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LV: Craftsteak, Circo, Commander's Palace

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Just returned from a trip to LV where we enjoyed two comped dinners at Craftsteak and Circo (MGM and Bellagio, respectively) along with the celebrated 25¢ martini lunch at Commander's Palace (Aladdin).

CRAFTSTEAK
Wonderfully warm room with subdued lighting and efficient service from a wait staff which knows the menu well, maybe a tad on the side of boosterism (as in "What a wonderful choice !")

My app of kobe beef tartare was excellent, and they left out the capers as per my request. My friend and I each had the kobe beef filet - at $110 each I would not have indulged if not on a comp. However, they were outstanding: tender yet substantial, rich in flavour. I did not notice the sometimes-criticized lack of char from the restaurant's baking as opposed to grilling its steaks. In retrospect, one of us should have ordered the "regular" filet ($48 I think) to compare. Anyway, it was a treat. The sides - rabe and a so-called potato gratin - were less impressive, especially the gratin which was not a traditional gratin at all, but creamed potatoes lacking in flavour. We were too full for dessert but shared two scoops of a toothsome and not too creamy burnt caramel ice cream.

CIRCO
My fave place in Vegas, did not disappoint once again. Outstanding lasagnette to start with while my friend enjoyed the equally rich and toothsome grilled cheese. He opted for steak - while I had my beloved lamb chops, best in the world. All washed down with a 98 Amarone. Again feeling replete, we opted for biscotti and a glass each of the world's finest dessert wine, Chateau d'Yqem !

COMMANDER'S PALACE
Downside: one navigates from the Aladdin's valet through unsavoury hospital like basement passages and then the maze of the casino to reach the correct side of Desert Passage. The rest is all great - the warmest of welcomes; a banjo and trumpet duo playing through the rooms; spacious seating in formal but relaxed-feeling surroundings; the 25¢ martinis generously served non stop !; wonderful, abundant food from the $18.99 lunch menu. I had smoked salmon bisque (too rich but terrific too !), a pulled pork-type sandwich with melted cheese on a baguette; a rich bread pudding dessert. Rolled out of there having spent all of $50 including tip !

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  1. What? you skipped over the foie gras / fig appetizer and the prosciutto @ Craftsteak? Bummer!!!
    You need to go back!

    1. i had the same kobe beef tartare and loved it. it mightve been too big..wait did I just say that???