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Interesting Dining options, any price

secabeen Sep 25, 2012 08:10 PM

I have one or two nights in Vegas in November, and am looking for unique interesting places to dine. I'm willing to pay top dollar for culinary experiences that I won't forget. I'm looking for places in the vein of Alinea in Chicago, Saam and Providence in Los Angeles, or Per Se in New York.

Based on my research so-far, my top contender in Vegas is Joel Robuchon, but I'd be willing to go somewhere else. Thoughts, suggestions?

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    zack RE: secabeen Sep 26, 2012 08:29 AM

    "e" inside Jaleo at Cosmopolitan, similar to Saam but more intimate with chefs cooking in front of you.

    Alternative to Robuchon is Guy Savoy at Caesars.

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      secabeen RE: zack Oct 31, 2012 04:55 PM

      After some consultation with my fellow diner, we switched over to 'e' for the lower price and more adventurous food. We're willing to accept the risk of some misses. Thanks to all for your suggestions.

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        johnb RE: secabeen Nov 1, 2012 09:26 AM

        How difficult was it to get a reservation at "e"?

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          secabeen RE: johnb Nov 1, 2012 09:34 AM

          I emailed at 12:00:01AM one month in advance, and they had an opening. I have no idea if that was good timing, or if they had many spaces. I had a specific date and seating I wanted, so I was relieved to be able to get a reservation.

          I will note that they have changed their reservation policy to now open reservations 3 months to the date. I'm not sure if they just still had openings this whole time, or if they hold some number of seats to the one month reservation time.

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      foodgimp RE: secabeen Oct 12, 2012 01:29 PM

      Twist in the Mandarin Oriental was very interesting.

      1. Larry RE: secabeen Oct 12, 2012 03:57 PM

        I second what zack said about e by Jose Andres.

        Robuchon is an excellent choice (as is Savoy, as zack also mentioned).

        For something similar to Providence, the closest thing that comes to mind is Sage's Chef's Tasting menu - not quite as ambitious, but similar in quality, and less expensive.

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          gpatterson RE: Larry Oct 22, 2012 03:48 PM

          seconding that second for e by jose andres. amazing food and absolutely a unique and memorable experience

        2. mucho gordo RE: secabeen Oct 22, 2012 11:48 AM

          Although it's off the strip, I highhly recommend Via Brasil.


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            johnb RE: mucho gordo Oct 22, 2012 12:29 PM

            I had never heard of this place. It appears to be a "typical" rodizio place, which normally wouldn't land in the company of places like e and Robuchon. What about it do you like enough to mention it in this context?

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              mucho gordo RE: johnb Oct 23, 2012 09:50 AM

              It probably is 'typical' just as the other places are typical high-end trendy spots. At Via Brasil the food is excellent and the service is impeccable.

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