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I will be in Vegas in January. This will be my second time, but the only place I recall eating on my previous visit that was even relatively memorable was Rum Jungle. Need some suggestions:

I don't eat meat, though I do eat fish and I would like at least one evening at a restaurant that will provide a memorable experience and money won't be an issue. I am not picky with the whole vegetarian thing, I would just prefer that the whole restaurant not revolve around steak and the like.

I also would like a recommendation for a great buffet and a great Asian restaurant (not my fav, but it is my travelling companion's). I love Mexican/Southwestern fare, so if you have any ideas for that, it would be much appreciated. We will be on the strip and prefer to stay there.

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  1. for fish maybe try seablue or nobhill @ mgm
    southwestern ou gotta go to mesa grill @ caeser's
    great buffet is @ bellagio
    asian if you venture off the strip is lotus of siam thai

      1. re: brisket

        I had a wonderful dinner last month at the Eiffel Tower restaurant at the Paris Hotel. Very nice room with a fantastic view of the Bellagio fountains and Strip. Had the multi-course tasting menu which included meats, but I'm sure they also offered a tasting menu all vegetarian. Terrific wine pairings also offered. Expensive, but worth it.

      2. I second the recommendation of Mesa Grill
        I enjoyed my meal at TAO at the Venetian and Wolfgang Puck's Asian eatery at the Ceaser Forum Shops
        I really enjoy the weekend buffet at Paris and the Wynn has a nice buffett as well

        1. Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare at Wynn should be the perfect restaurant for you and your group. About as pure and expertly prepared seafood you will find not only in Vegas but US. As far as an Asian restaurant there are 2 inside the Wynn that are excellent. Okada and Wing Lei. Okada is one of the best, if not the best, sushi restaurants in town while being visually stunning to match. Wing Lei is more eclectic approach to Asian fare and very good.

          1. Thanks for the ideas. I think we are definitely going to do Mesa Grill. I went to the website for Michael Mina's and the vegetarian tasting menu looks wonderful. Has anyone tried it or any of his other tastings? What did you think?

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            1. re: carriegoch

              Mina's cookbook tasting menu is definitely worth it. It does include a steak dish, but I'm sure they could do a substitution. My favorite meal at his restaurant is two appetizers: the sweet and peppery tuna tartare, followed by the savory black mussel souflee. Have a great time.

              1. re: carriegoch

                if staying at mandalay, for a more casual setting, the border grill is decent, i lik rm too - it can be a little pricey

                1. re: carriegoch

                  Wifey and I recently did the cookbook tasting menu at Michael Mina. It was very good but we didn't think it was worth the price. Part of the problem is that the price includes an autographed MM cookbook. After we got back, I was looking at the menu on the Bellagio site and it stated that the cookbook was optional ($50). The menu at the restaurant doesn't give that option.

                  Anyway, although I thought each of the courses were very good, there didn't seem to be any harmony as a whole. The menu was tuna tartare (excellent), lobster pot pie (good but perhaps over rated), some kind of fish that I can't recall (very good), kobe beef 3 ways (good but sure was glad there were a bunch of other courses), and a trio of desserts (I especially liked the cookies and mini root beer float). The tuna tartare was my favorite. If we go back again, I think we'll skip the tasting menus.

                  Some friends of ours recently tried the veg tasting menu at Tableau at the Wynn and thought it was very good. I trust their opinions.

                  1. re: carriegoch

                    My wife and I went to Michael Mina last year and it was excellent. We did not do the tasting menu. My wife had the Lobster Pot Pie which she loved and I had the Kobe Short Rib trio which was outstanding.