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Sep 29, 2010 12:53 PM

Vegas 2010: Dinner Splurges, room for Daytime Urges?

Mid-October my man and I will be in LV for 3 food-filled nights.

Quick History: We've already been to: Bouchon, Le Cirque, Michael Mina, SeaBlue, Petrossian Lounge. In NY and LA, we've done Aureole and hit up all the Craft's and Mario Batali spots from Otto to Lupa. In Paris, I've done a few Alain Ducasse stops and enjoyed L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon.

We're New Yorker's, presently living in Austin, TX, which means we don't want to see anything approaching BBQ or Mexican food. And while we enjoy Indian and Asian cuisine from time to time, it's never anything we'd seek out. We've done enough sushi in our lives to last, well, a lifetime. Also, I'm not a big steak eater. Like, I could absolutely live without eating it ever. Though, I love lamb, venison, quail, etc., but the last place I ever want to eat is a Steakhouse. Not for me.

ALL THAT SAID, with such big dinner meals planned (please give thoughts on itinerary below), where should we head for breakfast or a light lunch? I don't want to grab a quick nibble in a cafe and prefer to go to a fantastic restaurant "must" even if it's only for soft boiled eggs with perfectly toasted "soldiers."

- We arrive on a Saturday, 4pm and plan to have dinner with another couple at BARTOLOTTA (hoping for a cabana) that night. Heading to THE FOUNDATION ROOM afterward for the view, a drink or twelve.

- Sunday night my husband is dead-set on doing the Sixteen Course Degustation Menu $385/Person at JOEL ROBUCHON. I hear it's once-in-a-lifetime and we need to go for it, but I fear I'll be ill from so much food. I'm prepared for the 4+ hour meal, but I hope it comes with a side of angioplasty. Would you do a light version of brunch that morning? Where? Starving all day for that never works.

Where would you eat the next afternoon?
- Monday we're seeing a 7pm show (LOVE), and we were planning on heading to SAGE at Aria afterward with another couple. Is this a good idea for our last night? Would you go elsewhere? What else is on the same level as SAGE? Would you instead go to L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon? We're looking for a fun crowd and food fit for major foodies.

***With such big dinner plans, what would you NO WAY MISS during the day?***

I was hoping for a tartare at CarneVino
Heading to the Tea Lounge within Mandarin Oriental (I love suggestions like this!)
Canyon Ranch for a nibble?
I've done Bouchon, where else for a lovely breakfast that won't put you into food coma?

But I'm open to hearing of other special things, including an alternative to anything listed above. I really appreciate the information and can't wait to hear your suggestions! And if anyone knows of a good fitness spot? The Bellagio charges guests $25 /day to sweat.

Thank you!
Stephanie Klein

3355 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Michael Mina Restaurant
3600 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

3600 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV

L'Atelier De Joel Robuchon
3799 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV

Bartolotta Ristorante Di Mare
3131 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

CarneVino Italian Steakhouse - Palazzo Hotel
3325 Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Le Cirque
Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

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  1. Good news about Robuchon's sixteen courses is that they aren't all standard size courses; I'd say be hungry, but don't go so hungry that you feel like you'd give a buffet a run for its money.

    The other great classy breakfast places in town mentioned frequently here are Verandah at the Four Seasons, and MOzen Bistro at the Mandarin Oriental. Another place I haven't seen mentioned here much but have received favorable news about is Silk Road at Vdara; apparently the Free-Range Turkey Hash is absolutely out of this world. I'm trying to decide between all three for an upcoming trip myself.

    1. Verendah does a nice breakfast; I've not been to MOzen yet but saw the brunch and it looked yummy.

      I think Sage would be a terrific place to do your last night dinner; they have an eclectic and interesting menu, and we really like it.

      Another breakfast option is Payard's Pateressie in Caeser's...very nice and lighter breakfasts available.

      1. "Sunday night my husband is dead-set on doing the Sixteen Course Degustation Menu $385/Person at JOEL ROBUCHON. I hear it's once-in-a-lifetime and we need to go for it, but I fear I'll be ill from so much food. I'm prepared for the 4+ hour meal"

        Your husband can order the degustation and you can order something smaller like the 4 or 6 course prix fixe menu ... this is what we did a couple weeks ago in August, I tried the 16 courses while my wife had the 4 courses, and it works fine.

        Just FYI, a six course prix fixe at Robuchon earlier in June was the best meal I've ever had. There were a couple of items on the degustation that didn't quite 'hit' it for me (cilantro gazpacho? too tangy). My wife's four course meal was, according to her, near-perfect, easily her finest meal ever (we both rank the 23 course Tour at Alinea close behind). So in other words the degustation is not the be-all and end-all at Robuchon's, I feel. We are going back in November and for sure I'll get the 6 course prix fixe instead of the degustation this time.

        As for the amount of food, I was able to finish all 16 courses, 4 different breads, and had room for 11 tiny bites of sweets of the dessert trolley and I'm pretty skinny ... (then they gave us a pistachio cake and several more dessert bites to take back to the hotel ;)

        I think it took us a bit over 3 hours, maybe 3:15, including coffee, with just one of us working on the longer menu. To prepare for this we typically work out early at the health center, eat a big breakfast (Bouchon French toast for me this time), then just a small snack mid-day.