Dish Recommendations (Vegas)
My fiance and I are off to Vegas this Thurs-Sat. I have been doing A LOT of research on which restaurants to dine at. This board has been really helpful. So now that I have made a few restaurant choices, I would like to know which dishes are recommended at each place.
BOUCHON (for breakfast Friday): I'd like to try the corned beef hash, but I know many of you recommend the quiche. Is the hash any good?
POSTRIO CAFE (for lunch, not sure which day yet): Some of you recommend the lobster club (which sounds yummy to me!). Anything else that's particularly good on the menu? How are the pizzas (my fiance likes pizza)?
One of the following for lunch:
MON AMI GABI
MONTE CARLO PUB
We'll probably decide which one once we're there (see what we're in the mood for and where we are when lunchtime comes).
I haven't decided on dinner for Friday night yet (my birthday dinner). I had been considering DELMONICO, but was then reading mixed reviews on it. Seems like it's good if you order the right dish. We are not big pork people and my fiance doesn't like seafood (I do though). Also, I believe the dress attire is business casual, but is it more on the casual side or the business side?
We may possibly try LOTUS OF SIAM (since it gets so many rave reviews) for dinner. However, I would have no idea what to order.
Any dish recommendations at any of the places I mentioned is greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance!
I have to put in a dissenting word about the corned beef hash at Bouchon. At least when I tried it, there was a uniform dice and I found the lack of texture boring -- overall, it was quite bland. Maybe it was an off day.
As for dishes at Lotus, it depends on how adventurous you want to be. Although the tom Ka Gai soup is terrific, you might want to try something that's hard to find elsewhere, such as the smoky sheetfish soup or the khao soi, which features superb hand-pulled noodles. I'll echo the recommendations for the crispy rice with sour sausage appetizer. If you love fish, definitely try one of the fish specials, or the whole charbroiled catfish - they are superb.
The corned beef hash at Bouchon is outstanding. Also recommended is the Boudin Blanc.
The pizzas at Postrio, and generally at all the Puck joints, are pretty tasty for the most part. I haven't been in a long time but they used to have a pizza at Postrio with grilled chicken, roasted peppers, sweetcorn, and goat cheese ( I believe ) that was killer. Otherwise their sandwiches ( lobster club, etc. ) and pastas are good.
Out of your 3 lunch choices I would most certainly do Burger Bar. It's a should-not-miss for lunch if you have the time. My pick: the black angus burger, mr, on wheat bun with peppered bacon, carmelized onions, and plain ole cheddar cheese. ( although I could also get down with prosciutto, portobello, peppers, and provolone - the "P Special" ... oh the choices! ) Sweet potato fries are a "must" side.
LoS is fantastic. If you're not sure of what to have, try the staples: sour sausage with crispy rice app with the Panang red chicken curry - spiced at a good 6. Wow. So good. The Tom Ka Gai soup - phenomenal.
azbirdiemaker - Thanks for the great recommendations. And your burger description made my mouth water! If we do end up going to the Burger Bar, I was thinking either the Black Angus or the Kobe burger. Didn't know if the Kobe was worth $7 more though. And I will definitely get the sweet potato fries. Never tried sweet potato fries before so that will be a treat! Also, thanks for the menu link. I had looked all over and wasn't able to find it.
The Tom Ka Gai soup at LOS definitely sounds yummy. I love hot and sour soup!
re: PHX Becky
I'm sure I've had both the Angus and Ridgefield burgers at Burger Bar and honestly I couldn't tell you which was better - they aren't that different, I don't think. After some bun experimentation I settled on the whole wheat bun which seems to provide the required amount of support for the burger without being overly chewy like the ciabatta or squishy like the sesame. I like avocado, portobello mushrooms, jalapenos (which come on the side anyway) and the jalapeno bacon which has been soaked in jalapeno pickling juice - that's different than the peppered bacon. Oh yeah, and mozzarella cheese. Definitely DO NOT MISS the onion rings. I probably wouldn't get both bacon and portobellos at the same time, I tend to vary it slightly from visit to visit. But the whole thing about the Burger Bar is you can have it your way! In my experience they tend to undercook the burgers slightly so medium rare is pretty damn rare.
Definitely Burger Bar. It was *the* best burger I have had anywhere. I did the Ridgefield beef med-rare with peppered bacon, blue cheese, truffle sauce, and caramelized onions on ciabatta. Oh, was it ever delicious. Next time I go I'm taking a bunch of people so we can justify getting lots of sides. Their sweet potato fries are terrific, their onion rings are great (they're the big thick kind and you can tell they're made there!), I can't wait to try the rest of 'em.
And one of these days when I go to Vegas with simply too much money, I want to try that Rossini burger they have. Foie gras, truffles, Madeira mushroom sauce, sixty bucks. At least it comes with fries.
Mon Ami Gabi will be a good choice too, but I know a good bit of fun with them is sitting on the patio watching people go by, and you really, really don't want to do that at lunchtime these days.
re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester
Wow, all this burger talk is making me hungry! I am definitely leaning towards having lunch at Burger Bar. Also, JK makes a good point about Mon Ami Gabi and sitting outside. It would probably be either too hot or raining. And thanks Debbie for the input on the cooking of the burger. I tend to like a more well done burger, so maybe I'll go with medium instead of medium rare.