Las Vegas Trip Report (Charlie Palmer, Rosemary, Sage, Raku Grill, MoZen)
Thanks for the help on planning our dining options during our recent visit to Las Vegas. Here's the recap:
Charlie Palmer Steak (Four Seasons Hotel) - Cut of the Week
$48pp for a 3 course meal including wine with the first two courses. Excellent deal on a nice traditional steak house. Four of us, everyone enjoyed the meal. Nice salad, 12 oz lamb delmonico cut with chimichuri sauce, and dessert. Main course came with shared sides (scalloped potatoes and vegies). I thought the lamb was a bit overcooked, but otherwise enjoyable meal and more than adequate service.
Rosemary's - Friday lunch
Interesting restaurant, wouldn't know the quality of service and food by the location or the outside of the building. $28pp for 3 course meal. For starters, I had the yukon gold potato and mushroom gratin with prosciutto panko and sonoma goat cheese coulis (delish) and hubs had the butter poached haricot vert and baby spinach salad tossed in warm dijon meyer lemon vinaigrette with scallion pancake, toasted almonds and an over easy local duck egg (egg nicely done, good salad). For the main course I had the sesame steamed organic salmon with bok choy, crispy wonton strips and ginger soy butter (good salmon and bok choy but could not taste any sesame or ginger, well cooked but under seasoned). Hubs had the mozzarella and roasted red pepper stuffed eggplant packages with roasted tomate, black olive and arugula salad and basil pesto beurre blanc (it looked very interesting and hubs liked it). Dessert for me was the coconut cream pie with rum caramel sauce and hubs had the dark chocolate mouse napoleon with cointreau anglaise. Both were great. Excellent service, excellent beer selection.
Sage (Aria Hotel)
We went for the "Chef McClain's Signature Menu," a four course tasting for $79 plus wine or beer pairing for $40. After talking to our server, we went with the 6 course tasting, 2 of us had the wine pairing and 2 had the beer pairing. I will write a separate recap of this meal (got to find where I wrote down what we had). They were very happy to accommodate 1) my sons dislike for mushrooms and 2) my husbands lactose intolerance - both of them had one course each that was different from the rest of us. We thoroughly enjoyed the meal, the wine and beer pairings were excellent. The service was great.
Another excellent restaurant away from the strip in a non-assuming strip mall. We had a very interesting meal, tried lots of different things, and got a gift from the chef of fried chicken's knees because we had to wait for a bit for our table. Everyone loved the sashimi salad, and the housemade tofu is to die for! When I find the list of stuff we ate, I'll post that along with the details on the Sage meal.
MoZen Bistro Sunday Brunch (Mandarin Oriental Hotel)
A gem!!! Sunday brunch, with a mix of buffet style offerings, along with fresh all you can eat "passesd items" and a main course that you order. We thoroughly loved this concept. Sushi/sashimi prepared on the spot, and great salads, fruits, pastries, cheese selection on the buffet. For the main course we ordered subz kofta curry (vegetable dumplings in spicy onion, tomato curry, served with traditional indian accompaniments), mysore chilly chicken (mysore chicken with coconut an chilies, served with traditional indian accompaniments) scallops (pan seared scallops with tapioca pudding, fried buttermilk liver, bacon and poultry jus) and beef cheek ravioli (beef cheek ravioli with shaved brussel sprouts, spring garlic, pine nuts and whole grain mustard jus). An excellent dessert selection was offered, with small bite size offerings of various sweets. The passed items that came around were raw oysters, and a few other selections that I can't remember now - all very good and fresh. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed this meal, although we were a bit full from enjoying sashimi, that were were getting full when we got our main course. They offer unlimited beverages (mojitos, ginger crush, mimosa, champagne) for an additional charge. I would absolutely go back if this meal is offered on my next visit.
On the last night, two of our party tried out the buffet at Wynn (yes I know, but they had to try one). They didn't think much of it after all the great meals above.
We have a list of places we didn't have time to try for our next visit.
Charlie Palmer Steak
3960 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas, NV 89119
3730 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109