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Beavshak Jan 3, 2011 04:02 PM

I've read some fantastic reviews and opinions on this board, but I am still having trouble putting together a meal plan for my upcoming trip to Vegas. I want to experience many different styles of food.

Here's the deal, there are a few specific meals that I would like to experience. In between those I can live off the $2 All-You-Can-Eat flapjacks at the Riviera. My main issue is that I'm having trouble determining "actual" price for most places. All I know is prices on menus. The six-course at JR reads $180.. but i feel like with wine and tip it's closer to $400, right?

What I've got:
5 days - 4 nights
A foodie wife
About a $1000 food budget

What I want (best possible by budget for each):
A tasting-menu or prix fixe style dinner from a highly rated restuarant
Steak- Dinner
Dinner Buffet
Asian-Dinner (Lotus of Siam?)
Sunday Brunch Buffet
Sushi-Lunch
Burger-Lunch
Coffee/Pastry -Breakfast

Is there anyone familiar enough with Vegas eats that would be able to find each of these meals (for two) within my budget? The tasting menu is the real kicker. Never done something as extravegant as what I've read... and would really like to experience it.

Looking for any suggestions. If possible please include location and approximate price for each. Thanks to everyone.

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    thatdarnblake Mar 20, 2011 08:37 PM

    promise us that for your pastry option you will do bouchon

    1. uhockey Jan 4, 2011 05:30 PM

      Tasting Menu at Highly rated place: SAGE. This is a no brainer for me, but will take up ~$300ish of your budget for 2 people.

      Steak Dinner- Will defer to others, but friends liked Craftsteak
      Buffet - Only tolerable ones I found were Bellagio and Paris.
      Asian Dinner - Raku
      Sunday Brunch Buffet - aren't you already doing a buffet? MoZen does a modified buffet - would strongly consider.
      Sushi Lunch - Um.......
      Burger - Burger Bar
      Coffee/Pastry - Bouchon or Payard or Jean Philippe.

      http://uhockey.blogspot.com

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

      Bellagio
      3600 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV

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        Beavshak Jan 13, 2011 06:56 PM

        Thank you for the info everyone. uhockey... I've been expecting you lol.

        I have to ask, outside of this forum, I have heard/seen very little about Sage. Is this a newer restaurant, or just an under-appreciated one?

        About the buffets... My mother and her husband will be in town for part of the time. I also have family I will be seeing there. The benefit of a buffet is that it will make a large group of people at least marginally happy.. and that's all I need. I would just like to find the best quality and selection possible when doing so.

        And the Tasting Menu is the priority on my list. I just need to have the funds left to be able to cover my other meals that I would like to have. So I would be willing to spend $800 for an out of this world experience if I am able to find great food, in my budget, for the other meals.

        Thanks again everyone

        1. re: Beavshak
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          LVI Jan 14, 2011 04:07 AM

          The Buffet at Wynn is certainly impressive. Many stations, well laid out and food that looks delicious. Looks being the operative word.

          Do yourself a favor and sacrifice QUANTITY for QUALITY and go to the Four Seasons Verandah either Saturday or Sunday (those are the only 2 days when they have their buffet) for the brunch buffet. The quality of food is by far better than anything the Wynn pumps out. And if you want to order off the menu that is available also (Huevos Rancheros that I dream about!!!). The only other buffet that I would consider (but I have not been in years) is the Sterling Brunch at Bally's. But again, Verandah, hands down.

          1. re: Beavshak
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            LVI Jan 14, 2011 04:37 AM

            I agree with uhockey and climberdoc on a couple of things. Asian…Raku without even thinking. Yes Lotus of Siam is an excellent Thai restaurant. And if you go you will love it. There are very few places where you can get as distinctive and expertly prepared Thai food in all of the US as you can at LOS. But there is something about Raku that is more exciting.

            The Charlie Palmer "Cut of the Week" deal is spectacular. Quality wise CUT/Prime/Carnevino et al are better. However, @ $48pp ($60 with tip) where can you get a quality full dinner INCLUDING wine?

            I am not sure if Sen of Japan is open for lunch but if it is you should go there, period.

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            Lotus of Siam
            953 E Sahara Ave Ste A5, Las Vegas, NV 89104

            Sen of Japan
            8480 W Desert Inn Rd F1, Las Vegas, NV

            1. re: Beavshak
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              jackattack Jan 14, 2011 09:53 AM

              Huh? $800 for the tasting menu and then you have $200 left in the budget for the rest of the week?

              1. re: jackattack
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                Beavshak Jan 14, 2011 05:26 PM

                An exaggeration to show how much I value the opportunity to try a world class tasting menu. Unrealistic considering my other "wants", I know, but... hell I thought it was funny.

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                zippyh Jan 14, 2011 11:20 AM

                Just a warning that dealing with a large group of people at a busy buffet can be a real PITA.
                Went with a big group to Bellagio buffet and there was a mandatory 18% gratuity.
                I don't begrudge servers their tips, but that seems a bit excessive at a buffet.

