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rsa80 Sep 2, 2009 06:17 AM

Greetings all,

I've been a lurker on this board for quite some time and have gotten great insight into many restaurants!! However, I'm a little undecided on the restaurants to eat at during my upcoming trip to Vegas the first week of October. I'm going with the girlfriend for 3 nights (1st night at MGM Signature, the other 2 nights at Encore) and am planning on the following:

Day 1:
Lunch - Sushi Roku
Dinner - L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon

Day 2:
Lunch - Country Club
Dinner - Alex (Taste of Wynn)

Day 3:
Brunch - Tableau
Dinner - Sinatra

Any suggestions/thoughts on these? I'm going back and forth on dinner the 1st and 3rd nights (100% sure I want to do the TOW at Alex). I REALLY want to try L'Atelier, but hear mixed reviews on service. Since I am with the girlfriend, and paying Michelin star prices, service is one thing I do not want to compromise on. In fact, this is one reason I chose not to eat at Daniel Boulud Brasserie, as I hear service there is lacking.

Do you think I would be better off going to Mix, Alize or Michael Mina (not French, I know) over L'Atelier? If I went to L'Atelier, I'd do the $75 tasting menu which seems to be a terrific value for that price point, and I'd be looking for the same in another restaurant.

Finally, would anyone here recommend Nove Italiano over Sinatra? There aren't a lot of posts on Nove, and I'm wondering if you're paying more simply for the view and the fact that you can go to Moon/Playboy right afterwards. It definitely appears to be more chic than Sinatra, which is a plus, but I don't want to sacrifice food quality and service.

ANY suggestions/comments are welcome! Many thanks in advance!!

  1. cherylmtl Sep 2, 2009 06:51 AM

    Just came back from LV, had an exceptional meal at L'Atelier - we had the $39 l'Unique menu, and added in a cheese course. Service was certainly in line with what you'd expect from a Michelin-starred restaurant, in spite of the fact that we were ordering the cheapest meals on the menu - I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it. IMHO, the service at Daniel Boulud, where we ate the night prior to L'Atelier, was even better (with one of us ordering off of the Taste of Wynn menu, the other off the regular menu). And the food at both was equally good. But again, that's just my .02

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      rsa80 Sep 2, 2009 07:12 AM

      Thanks Cheryl! To be honest, I know the menu at DB would be more appealing to my girlfriend and I think the ambience at DB is better, especially with Parasol Down right nearby for pre-dinner drinks. My only real concern about DB is that several people I know have went there and said that service was slow (borderline second-rate) and that the restaurant was better suited for large groups as opposed to couples out for a nice dinner. I'm glad you had a better experience service-wise. Perhaps I should re-consider it.

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        attran99 Sep 2, 2009 02:10 PM

        The food was spectacular at DB, IMO. It was really busy the night I went with the hubby, so I could understand why service wasn't as spot on as I'm sure it usually is. The cocktails at the bar were fabulous and refreshing, the wine pairing suggestions were excellent, and though, the service wasn't exactly what we were expecting, it was truly the best meal we've ever had. Food was perfectly executed and immaculately plated.

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          rsa80 Sep 2, 2009 05:10 PM

          Attran, thanks for the response.

          It is a little concerning that you are forgiving of less than stellar service because they were busy. If a restaurant is as good as people say (and with the traffic of tourists that Vegas regularly gets, even in this economy), shouldn't it be used to having a packed house and making the necessary adjustments? I've read several reviews of people waiting for 30 minutes between dishes or even before getting their water and bread! That is inexcusable for a restaurant at this price point.

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            attran99 Sep 3, 2009 10:09 PM

            Actually, we didn't have long waits for anything. Our food arrive promptly when we were ready. We had dined at CP Steak the night before and received personalized service that was simply superb. DB did not have the same level of personalized service that we were hoping for because it was a packed house. We didn't get to know our waiter as well, it was a bit hard to flag him down for questions regarding the ingredients and preparation of our meal because it was so busy, and he forgot that I wanted a glass of champagne with my dessert. Outside of that, we did not have to wait 30 mins between dishes...they were spaced out perfectly...as soon as we were finished with appetizers, our entrees were delivered within two minutes after the staff came to clear the table. We never had to ask for water refills, the staff came by to refill when our glasses were half-full. The execution of the food made up for some of the errors...and I didn't mind all that much that I didn't get the champagne...it wasn't a situation where it would have ruined the meal. Dinner for the two of us that night after tax and tip was $150...so considering the price point, not a bad night. Hope this clears things up a bit.

