Low to Hi - Silverado Steak House and L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon - LV
To escape the cold and grey midwestern state of IN, we headed to Las Vegas for a long weekend. We stayed waaaaay off strip in the Grand View Resort... and near the South Point Casino.There isn't a single mention of the restaurants in the SP Casino - I checked the boards, asked and got one response from Dave Feldman (thanks Dave!) - so I'm going to make the first post.
We got off the plane, into our cars, drove out to Grand View Resort and we were all tired and hungry. South Point is right next door, so we went to check it out. Michael's wasn't available - they had already seated their last so Mr CF and I went to the Silverado. They had salmon on the menu and we thought 'Oh, what the heck'.
We were seated right away and offered drinks. Makers and soda for both of us and zip there they were - 2 nice and decent pours of bourbon. So far so good. We check the wine list - it's a decent wine list all things considered AND the prices were very reasonable - no gouging! Our waiter, Mihai was very considerate and yes - old school. All the courtesies were observed, but there was no hovering. Mr CF ordered the sirloin, I ordered the salmon. Salads were included and were tossed table side. I really enjoyed that salad. Our dinners arrived - both were over-done but we didn't worry about it. It was late, we were tired and so far everything else was going well. Meaning I was willing to forgive them because I had an excellent drink and a decent glass of wine. It's the little things. ;-)
We told the others in our party - the next day - about Silverado and they all went there on Friday and loved it. Mr CF and I went to L'Atelier. Just the two of us! Two years ago we went to Joel Robuchon's The Mansion and while I had warned everyone that it would be expensive, (even Mr CF was ticked about the wine list) no one wanted to go there again except Mr CF, because he still loves me in spite of my penchant for expensive things.
I think we enjoyed L'Atelier more than the other side. It's more relaxed and less of a worshipful atmosphere at L'Atelier. I loved Joel Robuchon, loved it, loved it - but it was very formal.
We started with a half bottle of Veuve - marvelously chilled. We also ordered a half bottle of Bergstrom 2006 Pinot Noir. I love half bottles! We also thought that there were more half bottles on the menu than previously - which is a good thing.
Amuse was Foie Gras Parfait with port wine and Parmesan foam - excellent - the port wine reduction was the perfect touch of sweetness, the parmesan foam the perfect touch of salt.
Mahi mahi carpacchio with olive oil and minced red pepper (?) - very tender fish. I wasn't sure about the red pepper bits - even if that's what they were.
Next course for Mr CF was a perfect scallop. He said it was the best scallop he's ever had. I was jealous and disappointed. I had the mediterranean vegetables layered with mozzerella. The roasted tomato was good but the rest was forgettable. Meh.
Steamed egg in a macaroni ring with black truffle and parsley caulis - so pretty, so delicious. Really - the truffle - was amazing.
Here, because we were low on Champagne and didn't think the pinot would go well, we got a glass of white burgundy (I didn't get the name - damn!) that was a very good match and very good.
Duck Foie gras with confit quince - seared just right - delicious. I could eat this every day.
Dover Sole with baby leeks and ginger - I loved the leeks with the fish. The fish was firmer in texture than I thought it would be but it was still good.
We each ordered a different choice for our next course - I had the quail stuffed with fois gras and truffled potatoes, Mr CF had the french steak (it was some sort of red meat) with truffled potatoes. I liked his better, he liked mine better. The steak was so tender and juicy and the potatoes... oh my. Fabulous.
There were 2 desserts - Chocolate ice cream with hazelnut crunch - the ice cream was great, the hazelnut thingy was okay, and fresh passion fruit sorbet and coconut meringue - this could have been amazing but it was frozen so hard that I worried I'd either shoot it across the bar and hurt someone or I'd break the dish with my spoon.
A very nice dinner and one that I hope to repeat in the near future!
Thanks for the shoutout. Actually, there has been a lot posted about the general area around South Point, but it might not have survived the transition to the new Las Vegas board. If you leave the hotel and head east, you you start hitting an area with quite a few restaurants, but you have to travel a couple of miles.
I have affection for the Silverado, too. I went there with JanetofReno a two years ago, and wrote about it. I also recommended a dish at the oyster bar, but they took it off. I still think the oyster bar is the best bet at South Point, although some swear that the Chinese at the coffee shop is decent in an old-school Chinese-American kind of way.
re: Dave Feldman
The chinese food in the coffee shop will definitely take you back, but it is not half bad. The South Point definitely keeps the prices reasonable, including on liquor. Their prime rib room will also take you back (sort of a Love Boat ambience) but the food and wine are decent, and it's very reasonable.
re: Dave Feldman
I would assume that the distribution of wine in the gift shops is not unlike Frito-Lay's. I assume the strategy of Coast Hotels (and South Point, which was part of the Coast chain) was to entice locals into the casino by undercutting the prices of liquor stores (not just for wine, but for hard liquor as well). Whatever the reason, it's refreshing to find any bargain in a hotel gift shop.