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Nobhill&Michael Mina questions

elrushbo Jan 19, 2007 04:33 PM

I was wondering...I noticed Nobhill has a new chef since the last time I was there in Oct 04. They seem to get good reviews, is it better? Or would Michael Mina at Bellagio be better?

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    barry RE: elrushbo Jan 19, 2007 04:46 PM

    I haven't been to Michael Mina's (although I did dine at Aqua), but I ate at Nob Hill in May. Everything was fantastic. The lobster pot pie (that he also did at Aqua) was amazing.


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      elrushbo RE: barry Jan 19, 2007 07:10 PM

      I appreciate that, Barry. We're staying at MGM next time, my wife's sister's husband has a shellfish allergy, but he loves fish. The sister would probably not let him go to Seablue, but might consider Nobhill.

    2. seal RE: elrushbo Jan 19, 2007 06:40 PM

      Only reason to choose NobHill over MM at Bellagio is if you want a good steak or a CableCar to drink.

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        elrushbo RE: seal Jan 19, 2007 07:07 PM

        Nobhill does have the best drinks. The cable car and they do the best mojitos. Whole leaves on the bottom of crushed ice, so you're not drinking pieces of mint. An almost dry drink with just the right amount of sweet.

        Does MM serve any of the same drinks as Nobhill?

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          lvmanager RE: seal Jan 19, 2007 08:59 PM

          I disagree. I like Nobhill quite a bit. The chicken tetrazzini for two is unbelievable. I've heard great things about the lobster pot pie but I've also heard that it's overpriced. I stopped by Nobhill on Tuesday night to have a look at the menu. I was headed to Craftsteak for dinner but I almost chose Nobhill instead ( and Craftsteak is my favorite place in the city for a casual meal ).

          I wouldn't be so quick to shoot it down, they do some really tasty food at Nobhill.

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            elrushbo RE: lvmanager Jan 20, 2007 01:17 AM

            Have you been to Fiamma? If so, what did you think?

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              lvmanager RE: elrushbo Jan 20, 2007 06:37 AM

              I think they do a pretty good job also. The short rib raviolini is killer. Their pastas are all pretty well done but it's more of a "trendy" Italian place as opposed to a traditional. I've been there several times and had a good meal -- it wouldn't be my first choice in the MGM but they do a good job.

              Personally, I think the MGM Grand has a monopoly on great restaurants in the city. IMO, they have the best concentration of really good food. Craftsteak, Nobhill, Robouchon, L'Atalier, SeaBlue, etc.

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                elrushbo RE: lvmanager Jan 22, 2007 08:42 PM

                I went to Fiamma last time in Vegas with my wife, her sister and sister's husband, loved it, but we usually like to go to places that we all haven't been to.

                What do you think of Seablue? My sister's husband loves fish and wants to try it.

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                  lvmanager RE: elrushbo Jan 26, 2007 12:05 AM

                  I really like Seablue. I'm a big fan of the way Mina lays out his menu and the way he puts his desserts together ( hot + cold ). I'd recommend it the same way as Stripsteak -- skip the entrees and try a lot of the apps. You'll thank me in the morning!

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                    elrushbo RE: lvmanager Jan 26, 2007 03:53 PM

                    I'd be getting a steak at Stripsteak for sure, but could do apps at Seablue. I'd love to go to both next trip, might try to swing it.

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                    ciaogal RE: elrushbo Jan 26, 2007 07:21 AM

                    SeaBlue's food is terrific. Their 10 item salad is fun and original....
                    The mini donut desert is fabulous...and you can't go wrong w/ the seafood. The preparations are terrific. The restaurants only dowfall is the tables are very close together....

              2. re: lvmanager
                barry RE: lvmanager Jan 22, 2007 04:59 AM

                I really enjoyed Nob Hill, but it is priced a bit on the high side. The lobster pot pie (with 2 1/2 lbs of lobster) was approx $75, but it was sooooo good. I agree about the MGM restaurants. Craftsteak is great, as well.


            2. seal RE: elrushbo Jan 19, 2007 09:56 PM

              No CableCars at MM, but they do have a well stocked bar.

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