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Aug 18, 2010 04:06 PM

Help filling in the blanks on an upcoming itinerary - unique, lighter food?

Hey Hounds,

My husband and I will be celebrating our anniversary in Vegas in October and are eagerly anticipating some great meals over the three days we'll be there. We have one blowout meal planned -- Joel Robuchon on Sunday night -- and I think we'll hit Bradley Odgen on Friday night after we get in (we shouldn't have an issue eating in the lounge at 9pm-ish, right? And the famous burger is served in the lounge?).

Given the Robuchon menu and the Friday night burger, I'm looking for a lighter meal for the third (Saturday) night. Would Raku be best here? We'll likely hit a show that night so something that would work with that schedule is necessary.

I'd also love some suggestions for brunch or lunch over the weekend. We eat absolutely anything, love unique food and dining experiences, and are ex-NYers living in San Francisco, so we'd prefer to avoid places we could hit in either of those places (unless the LV outpost is significantly better/different).

Thank you in advance for your help!

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  1. I think Raku would be an excellent choice if you want to "take it easy" on Saturday night. Not only is most of the food on the light side, but you can calibrate your intake by ordering a few dishes at a time. If you are still hungry, order some more.

    There shouldn't be a problem eating at the Bradley Ogden lounge when you come in.

    Bradley Ogden
    3570 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

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      1. re: shoop

        Don't miss the cold tofu at Raku. It's light and revelationary.

    1. My favourite brunch is at Morel's in the Palazzo. We always order a charcuterie platter, ($12), the cheese fondue, which is a deal at $10/pp (minimum 2 people), and their delicious frisee salad. The setting is beautiful - if it's not too hot out, get a table outside on their strip-side patio, a rarity on the Strip. Order a bottle of wine, (Wine Spectator has just awarded the restaurant their award of excellence for their cellar), relax and enjoy the tasty food.

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      1. re: DagnyTaggart

        That sounds fantastic, and we'll be staying at the Palazzo, so it'll be convenient too. Thanks very much!

      2. I am a huge fan of Raku and will always put it at the top of my list when in Las Vegas. It really is unique and a great place to go. However, for what you are looking for I am not sure it is really the best choice. If you are planning on going to a show, you will have to travel to and from Raku (granted not a worry about distance, but does traveling around the Strip always go smoothly?) and given it opens at 6pm, I am not sure you will leave yourselves enough time to really experience it the way you should. What about the new Julian Serrano in the Aria? Opens a bit earlier, has tapas, which would fit your eating light and offers some more diverse options. Or how about a salad and pasta at B&B (not a favorite of mine but their pastas are generally spot on)? Sat. nights are tough on the Strip so I think you need to look close to the show that you will be going to (do you know yet?).

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        1. re: LVI

          Hm, this is a good point. Now I'm thinking maybe we'll do a late, hearty lunch (any suggestions there?) and then do dinner post-show. So, would Raku work for a late-night dinner?

          1. re: shoop

            Much better than an early dinner as it is open until 3am. Is reported that many area chefs gather here late night.

            Late lunch...hmmm. All depends on where you are staying and how you occupy your day. My group (we are 45ish year old guys (+/-5 years)) likes to bet the football games and hang poolside all day Saturday. Personally one of my favorites is Tableau at the Wynn. I have had some wonderful lunches there (Dungeness crab club sandwich, crab bisque are 2 of my all time favorites). And if the weather is nice, outside on the patio is hard to beat. The Country Club is another in the Wynn that is great. I have only eaten there once (was very good) but there are some detractors on CH. The other option is to eat huge breakfast (my all time favorite, BY FAR, is the Verandah at the Four Seasons. Get the Huevos Rancheros…to DIE for!!!) and have a late afternoon snack (maybe run over to In-n-Out, have a flatbread pizza at Olives in Bellagio, or run to Mandalay Bay and have a Margarita at Border Grill with some of the best nachos you will ever eat). I am headed there on Sept 17th and can't wait!!!

            Border Grill
            3950 Las Vegas Blvd South, Las Vegas, NV 89119

            3600 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV

            1. re: LVI

              Awesome, so we'll count on Raku for a late-night dinner on Saturday. Tableau sounds fantastic and I will definitely check out the Verandah as I love me some huevos.

              We're headed there a couple weeks after you, so if you run into any other stellar recommendations, let me know.

              Thanks for your help!

              1. re: shoop

                That was a great catch by LVI. Yes, if you can handle a late dinner, Raku is the perfect choice. It is likely to be more crowded at 11:00 p.m. than 6 -- and you won't have to worry about making your show time. I'd recommend reservations at Raku.