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Aug 31, 2010 07:13 PM

Feedback on this foodie itinerary! 6 nights to enjoy....

Hello LV CHs! Thanks for your feedback to my original post- I've done some more reading on your board, and think I've got things figured out. Just wanting some feedback/thoughts..... This is my first trip to Vegas- and my hubby's first non-work trip to Vegas. We have 6 nights, and although I'd love to break the bank each night- can't afford to do that. We are also celebrating an anniversary- so want one meal that will be a little more special than the others.

1) Alex- this is our splurge/anniversary dinner. Not sure if I should opt for Taste of Wynn or do the regular $125/3course menu
2)Julian Serrano- thinking we'll do this the night we get in. Have some tapas, as it'll be late for a big meal
3) Tao- seems like a good mid-range meal option? Have friends who aren't necessarily foodies- but they enjoyed it
4) Raku- gotta do this one
5)Wing Lei- just saw the Peeking Duck tasting menu- and feel like this was designed for me. Haven't read much about it on this site though....
6) CUT- anyone know how they feel about us sharing a 16oz steak?! Cannot possibly eat that much on my own, nor could my husband. Not sure if this will be frowned upon.

Any thoughts on whether I should switch out one of these dinners for:
Mix or the Bar at Guy savoy

Haven't planned much. I like the look of Memphis Championship BBQ. Any thoughts/other recommendations for a inexpensive (Vegas standard) good meal?

For breakfasts I'm thinking:
Mon ami gabi
Not sure what else.

Can't wait! I'm salivating just thinking about the great food to be had!
Also- do I need reservations at all of the above places?


3355 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

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  1. How about Hash House a Go Go for breakfast. The original Vegas location is off the strip, but they recently opened in Imperial Palace. I was there in June and the food is just as amazing...check out their website for menu. Their biscuits served with honey and soft butter are to die for.

    For dinner, you might want to check out Cafe Martorano at the Rio. The food is true authentic Italian. I do feel the ambiance has lost some of it's luster since Steve (the owner) is not in Vegas much anymore, but the quality of the meal has not slipped. I recommend the meatball...tastes just like my grandmother's.

    Hash House
    2605 S Decatur Blvd Ste 103, Las Vegas, NV 89102

    Cafe Martorano
    3700 W Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89103

    1. No problems sharing a steak at cut.

      Peking Duck at WL is good but didn't seem any better than at any good Chinese restaurant. Room is nice tho. So is service.

      1. Skip WL not worth the price at all. I would suggest Sage in Aria, it became an instant favorite for me, I haven't stopped thinking about the foie gras brûlée and the escargot since I had it back in May.

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        1. re: SDGourmand

          second sage. awesome, especially the foie gras creme brulee. and the "matching" beers.

          1. re: raider

            Thank you thank you for the feedback!

            I will look into sage... I think when I looked add it initially I thought it might end up being too pricy, and WL has a special Peking Duck Taste of Wynn menu that I thought we could do pre-show (ends at 7pm)....

            I will look at Sage again.

            I take it the rest looks good?


            1. re: shariberri

              the only thing that is still questionable to me would be Tao, but I have never eaten there so I can't really comment on it... I have quite a few pictures of my dinners at cut, julian and sage on my facebook page that is listed in my profile..

              1. re: shariberri

                Yeah Sage is pretty good. We'd be going there tonight if we weren't feeling lazy and didn't feel like leaving Wynncore. Heading to Bartolotta instead.

                Tao is sort of a questionable choice but I've never been.

            2. re: SDGourmand

              I was comped at WL and it still was not worth it!! Service really slow and snooty

            3. I'm always so bad at remembering to report back- so here it is.

              Thank you all for your marvelous tips!
              I ended up being sick- so my taste buds apologize if any reviews are off.

              Raku- went, ate, loved- that home made tofu is something else. And you were so right about everything else- loved the shochu cocktails, great prawns, wonderful food!

              Bouchon- I am still salivating about my chicken and waffles- marvelous.

