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é...it really is THE best!!!

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Simply put, é is the BEST restaurant experience in Las Vegas, PERIOD (and let me clarify...if you are reading Chowhound you can generally be considered one of those who "live to eat" as opposed to those that eat to live. There will always be those that love T.G.I.Fs and cannot appreciate a place like é for all it is worth). Nothing, and I mean, NOTHING compares to it. Is Guy Savoy more formal and polished? Is Robuchon more classic? Is Raku more interesting? Is Lotus of Siam more diverse? Maybe yes to some or all of those but no restaurant can compare to the experience that é will give you.

é has it all. From the moment that I walked up to the hostess stand to the moment I left I felt as if had been transported to another world. I will not go through each course with pain staking detail as it has been done many times already. What has not been mentioned all that thoroughly is the service, which in my opinion, was almost as good as the food (sorry Anthony, I will always put food 1st...but you were a damn close 2nd!). The room is very whimsical with two side walls adorned what looks like old library card catalog drawers. Some of them are open with playful objects sitting on/in the drawer that make you wonder if Jose has enjoyed the same college experience that many of us did as youths. Having the 3 chefs and two servers, if you will, allowed for a great interactive evening. Each course, i believe 19 or 20 all tolled, was pure joy. So much so that I found my self giggling with pure delight and astonishment. There are very few meals I have ever had where I felt this way. Some dishes were simple in ingredient components yet complex in their preparation and some were both. Some have said that the place is "gimmicky". I disagree. Whimsical and possibly goofy at time in presentation but NEVER for preparation.

And if I were to have a criticism, it would be the wine pairings. They are by no means bad but certainly lack the depth that the food has. With such a high bar set for the food it is a shame to pair it with wines that are more run of the mill. For comparison sake, Ko in NYC's pairings were stellar compared to the wines we had. The cocktails looked very interesting so maybe I would be inclined to try them next time.

All I can say is for those that have not been, beg, promise, steal...do whatever it takes to secure one of these 8 seats. And for those that do not believe, your loss. And for those on the fence about whether or not you want to go, all I can say is that read the reviews of those who HAVE been...it is simply THE BEST dining experience in Las Vegas at the moment.

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

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  1. Thanks LVI for a great report. I am thrilled that I will be dining next week at e by Jose Andres. I also have Robuchon and Savoy on my "dance card". Since I had read mixed reviews of the wine pairings, and since I'm not a big drinker (the wine pairings at Ko, while wonderful, left me too dazed to fully appreciate my first of many brilliant dinners at Ko). I'm interested to see what they will have for the non-alcohol drink pairings.

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    1. re: ellenost

      How does one contact the restaurant for a reservation?

      1. re: baron45

        Only via email at: reserve@ebyjoseandres.com. They're very nice, and will reply to your email within a day. They accept reservations only a month in advance.

        1. re: ellenost

          Looking forward to your report ellenost.

          Since we lost Alex, this summer's trip will not be the same, but maybe this will make up for it.

          1. re: seal

            e was fantastic! Food was delicious and creative. Service was superb! Special credit to Anthony who made me feel very welcome as a solo diner. I loved the non-alcoholic beverage pairings. Anthony was very kind and gave me a very generous "tastes" of all of the wine pairings (most were not for me). The seats were comfortable (with backs and padded). We had only 6 people at our seating, and it felt like a lovely dinner party.

            Joel Robuchon would be my Alex "replacement" though. Food and service were exquisite. The limo ride to and from the restaurant is great. Even though I wasn't "wowed" by Joel Robuchon on my first visit 3 years ago, I am very glad that I gave it another try. Definitely was "wowed" by it last week.

            Other than the fantastic service at Guy Savoy, the meal (food) did not live up to my expectation. Definitely was "blown out of the water" by Robuchon.

            1. re: ellenost

              Thanks for the report!

              Gonna hit up Robuchon in mid-May with a few friends. Any stand out dishes you'd recommend?

              And how was the amuse bouche? I'm a little sad that the online menu shows they replaced the crab/caviar amuse. I was looking forward to that.

              1. re: jsa056

                i ate their twice, my stand out dishes were the tomato and the duck with foie gras, cherry, almond and cherry jus. these were the culinary equivalent of a first orgasm, or the way hippies must of felt taking acid and listening to hendrix play electric guitar for the first time. i was dumbstruck these dishes were so good, and i've had several dreams where i was eating them again.

                1. re: jsa056

                  My favorite dishes at Joel Robuchon were:

                  1) soft cooked egg with oscetra caviar;
                  2) lobster and sea urchin with saffron fried rice;
                  3) duck breast with foie gras and plums;
                  4) le sphere du sucre-one of the most amazing desserts that I've ever had (a la carte menu).

      2. I am happy you had a great dining experience, LVI. I have read so many great reviews on e. I am so very sad they are not open on Monday night. Sigh. An excuse, I guess, to return to Vegas next year.

        1. I'd have to agree with you - I was just there Friday and it was a really unique experience. Surpassed expectations for sure. And the paella pit right outside of e is just as impressive...I heard that alone cost $1M to build.

          Write-up with pics: http://darindines.com/2011/03/28/e-by...

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          1. re: DarinDines

            Thanks very much for sharing your photos. I hope my meal next week is as good as yours. The foie gras dish looks marvelous! Looks like they eliminated the no photography policy.

            1. re: ellenost

              The 'no camera' policy technically still applies, but it's lenient as long as you're quick and ubobtrusive...at least in this case.

              1. re: ellenost

                No flash. You can take as many as you like. Like the night I was there with my 2 buddies. At times the four guys from Chicago seemed more interested in taking pictures than they did about eating the food.

            2. how does e compare to Jaleo? We had an outstanding dinner on Sat night at Jaleo. I can honestly say it was the best dinner I've had for over a year. And the service was efficient, friendly and unobtrusive.

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              1. re: daantaat

                They're two totally different concepts. e is a lot more experimental with a lot of "molecular gastronomy" technique, while Jaleo is much more familiar Spanish tapas. Just depends what you're looking for really.

                1. re: DarinDines

                  thanks--will definitely hit up e next time!

              2. Just received my gold Admission Ticket with a lovely handwritten note welcoming me. Very charming! I have such a good feeling that this may be my best meal in LV this year!