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e by Jose Andres and Sage already booked, looking for dinner #3

Chihab Feb 24, 2011 11:17 AM

I am going to Vegas in March and have dinner booked at e by Jose Andres on Thurs night, with Sage at Aria on Sat. Looking for something for Fri.
I have previously eaten at Alex, JR, l'A de JR, Aureole and Bouchon, plus a range of other much less memorable Vegas restaurants.
Am not looking for true top tier - i.e. Twist, Guy Savoy etc. - more an interesting, high quality, but more casual spot like Jaleo (which I'm considering, but would rather find an alternate since will have been at e anyway the night before) or Bouchon (already been and may return for brunch this time, but not dinner).

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    jsa056 RE: Chihab Feb 24, 2011 11:45 AM

    Bouchon is always a good bet.

    Off-strip if you have a car... I'd suggest either Raku or Rosemary's.

    On strip... I haven't been to the Las Vegas Scarpetta, but the one in New York was pretty darn good. Great food, not too expensive, pretty casual. I plan on checking them out in May.

    Have fun at e, I thought it was an incredible experience.

    3355 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

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      thatdarnblake RE: Chihab Feb 24, 2011 07:33 PM

      I wouldn't really recommend Jaleo since you are going to E. The place is cool, but you'll experience the best part of it already. I was honestly disappointed by the food at Jaleo but did love the overall experience.

      I'd say about half the tapas were excellent, 1/4 decent and 1/4 bad. It was fun to experience some of the Ferran influences (air, olive), but there are so many cool places in Vegas.

      Le Cirque really made an impact on me. It is by far the coolest restaurant in terms of decor and vibe that I have been to in my life. We had a corner booth and in front of me I had a view of the whole (small) dining room and to my direct left was a window viewing the bellagio fountains.

      I absolutely LOVED my salmon, but my wife's beef was not very good. We liked the food at Aureole about the same as Le Cirque, same as Bouchon --- but the service and decor at Le Cirque made it memorable.

      if you are REALLY looking for casual, Fleur in Mandalay Bay looks cool. Uhockey has championed it and I ALMOST went there but chose Jaleo (regret). The spot looks fun.

      3355 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

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

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        ellenost RE: thatdarnblake Feb 25, 2011 08:45 AM

        +1 for Le Cirque. Food, decor and service are great.

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        LVI RE: Chihab Feb 25, 2011 05:17 AM

        Raku, 15 course Kaiseki-esque tasting, no question. It should be at the top of everybodys list. You have to make reservation for the Kaiseki tasting at least 1 week in advance.

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          sockster RE: LVI Feb 25, 2011 06:31 AM

          ABSOLUTELY AGREE---+ 1 for Raku 15 course!!

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            Chihab RE: sockster Feb 25, 2011 07:12 AM

            Raku looks very interesting. How long does the 15 course menu take, and is it easy to get a cab back to the strip?
            Also interested in Scarpetta.
            Thanks for the reco.s to far. Only other places I had been thinking about were decent steakhouses like CUT or Craftsteak.
            Be interested in any more opinions, but would say Raku is the front-runner.

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              LVI RE: Chihab Feb 25, 2011 08:17 AM

              CUT better than Craftsteak. Scarpetta,,,blehhh (To be fair I have not eaten in the LV location. NYC is boring, been there done that cuisine). Not bad, just nothing inspirational. Cab to Raku is easy, especially if staying at Wynncore. Straight up Spring Mountain road, about 5min.

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                csb95 RE: Chihab Feb 25, 2011 09:51 AM

                I ate at Raku about a week ago (did not get the Kaiseki, just ordered off the menu and some of the specials).

                We asked our server to call a cab for us when we were ready to leave; it only took 5-10 minutes for it to arrive.

                We enjoyed our dinner there greatly!

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                  gmcurology RE: Chihab Feb 27, 2011 04:07 AM

                  CUT is fantastic. Their "tasting of NY strip" is something that everyone should experience at least once in their lives.

                  CUT at The Palazzo Las Vegas
                  3339 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas, NV 89109

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              Cutlet RE: Chihab Feb 26, 2011 10:39 AM

              Chihab > I am also going to E on a Thursday in March. Any chance you are going to the 5:30 seating on March 10?

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                Chihab RE: Cutlet Feb 27, 2011 10:58 AM

                Nope, later in the month. Hope it lives up to the hype!

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                  sockster RE: Chihab Feb 27, 2011 03:31 PM

                  Oh, it will, it will!!

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                    Chihab RE: sockster Mar 28, 2011 07:39 AM

                    Just got back from Vegas. e by Jose Andres did indeed live up to expectations with a few wrinkles - many of the courses were a little one-dimensional in terms of flavor, especially towards the beginning in the "snacks" section, in addition the only wine pairing was a sherry for this entire section (a third of the total meal) which got old after a while, and didn't actually pair very well with many of the early dishes. But still a great meal.
                    While waiting for the e table we were very impressed with the look of Jaleo so we actually canceled our Sage reservation and headed there instead on the Sat evening (we were more in the mood for casual by then anyway). It was outstanding. Very highly recommended.
                    The middle night I had gone with Fleur and would not go back. Quiet and dull atmosphere and food only average. A lull in the weekend for sure.
                    Right now the Cosmopolitan Hotel is the place to be, so if you're headed to Vegas be sure to people watch there.
                    In addition to the dinners, had excellent lunch at TODD English and OK brunch at Bouchon. Bouchon was good, but all the food we ordered was very, very rich to the point of being difficult to finish. I am all for rich food, but this was a little ridiculous - might be best to skip brunch and go for dinner as the dinner menu looked a lot more balanced.
                    TODD English is a great pub - diverse and tasy menu, excellent beer selection and very pleasant staff.
                    Thanks to all for the advice.

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