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May 4, 2011 09:07 AM

é and what else?

I'm a NYer visiting Vegas in mid June for about a week. I plan on trying to get reservations at José Andrés' é restaurant. I also plan on being in LA before Vegas and am going to Andrés' SAAM restaurant in the Bazaar. Might be Andrés overkill, but why not, right? :)

What other high-end restaurants are worth visiting? FYI, I've been to Vegas a few times and have eaten at CUT, Rosemary's, Michael Mina, and Lotus of Siam. I know LOS isn't quite "high-end", but it's generally recommended to go to.

I'm probably going to pass on the Robuchon restaurants, steakhouses, and since I live in NYC, I can pass on some of the restaurants that have a sister restaurant in NYC (B&B, Le Cirque, Aureole, etc.).

I guess some of the general contenders are Guy Savoy, Picasso, Sage, and Twist. Comments on them? Restaurants I'm missing?

Thanks in advance!

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

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

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

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  1. I have Sage on my list for next year when I return to LV. I "bumped" Sage from my list when I returned to LV last month when I got my reservation at e. I should have "bumped" Guy Savoy instead. While the service was wonderful at Guy Savoy, I was left very underwhelmed by the food--nothing spectacular, and incredibly expensive. I found the decor at Savoy to be very depressing.

    I also dined at Robuchon, and considered it the best restaurant of my trip last month. I've previously dined at Twist (last year), and it was another less than thrilling dining experience. At least last year, each course had one too many variations on a theme. I never thought there could be too many variations on foie gras, but one or two of them just didn't work. Service was odd: our captain was charming, however, the waiter seemed as if he had received his training at the Olive Garden--a bit too casual for such a high end restaurant.

    I dined at Picasso nine years ago, and was not thrilled by it either. Food was fine, but not fantastic, but as a single woman diner, I allowed them to put me at a crummy table. I've now learned to reject unacceptable tables.

    Surprisingly enough, Le Cirque in LV remains one of my favorite LV restaurants even though I'm not a fan of the NYC restaurant. Food, decor and service at the LV Le Cirque are wonderful. The former chef of Veritas is now cooking at Le Cirque in LV. Our NYC CH friend, RGR, loved his food when he was at Veritas.

    Hopes this helps. Have a great time! I love LV!

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    1. re: ellenost

      Thanks ellenost. I'm very familiar with all your posts on the Manhattan board so I will take heed of your advice. I'm leaning towards Sage.

      I've been eating out a lot lately (luckily ate at Alinea and Schwa in Chicago, Ma Peche Beef 7 Ways, RJ Cooper's pop-up, the James Beard pop-ups), so I need to "calm" it down. :) So I plan to have my big dinner expenditure at é in Vegas. Robuchon, I will save for another time...

      1. re: deepfry7

        Completely understand. I've been dining out too much too (also RJ Cooper's pop-up and last night's James Beard pop-up, Ko for Saturday night, Bouley for Mother's Day, and a vacation to DC next week--going to get back on my diet after that :-)). I think you'll love e. The food is delicious and creative (if you like foie gras, you'll love what they do with it--I won't ruin the surprise), seats around the cooking bar are comfortable, and Anthony is one of the nicest people at any restaurant--truly made me feel very welcome. I loved the non-alcoholic beverage pairings--Anthony was very kind and poured me very generous sized "tastes" of the wine, but I much preferred the non-alcoholic beverages.

        I know you'll love Robuchon when you visit LV at another time.

        1. re: ellenost

          FWIW, here is a blog post (from about 1 hour ago) about a very recent visit to é.

          1. re: johnb

            Thanks for linking to the wonderful blog post and photos. Some new dishes are already on the menu. Thank goodness the wonderful foie gras and pork dishes remain.

            1. re: johnb

              Great post, johnb!

              I got reservations for early June. Apparently, according to their Terms and Conditions form that you have to sign and fax back to them, they now request no use of cameras. That stinks!

              1. re: deepfry7

                I had the same form too. They do permit quick non-flash photos.

                1. re: ellenost

                  Awesome. Thanks ellenost!

                  I'm most likely going to book Sage as my other time. If I have time, I'd like to try out Raku as well. I'll have a car, so traveling off-strip is fine to In-and-Out and Lotus of Siam.

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

        2. re: ellenost

          Just got back from 4 nights in Vegas and would put my experience at Sage as one of the best dining experiences that I've had in the past few years. Had the 79 dollar tasting menu and ordered (1) Foie Gras creme brulee - the house special and a must try - I thought there could have been a better match than the toasted egg bread on the side but the brulee itself was stunning, (2) scallops and oxtail - perfectly cooked scallops - not wowing, but very well executed, (3) Braised beef belly with pickled ramps - the highlight of the night (and surprisingly so) - pickled ramps and red peppers perfectly offset the slow braised, fatty and delicious beef, (4) carrot cake with cream cheese ice cream - not too sweet, a deliciously moist cake and well thought out with the ice cream.

          My wife, who does not eat meat, had the slow poached egg with truffle to start which I thought rivaled the beef as the best dish on the menu.

          She then ordered the mixed greens salad which I would stay away from - it wasn't light and zesty but instead had a somewhat creamy dressing that didn't match well with the greens - HOWEVER - we told the waiter that it wasn't delicious and he brought my wife out the artichoke soup instead (and didn't charge us for the salad). I thought the soup was delicious, though a bit salty. She then had the risotto which was a very nice rendition with lots of fresh vegetables.

          The service was excellent and the room is fabulous - it was also about 1/3 the price of Bartollota, my favourite of my last go around in Vegas.

          We also dined at Lotus of Siam, Otto and Joe's Stone Crab for dinners and Milos and Bouchon for brunches. I thought Bouchon was overhyped in the end, even though the price points were very good and the bread was delicious.

          The unexpected surprise for me was Milos which was not planned - it was half empty for lunch but the 20 dollar 3 course tasting menu is the steal of the strip. Fresh and bright salads and greek spreads and well prepared fish, plus dessert, that was a few bucks more expensive than getting the big breakfast at the planet hollywood counter.

          3355 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

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

          1. re: glickjor

            Does the $79 tasting menu require full table participation? It's the route I want to go but my wife isn't a fan of tasting menus.

            1. re: mljones99

              They were very accomodating to me and my wife. I ordered the tasting menu while my wife did not. However, my wife did order the same number of plates as me (3) and then shared my cake at the end and that was more than enough food for us (perhaps a tad too much). I imagine they will accomodate you the same...enjoy

        3. Comme Ça at the Cosmo is good. I liked it better then his Hollywood location.

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          1. re: dlew308

            one of my favorites, that is maybe a bit more casual than you are looking for is Otto Enoteca. I like the ambiance (casual bistro) and the pastas are delicious, delicate sauces and fresh pasta. I have not every tried the pizzas, but they look great.

          2. I've always was curious about this, but I figure I now ask.

            I'll be dining at both SAAM in LA and é by José Andrés in Vegas towards the end of the month and wanted to know how similar the food is to the "best" restaurant, El Bulli, which I unfortunately will never experience. I know Chef Andrés trained under Ferran Adria at El Bulli many, many years ago. But for example, Grant Achatz worked several years at TFL, but his cuisine and Thomas Keller's are nothing alike.

            Ideally, I'd like feedback from CHers who've dined at El Bulli (say within the last 5 years) and é. I've post the same question with SAAM instead on the LA board.


            é by José Andrés
            3708 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109