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ROSEMARY'S, Las Vegas (review)

  • OCAnn May 29, 2007 04:51 PM
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In my quest for the BEST buffet in town (www.chowhound.com/topics/402608 )--noting that I couldn't get a reservation @ Rosemary's--a few of you LV hounds advised that I eat @ the bar sans reservation. That, coupled with a tweaking of plans and checking OpenTable for availability, morphed into lunching @ R's!

So for those of you who've never been, Rosemary's is in the strip mall in btwn The Strip & Summerlin, w/parking aplenty! From the outside, it's a regular non-descript restaurant. But when you get closer, there's a BUNCH of stickers saying that it's Z-ranked, on this Top 10 list and on that Favorite list & so on. We had lunch reservations (dinner resv weren't available); after a couple minute wait w/menus, we were seated promptly. The hostess placed the white napkins on our laps...for me, she placed a black napkin on my lap to match my black slacks (possibly to avoid the white lint that might be more comforable on me than the napkin). How thoughtful!

So what did I have, you wonder? There were four of us: me, Mr OCAnn, Papa OCAnn & Mama OCAnn. Each of us selected an entree; Mr & I picked the appetizers & desserts. So all of us had a three-course prix fixe for $25 each! (Had I had my printer, I would have been able to save $5/person, for a prix fixe meal of $20 each.) For appetizers we ordered two each of the HUGO'S TEXAS BBQ SHRIMP served w/Maytag Blue Cheese Slaw and DRY AGED BEEF CARPACCIO w/Maytag Blue Cheese w/Arugula. The men LOVED the shrimp...nice and BBQ-ey; I think they enjoyed the robustness of the flavour paired w/the blue cheese. The women enjoyed our beef carpaccio, which was melt-in-your-mouth, toe-curling deliciousness. However--and this is just me--I didn't care for the bleu cheese pairing. I thought the carpaccio would've been better on its own, not hiding behind the strong flavour of the cheese. But, again, that's just me. We all sampled other's plates throughout the meal. And I'd order the carpaccio again...even w/the bleu cheese. It was THAT good!

For the entrees, we had the GRILLED KING SALMON, the CRISPY DUCK LEG CONFIT, the SOY MARINATED BISTYRO FILET KABOBS, and the EGGPLANT PACKAGE. The salmon was perfect. Even Papa OCAnn said so; and he's not easily pleased. The only downfall to the salmon was its size; he said it was too small (the size appeared perfect to the rest of us) and that it wasn't AYCE. So he's a quantity over quality kinda guy; and though he grumbled through his meal about the size, he did keep saying how it's the best salmon in Las Vegas. Hubby enjoyed his duck; it was KFC crispy w/o the grease served w/saucy lentils. I love lentils. And fortunately, he shared them w/me. They were some gooooooood lentils. The lovely woman to my left had the "fresh mozzarella & slow roasted tomato stuffed eggplant 'packages' with roasted red bell peppers, green olive relish & a smoked tomato butter sauce." She loved the stacked vegetables topped w/cheese tinged w/the savoury olive relish. She wants to come back just to eat it again. I liked it too. It was originally going to be MY order until she spoke up first. So I had the kabobs. And those kabobs were DANG good. Tender. Savoury. Mmmmmm.

We had little room for dessert, but we had some anyway: Chocolate Flourless Cake, Coconut Bread Pudding, Lemon Ice Box Pie & Carrot Cake. Each of these were served w/a scoop of ice cream or sorbet. And the winner of the bunch was the bread pudding!

So what do I think of ROSEMARY'S? It's an absolutely GREAT neighbouhood restaurant. I'm not sure if I'd go there every time I'm in town; but it's surely one that I'd consider a special occasion place...and one that tops as Mama OCAnn's favourite. And she's very thankful (as am I) to find such a gem just a couple offramps from her adobe abode.