              Alex- what a treat. Went here for our big splurge- was delighted. Did the 3 course- but with all the delightful treats from the chef- this was more like a 7 course. I was absolutely stuffed at the end. The wine selections, our cocktails- all amazing. A fabulous experience. I will just try not to think about the bill....

              PepperMill - an institution. Glad we went and saw it. And a cheap good diner breakfast. Those pancakes need to come with a warning. I ate a quarter of one of the three pancakes- they were massive!

              Okada- ended up there on my last night as I was dining solo. Sat at the sushi bar, and did the "taste of wynn" menu. I thoroughly enjoyed my spicy tuna roll, and the sea bass perfect to me- really loved the delicate broth it sat in.

              Tao- Had dinner with another couple here- it was actually a great mid-range meal. My cold was at the peak-so some tastes may have been lost on me, but it didn't break the bank and I still really enjoyed the food. Had a spicy tuna tartar on a crispy rice cake to start- and was pleasantly surprised. Decided to do the Peking duck- it was good. Haven't had too much PD in my lifetime- so I'm not a connoisseur, but I enjoyed it. Also had the Kobe Shabu Shabu- which everyone liked.

              Olives- Had a burger/salad lunch here. LOVED the cocktails and the bread basket- the burger was good- nothing too special, and didn't love the Caesar salad. We sat on the patio overlooking the fountains, which added to the meal. I enjoyed it overall.

              Wynn Buffet- did it, won't do it again. Great selection. Everything was "just okay". I left feeling gross even though I don't think I over ate!

              Ended up at SW instead of Cut (hubby's choice). We really enjoyed ourselves. We shared a steak- which was no problem, had some oysters, nice crab cakes, and man- who ever steered me onto those potatoes au gratin- THANK YOU... marvelous!

              Last odd recommendation- had a pain au chocolat from the bouchon bakery- which was great. But then on one of the last days opted for a coffee and croissant form the coffee bar near the lobby of encore- that croissant was wonderful!!! Not sure where the get them from (?baked on site?)- but they are great!

              Thanks for all the great tips- you helped make it a tasty experience!

              3355 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

              3131 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

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              1. re: shariberri

                Thanks for your review. We are heading to Vegas in 6 weeks, and I'm already painstakingly planning my meals!! Input from anyone who doesn't frequent Chili's or Applebees on a regular basis welcomed!!

                Day 1:
                Bouchon Brunch : Can't wait to try chicken and waffles. Bouchon is always on our list, but never had this dish.
                Alex- dinner

                Day 2:
                The Country Club Jazz Brunch -- anyone been lately??
                dinner: Sinatra

                Day 3
                Breakfast: Bouchon
                Dinner: Sage -- anyone been??

                3355 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

                1. re: SDGourmand

                  Thanks for input -- will check out your reviews.....

                  Having been to Alex on our last trip, wondering if we should give a different place a whirl? LeCirque, CUT, Carnevino .....???

                  1. re: lorishea87

                    skip le cirque.. I prefer Cut over Carnevino but both are good..

                    1. re: lorishea87

                      I adore Alex. I make sure that I have dinner at Alex every time I'm in LV (next trip already scheduled for end of March). I also like very much both Le Cirque and CUT. I'm planning to make return visits to both. Also thinking about trying Sage.

                      1. re: lorishea87

                        I enjoyed my visit to Le Cirque, and although there was no Jazz when I ate Brunch at The Country Club it was a great meal.


                      2. re: SDGourmand

                        I looked up the review, but not finding Sage on your site.... what am I doing wrong to find?

                        1. re: lorishea87

                          I don't have a review up just pictures on my facebook page

                        2. re: shariberri

                          Yeah, those croissants from the encore lobby bar are surprisingly good. We ended up getting coffee and croissants from there and then eating by the pool several days in a row a few weeks ago.

                        3. May I suggest you try Via Brasil on Fort Apache? I guarantee you won't leave hungry. It is truly a dining experience.