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              A5 KOBE Sep 3, 2009 11:06 PM

              Yeah, I have been to DB a handful of times and the service is pretty good. But I would still go to Rubuchon's places over DB, the food is just that much better to me.

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                attran99 Sep 4, 2009 12:14 AM

                I'm hitting up Rubuchon places the next time I go to Vegas.

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                  azbirdiemaker Sep 4, 2009 02:37 AM

                  It's worth noting that DB and the Robuchon joints serve contrasting styles of French fare.

                  DB is more of a "comfort food with style" sort of place whereas Robuchon does layering of flavors with an emphasis on presentation.

                  I prefer the food at DB because it's way more approachable than most of the dishes at either JR establishment. And, for what it's worth, I've never experienced any lack in service at DB - but then again, it's not Alex or Picasso, or Guy Savoy, or ... heh ... Joel Robuchon @ the Mansion ( where impeccable service is a must ). It's a stylistic, upscale, French Bistro ... service is important but not the pinnacle of the meal.

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          mangia0709 Sep 4, 2009 09:21 PM

          Just back as well, ate at Boloud on Monday. My favorite restaurant in Vegas. Beautiful atmosphere on the terrace (lake of dreams show). Service was impeccable. The servers were like ghosts..they were there whenever we needed them but never noticed the small things that they did. Taste of Wynn is a great way to go to experience exceptional restaurants without breaking the bank.

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          AllPhoenix Sep 2, 2009 10:13 AM

          Sinatra vs Nove depends on what you'd like to do after dinner. Because as you already stated, Nove is directly under the clubs (if I remember correctly just eating at Nove doesn't get you access to either club - we had to cajole their bouncer quite a bit to get in...then left after 15 minutes because they were both dead). The food at Nove was very good, but you do pay for the view...but then again all their booths back up to the windows so have no view and also block the view from most tables. So the view was pretty, but would have been a lot better if we could see it ;-)

          I've only eaten dinner in the bar at Sinatra - twice, because we enjoyed it that much. Service was outstanding - much better than Nove - but we really appreciated their casual, friendly attitude in the beautiful surroundings of the restaurant. And I really, really appreciated their lobster risotto - YUM. They perfectly delivered on all our special requests without batting an eye (or charging extra).

          It may sound like I'm pushing Sinatra, and it is a better restaurant (bar?), but Nove is good too. Because the restaurants are located so far apart the choice between the two can be dependent on what else you're doing that night.

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            rsa80 Sep 2, 2009 11:07 AM

            Thanks for the reply Phoenix. Yeah, I was leaning towards Sinatra and it makes more sense since I'm staying at Encore, but the view and trendy ambience at Nove was very tempting! Glad to hear you liked the lobster risotto, as looking at the menu both that and the tagliata caught my eye...definitely looking forward to it

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              AllPhoenix Sep 3, 2009 09:39 AM

              It's funny you mention the tagliatelle, because that's what we had the 2nd time there (with shrimp, right?) Wow - VERY good dish, with big shrimp that were cooked perfectly. Good thing we weren't wearing light colored clothes, because our klutzy selves with wide, long pasta in red sauce is a mess waiting to happen!

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            pointone Sep 2, 2009 05:35 PM

            Sounds like a great line up of amazing eating. My boyfriend has a poker problem, so I have eaten my way around Las Vegas. Though I can't speak for any of the new restaurants in the Encore, I have generally had great experiences at Alex and at Barolotta at the Wynn. The full tasting at Alex was one of the best meals I've had in my life. For what it's worth, I have not experienced any service issues at L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon (did the $135 Discovery Menu a while back) or Daniel Boulud. The early dinner prix fixe at Daniel Boulud is very good food at a good price. Mix, for me, was more about the view (which is spectacular - my vote for most impressive bathroom in Vegas - which is really saying a lot) than the food (very solid).

