffer crowds because of course it was Mother's Day, as well as the first day this restaurant had offered Sunday brunch, at least this Spring/Summer. We did arrive a little (10m) late for a confirmed 1 pm reservation. However, upon arrival we were told tables were being reset. I could understand that people would linger longer than noral when taking their mother's out for Mother's day, so this was no an issue. However, when all of the 1:30 pm reservtions showed up and the whole lobby became crowded with people waiting, all while the restaurant appeared to reset most of their tables before allowing anything to be seated, I got a little edgy. I would have expected to have them seat tables one by one. Instead they waited until a few tables were set up and seated people in clumps. The hostess appeared very flustered by the whole process, which also made me anxious.

Having been seated 20m later, we waited a while for attention, even with the people to one side (also a table fo 2) receiving prompt service although they were seated after us. We ordered bellinis, only to be given what looked like straight champagne (which we sent back, only to be told that those had been the bellinis, they just had used peach schnapps as they had run out of peach nectar, which is not a proper bellini). Waitstaff was friendly, but inconsistent. It was difficult to identify who our server was, as multiple people attended the table, which seemed to confuse everyone. Our third server took our order. We both ordered the fruit plate with yoghurt and granola. Fruit was not ripe (mostly melon). My mother followed up with eggs benedict while I had waffles. Both the eggs and the waffles came cold, my mother's eggs were overdone ad canadian bacon burnt. After complaining a new plate of eggs arrived properly cooked with apologies. Dessert (apple tart and pear tart) was quite good but previous portions had been large, and we had already been there quite a while, so neither of us ate very much of it. Many of the dishes are lifted from Taquet's menu, and since I have always enjoyed good service and food there, I don't see the need to switch.

Yes, I know it was Mother's Day, and I was prepared to relax, enjoy myself, and let little things slide, but either the restaurant should have been better prepared (especially after securing my reservation with a credit card and imposing a fee if I cancelled with less than 1 week's notice) or started their brunch service on a non-holiday. I enjoyed being with my mother, and it if anything the elongated lunch gave us more time together, but I was disappointed to have not been able to give her a better experience. I have heard similar complaints from people who have tried Pond for dinner so despite the lovely location, the ease of parking, and the proximity, I don't think I'll be giving it another try.

May 14, 2007
eetl in Pennsylvania

Brunch at Blush review - awful service, good food

I had the same problems on a non-holiday Sunday when I went to Blush for brunch, and am reluctant to go back. Although I agree holidays are especially stressful for restaurants, I don't think a holiday gives a restaurant an automatic pass on bad service. If anything, on a day like mother's day, I expect a restaurant to go out of its way to make the meal special so that I will want to return another time.

May 14, 2007
eetl in Pennsylvania

Romantic supper location

I would agree on the "relaxed" description for Brunoise but would call it romantic. We ended up eating there on Thanksgiving 2 years ago and loved it. The food was wonderful, as was the service.

May 06, 2007
eetl in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Petrossian or other?

I love Petrossian, and have for years. The service is lovely, the food and ambiance as well. You might also try Aureole on 61st, which I have been to several times and which has never disappointed.

May 06, 2007
eetl in Manhattan

Carmine's Creole Cafe in Bryn Mawr

Has anyone tried this place in its new Bryn Mawr location? I can find positive older reviews, but wonder if the food and service withstood the move to a new locale?

May 06, 2007
eetl in Pennsylvania

Blush Bryn Mawr

I was very excited to try Blush for brunch a few Sunday's ago. The room is very pretty, the food was good enough, but the service was terrible. We were left alone for long periods at a time, without water or other drink refills. Waitress was often AWOL, as was other staff to ask to find our waitress. It really put a damper on the whole experience. I was very disappointed, at it is always exciting to find a new place for brunch close to me house.

May 06, 2007
eetl in Pennsylvania

best restaurants in Philadelphia

I would second the Waterworks, where I just went for the first time for my husband's birthday. Service was prompt, efficient and friendly. Unlike other trendier places in town, no one felt the need to explain my food to me. I had a grilled octopus appetizer, followed by a mushroom risotto, which was sublime but since the octopus was large, I could not finish all of my risotto, which I regretted. My husband enjoyed an open-faced ravioli that was a special, followed by a steak which was cooked rare as requested (often he finds he gets what he considers a medium). The atmosphere was very cheerful, lots of families celebrating special events on a Saturday night. We cannot wait to go back.

May 06, 2007
eetl in Pennsylvania

new amada?

The restaurant is Tinto. We managed to get in for an early Saturday dinner a few weeks ago with friends and try the chef's tasting menu. (I say managed because every review I read goes on and on about how hard reservations are to get, so we may have just been lucky).

Amada is one of my favorite restaurants in Philly, so I had high expectations. The decor is much more stylized than Amada. We were seated downstairs, and it took a little while for my eyes to adjust to the lighting. Music was a bit loud, but they nicely turned it down when asked. Service was very friendly. The dinner itself was very good, but I was disappointed by the portions of the chef's dinner ($55/pp and some of us added wine tastings at $80). At times dishes (I believe we had about 7 courses) were hard to split evenly, and a few hours later I felt a bit nibbly again (then again, we ate at 5, which is unusually early for me). The wine pairings were very good, just enough to get a good taste per course. Since dinner was a few weeks ago, I can't say exactly what we ordered, especially since it was chef's choice. I think if I were to plan to go again, it would be for a pre-theater dinner or snack, but fo a dinner evening I'll head back to Amada (maybe Tinto opening will make Amada easier to get into). I missed the paella, which Tinto does not offer, as it is truly tapas-focused.

May 06, 2007
eetl in Pennsylvania

thai or vietnamese in philly or cherryhill

http://www.namphuongphilly.com/contac...

While I love Vietnam, sometimes the wait gets to me, and we head over to Nam Phuong on Washington Avenue (website attached). Not as pretty as Vietnam, but while usually crowded not a huge wait for a table, and the food is delicious.

May 06, 2007
eetl in Pennsylvania

"Must Read" books for chowhounds?

Jaques Pepin's The Apprentice, My Life in the Kitchen. I'm not a great cook, but I love great food, and this book, while it deals with Pepin's life growing up in various kitchen's, captures his love of food beautifully. His joy is something I often think certain chefs could do well to remember whenever I go to a restaurant where trend seems to have overtaken taste.

May 04, 2007
eetl in Food Media & News

Help! picking b'day sushi spot

R-23
I have been there a few times on trips to LA, and local friends who love sushi are regulars. The food, the service, and the ambiance have always been reliably delicious and friendly.

May 04, 2007
eetl in Los Angeles Area

Splurge dinner (boss is paying)

Per Se or Danube

May 04, 2007
eetl in Manhattan

Paris Without a Budget

The restaurant at the Hotel Bristol is a favorite, and, as a hotel restaurant, is likely not to be closed. Enjoy wherever you go!

May 04, 2007
eetl in France

Sunday Dining near Kimmel Center(Philadelphia)

http://www.warsawcafe.thekalon.com/

Warsaw cafe is a favorite of mine. Very cozy, convenient to the Kimmel, the food is very good, and reasonably priced.

May 04, 2007
eetl in Pennsylvania

Mother's Day in Phila Suburbrs

http://www.dilworthtowninn.com/

The Dilworthtown Inn serves an early dinner on Sunday starting at 3 pm, if that would be helpful. I've always enjoyed their food very much, and it is close to West Chester.

May 04, 2007
eetl in Pennsylvania