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Dec 16, 2009 04:26 PM

Vegas: Need help on a few decisions

Hi - I'll be in Vegas for the last week of the year, including New Year's Eve.

We were planning on going to Origin India on our first night, but now I'm seeing a lot of mentions of Namaste. What are the relative pros and cons of each?

Has anyone been to Twist yet? I did a search, but saw only one brief mention by someone who ranked it ahead of Guy Savoy but behind Robuchon.

We're staying at the Trump, and I know there's no transportation on New Year's Eve, so I've booked both DJT and Bouchon. Any thoughts on which reservation to cancel? (I know Bouchon well, but I've never been to DJT.) Suggestions for other restaurants in that same area are welcome! (Not Bartolotta.)

Finally, I've double booked Michael Mina and American Fish (the new Michael Mina place at Aria). I've been to NobHill and Seablue, but never to Michael Mina. If anyone tries American Fish (I gather it opens tonight?) please let me know what you think of the place!

For lunch one day, I've booked Legasse's Stadium. I can't find any mention of that on here. Any comments on that?

So much food to choose from, so few days in Vegas!

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  1. We ate at Michael Mina's in Bellagio 2 years ago and were somewhat disappointed. The food was good, not great, but the prices were staggering. If I spend over $500 for 2 people to have dinner and a bottle of decent wine, I expect greatness. We tried Aureole at Mandalay Bay several years ago and the food and service were excellent, but also overpriced. The Mesa Grill and Rao's at Caesar's are some of our favorite places to go in Vegas as is Trevi's in the Forum. All of the Wolfgang Puck restuants in Vegas are good and comparatively reasonable. I particularly like Postrio in the Venitian.

    Michael Mina Restaurant
    3600 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

    3570 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

    Mesa Grill
    3570 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

    Postrio Restaurant
    3355 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

    Aureole Swan Court
    4510 W Diablo Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89118

    Forum Shops Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, NV 89109

    , Las Vegas, NV 89101

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    1. re: cdharris

      Thanks! We also enjoy Mesa Grill. I've heard good things about Rao's--thanks for reminding me of that. Aureole has coupons on you haven't checked that out, it's worth a look the next time you hit Vegas. Thanks for your tips!

    2. Just a quickie - was the Lagasse Stadium call for the purpose of watching a sporting event? If so the setting is ideal, but if the intent was more to try an Emeril Lagasse property the food quality upstairs at Table 10 is better.

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      1. re: QAW

        Hiya--Legasse Stadium was just for the food. We've been to Table 10, FishHouse and even Commander's Palace in Vegas, (and the two Emeril's restaurants in Orlando, and everything in New Orleans, and his new one in Pennsylvania!) so I was considering this one to round out our Emeril experience. I think I might have just answered my own question--it's almost a "must" for us to go just for the sake of completion. :-)

        1. re: loriannkru

          We were in Vegas this past weekend and went to Lagasse's Stadium.

          The food was REALLY salty and rich and we got sick from it. I had the shrimp salad sandwich and my wife had the pulled pork sandwich. Both were salty. The fries from both were so salty that they were inedible.

          The fried pickle chips, on the other hand, were delicious!

          1. re: donnival

            We had a very different experience this week at Lagasse's Stadium. The food was decent, Shrimp salad sandwich and burgers with fries..all good hockey watching food. We loved the place!

      2. I thought Twist was good not great. There was a bitter flavor on a lot of the dishes that I thought over powered everything else. I would definitely give it a try. The restaurant is beautiful, great view of the strip and it's nice to be in a non gaming hotel. Here are the pictures from my night there

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        1. re: SDGourmand

          Thank you so much for the info! Your pictures are fantastic--and thorough! I was glad to have a chance to see the menu in your photos--when I looked online two days ago, they still didn't have a menu up.

        2. To answer the Origin India vs. Namaste question (since I've eaten at and enjoyed both...):

          Origin India is more upscale; some of the dishes are what I would call "Indian fushion", you'll see some experimentation from the chef. Also there is sometimes live entertainment. The kind of place you might go to for an entire evening. And if you're into delicious, unusual cocktails, definitely Origin India. Don't miss the beet halwa for desert if its available.

          Namaste is not as upscale (although its much more pleasant than you would expect from the outside...), and is definitely less expensive. Probably a lot less expensive. Not a place for cocktails...I'm not even sure they have a liquor license yet. Very fresh ingredients and some authentic dishes you don't see in every Indian restaurant. Also, if you like buffets, they have one of the best (freshest) lunch buffets around.

          I'd say eat lunch at Namaste; dinner at Origin India. Or dinner at both...they are both worth the trip...

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          1. re: janetofreno

            Thanks so much! I'll stick with Origin India, and appreciate the tip on the cocktail and the beet halwa!

            1. re: loriannkru

              fwiw, my sister ate their the other night, and reported loving the cocktails, liking the food, but finding the service to be very lacking....I'll let her report separately if she wishes...but I have to admit I've always had lovely service there.

              I think a lot of places are cutting down on staff due to economic reasons and then those left working are way overworked.....

            2. re: janetofreno

              as Janet mentions, hubby and I had dinner at Origin India a few nights ago. My quick report:

              -cocktails: outstanding. The pear martini is highly recommended, and I am not normally a fan of pears in any form other than plain eaten in hand. The Origin Cosmo is also very good.

              -Bartender: really great; loved her attitude and service.

              -Food: good, particularly the sauces. I had a vegetarian dumpling, hubby had a chicken curry dish. We were both craving greens and had a salad to start, which was very nice and well dressed if perhaps not authentically Indian (although the cucumber and carrot reminded me of a kachumber salad, and the dressing had some Indian influenced spices, along with citrus). Nice garlic naan.

              -wine list: short and somewhat pricey; I'd stick with cocktails (as we did).

              -dessert: we didn't try it. Even beet halwa wouldn't have tempted me, given the time when we were finally offered it...

              which leads me to the major downside: service was VERY, painfully slow with a huge wait (about 45 minutes or more!) between courses. There were two fairly large groups in house, but the groups weren't THAT large (one group of eight, another group of six or so) and the place wasn't full, so I don't think that should have slowed down the kitchen that much, but something obviously had.. To add to the annoyance, we had no less than two servers and three busboys/busgirls constantly switching out plates, silver, refilling water, asking us if everything was ok (everything? what everything? I was asked this twice when there was nothing in front of me but an empty plate and water!) etc., but all that with no food forever. I felt like suggesting to the manager (who was very visible chatting up customers at the bar) that perhaps he should have drop a few FOH people in exchange for another sous chef (or train them to help the kitchen when it got slow).

              Our total bill with tax and tip was about $100. Half of that was for cocktails. but then we had lots of waiting to do, which led to more drinking than we intended....

              I hope we were there on an off night, but next time I want Indian food in Vegas and am not having dinner at Janet's (her husband is a very good Indian home cook, and she does know the cuisine), I will stop in to Origina India for a drink before heading to Namaste for dinner...

              Origin India
              4480 Paradise Road, Suite 1200, Las Vegas, NV 89169

              Namaste Restaurant
              3355 S Wadsworth Blvd Unit F120, Lakewood, CO 80227

              Origin India Restaurant and Bar
              4480 Paradise Rd Ste 1200, Las Vegas, NV 89169

            3. I'm not familiar with DJT, but Bouchon is always a safe bet. You might also consider Daniel Boulud Brasserie at the Wynn. We had a great entrecote de boeuf for two including marrow, pommes puree, chickpea fries, and heirloom tomato salad for $100...a relative bargain. In the same area, we also love Alex...the food is great and my wife loved the little stool they brought out for her purse.