            The only thing I might suggest is to do brunch at Bouchon at the Venetian if you are in Vegas during the weekend. If you already live in an area with great sushi (e.g., LA/NYC), you may want to skip Sushi Roku. Sushi Roku is an upscale decent to mediocre sushi mini-chain in LA (run by the same people who do the BOA Steakhouse in LA) with a Vegas outpost. It's fine and it's decent (been to both the Beverly Hills and Vegas locations), but there are better sushi options around. If you're shopping at the Caesar's Forum Shops and find yourself near Roku, then by all means go. Oh, and if you're into fun flavored chocolates, check out the Vosges Chocolate Store on the ground floor of the Caesar's Forum Shops (they've got stuff like the famous bacon laced chocolate bar, truffles flavored with curry, and ice cream). Have a great time eating!

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              gerbera Sep 2, 2009 06:11 PM

              L'Atelier is a great restaurant. I never had a problem with the service there. That said, when I have heard about bad service it has usually been when sitting at a table as opposed to the bar.

              Eat at the bar. It's an interesting view & the chef will talk to you once in a while if he's a good mood. If you bust out some French with him it's even better.

              1. SDGourmand Sep 2, 2009 08:34 PM

                I think your dinner spots are perfect. I would reconsider lunches though. Tableau and Country Club seem to be the same type of restaurant to me, I could be mistaken though. There are better options out there. As for Roku even if you are in the Forum shops go some where else. That place is not good and the prices are just ridiculous. My go too lunch spots are noodle 9 and mesa in caesars and san marco in the venetian.

                1. A5 KOBE Sep 3, 2009 01:10 AM

                  I would go to Tableau both times and skip Country Club. Then Daniel Boulud or CUT for dinner instead of Sinatra.

                  edit: oops I just realized that Palazzo was not on the titl, but maybe head that way anyways, so much more options that way and practically right next to the Wynn.

                  check out some pics:

                  http://ftothed.blogspot.com/2009/08/tableau-pt-3.html (kobe beef short rib @Tableau
                  )http://ftothed.blogspot.com/2009/02/daniel-boulud-brasserie.html (Daniel Boulud
                  )http://ftothed.blogspot.com/2009/02/c... (CUT)

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                    rsa80 Sep 3, 2009 05:57 AM

                    Lots of great feedback everyone, thanks!! Ideally, if I had another night I could work in Daniel Boulud. I'm a big fan of French bistro. However, I've wanted to do L'Atelier for a long time, and I didn't get around to it when I was living in NYC. Now I'm back home in Houston, TX, and have no chance at all. I'm determined to check it out =)

                    A5, I don't think the gf would appreciate me cutting out italian food for another French restaurant, so that's a no-go. I guess I'll have to wait for my next trip to NYC and just go to Daniel...

                    I don't think my lunch options are set in stone. I've heard mixed reviews about Sushi Roku, but my sushi options for lunch (on the strip) appear very limited. It seems as if there's a decent crowd both for and against the common lunch spots (Sushi Roku, Spago, Olives, Mesa Grill, etc.), so I'm probably going to just play it by ear and go to whichever me and the gf are in the mood for that day.

                    Definitely doing Tableau for brunch -- I can't wait for that Kobe beef short rib!!

                    Are there any other lunchworthy spots at the Wynn/Encore or Venetian/Palazzo that I should replace Country Club with? I've just heard a lot of good things about their food, and if the weather is nice I'd like to sit on the patio overlooking the golf course.

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                      sfslinky Sep 3, 2009 07:10 AM

                      Hello,

                      I just got back from Vegas and have some recommendations:

                      We had a great lunch box special at Society Cafe Encore. I believe it was under $19 and had a choice of salad, slider and warm donut bites. I had the caprese salad which was burrata and basil over heirloom tomatoes on country bread with olive oil and balsamic. I also had the charred rare tuna slider with wasabi, shiso and cucumber. My friend had the same but her slider was the organic turkey & applewood bacon club with avocado on country bread.

