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Las Vegas Review -- Rosemary's; Stratta; Bouchon

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I'll review these three first from my las vegas trip last week.

ROSEMARY'S: We went straight to Rosemary's from the airport for a lunch reservation. I'd have to rate the atmosphere as mediocre, a little run down, at least it seemed so during the day. The service was excellent all around. We each opted for the prix fixed menu. For our first course, I had the Texas BBQ Shrimp and my husband had the Caesar salad. I thought the shrimp were cooked well and the sauce tasty - the blue cheese coleslaw it was served with was yummy and very generous with the blue cheese. My only complaint would be that overall the dish was very saucy, but good flavor. Hubby loved caesar. We both had the filet kebabs and husband loved them, i thought they were good but nothing stellar. they were cooked perfectly, but i found the soy marinade a bit cloying and overpowering to the dish. Desserts were the low point... maybe i should have followed server's suggestion and gone with apple tart, but i was intrigued by coconut bread pudding. I wasn't fond of it all, a thick, more custard-like than bread pudding, concoction. Husband had IceBox Lemon pie, very tart, decent flavor, nothing to write home about though~!. I did enjoy our lunch, but it certainly wasn't the best meal of our trip. I don't think I would make the drive off the strip to go again.

STRATTA - After playing a couple hours at the Wynn, we headed over to Stratta for a bite before bed. We weren't starving, so we decided to share the meatball pizza and scallops entree. First up, the bread!! An assortment of bread showed up with a yummy pesto dipping sauce. I loved the bread (my fav was the super soft foccacia and my husband adored the crispy wafer-thin flatbread). For me, the highlight was the pesto ----- OMG I wanted to bathe in it!!! So good, vibrant green color and bursting with fresh basil and parm and olive oil flavors --- all were distinct yet blended perfectly. Next up -- our meals. We just shared both dishes and i really loved both. The meatball pizza was fabulous --- great tomato sauce and perfectly tender meatballs -- so good i came back another night for it. We also had the scallop entree, that was served with vegetables and a basil-citrus sauce. The sauce was also a vivid green and you would have thought it would have a strong basil flavor, but the sauce was actually very delicate and delicious -- light and citrucy. The scallops were cooked perfectly. We were too full for dessert. Delicious dinner, highly recommend. On our subsequent visit, we had a caesar salad to share (they brought us each a large portion) --- ice cold and great. I had the pizza again --- couln't resist. And my husband had the lobster fra diavalo --- very good also. Light tomato sauce, great kick of heat, ample chunks of tender lobster, perfectly al dente pasta. For dessert, i had the cheesecake, which i found a little too dense and dry and my husband had a sorbet trio, which was the perfect ending to his spicy main dish. Overall, i love this place! Great food, a little more casual then some of the fine dining places, so you can just pop in after playing!!

BOUCHON - Saturday brunch.
We headed down to Bouchon (stayed at Venetian) for Saturday brunch. As stated by most reviewers, the coffee was perfect and a great way to start the morning. They also brought out fresh-baked baguette and small pots of butter and jam! Heaven. I had the Americaine breakfast and my husband had steak frites. I had the strawberry croissant -- fab!!! and husband had chocolate almond croissant -- also fab! Perfect croissant, worth the trip to try. My breakfast was typical bacon and eggs (cooked perfectly). Husband had steak frites....fries awesome, but he found his steak a bit too much like liver and onions with the strong flat iron steak flavor and the onion topping (to be fair he's not a huge fan of onions). My only compaint would be that we were not informed that there were brunch specials and only found out when we overhead waiter telling the table next to us of them. Otherwise, my husband probably would have opted for steak and eggs instead. But overall, enjoyed very much and we returned 4 times over the week (we had vouchers some of the hotel restaurants). During those subsequent visits, we tried the beignets ---- SOOOOO GOOD, with apricot jam and chocolate dipping sauce (had them 2 days!!). Also husband had short ribs hash and eggs, very good also. I had oatmeal one day, and it was the best oatmeal I've ever had, with candied orange peel and fruit mixed in. Overall great restaurant for breakfast.... would definitely go again. Didn't try for lunch or dinner.

Will review Tableau and Table 10 a bit later!

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