Vegas Report: Botero
Summary: My favorite steaks ever, my husband ranks it in the top 5.
Strip steak done in the “pepper steak” preparation. Comes with three dipping sauces: Jalapeno Hollandaise, Piquillo pepper, Au Poivre. With either the jalapeno hollandaise or the au poive, the steak was sublime. And the piquillo is good, too. It comes with some roasted chili peppers under the steak that were lackluster…so just push those aside. It’s still worth it.
We’d read all about the "loaded" scalloped potatoes everyone loved, but they are now permanently off the menu – how disappointing.
Beet salad with goat cheese – perfect.
Dungeness crab agnelotti - fresh and lemony. The crab is kind of stringy - I'm not familiar with Dungeness, so maybe that's the story. But I'd prefer jumbo lump in these. But the overall flavor of the dish makes it worth having.
Truffled mac & Cheese – good, standard. Worth getting.
Smores brioche doughnuts - very good. These are filled with fresh marshmallow, and served with a chilled vanilla anglaise and a warm chocolate dipping sauce. I especially loved the anglaise. It also comes with very good toasted marshmallows.
We also read all about the cranberry baguettes, and true they are good, but not quite as rapturous as we’d read about.
Orechette, fava bean, potato, ricotta salata salad – I love fava beans, so I gave this a whirl. It’s a good dish, but nothing special.
Rösti with manchego and cheese - tasty, but not a typical Swiss rösti (it was overcooked). Served with the piquillo pepper sauce, and it's better without it. Not worth it.
Tried 3, loved them all.
Society Grape Crush – Very grapey, almost in a kool-aid way, but it’s still fun. My husband did call it glorified grape juice, but he loved it anyway.
Blueberry Cosmopolitan – This was fantastic. It’s not too terribly girly, but is definitely fruity. (Stoli blueberry vodka, St. Germain Elderflower liqueur, white cranberry juice, fresh lemon juice, 3 blueberries).
Botero chocolate martini - excellent. Not particularly girlie - this isn't a Friday's mudslide. I really loved it.
Van Gogh Dutch chocolate vodka, Godiva milk chocolate liqueur, dark chocolate and half + half. Swirl
of chocolate on inside of glass.
Place is named for Colombian artist Ferdinand Botero, and features his artwork.
The restaurant is loud and raucous and celebratory. It’s also jammed. I’m surprised there isn’t much chatter about it on Chowhound given the great steaks and the fact that it’s mobbed.
Finally, as I mentioned in the summary, of all the steak places I've eaten, this was my favorite steak. But it IS all about the sauces. My husband still prefers Peter Luger (NYC), but puts this on par with the mushroom-crusted steak at Capital Grille and the steaks at Delmonico's.
Thanks for the review. I glad you enjoyed Botero. I had a very nice meal there on Encore's opening night. The chateuabriand was near-perfection and the tatertot side was surprisingly and addictively delicious. Although it has not measured up for the Steak Nazis (you know who you are), it's still a quality competitive venue in a town overloaded with steak.