                      I also recommend Canyon Ranch Grill in the Palazzo. We had breakfast there twice but they also serve lunch. For breakfast, my husband had the breakfast relleno. It was a chili stuffed with organic eggs, served over polenta. I had homemade granola with fresh fruit and yogurt. My friend had Caribbean french toast which was rum flavored french toast with banana, pineapple and maple syrup with fresh fruit. We also had the daily smoothies. Everything was healthy and local.

                      By the way, we enjoyed L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon three years ago. We had the tasting menu but I wish we had time last week to go back for the $39 L'Unique Menu. That is one of my favorites. Plus you can order a la carte if you aren't starving. You don't have to order any of the various prix fixe menus. We sat at the bar, which was a great experience.

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                        AllPhoenix Sep 3, 2009 09:25 AM

                        The view at the Country Club makes any possible food issues you might encounter worth it. I've lunched there many times and about half the time the food has been perfect, which is saying something in LV. As far as any problems with the food, sometimes it's been cooked improperly, and the only serious problem is when they undercooked my burger and it still came back undercooked after I sent it back. Their wait staff is pretty young, inexperienced and impressionable, though, so just be pleasantly assertive with them and all should be ok food-wise. But that's the only possible bad thing. The atmosphere is amazing with the bold design elements and view of the golf course and waterfall. If weather permits, definitely sit outside. Some of my best LV memories are sitting on that patio with a glass of champagne (not badly priced champagne, either. Also a good by the glass wine list) Have many phone pics of view from our table that always amaze whoever I show them to. If you do go, call or check in with the hostess before-hand to secure a view table. Oh, I think it's time for me to go back!

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                          climberdoc Sep 3, 2009 02:49 PM

                          I agree with you about CC. Views are amazing and so improbable for the Vegas Strip. I've had lunch there four times now and am yet to have anything less than excellent. Their corn chowder is downright legendary. Don't miss it! I've had the crabcakes, chicken pallaird, and burger. All very well prepared. Service is not "5-star" but is right around the "4-star" level. I found the wines to be a bit pricey, but not out of line with other venues at Wynn/Encore. I wonder whether A5 has even been there. Blind-bagging is so easy under a pseudonym on the web.

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                            A5 KOBE Sep 3, 2009 05:20 PM

                            I have had the Surf and Turf at CC and was underwhelmed. I can get much better steak for the same price at SW and cooked properly.

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                              LVI Sep 4, 2009 04:46 AM

                              The CC is a lovely spot for lunch or brunch and I can say that the food is spot on. And I would probably not consider it a place for anything other than lunch or brunch. Maybe ordering surf and turf here may have been a tactical error...

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                                A5 KOBE Sep 4, 2009 11:34 AM

                                Either way you put it, if you are going to charge $60 a steak it better damn well be cooked properly and measure up to industry standards. From my experiences, the food at Tableau was excellent for breakfast, lunch and the once existing dinner.

                                Also noted, I have had the Angus Burger there and while pretty tasty, it was not as good as the kobe burger at Tableau. I did like the the fries better at CC though.

                                Maybe I will try the breakfast: any recs on a dish?

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                                  LVI Sep 4, 2009 12:20 PM

                                  I'll be there in 2 weeks so I will be sure to report back!

                                  Breakfasts:
                                  Verandah at Four Seasons, Tableau, ?, ?

                                  Lunch:
                                  Lotus, Burger Bar, ?, ?

                                  Dinner:
                                  Bartolotta, Raku, Picasso (could get replaced but I just love the patio!), and not sure...Maybe Sen of Japan, maybe CUT.

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                                    A5 KOBE Sep 4, 2009 05:44 PM

                                    I am going to, next week for opening football season. WOOOOHOOOOOOOO

                                    My schedule is not set in stone yet. LVI, do you have any favorite dishes at CC?

                                    Oh and PS I love CUT, both the LV and LA locations are great but $$$.