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                Bellagio
                3600 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV

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                  Beavshak Jan 14, 2011 05:28 PM

                  That is a great point zippyh, I hadn't considered that at all. I will have to look into gratuity requirements for party sizes at the different buffets before choosing. 18% at a SELF-SERVE establishment is pretty ridiculous. Thank you

                2. re: Beavshak
                  uhockey Jan 17, 2011 09:31 AM

                  Sage was named to myriad local and national lists this year - and it is about a year old - and at 1/2 the price of Twist, 1/3 Savoy, and 1/4 Robuchon it is an absolute bargain.

                  For someone on your budget it is my #1 choice in Vegas and probably top 5 nationwide.

                  http://uhockey.blogspot.com

                  1. re: uhockey
                    ms_behavin Mar 20, 2011 06:22 PM

                    Beavshak's mom chiming in! We do have a car, I sort of still know my way around, and we are not tied to the strip. Here is what we have planned so far:

                    Dinner 1: Charlie Parker Steakhouse - cut of the week
                    Dinner 2: Sage - signature menu
                    Dinner 3: Raku Grill - kaiseki 10 course
                    Dinner 4: TBD - need a good pre-show option

                    Breakfast 1: MoZen brunch
                    Breakast 2: Wynn or Bellagio brunch buffet
                    Breakfast 3: Bouchon

                    Late night snack possibilities - Fremont St (aloho hawaiian food), Peppermill (I spent quite a few nights there in my younger days snacking on nuts and drinking strawberry daiquiris). Where is that pizza place hidden down the hallway in some hotel?

                    Hubs and I are having Friday lunch at Rosemary's, but haven't nailed down any other lunches (we may be too full!). I grew up in Vegas (lived there 24 years), we moved when my son was 1 and he has been back once when he was 10. This is his first over 21 trip, so I did look for options where alcohol could be added on reasonably. :) We all love a variety of excellent foods be they neighborhood pub or fine dining. Any comments on our lineup so far?

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

                    Bellagio
                    3600 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV

                    1. re: ms_behavin
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                      zippyh Mar 20, 2011 08:14 PM

                      The hidden pizza place is in the Cosmopolitan. I think it was near Scarpetta although I could be mistaken. Look for a hallway with a bunch of records on the walls.

                      (Oh, and it's Charlie Palmer, not the sax player.)

                      1. re: ms_behavin
                        shamu613 Mar 21, 2011 03:33 PM

                        A. I want you to adopt me. :)

                        B. Try Bachi Burger for your other lunch. I posted another review and photos here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7050...

                        C. Best late night place in town... the coffee shop at Jerry's Nugget Casino on Las Vegas Blvd just north of downtown. Unbelievable dessert selection.

                        Enjoy,
                        Andy

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                        Bachi Burger
                        Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV

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                          ms_behavin Mar 24, 2011 07:20 PM

                          Funny....sorry, with 2 of my own and 3 step kids, and 3 grandkids (so far) I think we are done. :)

                          We couldn't get the tasting menu at Raku. Any advice on dishes to order?

                          Got Bachi Burger added to the lunch list. Looking forward to Charlie Palmer tonight and Rosemary's tomorrow for lunch.

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                          Bachi Burger
                          Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV

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                  jackattack Jan 4, 2011 10:23 AM

                  Where are you staying? It's not easy to plan around meals in Las Vegas if you're all over the map. If you want to go down and ride the roller coaster and then see the lion cubs and Mandalay Bay, you don't want to have a reservation up on the other end of the strip , etc. You'll never make it. Especially since you're planning out both lunches and dinners. Much better, I think, to have a list of great places with you so that you can find something nearby when you're out and about and get hungry.

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                    climberdoc Jan 3, 2011 05:28 PM

                    You might consider combining your tasting/prix fixe with you steak dinner by doing the "Cut of the Week" at Charlie Palmer Steak. The price just can't be beat and that includes matching wines. It's a classy and beautiful restaurant nestled deep within the Four Seasons Resort.

                    I have really enjoyed Burger Bar for a great selection of burgers and beers.

                    Bouchon and Tableau for breakfast/pastry.

                    Skip all buffets! Please!

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

                    Charlie Palmer Steak
                    3960 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas, NV 89119

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                      Beavshak Jan 3, 2011 04:09 PM

                      My best guesses so far:

                      A tasting-menu or prix fixe style dinner from a highly rated restuarant - lost on this one (due to price)
                      Steak- Dinner (CUT or craftsteak)
                      Dinner Buffet (Wynn)
                      Asian-Dinner (Lotus of Siam)
                      Sunday Brunch Buffet (Bellagio)
                      Sushi-Lunch (No idea)
                      Burger-Lunch (Burger Bar)
                      Coffee/Pastry -Breakfast (No idea... good bakery anyone?)

                      Thoughts?

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                        mrsjoujou Jan 3, 2011 04:42 PM

                        For bakery I always head to Payard at the C.Palace.
                        Asian go to LOS.

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