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Trip Report: Day 1

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I usually provide feedback after the whole trip, but I thought I might have a chance to quickly get each day's experiences out to the group. We arrived a little earlier than expected yesterday and were happy to get the hour time change on our side. Yes, living in AZ, I am still befuddled at times being smushed between Mtn and Pacific times zones.

We started at Sage for a nice cocktail, a nibble and then on to Holstein's. Sage is a nice spot and set back from the casino and lobby. I like this better than Julian Serrano, which I refuse to eat at despite good CH reviews because you are essentially eating in the lobby and looking out on people registering for rooms - no thanks.

Back to Sage, not a warm and relaxing atmosphere, pretty stuffy and a little snooty. I worry about foodie spots like this one sometimes when attitude trumps great customer service. We started with the Milan Manhattan and one on the rocks with Ri Rye. They were ok, but I have major issues with Peychaud bitters and I will never give high marks to a bar that uses basic bright red marachino cherries instead of the good Italian kind. If you are serious about craft cocktails, then you need better cherries. We tasted the Wagyu beef tartare. The flavors were good and I love the lucious caviar-like taste to it. However, execution leaves something to be desired as the egg was overcooked and didn't ooze into the meat. Was this bad expediting or poor execution in the kitchen? Either way, we gave them one good shot and they missed it a little bit. Would I be back for dinner - maybe, the menu looks great and I give a lot of respect to the other reviewers.

Next, we went to Holsteins- 180 degree change. Fun, hip atmosphere with live DJ spinning. We had a nice cocktail and then a couple of Matildas from Goose Island. Great beer list for Vegas or anywhere. The service was excellent and we enjoyed the Holstein sliders and the ahi tuna sliders. We did not, however, like the lobstar rolls or the Philly rolls. The lobster rolls failed in one major category - the lobster meat was almost like a chopped up chicken or ham salad. It didn't taste like lobster and I was really disappointed to not have a couple of hearty chunks of lobster meat. The roll, sauce, and cole slaw were great, but the guts of the rolls were horrible. The Philly rolls tasted like a frozen overfried disaster and I think it is a bad dish and a bad order on our part. The service was super nice and they removed the Philly rolls from the bill. Desert was a winner. In addition to the yummy shakes (I am lactose challenged, so no shake for me), we tried the Ho Ho desert and it was really good hitting all the key chocolate and sweet spots. I would definitely go back to Holsteins and focus on the burgers. Looking forward to Jaleo, MOzen and CUT.

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Sage (Aria)
3730 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

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  1. Sorry you did not have a better experience with Sage. I have always found the service to be spot on, warm and inviting, never a bit snooty or stuffy at all and I think it is one of the most comfortable rooms in town. As for the bitters, we all have different tastes for sure, but Peychauds are a classic bitter.