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                                      QAW Sep 4, 2009 07:10 PM

                                      It is worth noting that Carlos Guia, who learned his way at Le Bernadin and Lutece in New York, before heading on to work for the Brennans in New Orleans, and then came out to Las Vegas to open Commanders Palace for them at the Aladdin a while back, is now the head chef at the CC. They are slowly adding some interesting layers to the menu (a watermelon "gazpacho" with lump crabmeat was ideal for a Las Vegas summer), which over time can only be a good thing.

                                      If you are coming out for the opening of football season there might be an interesting new option - "Lagasse's Stadium" opened at the Palazzo this week, in what was formerly the failed Jay Z's "40-40" night club. Unfortunately I have not seen a menu yet, but with Table 10 and Delmonico's upstairs the pantries are pretty well stocked, and it is supposed to be more than the usual snack bar fare at sports books, with some of those southern influences. Also one of the better layouts for watching games.

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                              A5 KOBE Sep 15, 2009 11:55 AM

                              Completely underwhelmed again. Got some BBQ burger. The bread sucked and made the whole burger fall apart because it was so dense. The meat was just okay, but Tableau has a kobe burger that tastes better and is $5 cheaper. Also had breakfast and Tableau wins by a landslide. I don't see why you would go to this place when Tableau is better in every aspect except for some view.

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                          rsa80 Sep 4, 2009 06:18 AM

                          AZbirdie, I agree that the food at DB is more approachable than L'Atelier -- it is a bistro afterall. The only thing is that I have very limited opportunities to dine at a place such as L'Atelier, whereas there are several quality french bistros in Houston (where I live). I think that is the ultimate deciding factor between the two.

                          Thanks again everyone for the input. After reading comments (some of them from posters who I've followed for a little while on this board), I feel very confident in my selections. I think everything will stand as is, with the exception of lunch at Sushi Roku. It does feel a like a wasted opportunity, so I will think of something else. I'm going to dine on the patio at CC and avoid the surf'n'turf...I'll probably go with a hot dog instead ;)

                          And of course, after my trip (which is first week of October), I will report back with what I hope are rave reviews!

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                            cowtowncyn Sep 17, 2009 02:22 PM

                            Kicking in my two cents worth on Daniel Boulud -- just ate there last week. Arrived shortly after 9:00 on a Saturday night (as a walk-in, not something we'd normally do, but it was a strange day....). Anyway, they weren't very busy and happily took us to a lovely table. This is such a pretty restaurant. The service was excellent -- very attentive. The sommelier was really helpful. The food was very good, although I thought the coconut broth the mussels were in was a bit too salty for my taste. But overall - a successful, and romantic, dinner.

                            Just as an aside, a couple years ago I dined at DB with a large group, all female, who were not only a bit on the tipsy side, they were penny-pinching like crazy. Yes, they were my friends and yes, I was embarassed. But our server had the patience of a saint and was wonderful, treating us as if we were high-rolling Hollywood royalty, or something. And heaven knows he didn't need to be. I've had a soft spot in my heart for DB ever since!

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                              rsa80 Oct 5, 2009 09:30 AM

                              Thanks everyone for your suggestions/comments. Having just got back from Vegas, I thought I would report on my dining experiences, which overall were excellent.

                              Day 1 (MGM)

                              Lunch at Wolfgang Puck --

                              GF and I shared a Chinois salad and the sausage/mushroom pizza. The pizza was good, but a little too cheesy. The salad was fantastic, as was the iced tea. Simple menu, but very solid lunch spot.

                              Dinner at L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon --

                              Both the GF and I did the 5 course Fall tasting menu. The amuse bouche was a shellfish parfait in a spicy cream broth -- very tasty. The next item up was a gazpacho with tomato soup, basil and croutons. I enjoy all 3 of the above, but in this case I wasn't feeling the gazpacho. The basil was very strong and overpowered everything else. I think we would have preferred the las legumes from the previous tasting menu which the gazpacho replaced. Up next was the langoustine with pesto basil on the side -- fantastic. A deep-friend langoustine with great flavors and suprisingly no grease. For the main course, the GF had the braised pork belly and I chose the salmon (so we could sample both). I really enjoyed the salmon as it was very tender and cooked perfectly, but the braised pork belly was the star of the show. Each bite was like eating buttery heaven, which was then topped by the ridiculously good mashed potatoes. Easily the best part of the tasting menu and something I will definitely have on my next visit. After the main course we received our cheese plates, which were very disappointing. I love all cheeses, but these were too sharp for even me. They left a bad taste in my mouth, which was unfortunate given the fantastic main courses we had just eaten. The cheese plate was the worst part of the meal. For dessert, both the GF and I ordered the tarts. They were good, not great. While they were certainly not bad, I don't think there was anything remarkable about them. The same goes for the bread at L'Atelier. I had heard several good reviews about the bread, but quite honestly I've had much better.

