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austxguy Oct 11, 2012 05:21 PM

Ok. Not really. But my partner and I are visiting LV with my non-foodie mother next month and looking for a nice, but not too intimidating, experience for a dinner. We (partner and I) have loved L'Atelier Joel Robuchon in NYC but think it may be a bit over the top for mom. I'd love Jose Andres' place but the foam and liquid nitrogen might scare my mother. Bouchon would be nice but looking for something unique. Le Cirque?

By the way, I took Mom to Taillevent in Paris a few years back and that was pushing it.

Budget isn't an issue but lack of intimidation combined with a (near) foodie experience is the goal!


  1. z
    zin1953 Oct 20, 2012 11:05 AM

    Of course the obvious question -- well, to me, anyway -- is exactly how "non-foodie" is your mother?

    Does she like Thai food? Then Lotus of Siam (LOS) is a must! It's off the strip, in the most unintimidating strip mall on the planet, but the food is excellent and there are some "adventurous" dishes for you and your partner to enjoy, as well as the "basics" for your mother.

    Bouchon would certainly work, and while it's not necessarily unique, it's quite good.

    As I noted elsewhere, I agree that é would be too intimidating, but the "main" restaurant, Jaleo, is wonderful.

    I wasn't all that impressed with Barlotta when I was there . . .it wasn't bad by any means but, for us, lacked that certain "spark" to make it a memorable experience.

    What about Scarpetta? Michael Mina or Nob Hill Tavern are other choices . . . .

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    1. re: zin1953
      austxguy Oct 20, 2012 03:30 PM

      She's not very foodie. Her idea of a special dinner to take her 2 sons out was embers at the Imperial Palace. It doesn't look terrible, but for a special dinner I want a bit more. Currently thinking if going to Bouchon with Mom, where I've been before and love, and then maybe Twist with my partner. Or would you recommend é for a great foodie dinner?

    2. h
      HoosierFoodie Oct 20, 2012 08:41 AM

      Lotus of Siam. Delmonico's for steak is a fine choice, too. Bouchon has been solid the 4-5 times I've been.

      1. hill food Oct 12, 2012 02:34 AM

        I too would avoid Andres'
        I've eaten at his places in DC (including minibar) and yeah, while I love them, I'd never take a parent ("what's this? I inhale and then eat a nibble?" can we just get a pizza afterwards? you paid WHAT for this?)

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        1. re: hill food
          Snoopyoo Oct 19, 2012 06:42 AM

          Tallivant for lunch I think is less intimidating... But great you took your mom there since the food is great.

          how about Charlie Parmer Steak the cut? Heard great things about it.

          1. re: hill food
            zin1953 Oct 20, 2012 10:55 AM

            While I wouldn't recommend é, there's nothing very (potentially) intimidating about Jaleo . . .

          2. d
            Dave Feldman Oct 11, 2012 09:50 PM

            Does your Mom like seafood? I'm wondering if Bartolotta at the Wynn might fill the bill?

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            1. re: Dave Feldman
              Beach Chick Oct 12, 2012 05:33 AM

              Good call..

            2. rednyellow Oct 11, 2012 07:34 PM

              My partner and I love Sage. We always feel very welcome there. The food is amazing, inventive but not at all "strange". Check it out.

              1. Beach Chick Oct 11, 2012 05:58 PM

                Love that you took Mom to Taillevent..

                Where are you staying on the strip?

                Country Club at the Wynn is traditional but fab food.
                Trump for happy hour
                Emerils at Delmonico's at the Venetian
                Michael Mina or Le Cirque at Bellagio
                Bouchon...Verandah at Four Season...Peppermill for breakfast
                Charlie Palmer 'cut of the week'.
                Oyster Bar at Palace Station..off strip local place..great seafood
                Milos at the Cosmo for lunch..3 course.. $20.12
                Hugo Cellars downtown at the 4 Queens for old school.
                Lotus of Siam for lunch/dinner (off the menu) is one of the best for Thai..evah...divey strip center on Sahara close to LV Hilton...off the chain good.

                Have a wonderful time with your partner and Mom!

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                1. re: Beach Chick
                  austxguy Oct 11, 2012 07:43 PM

                  We're at the Aria and she's at Harrah's but can always grab a cab. Thanks for the reccs.

                2. Larry Oct 11, 2012 05:56 PM

                  How about Twist by Pierre Gagnaire? Gagnaire is into molecular gastronomy, but not to the degree found at e by Jose Andres. You can check it out online at http://www.mandarinoriental.com/lasve... (there's a link to a menu on that page). I thought that Twist wasn't as good as the very best in town (Robuchon, Savoy, and e), but it's still very good - and the service is excellent.

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