Delmonico's and Okada and Pho - Las Vegas report
Quick trip to Las Vegas last weekend, and we had dinner at Delmonico's and Okada. Lunch at Pho in the TI. Party of 6 for each.
Arrived with everyone hungry at lunch, so we went to Pho, the relatively new Vietnamese restaurant at Treasure Island. They just carved a little piece of the coffee shop off to make this restaurant, and hung a sign up. The furniture is the same as the coffee shop. The food was ok to good, nothing to write home about, and no better than Tea Light Cafe in Scottsdale. The service was abysmal. We literally sat for 15 minutes before a waiter even stopped by to take orders, and 35 minutes before appetizers arrived. We got up to leave just as the first course came out. We were so hungry by that point that we hung around and ate. I've been there before and the service was much better, so maybe this was just an abberation, but not a great start to the trip. Not a bad alternative if you're staying at TI or really want Veitnamese food on the Strip.
Delmonico's on Friday night. I had very high expectations, and we were all pretty hungry by the time our 8:30 reservation rolled around. Great little lounge for a pre-dinner cocktail. Interestingly, they sell cigars, but you can't smoke in the restaurant or bar. We were sat on time, and shared the truffle potato chips, bbq shrimp and some sort of bruchetta (the wives ordered). The shrimp and bruchetta were fine, but the potato chips were awesome. We ordered another serving and polished those off as well. Lobster bisque was phenomenal, although my wife's salad with some sort of fried cheese was below par.
I had the bone in ribeye ($45), which the waiter described as the best steak on the menu. Mine was very large and beefy tasting, but there seemed to be a lot of fat. My friend ordered the same and made the same comment after dinner. The filet ($45) was excellent and very tender. The tenderloin and scallops combo ($48) was also excellent.
We were stuffed to the gills (which may have contributed to my less than stellar review of the ribeye), but I had to have Emeril's banana cream pie. I remember the last time I had it at the MGM 10 years ago, and it was just as good. One of my favorite desserts of all time. We also tasted the banana bread pudding...very good.
Much to my chagrin we did not order wine. Everyone was busy with their cocktails and decided to keep the liquor flowing instead of switching to wine. I had a nice rye on the rocks, but I would have enjoyed jumping into Delmonico's well rounded list.
Okada at the Wynn on Saturday night was perhaps the best meal we have had in Las Vegas. The beatiful room is small by Vegas standards (especially compared to Delmonico's at the Venetian, which is huge), and decorated perfectly. The staff was friendly and accomodating. They were obviously knowledgable and refined, but quickly adapted to a table full of people looking to have fun. The Wynn has a giant, man made mountain visible only from inside the hotel, with views from many of the fine restaurants. Ask for a table at the window or with a window view to see the amazing waterfall at night.
The Okada menu has sushi, sashimi, robatayaki (grilled meat on skewers), signature appetizers and entrees, classics, cold plates and hot plates. The waiter suggested following the order of the menu and so we did. We had everything family style shared by the table. The sushi and sashimi ($12 for 3 pieces) was incredible. We love sushi and this was perhaps the best we ever tasted. By the way, we have been to Nobu in Vegas 3 times and once in NYC. We love Nobu. Okada is better.
I can't remember everything we ordered, but after the sushi and some fun rolls, we skipped the robatayaki and went straight to cold and hot appetizers and entrees. The baked sweet saki black cod ($25) was out of this world. Better than Nobu's version. We ended up with three orders over the course of dinner. There was a rock shrimp and peekytoe crab pot stickers ($17), braised short rib ($24), seared fois gras with bbq eel ($23), and a variation of tartars (tuna, hamachi, salmon)($17) in little taro "taco" shells that was awesome. Everything was excellent. We skipped dessert this time, although we felt much better already than the night before.
If you like sake, they have a great list at Okada. We had an unfiltered Nigori (I think it was called Dreamclouds) ($68) that was great. Again, lots of cocktails by the group, including a very creative "shot" on the rocks and served with a straw recommended by the waiter. Okada is a lot of fun, with great food. It would have been just as wonderful for just my wife and I for a romantic dinner.
The bill at Okada was about $200 per couple before tip. Delmonico's was more, about $230 per couple before tip. We can't wait for our next trip.
Thanks for the great report, Barry. I especially liked your comments about the many individual dishes you tried.
Thanks for the report. Delmonico is probably our fav steakhouse. We only get the filet, as we're not lovers of meat on the bone. Everytime we're there we marvel over how incredibly tender it is - how it melts in your mouth. And those chips! How awesome are they! No matter how much food we order we always have to have them. We always wind up bringing them back to the room - I bring plastic food storage bags with me just for that purpose LOL. They taste as good the next day as fresh :-) Too bad you passed on the wine - their list is very good and we've always been steered (no pun intended) correctly for what we require to match the meal.