                              The service at L'Atelier was great. The waiters worked together very well to put on a great show for everyone at the counter. I enjoyed the experience. My only issue with service was that we ordered a bottle of wine that needed to be chilled to enjoyed properly. Ok, no problem. However, the bottle was chilled in a bucket on the other side of the counter, so we had to rely on our waiter to fill our glasses as necessary. A few times I felt we were waiting longer than we should have been to get our glasses poured. Other than that, I enjoyed the service and atmosphere at L'Atelier.

                              I'm glad I was able to experience L'Atelier with their tasting menu, but I wouldn't do it again as I feel I could get more value for my money. I didn't enjoy the cheese plates and the dessert was just ok. I will definitely eat at L'Atelier in the future, but next time I will mix and match items from the small tastings menu.

                              Day 2 (Encore)

                              Lunch at Wazuzu --

                              I wasn't sure what to expect with this place. The menu seemed diverse but overpriced, and reviews I read were mixed. While definitely overpriced, the Thai food was very good. I haven't been to Lotus, but when I lived in NY I ate Thai quite a bit. Wazuzu's food was right up there. To start our lunch, we ordered the Yellowtail sashimi with jalapenos (forget the official name, but it's the same dish that Nobu made famous and everyone else added to their menu). It was good, but for 5 relatively small pieces it was not worth the $25. We then ordered two main dishes to share -- the spicy basil chicken and the panang beef. Both had great, distinct flavors that kept us very satisfied. Just an fyi -- they ask you what level of spice you want for your food (on a scale of 1 to 5). We requested 4, but it still wasn't that spicy. Also, beware that their main dishes do not come with rice (which is Vegas being Vegas). What Thai place does not serve rice with its dishes?! I'm glad I knew this in advance so I was able to order rice with everything else. It would have bothered me a little if the food had come and then I would have had to wait for rice.

                              Overall it was good comfort food, and if you stick with the Thai menu I think it's a worthwhile lunch. We didn't try any rolls, so unfortunately I can't provide any comments on that.

                              Dinner at Alex --

                              AMAZING. That is the best way I can describe my experience here. Walking up to Alex, it was already a nice feeling that the restaurant was tucked away from the casino. As we approached, two hostesses opened up the door, greeted us and sat us immediately. From there on out, we were in very good hands. We did the Taste of Wynn menu, and so our meal started off with canapes, which included a tuna tartare, a wild mushroom and cream soup and a few other items that I cannot remember at the moment. However, these were excellent and had me feeling good about the rest of the food to come that night.We had the butter poached lobster for the appetizer and the braised short rib as the main course. Absolutely delicious. The lobster was cooked perfectly and the corn/potatoes were great compliments. The braised short ribs were nothing short of phenomenal. It was the best single thing I ate during my trip in Vegas. The caramelized onions and mashed potatoes were delicious, although I'd still have to give L'Atelier the nod for best mashed potatoes. For dessert, I had the hazelnut/Godiva chocolate and she had the vanilla custard with maple syrup. My dessert was fantastic, hers was good but not great. The real treat, though, was the extra dessert brought out by the restaurant. We were celebrating an anniversary, and they brought a congratulatory dessert which was basically a vanilla cake coated with fondant. This was pure dessert heaven and it made our night that much more memorable.