Again, thanks to kjs, Jase & Debbie W on the 411 & encouragement to sit @ the bar. The more I thought about it, the more I wanted to go...and so I deep sixed The Spice Market buffet plans...and I have no regrets! After meal, tax & tip, it was $130.

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  1. Sounds delicious and a great experience. Thanks for the review, OC Ann!

    1. Thanks for the report. What's "AYCE" (referring to salmon)?

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      1. re: Cindy

        AYCE = all you can eat

        1. re: OCAnn

          Thanks! Duh, should have figured it out, this being a Vegas post. :D

      2. I'm glad you made it there and managed to get reservations. I loved the confit and lentils the one time I had it. I always have a car when I'm out in Vegas and its worth the drive for me to have a meal there when I'm in town. Wife is still jealous I'm +2 meals without her there.

        If you're a foie gras fan, next time try their version, named after one of their regulars. I'm particulary enamored with most of their apps and have been known to go sit at the bar right when they open for dinner and order a few apps just to kick off my evening.

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        1. re: Jase

          Yes on foie gras. Thanks yet again for another tip!

        2. What a detailed, excellent review!

          1. During our recent trip to Las Vegas (will be reported soon) we ate lunch at both Rosemary's and at the Spice Market Buffet (not in the same day, of course).

            Deep-sixing the Spice Market was the right move. First, they're in totally different classes. Spice Market is coffee shop food (buffet-style) whereas Rosemary's is just plain excellent dining. In fact, let's put it this way: Spice Market is eating while Rosemary's is dining.

            Second, after eating at Spice Market we decided that it's not all that great anyway. If you really had to skip Rosemary's and eat at a buffet for lunch, there are many better places to do so than Spice Market.

            But I get ahead of myself; I need to save something to say for our pending trip report.

            Glad you liked Rosemary's. We been there before and we can't wait to go again.

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            1. re: alanstotle

              Thanks for the feedback. Look forward to your report!

              1. re: OCAnn

                ust came back from vegas and treated 11 people to dinner at rosemary's. what a great meal! took 4 bottles of my own and their wine service was excellent. corkage fee is $25 per bottle but one was waived ;)
                everyone had 3 course pre fix dinner which is great deal for $50. additional supplement may apply for things like foie and lamb which i had both.
                tasted others and was also excellent! veal, halibut, steak etc....my seared foie for starter was so good and rack of lamb was one of the best i had.
                bill came out to $800+/- after tax and tip which i think is very good for high end vegas dinner.
                went to lotus of siam next day and order 18 dishes :)

            2. Great review! Except for the part about not going every time you're in town. You've got a menu to work through, dammit! :D

              The Jordans are deserving of every bit of support every 'hound can muster for them.

              1. After many trips to Vegas I only ate at Rosemary's for the first time about a week ago.
                Allow me to qualify what I'm about to say with the preface that I've been around a bit.
                But I have to say that for the money, the quality of food and the service at Rosemary's
                is better than any restaurant I've ever had the pleasure of experiencing. I don't know
                if it was just because it was our first time or not, but the Chef sent out a couple little "gifts"
                both before and after our meal, which were tasty and wonderful. And our entries,
                appetizers and desserts were awesome. I can't recommend this place highly enough.

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                1. re: tulsakev

                  Good for you, tulsakev! I'm inclined to agree with you. There are perhaps a couple of chefs I like even better than Michael and Wendy Jordan, but their respective restaurants require a considerably higher tariff. And no place, regardless of price, does service better (though I can think of one place that is the equal, West in Vancouver, at 3x or more the price).

                  And the amuses beforehand and the mignardises (sp?) afterward are SOP. Last time in we lucked into 3 amuses, with a second crew of waiters accidentally bringing a second round of the ever-yummy Anson Mill grits with Wild Mushroom Ragout and Apple Cider Vinegar Beurre Blanc.

                  There are a handful of folks who will not appreciate the aggressive flavor combinations in most of Rosemary's dishes, but for most foodies it is a bit
                  of heaven in the desert.