A Few Words on: é, Guy Savoy, Raku, Sage, Blue Ribbon Sushi, Central
I've just returned from a week of gluttony in Las Vegas, but it will be a couple of weeks until I get organized enough to write real reviews. In the meantime, here are brief summaries:
(1) é by José Andrés: Definitely go! Excellent food, and the most interesting restaurant in town. For those familiar with Andrés' minibar in D.C., I'd say that é's food is slightly less experimental, but better conceived and tastier. Perhaps they just choose the winners?
(2) Guy Savoy: as good as ever, maybe even better. Among Vegas' top three.
(3) Raku: the best off-Strip restaurant, and well worth a trek. I find myself eating here every trip. In addition to all the regular goodies, the specials are invariably excellent. Reservations needed.
(4) Sage: I'm not as enthusiastic as some of its more ardent supporters, but it's very good.
(5) Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill: good-but-not-great sushi at ridiculous prices. The sushi bar lacks atmosphere.
(6) Central by Michel Richard: I had two breakfasts and two lunches at this newly opened restaurant. I kept hoping to find a gem, but instead kept finding cooking miscues. Until such time as cooking problems can be corrected, stay away. A big disappointment. However, the desserts (Michel's chocolate bar; Michel's Napoleon) were excellent.