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Eating report: Alex, L'Atelier, Sinatra, Bartolotta and more

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Sunday

Bouchon – Chicken and Waffles for me. Waffles were vanilla chive. Made for an interesting sweet savory combination with the maple syrup. Chicken is roasted, not fried. Served with a sort of hunter sauce.
Wifey had boudin blanc with scrambled eggs. I don’t care for that smooth sausage style but she loves it.
We always enjoy Bouchon breakfasts, but to be honest, I think I prefer Hash House Chicken and Waffles.

Stripsteak - We did the prix fixe menu. Three courses for about $50. Main course choices were prime rib, roast chicken. A filet or a rib eye were available for an up charge.
Each table gets some duck fat (truffle, paprika, herb) with three sauces (bbq, mayo, catsup). Bread was a potato pan bread. Kind of excessively buttery/oily but good.
Started with a wedge salad. Good but nothing extraordinary. Wifey had a roast tomato soup with crab bits that she really enjoyed.
I had the prime rib. It’s butter poached and then finished on the grill. Served with small portions of three sides. Truffle mac and cheese, peas and carrots, and a third which I can’t remember. The peas were kind of overly mature but other than that, I liked the main course.
Wifey had ½ chicken on a bed of truffle mac and cheese. Chicken was moist and flavorful. She loved the mac and cheese.
Dessert was root beer float with fresh baked chocolate chip cookies. Cookies were really good.

Monday
Peppermill – Had a sassy Flo type waitress. Had a Joe’s Special from the bizarro world. It’s served over potato skins. Able to substitute normal cheese for the standard cheese sauce. Wifey had some kind of omelet.

L’Atelier
We had the tasting menu.
Amuse was an avocado and cilantro grapefruit gelee. Blech. It has cilantro and is therefore inherently evil.
Crab Royale – King crab on turnip discs with sweet and sour sauce. Good but nothing amazing.
Poached oysters with butter– I like my oysters raw, but these will do. Very good.
Onion tart with bacon and asparagus – Simple but delicious.
Poached egg thingie with foie gras foam – I love this.
Dover sole filet with leeks – Okay, nothing amazing. Mine was cooked correctly but one piece of my wife’s was a bit overcooked.
For main course, I had the duck confit tagine. The duck was good but I didn’t really like the fava beans it was served with. Wifey had the foie gras stuffed quail which she always has.
Can’t remember what the first dessert was. Obviously nothing too memorable.
Second dessert was something strawberry.
They’ve changed up their bread service since we were last there. Now in addition to the pointy baguettes, there’s a more rustic bread and a lighter flakey roll. Service was friendly and good in general. Server initially forgot to bring us bread and when I asked, he almost sprinted to the back to get bread. Chef Benjamin remembered us from before and came over to greet us.
This was probably our 8th time eating here and was probably one of the weaker visits but we still enjoyed it.

Tuesday
Breakfast was coffee and muffin by the pool (Encore).

Todd English PUB – Had Italian sausage sliders. Lots of bread, little sausage. Wifey had a wedge salad. They put on a rather poorly chosen dressing which at first glance makes it look like you’re getting brown lettuce. Taste wise it was fine. Fatty fries were good. Good selection of overpriced beers. (Seriously, $8 for a pint of PBR?)

Sinatra – Did the Taste of Wynn menu. Started with a nice Caesar salad. Good. Main was the osso bucco. One of my favorite dishes. Very good. Wifey had some gazpacho-like soup which she rated highly. She had the halibut which she rated as very good as well. I had the panna cotta (actually two small different flavors, traditional and pistachio I think). Good. Wifey had the tiramisu. Excellent. Service was very good from a cool old school waiter who one could imagine serving Sinatra. We enjoyed this meal a lot. Relatively low priced too with the ToW menu which also includes a glass of wine.

Stratta late night – It’s nice that there’s finally somewhere to eat late night at the Wynn. We just had a pepperoni pizza and drinks. Good thin crust.

Wednesday
Breakfast was coffee and muffins by the pool again. Lunch was guacamole and chips by the pool. There was also much beverage consumption.

Alex
We did the tasting menu.
Amuse was a selection of little bites that I don’t recall except for the roasted tomato soup which we agreed was the best.
Oyster with pineapple granita and caviar – Good I guess. There’s not a whole lot there.
Roasted prawn over summer vegetables with squash blossom – One giant prawn perfectly cooked. The veg were farm fresh. I think this was my favorite dish of the evening.
Foie gras – Served with some plum stuff and raw almonds. Also a tempura cherry filled with some foie gras mousse. The raw almonds didn’t really work, but everything else did. This was a close second to the prawn.
Monk fish – I don’t remember much about this other than it was a bit tough.
American Wagyu short rib – Served with corn custard and chanterelles and green beans. Beef was amazingly rich and tender. Literally fork tender. Custard had a pure fresh corn flavor. All very good.
Ginger coconut tapioca – I liked it but my wife dislikes all things tapioca related.
Crispy berry napolean – Lots of fresh ripe berries. It was good but sort of boring.
Bread service was 4 choices. There was a baguette, brioche, walnut cheese, and something else. I just had the walnut cheese which I like a lot.
Overall, I liked Alex more than Robuchon which we ate at last year. Robuchon bread cart and mignardise cart kills but the Alex room and service were superior.

Thursday
Bacon cheese croissant and coffee by the pool. The croissants are pretty good at the Wynn.

Bartolotta
We had the Gran Menu di Mare which is the middle priced tasting menu. Everything is served family style.
First course was the octopus, 4 langoustines, grilled amberjack, scallops with porcini, and mullet with capers, olives, peppers. The grilled amberjack was out of this world. Loved it. Octopus was good. Langoustines were tasty but there’s not a lot of meat there. The parmesan didn’t really go with the scallops. I could take or leave the mullet.
Pasta course was penne in red sauce with slipper lobster, seafood risotto, and the ravioli. The ravioli were off the charts rich. I like them but couldn’t imagine eating more than a couple. I saw a woman get a whole plate full. Penne was okay. Wifey really like the risotto. There was some herb I didn’t like in the risotto.
Fish course was a whole sea bass. It was fun watching the waiter debone and serve the fish. It was clear he’d done this before. Fish was good but not really that interesting.
Dessert was berry panna cotta, flourless chocolate cake, and 3 types of ice cream. Sinatra’s panna cotta was better. The cake was good. The ice cream was actually a mango sorbet, pineapple granita, and hazelnut chocolate.
The dinner was good. The freshness of the ingredients was clear but I thought it wasn’t really worth the price. For that much, we could have gone to Alex again and had the market menu or prix fixe.
The bread was weak too. A white and a wheat Italian bread.

Friday
Yet another bacon cheese croissant and coffee by the pool.
Bradley Ogden lounge
We had an 8:30 flight which gave us enough time to get a burger at the BO lounge. I don’t know if it was the best burger I’ve ever had, but it really is a tasty burger. Fries are excellent too.

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Bouchon
3355 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Stratta
3131 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

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

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  1. Great report! I'm returning to LV next spring and plan to stay at the Wynn (I normally stay at the Bellagio). I agree with you that Alex beats Robuchon. I dined at both restaurants on consecutive nights (Alex on the first night followed the next night by Robuchon), and my sister and I both thought Alex blew Robuchon away. Perhaps if we had reversed the order we would have liked Robuchon, but once we would have gone to Alex, Alex would have still beaten Robuchon by a mile.