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Jun 28, 2012 06:19 PM

Is e worth it?

I've secured a seating at e for our upcoming trip to LV. We love great, memorable meals (EMP, Babbo, Scarpetta a few of our faves), and would love to add another memorable meal to our foodie experience list.

I'm just having some sticker shock, but have read that e offers an experience like no other.

Anyone have any thoughts?

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  1. It is certainly worth it. I've been there twice and am heading back for the third time next week.

    It is very different to the restaurants you mentioned. To me é is modernist cuisine at its best. If you open to that kind of food, you will love it.

    1. I've dined at EMP a number of times, and have also dined at Scarpetta in LV only (even though I live in NYC). I dined at e last year, and it was one of my favorite dining experiences anywhere. I will probably return to e on my next visit to LV.

      1. I will agree wholeheartedly that e is unlike any other dining experience in Las Vegas. But only you can answer if it is worth it for you. At $400+pp I would have a very hard time justifying it. BUT, that is because I have already dined there. There are some fairly spectacular flavors and the whole experience from checking in to your final bite is truly memorable. But put it another way...Id rather eat at Sage&LoS&Raku for the same cost as 1 dinner at e. But I am also the type of person who can justify paying $500 for one round of golf at the Wynn.

        So what I am trying to say is that I am no help!

        1. In answer to your question, "NO!"

          8 Replies
            1. re: BackBite

              Cut and pasted from an earlier post...

              I chose not to spend money at really expensive places because deep down inside the prices offend me and make me ashamed to admit that I needed to spend 500Eu+ for dinner. I'd rather enjoy what my wife could put together from the open air market and tell all my friends what a great cook she is. I'm not cheap; I think conspicuous consumption is a sin. After an evening in a really expensive restaurant as a party guest or host I feel bad about what that money would do if we just ate at a 50Eu place John Talbott recommended and gave the balance to any of hundreds of excellent charities.

              1. re: hychka

                Actually, hychka, I would be more ashamed at dining at the Wynn buffet (see your other post) and the gluttony and food waste that ensues there than any individually prepared, small portion sized meal. However, I digress.

                If your wife is spinning down essence of pea in your kitchen centrifuge, then you, sir, have truly arrived. Unfortunately, we common folk have jobs. My wife and I work and have no time to be wandering around open air markets looking for fresh morels or the perfect white truffle. No, I have 2 kids to feed. I am lucky if I find a palatable tomato at my local grocery store (welcome to the USA). Even if I was able to procure said provisions, and even if I had a science lab that rivaled Biogen in my kitchen, I have no time to be spinning the stuff in centrifuges and creating 'foam of chicken nugget' for the children. No, places like 'e' are completely 'worth it'. They offer an escape and a gastronomical journey that I cannot replicate. If your wife has the equipment, knowledge and will to prepare these meals for you, then I truly envy you. I, however, have no shame in my little escape. Other people buy baseball or football tickets, I dine.

                Besides, if you really stick to the menu, and avoid the overpriced wine, you can shave a significant amount off the final bill, and still have the experience. In the end, it won't be significantly more than a $75pp place but the journey will be so much more. So in that sense, it is, and will be, worth it.

                :) I also give most of my money to charity - the US government.

                1. re: drtechno

                  A very eloquent reply, drtechno that really illustrates my thoughts on dining as entertainment.

                  We're in similar circumstances (I'm growing tasty tomatoes in my garden though...). And, as a Canadian I embrace taxes as a duty, rather than as a charitable act.

                  e is booked. Unless I chicken out, we're in!

                  Thanks all.

                  1. re: molly32d

                    Heh, Molly. We have some nice tomatoes in our garden coming soon I hope :)

                    I would also add that there is nothing "conspicuous" about eating at an out-of-sight table that is not visible and not advertised with 6 other people. Nor is eating at a random no-name strip mall (Raku) nor some random house in the middle of nowhere (Alinea, Chicago). I can't see how any of these would be considered 'conspicuous consumption'.

                  2. re: drtechno

                    Amen! (although I wouldn't skip the terrific beverage pairings) :)

                  3. re: hychka

                    I will chime in with drtechno here. Yes, when dining out with my husband we have both stated quite a few times that we could make the same thing at home and enjoy it just as much. However, there is something to be said for sitting in Muriel's in New Orleans with the ambiance and enjoying the crawfish crepes there. Yes, they are just as tasty when I make them at home, but...

                    Dining at e' is an experience, not just about the food. My husband and I enjoyed our meal and both agreed it was probably the best meal we've ever had, anywhere. Yes, I paid for that experience, but I also ate every single morsel that was placed in front of me and the cooks didn't make extra to account for waste. There was nothing conspicuous about our dinner, and we even splurged on the wine paring.

                    Think about what the charities could do with all the food that is wasted at a buffet.

                    1. re: BackBite

                      Well...thats what they do with a lot of the food that they do not use. They donate to food banks.

              2. Absolutely. One of my favorite all-time meals.