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Oct 6, 2012 03:37 PM

Sept/Oct 2012 Trip -- A Few Words About Eleven Restaurants

I've just returned from Las Vegas and, as usual, it will probably take me many weeks to come up with restaurant reviews. In the meantime, here are the Reader's Digest versions:
GUY SAVOY. Their relatively new Innovation-Inspiration menu is a delight -- if price is no object.
RAKU. As good as always. Their specials are the way to go; make sure to talk to your server about them.
KABUTO. as others have said before me, it's excellent. In terms of quality, its only competitor is Barmasa. In terms of atmosphere and price, Barmasa isn't in the running.
JALEO. Las Vegas now has two tapas restaurants that are near each other, are run by chefs whose names begin with "J," and are excellent. The atmosphere at Jaleo is livlier than at Julian Serrano.
PUBLIC HOUSE (at the Venetian). The bar area has a friendly feel, but I wasn't blown away by the food. Pub? Yes. Gastropub? Ummmm...I don't know.
FIX. Nothing new to report. Still a good choice if money isn't a consideration.
BEIJING NOODLE NO. 9. Soup dumplings!
TACOS EL GORDO. Located on the far north Strip (past Encore), it offers very good tacos at low prices.
BOUCHON. After 25 or 30 meals, I finally tried chicken and waffles. Why did I wait so long?
BACCHANAL BUFFET (Brunch). I'm not a buffet person. I really shouldn't have gone. The food was attractively displayed, and the quality was probably as good as could be expected, but still not as good as available in nearby restaurants.
PAYARD PATISSERIE. The same old story: excellent breakfast pastries and dessert pastries, and very good sandwiches.

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  1. I look forward to the details. I'm interested in the Public House because apparently they are good at pairing the food with beer. Please include a comment in the report.

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    1. re: dubchild

      Great beer selection. Food was so/so. Wait staff had limited beer knowledge.

      1. re: dubchild

        I had a very mediocre lunch at Public House. Basically no service, below average food. I didn't have beer. I won't go back.

        1. re: rednyellow

          Sounds like my experience at dinner (I put my review in a separate thread) - except I had a beer I liked. I'd go back for the beer and the bar's atmosphere, but not the food.

      2. Thank you Larry. I am visiting Vegas for the first time next month. I really have no idea where to eat and I am on a budget. This list is a good beginning.

        1. We are arriving Vegas 10/25 for four days. Note we have not been to any of the restaurants I'm asking about below. We have a dinner reservation at Nob Hill Tavern. Plan to go to either Lotus of Siam or the new thai restaurant Chada Thai. Our focus is the Buffet concert so we want to eat at affordable (under $50/person no drinks) local places for other meals. Will be on foot or taxi from the MGM. What is a good "old Strip" place for dinner? We want to spend an evening there exploring. We are foodies that prefer taste over quantity, are not into formal restaurants this trip, and pretty much eat any cuisine.

          I'll start with the list above from Larry since it's recent.

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          1. re: SouthernMS

            "What is a good "old Strip" place for dinner? We want to spend an evening there exploring."

            Does "there" mean the Strip? MGM? or ???

            1. re: Dave Feldman

              Dave - didn't have time to respond before we left for Vegas.
              fyi here is where we ate:
              We had a excellent time at JALEO/tapas at the Cosmo. I had a Food-gasm.
              Dinner at NOBHILL/MGM Grand was excellent. Caesar salad and fish were perfect. At request the chef prepared a vegetarian plate for me that was really good: mac & cheese with truffles, artichoke hearts, endive salad with apples and cheddar.
              Sunday brunch at BOUCHON was excellent. Chicken & waffles and Novlax salmon, with mimosas.
              Thai restaurant LOTUS OF SIAM was a real disappointment. No attention to fine details of chopping or sauce preparation. No big deal, sometimes you just have to eat...

              1. re: Dave Feldman

                P.S. Ran out of time for "old strip"/Freemont St. So many restaurants, so many people and not enough time.