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May 28, 2008 06:59 PM

The Return Of......My Upcoming Las Vegas Vacation

Ok everyone, I'm back and once again I'm looking for some advice. After thinking I wouldn't be back to Vegas until January, I'll now be returning in July for eight nights. A friend of mine talked me into it...Thats my story and I'm sticking to it.
I already have a reservation at Restaurant Charlie, I've requested to go to the "bar" part and try one of the tasting menus. So that's one night down.
I'll definitely be returning to L'Atelier since I had such a fantastic meal in January, so that's two.
From there I'm open to advice from everyone. I'm thinking about N9ne, Cut, Okada, Alex, Guy Savoy, Koi, among others. I'll most likely be going to Burger Bar and LOS(not the buffet) for lunch. Have there been any other restaurant openings in the past six months that can't be missed?
All advice is certainly appreciated, especially since I only have a few weeks to figure it out.


PS, Of course I will once again give a full report when I return

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  1. I remember from the last thread that you were really into steakhouses. I stand by my recommendations of N9NE and Craftsteak (sorry but I don't remember if you went to Craftsteak last time - were you the person who didn't want to go because they wouldn't do a tasting menu for you on a prior visit?). I live in L.A. and last night my husband and I finally went to Cut in Beverly Hills. The food was really quite superb, as were the service and atmosphere. If the Cut in Las Vegas is anywhere near the Cut in B.H., then by all means I would recommend it wholeheartedly. I'm not sure if the Cut in Vegas has been reviewed extensively here yet.

    There are reviews dribbling in for the new restaurants at the Palazzo, which opened after your last visit. Carnevino, as a very high profile steakhouse, has received more negative than positive reviews. You're already set for Trotter. Table 10 hasn't been reviewed well. Morels seems mixed but on the negative side, and IMO wouldn't really be any kind of destination, more like where you'd eat if you were there already.

    Good luck.

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    1. re: Debbie W

      Hi Debbie, Yes, I definitely do love steak. I've actually been to Craftsteak in Vegas twice and it's one of my favorite restaurants out there.
      Steakhouses I've been to:
      Thanks for the info, The more I hear about Cut, the more I think I have to try it

      1. re: LongIslandChef

        btw, tonight I ate at Hank's steakhouse at Green Valley Ranch in Henderson. Now, a caveat: it was a group meal and the menu was limited. OTOH, they did the group meal well. I had the salmon, which was wild...rare around here. Many folks had the beef medallions, and all who did raved about it...said it was very tender. The lady seated next to me told me that she had ordered the beef because they do steaks so well at Hank's that she figured it would be good. Service was excellent, btw...and they did a great job of serving without disturbing the speakers at the meeting. Another caveat: I didn't have a chance to peek at the menu, and this was a hosted event, so no idea about price point. But I imagine its pretty pricey. Very nice atmosphere, and when I left the private dining area at 9pm I was surprised at how busy the restaurant was. FWIW.

        1. re: janetofreno

          Thanks Janet, I know absolutely nothing about the henderson area, but I'll certainly look into it

    2. The tasting menu at Bartolotta might be a nice addition to the consideration list. There are two options, one that is all seafood, but even though the Bar Charlie courses will be seafood-themed as well the influences between the two menu's are entirely different. If you will be dining with a friend they serve their tasting courses "family style", and that can make for a nice relaxed evening.

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      1. re: QAW

        I fully agree with your rec for the tasting at Bartolotta. It does not get talked about much for some reason. The family style aspect really gives the diner exposure to many different types of seafood all of which are very well-executed. Top is off by scoring a table on the faux lake. Great evening!

        1. re: climberdoc

          Now that I see the last two posts I realize that I forgot to mention that I will be dining solo.

          However thank you for the recommendation, that sounds like something I'd love under different circumstances

      2. I just ate at Cut (Wolfgang Puck's new steak house at the Pallazzo) and loved it.

        Burger Bar and LOS are two favorites of mine as well, you can't go wrong at either IMO.

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        1. re: chris2269

          It's sounding like CUT is a keeper, that may be the next reservation I make. I don't think I've seen or heard a bad review yet.
          As far as Burger Bar and LOS go, I basically have to go to both on this trip, this my third time in Vagas over the past year and I haven't tried either.

          1. re: LongIslandChef

            Yeh I just posted a review of cut from my birthday trip, it was great.

            Burger Bar is one we hit everytime. The American Kobe Burger with sweet potato fries and a good belgian ale....Yummy

            LOS - The crispy rice with sausage and mint appetizer is such a brilliant dish. Its spicy, flavorful, and then the fresh mint cuts through like a cool breeze.

            1. re: chris2269

              Thanks for the tips chris, especially about LOS because I'm sure I'll be pretty lost on what to order.

              1. re: LongIslandChef

                There are about a thousand threads here on what to order at LOS. Just do a search. However I guarantee you will have a difficult time choosing, especially if you're alone. There's only so much a person can eat. Don't miss the sticky rice dessert.

                1. re: Debbie W

                  I'll look those threads up thanks. You're right, it will be tough to choose, knowing myself too well, I definitely will end up over ordering. Then again, maybe I'll try to get there a couple times for lunch so I can try a bunch of different dishes.

                2. re: LongIslandChef

                  Chris are you referring to the Nam kao tod? Minced sour sausage mixed with green onion, fresh chili, ginger, peanuts, crispy rice and lime juice? I love that dish! (Warning--eat it while it's hot! It loses something important as it cools...) I wish I could find a recipe for that dish!

                  I posted some photos here (don't feel you have to read the whole post, it's really long--the photo you're looking for is #3 of my OP--several of the photos in the OP and a couple on the first reply are also from my recent'ish visit to LoS).

                  I'm looking forward to your report, LongIslandChef!


            2. re: chris2269

              What does LOS stand for? I couldn't find it in Las Vegas on a Restaurant search.


              1. re: FDawson

                LOS = Lotus of Siam. It's mentioned here so often that folks have turned it into an acronym.

            3. Selfishly, I hope you go to Guy Savoy, because I couldn't fit that into my last trip and I love your reviews and would love love to hear what you think of it! :) Have a great time. -Mary

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              1. re: rp1760

                I'm definitely considering Guy Savoy. I'm not sure I can have such long meals every night though. Since Bar Charlie is a must, Maybe I'll cut out L'Atelier(since I've been there) and go to Guy Savoy instead.

              2. I loved Okada. Review of mone earlier. Great service, fabulous dishes, very nice selection of sakes. The Okada Roll is the best I've ever had - although I am still somewhat a sushi virgin. TONS of lobster meat, asparagus, shrimp. I think the Robato Grilled Alaskan King Crab was one of top ten plates I've had in last five years. Serious. Have a great trip!