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Las Vegas Report (Part I - Long)

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Alex318 Aug 1, 2006 09:44 PM

Im breaking up my vegas report into two parts so I dont forget what we ate in the beginning portion of our trip.

Saturday Night
Simons Kitchen and Bar at the Hard Rock Hotel. This was our first visit to the Hard Rock and the rumors are all true. It is skin city and haven for people watching. Simons had a big space next to Nobu and was pretty empty when we came in. The space had an open kitchen and we had the pleasure of being sat in front of it(both my wife and I enjoy watching the action behind the line) The bread basket was a treat. Blue cheese flavored crackers, hot pretzels, buttermilk biscuits, and a zucchini bread. All were good except the blue cheese crackers. Appetizer was Tuna with lump crab meat and chili aioli over sushi rice. This was flashed in the salamander and came out hot on the surface. The portion was huge, about the size of a half a brick. The tuna was very fresh and all three flavors worked great. A wonderful start to the evening, my wife ordered crab cakes with an asian slaw salad and I had the short ribs which came with sweet potato pancakes. My wife enjoyed the crab cakes but didnt like the slaw too much. I was given three short ribs, they were very good and tender, a knife was unnecessary. Neither of us finished the entrees due to the size of the appetizer. Watermelon Margarita and I had a couple of beers. Total bill was about 140 or so with the tip.

Sunday Night
Prime Steak House at the Bellagio. We both have eaten here before and enjoyed it so much the first time that we wanted to eat here again. For one of us, the trip was worth it. My wife started with classic ceaser and had a crunchy baked chicken. She was pretty disappointed with both. The classic ceaser was a little runny and bland and the chicken was coated with what she thought was corn flakes. I had a watermelon and tomato gazpacho and the 18 ounce rib eye. The gazpacho was great very refreshing, and the rib eye was heaven. Cooked to perfection with tons of flavor. All the sauces that came with were untouched. A side of the creamiest mashed potatoes was enjoyed by both us. Dessert was a warm chocolate cake that my wife said saved her evening. One beer only (neither of us are much drinkers). Total + Tip was 200 even. This is one of the more expensive places we go to here but it is totally worth it for steak lovers.

Monday Night
Daniel Boulud Brasserie at the Wynn Hotel. We both made the mistake of eating too big a breakfast and then eating a late snack so neither us were hungry for dinner, but being a true chow hounder I battled on. My wife skipped appetizer but I ordered a spicy tuna tartare. The tartare was not spicy at all, but was very good. It was topped with a cucumber type sauce and some chick peas, and it sat on top thin cucumber slices. My wife ordered a cold lobster salad that came with watermelon slices, oranges and hearts of palm. At first she thought it was too many different flavors mashed together, but as she kept on eating she said it got better and better, to the point were she wished it was bigger. I ordered the Short Ribs (yes again) and they were truly the best short ribs I ever had. It was braised in red wine with a cognac and peppercorn sauce. They literally crumbled all over the plate the second the fork touched them. We split a side of mashed potatoes that were as good if not better than the previous night at Prime. Dessert was a chocolate soufflé that came with an orange flavored ice cream. The soufflé itself was great, but we both didnt enjoy the orange flavor of the ice cream and we basically left it untouched and did not combine it with the soufflé. No liquor at all here, total + tip 145.

Im here another 4 days so I will post part II over the weekend.

Enjoy

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    Budser1228 RE: Alex318 Aug 2, 2006 01:05 AM

    Simon Kitchen and Bar doesn't seem to get as many raves as it should - it is very good.

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      sfslinky RE: Alex318 Aug 4, 2006 07:00 PM

      I'm ready for Part Two!

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        zoni521 RE: Alex318 Aug 4, 2006 07:14 PM

        ahh, you two are kindred spirits of mine. i love prime, although sometimes they are not exactly on point and simon is so good but rarely busy busy. i have not been to daniel b. but have been top bartolotta, sw steakhouse, red 8, & tableau at wynn. i love las vegas!! do you live near here?

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          Alex318 RE: zoni521 Aug 7, 2006 04:05 AM

          I live in Connecticut and try to get to Vegas once year for good eats and gambling.

        2. seal RE: Alex318 Aug 4, 2006 09:08 PM

          Hello:

          I missed this report when you first posted, but I'm glad
          I caught it on the rebound. I miss the vegas chow more than
          I miss the live poker tourneys and love reading about good
          meals there.

          I eat at all three of db's nyc spots often and always enjoy
          my meals. And yes, the man does have a way with short ribs.

          seal

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