                              The service at Alex, from beginning to end, was top notch. Our servers were helpful and not pretentious in the least bit, even though we were clearly the youngest people at the restaurant. The sommelier was SPOT ON in his wine recommendations with each course -- the wines he selected did a great job of adding to the overall taste of the meal. The ambience was fantastic. Very elegant yet not too stuffy. The internet pictures of the dining room doesn't do justice to the true beauty of this place. Alex won me over, and the next time I am in town I will definitely be doing a full tasting menu with wine pairing.

                              Day 3 (Encore)

                              Lunch at Pho --

                              I was hurting from a little bit too much partying the night before, and I needed something to help. Pho is always a favorite of mine, but the pho at Treasure Island isn't anything to write home about. It did the job, but it's not a place I would recommend to anyone. The meat quality is suspect and service takes forever just to get water/soda/iced tea. If you're hurting bad like I was, then this place will do the trick. Otherwise, I'd suggest passing on this place.

                              Dinner at Okada --

                              We initially had reservations at Sinatra, but switched it at the last minute to Okada because we wanted to do a teppanyaki dinner. First let me say that Okada has a beautiful setting for teppanyaki dining. I loved the floor to ceiling windows overlooking the lagoon/waterfall. Very nice surroundings. Now to the food. Celebrating my birthday, we decided to do it up right -- I ordered the Japanese Ohmi beef and my GF ordered the Maine lobster. They were both excellent. The chef cooked the beef just right and preserved that marbling on the outside. Each bite was melting in my mouth, as it should be for beef of this quality. The lobster was fantastic as well, but to be honest I enjoyed the lobster at Alex a little bit more. All of the meal accompaniments (bay scallops, salad, miso soup, fried rice) were very good. However, I think it is a little too expensive for what it is. Don't get me wrong, the quality is definitely a cut above a place like Benihana's, but I don't know if the prices are justified. Overall though, the food was great and the dining setting was beautiful.

                              The only issue we had at Okada was something that isn't fair to blame on Okada -- we had a group of obnoxious people next to us that were very rude to the chef/wait staff. Because they were spending tons of money ordering Dom P, japanese beef and everything else on the menu, they felt as if they could be jerks. Definitely annoyed both me and the GF, but that's the risk you run doing a teppanyaki dinner -- you never know who is going to be at your table that night.

                              If you enjoy teppanyaki dining, I would definitely recommend you try Okada for a unique experience.

                              Day 4 (Encore)

                              Brunch at Tableau --

                              Beautiful room for brunch. Unfortunately it was windy outside, so no patio seating was available. GF had the eggs with sausage, toast and bread basket. She enjoyed her meal. I tried the chicken apple sausage, and it was very good. I ordered the kobe short ribs with eggs and potatoes -- fantastic!! The bernaise sauce on the eggs was delicious, and the combo of the eggs/short rib/potato pancakes was just what I needed in the morning before heading to the airport! Of course, the mimosas didn't hurt either. Great spot for breakfast/brunch.

                              We had a fantastic time with all of the restaurants. On a side note, if any of you enjoy shows I would recommend Le Reve and LOVE. We really enjoyed the aquatics Le Reve and we were blown away by LOVE. I am a huge Beatles fan, so I was really looking forward to this one and it didn't disappoint. I will be watching it again the next time I'm in town. If you're into the clubs in Vegas, it definitely seems as if the nightlife has gotten tame there. Vegas on the whole is hurting both in the clubs and casinos. We went to Tryst and XS, and while we had fun at both spots the nightlife wasn't as good as I remember it being in Vegas. Anyway, all in all it was an excellent time. I thank you all for the suggestions, and I hope my reviews help provide info to anyone else reading this.

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                                Missmoo Oct 6, 2009 11:22 AM

                                rsa, can I ask what the total for your meal at Alex was? I am still debating my final dinner in LV and was thinking of doing Sinatra or Bolud because they are cheaper, but then I read reviews like yours and I can't decide!

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                                  rsa80 Oct 7, 2009 06:27 AM

                                  Well, we did the Taste of Wynn menu ($89). So, dinner for 2 along with 4 glasses of wine (total) and 1 cup of coffee came out to about $320 (including tip, but not gratuity).

                                  It's expensive, but it's totally worth it (especially if you aren't always in Vegas and can't frequent places like this often).

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