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akhorasanee Jan 29, 2013 05:02 PM

My husband and I will be in Vegas (Thursday) May 23- May 26(leaving early) for a total of 3 lunches and 3 dinners. I typically enjoy creative food and I do love asian flavours.
For Lunch the list I have so far is Milos and lotus of siam...any other reccomendation is most welcome.

For dinner I am confused between
-le cirque or sage,
-julian serrano or jaleo
and any other recommendation is more than welcome (unfortunately I can not afford e though it sounds like my culinary dream)
I also want to have snacks and drinks at Manadarin Bar (unless you advise against it)!!
Thank you so much!!!!

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  1. ellenost RE: akhorasanee Jan 29, 2013 07:12 PM

    I'm returning to LV in two months, and have dinner reservations for both Le Cirque and Sage. Le Cirque is more formal with delicious French cuisine. Sage is excellent American cuisine in a less formal atmosphere. Sage is less expensive.

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      akhorasanee RE: ellenost Jan 30, 2013 11:17 AM

      Thank you! I was wondering if you have been to Picasso and how does the food compare to the other two.
      Thanks

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        ellenost RE: akhorasanee Jan 30, 2013 01:08 PM

        I dined at Picasso about 11 years ago, and was not very impressed with it. My favorite restaurant at the Bellagio is Le Cirque (actually Le Cirque has become my favorite restaurant in LV). I've dined 4 times at Le Cirque, and have always loved it. I dined last year at Sage, and loved it, and told their maitre d' that it was better than my dinner at Joel Robuchon from the prior evening (and about 1/2 the cost too).

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          zook RE: ellenost Jan 31, 2013 06:03 PM

          Ellen, having followed and respected your NY and Vegas posts for the past few years, I have to disagree with you about Picasso. While I agree Le Cirque is very good, I would suggest you give Picasso another try. We had the five course tasting menu this past weekend. The lobster salad was a nice compositionnice and tasty, the turbot was good although the weakest course for me, but the real stars of the meal were the most perfectly cooked scallop and the duck foie gras course. Truly scrumptious. The dessert choices were interesting enough and well executed. In my opinion, The ambiance of the restaurant was as nice as Le Cirque although more conservatively decorated and the service was excellent. A solo diner seated near us was frequently engaged in conversation by various waitstaff making him feel comfortable. The breads, mignardaises, and muffin goody bags were also nice touches. The prices were very reasonable as were the wine pairings. The only negative for me was the limited choice menu. However, if you like what the're serving, they do it well.

          To respond to the OP, you won't go wrong with Sage, Le Cirque, or Picasso. Each has it's own personality. The dining deal at Sage is good value, although I found the service and ambiance a bit less formal (yet friendly) than at either Le Cirque or Picasso. The food is great at all 3, so my advice is to look at each menu and pick the one whose choices appeal to you the most.

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            ellenost RE: zook Jan 31, 2013 06:16 PM

            Thank you for the compliment! When I dined at Picasso 11 years ago, I was a solo diner and was seated in an alcove not in the main dining room. I am certain that my unhappiness at what I perceived to be a slight colored my memory of the dinner. However, on this same trip I also dined at Le Cirque, and was seated at a prime table. Food and service were excellent too. I am glad that you had an excellent dinner at Picasso, and maybe on a future visit I will try Picasso again. I love foie gras, and hearing that Picasso has one so delicious may bring me back. Thanks for letting me know.

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      zippyh RE: akhorasanee Jan 30, 2013 11:38 AM

      My personal prefs would be le cirque, then Picasso, then Sage
      But I'd be happy with any of those three.

      Also I'd pick Jaleo over Julian Serrano.

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        baderin RE: akhorasanee Jan 31, 2013 09:43 AM

        Brunch at Bouchon is a can't miss. On our last trip we had lunch at China Poblano and really enjoyed it (going this time for dinner). The secret pizza place in the Cosmopolitan is great for a late night snack. My favourite meal that I've had in Vegas was at Bartolotta - that being said, we've been to Craftsteak three times. I actually didn't LOVE Jaleo or Julian Serrano - they were both pretty good, had some hits and misses. The atmosphere at Jaleo was better.

        1. BIGGUNDOCTOR RE: akhorasanee Jan 31, 2013 04:50 PM

          Cruise on up to the Arts Factory, and grab a bite, or a drink at Bar+Bistro. They are just North of the Stratosphere, Charleston, and Main area.

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            akhorasanee RE: akhorasanee Feb 3, 2013 03:52 PM

            Thank you for all your help! I was also thinking of china poblano. have any of you eaten there???

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              zin1953 RE: akhorasanee Feb 3, 2013 06:23 PM

              Jaleo over Julian Serrano

              Scarpetta over Milos

              Lunch at China Poblano is fine -- I wouldn't do dinner there; just doesn't seem like a dinner place.

              Double-check Lotus of Siam; I always think of this more for dinner, rather than lunch . . .

              é is definitely wonderful, but it may be easier to get into L'Atellier.

              Haven't done Picasso, Sage, or Le Cirque -- something else always comes up.

              Wasn't impressed with Bartolotta; indeed, it was rather disappointing. Perhaps expectations were too high.

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                baderin RE: akhorasanee Feb 4, 2013 05:07 PM

                We ate lunch at China Poblano on our last trip and very much enjoyed it - just split a few orders of tacos and some chips and salsa. I'm also from Toronto so as you know, the Mexican options here are pretty limited, and I thought China Poblano was very good. We're going again next week and plan to have dinner there to let us sample a little more of the menu (usually we tend to eat small breakfasts/lunches to save room for dinner).

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                  akhorasanee RE: baderin Feb 4, 2013 05:15 PM

                  Thanks!!! if you don't mind do let me know of any special eateries that you experience (which are different from Toronto)...and have a wonderful trip!!!

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                LVI RE: akhorasanee Feb 4, 2013 04:33 PM

                1st I would highly recommend drinks at the Mandarin. One of the best places to have a drink.

                Win win between Le Cirque and Sage, just depends on what you are in the mood for. Le Cirque has a leg up on quality (more formal also), not a knock on the excellent Sage rather Le Cirque is just that much better.

                Lotus of Siam is great for lunch, just make sure to order off the menu and skip the buffet.

                To your question about Picasso. It is a very good (excellent at times) restaurant. There are certainly better places but I would argue it is one of the most beautiful restaurants in Las Vegas. Where else can you eat surrounded and on top of (yes, even the carpet is an original "Picasso", albeit a Picasso relative) original Picasso art works? Picasso, taken as a whole, is one of the best dining experiences in Las Vegas.

                Finally, I would have to respectfully disagree with a previous knock on Bartolotta. There are certainly times when a restaurant can have an off night. Bartolotta gets more negative commentary for all the wrong reasons. Their seafood is impeccably pristine and you will have the chance to have things there could only have at Bartolotta or in Italy. Much of the negative feedback comes from those looking for jazzier/sauced preparations. Bartolotta's excellence comes from its simple cooking techniques highlighting the fresh seafood. It is crazy expensive but if you win big or it is on someone else's dime then it is perfect!

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                  akhorasanee RE: akhorasanee Mar 10, 2013 09:44 AM

                  Hi,
                  Thank you for all your help so we have decided on the following dinners: Sage, Raku and Julian Serrano (only because we are doing Jaleo in DC in early May)
                  Lunch: Lotus of Siam, Milos and China Poblano

                  Will definitely go to Mandarin for drinks
                  Thank you soooo much for all your help!!!

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