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Enotecca, Bouchon, L'Atelier, Fiamma & LOS - Trip report

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BikeToEat Mar 2, 2009 06:52 PM

After lurking on this board for a while before my business trip to Las Vegas , I made reservations for dinner at these restaurants and had some great eating. It didn't start out so well, but ended up great.

Enotecca
Had a bad dining experience here. The bread was burnt. We were told some story about it being a traditional, tough crust for carrying into the mountains, but it tasted like charcoal. Service was terrible; noise level was really, really loud. The meal was saved by the vinegar maker's salad and the gemelli pasta with sausage and broccoli rabe. Both were delicious. The pork shoulder was ok but not great. We ordered a side of brussel sprouts which the waiter forgot and finally brought out after we had finished the rest of our meal. They were also black, not caramelized, but burnt. The waiter apologized and comped them. The waiter also forgot our wine order. Not our best meal.

Bouchon
The warm, toasted pistacios they bring out with the bread is a very nice touch. Frisee salad was delicious. I had the roast chicken with wild mushrooms and savoy cabbage. The waiter described the long process of salt packing, brining, sous vide cooking and finally roasting the chef goes through for 3 days to make this roasted bird. It was good, but not significantly better than other roast chickens I've had. The mushroom/cabbage mixture was very tasty, though a bit over salted. The noise level here was also very loud. Inexpensive wines by the glass and carafe were good.

L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon
We went for the winter tasting menu (5-course, $75), labeled the Club Menu at the restaurant. As others have reported, we had to ask for it specifically. The waiter only provided the regular a la carte menu and the more expensive 6-course tasting menu ($148). The winter tasting menu was fabulous. Each course was expertly prepared and beautifully presented. DC and I both had the hanger steak as the choice of the 3rd course and then got one of each of the desserts (tarts and ice creams/sorbets) and shared both. My favorite courses were the langoustine in brick pastry, deep fried and the cheese course. The langoustine meat was sweet and juicy inside the crisp crust. Cheeses were a nice selection of creamy cow, hard sheep and blue cow, all served at the peak of their maturity. We had a bottle of 2004 Chateau Neuf de Pape ($95) to accompany the meal. Excellent. We enjoyed it so much we went back for a second meal before we left.

Fiamma
Three of us dined here. The star appetizer was the crispy calamari with basil, perfectly cooked, crispy and light. All three entrees were great, linguini with sautéed prawns, smoked bacon, tomato, basil, roasted garlic -butter; pan-seared sea scallops with swiss chard, braised cannellini beans, and speck; and grilled pink snapper with roasted vegetables, toasted pine nuts, and vin cotto. Panna cotta for dessert was good but nothing special. Definitely would dine here again. Very reasonable prices for Las Vegas.

Lotus of Siam
We really enjoyed our meal here. The nam kao tod (sour sausage and crispy rice salad appetizer) was very interesting and terrific as was the tom yum kung (hot and sour with shrimp, lime juice, lemon grass & straw mushroom). Our favorite was the sea bass som thum with thai green papaya salad. It was so light and tasty. My DCs loved the chicken red curry, though I wasn't as wowed. LOS has a great wine list, too.

It was a great eating trip. Thanks for all on this board for words of advice about these restaurants. It made our trip!

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    Dave Feldman RE: BikeToEat Mar 2, 2009 11:24 PM

    Thanks for the report. I don't think there's more variability in the responses to any restaurants in Las Vegas here than Enotecca and B&B.

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