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Where can I have an "Oh, my god" food experience? (Las Vegas)

I grok Sep 6, 2008 12:48 PM

Hi there,

I am going to Las Vegas in Oct. for only 1 day. I've been a few times in the past and have tried bobby flay's place, Emeril's delmonico and a few other places. I must state that it wasn't as good as the food network made it out to be. There are chefs from all over the world in Vegas and I want an "Oh My God!", but in a really really great food kind of way. Can you suggest a place please. It will be for a late lunch (4:30) or really late dinner (11pm).

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    foodgimp RE: I grok Sep 6, 2008 08:40 PM

    If money is No Object Restaurant Charlie or Guy Savoy are Amazing!

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      I grok RE: foodgimp Sep 6, 2008 09:46 PM

      I checked out the menus. Charlie's 8 course menu looks like an adventure and Guy Savoy's menu is just pretty. Thank you for the tip.

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        climberdoc RE: I grok Sep 7, 2008 10:45 AM

        The 14-course menu at Bar Charlie qualified as an "Oh My God!" for me. The courses were prepared right in front of my eyes. Lots of variety. Great wine pairings if you're into that.

        Alex also has the OMG factor. Alex Stratta is a celeb chef but unlike other celeb chefs in Vegas (Savoy, Flay, Keller, etc.) he is in the kitchen cooking each night. Their tasting menu is the best I've experienced when you factor in the ambiance, highest food quality, and attentive/5-star service (take it easy EJS). Very expensive but less so than Savoy and Robouchon (sp.).

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          uhockey RE: climberdoc Sep 7, 2008 11:19 AM

          Looking at this individual's requirements (early IE: 4:30ish OR late 11ish) I'm guessing there is a time component involved and as such a 2+ hour tasting menu probably isn't realistic. Also, considering his experiences in the past were with Emeril and Flay perhaps some more "accessible" options would be ideal.

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            climberdoc RE: uhockey Sep 7, 2008 02:48 PM

            Woops! I forgot about that stipulation.

            Thanks for keeping me in line uhockey.

            uhockey, you seem very well-traveled. I have a post on the Chicago board which I'd appreciate your opinion on.

            Back to the original post. Enoteca San Marco may qualify. I've greatly enjoyed the lamb ragu as well as the veal meatballs. My wife has been trying to replicate the veal ricotta meatballs. She just can't seem to get herself to add enough cream to the recipe to accurately replicate Mario's meatballs. Place is casual, relatively inexpensive and you can walk in without a reservation.

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      fdb RE: I grok Sep 7, 2008 11:35 PM

      My two OMG meals on my recent Vegas trip were at Guy Savoy and Bar Charlie.

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        mscherzberg RE: fdb Sep 17, 2008 12:36 AM

        Guy Savoy was great, in addition to their TGV menu and their tasting menu you can create your own menu or add to those by doing half portions of any item they offer a la carte (except the whole Turbot for two). Alex was wonderful, Le Cirque was good but not OMG, Picasso was an OMG service experience. Robuchon was a HUGE disappointment - we ended up walking out after waiting nearly 20 minutes with no service!

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          ellenost RE: mscherzberg Sep 17, 2008 06:26 AM

          Are you kidding about Robuchon? Was it the main restaurant or L'Atelier? There is no excuse for poor service at these types of restaurants. I'm a big fan of Alex, and their service is among the finest.

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            mscherzberg RE: ellenost Sep 18, 2008 01:11 AM

            It was Joel Robuchon at the Mansion. We were made to feel like we had no money (although we have been known to spend over $1000 each when the occasion is right - like our wedding night). I'm almost more upset that I've commented to the MGM that I would like to speak with somebody about this and I have had no follow up.

      2. ejs1492 RE: I grok Sep 8, 2008 11:39 AM

        I would second Alex and Guy Savoy for true "oh my God" experiences. Guy Savoy has their "TGV Menu" which is designed to be a shorter tasting experience, so it may work for your time constraints.

        1. ellenost RE: I grok Sep 10, 2008 09:02 AM

          My recommendation for the OMG factor is Alex. You won't be disappointed.

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            AGENT FOODIE RE: ellenost Sep 10, 2008 10:54 AM

            while i havent been there myself my friends keep pushing me to try the 16 course prix fixe at joel robuchon. they said ill be in food heaven or somethingt like that

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              fdb RE: AGENT FOODIE Sep 10, 2008 03:13 PM

              That's where I wanna go on my next trip. Last time it was closed for some reason, so we went to L'Atelier instead. Didn't live up to my expectation.

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                ellenost RE: AGENT FOODIE Sep 11, 2008 01:15 PM

                I dined at Joel Robuchon the night after Alex, and it didn't measure up. I was very disappointed since I thought Robuchon would be the dining highlight of my trip.

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                  fdb RE: ellenost Sep 11, 2008 06:24 PM

                  ellen...like you, my disappointment from L'Atelier probably stemed from having had a fabulous meal at Guy Savoy the previous night.

            2. Rubee RE: I grok Sep 11, 2008 02:51 PM

              My most recent OMG meal this year in Las Vegas was also Alex. Simply wonderful.

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                minathebrat RE: I grok Sep 18, 2008 06:38 PM

                I would recommend Rosemary's Restaurant. It's off strip, but not hard to get to..just drive west on Sahara. They've won the Best Gourmet Restaurant in the Vegas Review-Journal's "Best of Vegas"for like 9 years in a row, and it's a deserved reputation. The food is wow! Sort of a local's secret, you will definitely enjoy if you go.

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                  jjo1953 RE: minathebrat Sep 18, 2008 10:06 PM

                  Rosemary's is a better-than-average restaurant, but not OMG...and certainly not in the same league as Alex, Robuchon or Savoy.

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