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wheatgerm Oct 11, 2007 01:15 PM

If you had 1 night for a great meal in Las Vegas, where would you go?

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  1. ccl1111 Oct 11, 2007 02:10 PM

    how much money do you have? if i had boatloads of expendable cash, i'd try joel robuchon. if i had the amount of money that is currently in my pocket, lotus of siam.

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      Dave Feldman Oct 12, 2007 02:51 AM

      I DO have one more night for a great meal in LV. Easy choice for me: Lotus of Siam, it is.

      1. Spiritchaser Oct 12, 2007 04:35 AM

        Aureole or Guy Savoy

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          LVI Oct 12, 2007 07:32 AM

          Money no object, Guy Savoy or Joel Robuchon. If money matters, NO question, like Dave Feldman said, LOS, hands down!

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            wheatgerm Oct 12, 2007 01:45 PM

            Thanks for the posts - well now I have 2 nights and it looks like one must be dedicated to Lotus of Siam. I will cehck out the others recommended.

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              Dave Feldman Oct 12, 2007 11:25 PM

              I just had my "Last Supper at Lotus" (fifth meal there on this trip) and today, Sunday, for the first time in the history of the restaurant, it will be closed for a private party. Robert Parker's online group are having a wine blowout. Eight of them were there tonight and the bottles were plentiful. Parker recently wrote a glowing review of Lotus, calling its list of German Rieslings the best anywhere in the world and calling the prices "ridiculously fair."

              Bank suggested a fabulous Kabinett with our meal tonight.

              If you do go to Lotus, may I recommend their hoh mok sea bass? (It's not on the menu but is usually available) It's fabulous.

              1. re: Dave Feldman
                Das Ubergeek Oct 16, 2007 08:38 AM

                You have no idea how angry I was to find out they were closed on Sunday -- I had been looking forward to trying it for MONTHS -- but I whined and cajoled and pleaded and so we extended our trip and had lunch there.

                Just... wow.

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                  Dave Feldman Oct 17, 2007 12:49 AM

                  You were REALLY unlucky. LOS is usually closed one day a year. And this is the first time since the Chutimas have owned the place that LOS has closed for a private party.

                  Did you even get in the front door on Sunday? I was wondering whether oenophiles were hanging from the chandeliers.

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                    Das Ubergeek Oct 17, 2007 09:22 AM

                    I didn't go on Sunday -- I went Monday for lunch and ordered off the menu -- the buffet was scandalously un-Thai... the only things remotely Thai on the table were pad Thai and red curry beef. If you didn't know you could order off the menu, you would end up supremely, supremely disappointed.

                    That said, once we did get in, the food was utterly fantastic. I wasn't so into the chili dip (though it was a good way to get vegetables in), but the khao soi was incredible, as was the fish with assorted dry-fried toppings (scallions, onions, garlic, chilies, ginger, etc.).

                    I like wine, but I don't drink much of it because Mrs. Ubergeek can't stand the stuff, so I'm limited to what's available by the glass, which tends not to inspire me to spend the money. (Ba Ba Reeba was a happy find -- their glasses and flights were well worth the cheap prices.)

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                      Dave Feldman Oct 18, 2007 11:14 PM

                      Actually, there is one fabulous dish every day at the lunch buffet -- the garlic black pepper chicken wings, which Jonathan Gold called perhaps the best wings in existence. But this dish is also served as an appetizer, and is better piping hot.

                      Also, LOS offers more Rieslings by the glass than most wine-oriented restaurants serve by the bottle. Next time! The lime drink they serve also goes well with almost everything LOS serves.

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              foodgimp Oct 19, 2007 10:04 AM

              I have three Vegas categories:

              Price doesn't Matter: Guy Savoy

              Off Strip: Rosemary's

              Cheap Eats: Lotus of Siam

              I have never been to Robuchon, but my night at Guy Savoy was absolutely amazing and worth every penny!

              Rosemarys' is the most consistent restaurant I have ever been to. And they treat me like a regular, even though I only get there a couple of times a year!

              LOS-I love Thai and this is the best I've had...Ever!

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