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Aug 27, 2012 10:47 AM

Thoughts about my dining adventures last week.

Just got back...had some fantastic, and not so fantastic food. Here are some quick thoughts:

DOCG: The food and service here was actually better than I thought it was going to be. From excellent salads, to crisp, well made pizzas, to their homemade pastas, this place was a hit from everyone (six people) I was with.

Lunch at Milos: Still the best bargain in town: One caveat: The wait staff tries to up sell you on everything off the menu...including the wine. My GF order a extra simple tomato salad, and the charged us $27.00!!!! for it. The whole three course menu is $19.90!

Raku: We were booked for the Omakase at Raku. Upon arrival, they couldn't find my reservation (even though I gave them their own confirmation #). After a little coaxing, they found us not only a table, but a private room in the back (where we had the Kasaiki dinner on our last trip). All I can say is this, I've been to Raku at least a dozen times and love this place. The service last Monday night was abysmal at best. A minimum of 20, 25 minutes between courses was just unacceptable. Our waitress, was extremely apoligetic, but she did the best she could. Maybe the head chef is off on Mondays. We had a three and a half hour dinner that shouldn't have taken more that two hours. A bit disenchanting!

Lotus of Siam: Another stop we make every trip: The food continues to be outstanding. We ordered the special lobster, which is a five pound, deep fried with salt, pepper and garlic....OUTSTANDING!! They crack it so well, all you have to do is choose your piece and eat it. Other amazing dishes were the crispy duck with drunken noodles and the veggie larb. This is one restaurant that just doesn't rest on it's's phenominal!

Delmonicos: We hadn't been here a a while...It's still outstanding! Great, attentive service, and the star: The bone in rib eye, perfectly cooked to med/ of the best steaks in a long time.

Lastly, Pho Kim Long...a Vegas tradtion for me...we go for breakfast one day each trip....nothing like their Pho and Summer Rolls after a hard Vegas night....Yummmmm

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  1. DOCG has been getting a lot of good press on the board. Guess I will give it a try for Restaurant Week – the menu looks good and has a wide variety. Milos lunch special is a really good deal at $20.12; even if you add the $10 supplement for some options; e.g. the grilled octopus, it's a relative bargain by Vegas standards. That mujst have been some tomato salad!
    Thanks for the review.

    1. Thanks for a great report. A couple of quick comments:

      Milos: Service issues, including this kind of upselling, plagues the NYC branch, too, and what has led me to not go for the special lunch at E.M.

      Raku: I like your theory re: service issues. I'd be shocked if the issues weren't in the kitchen rather than the waiters. I've had occasional issues with reservations at Raku, but somehow things usually work out.

      LOS: +1 on the lobster, although I don't order it often. Even with four people, the amount of lobster doesn't yield enough room in the stomach for enough other dishes. I didn't know there was such a thing as vegetable larb, and I certainly haven't encountered it at LOS. Isn't a ground protein (usually meat, but sometimes fish, especially catfish) part of the definition of the dish?

      I've never been to Pho Kim Long -- I take it it's your favorite pho in the Valley?

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      1. re: Dave Feldman

        Agree about Milos in NYC. I've gone for the lunch a few times, and it's nothing special. That's the reason why I would never waste a good meal in LV on Milos.

        1. re: Dave Feldman

          Dave, I actually think the larb was pork...not bad. And as for PKL, I've just been going there for years....I really haven't tried any of the other PHO I'm not an expert there....btw, their pot stickers are exceptional too!!

          1. re: sockster

            Thanks, sockster. I'll try to hit PKL on a forthcoming trip to LV.

        2. I had some very similar experiences when I too was in Vegas last week. Our first visit to Lotus of Siam was amazing - the nam kao tod, prawn in blanket, duck w/ drunken noodles and nam prik ong (shockingly my favorite!) were all great. Delmonicos has long been a favorite. The rib eye is just perfect. We also did the show at "e", which was just incredible.

          1. Excellent report sockster!

            Love love love LOS and I cannot wait to eat at least 2-3 times for lunch and bringing the cooler for take out for the 5 hour road trip home..
            So, the 5 pound lobster..was that a special or on the menu?

            Delmonico's has always been very good to us and my DH loves their steaks too.

            We're thinking of doing lunch at Milo's but the oyster bar at Palace Station is calling my name too...those summer rolls and Pho sound perfect after a birthday bash bachannal.
            ; )

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            1. re: Beach Chick

              The lobster is always available unless they sell out, but I believe it still isn't on the printed menu.

                1. re: Dave Feldman

                  Holy cow...that lobster sounds amazing. How much does it cost?

                  1. re: TravelScholar

                    It used to be $105...raised to about $125- An excellent value!!! TONS to eat.

                    1. re: sockster

                      Don't know if it's still true, but when first introduced, Bill Chutima told me it was their lowest profit margin item at the restaurant.

                2. re: Beach Chick

                  Funny, I really never look at the menu...always talk to the wait staff, and then order from there....but we always ask for the lobster, and they always seem to have a few on hand,,,,,

                  1. re: sockster

                    We have a suite at the Trump with a full kitchen and calling for take out before we check in since I'm craving the Pad Thai Tofu extra spicy with lots of peanut sauce and gotta have that in the fridge after a little late night partying..
                    Can't wait to try the lobster..

                3. ...sooo, any Vegas hounds want to meet up the last weekend of September and tackle this lobster? :-)


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                  1. re: uhockey

                    Be there one of the next 4 days (if not more). Very excited.