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Le Cirque Reviews... should I be worried??

yesilovestotravel Dec 8, 2013 12:57 PM

Hi Fellow Chowhounds!

We are dining at Le Cirque in a couple of weeks doing the Degustation menu (it will be both me and my son)
I've been following all the reviews here and on Yelp (yes I know, don't judge) :)
I'm worried due to all the bad reviews recently on Yelp...

It is an very expensive meal for me since I'm paying for 2, which I don't mind at all being that we love fine dining and as long as the quality of the dishes and the food have not begin to decline.

will also have $50 Daily Resort Credit at Aria (3 days so $150)... thinking American Fish & Room Service

Another night, have reservations to Raku Saturday 8pm (my son can't wait) Japanese is one of our favorite cuisines. Just hope Sweets Raku is not packed afterwards since we weren't able to make reservations for SR

Will also like to fit in Fat Choy & the art of flavors...
many more but will have to come back to Vegas..so many places so little time (only 3 days) :)

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  1. ellenost RE: yesilovestotravel Dec 8, 2013 01:49 PM

    One word response: NO!

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    1. re: ellenost
      yesilovestotravel RE: ellenost Dec 8, 2013 08:09 PM

      Thanks ellenost!

      I emailed them about sub. the foie gras in their current degustation menu with the Foie terrine... but have not had a response yet... we'll see... :)

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        ellenost RE: yesilovestotravel Dec 8, 2013 09:50 PM

        That's so interesting since I would highly recommend keeping the sautéed foie gras prep (but I prefer a hot foie gras prep over a cold foie gras prep). In fact for my birthday this year I requested Per Se to make a hot foie gras prep instead of their usual cold foie gras prep--it was exquisite.

        1. re: ellenost
          yesilovestotravel RE: ellenost Dec 8, 2013 10:00 PM

          I do perfer it cold, but nevertheless, I'm going with my son, who will be having the sauteed foie prep... so I'll get to try both (sneaky, right) LOL
          Gosh, I really really miss Foie in California...

          Any place in Vegas that I can buy it in a pate, terrine, etc to bring back to Calif.
          I've brought back some from Europe in little glass jars (i guess like the Bouchon Version) and those are great for little treats, or to stuff dried figs for Christmas, etc.

          1. re: yesilovestotravel
            uhockey RE: yesilovestotravel Dec 9, 2013 06:06 AM

            Bouchon sells the jar, and like you I tend to prefer cold to hot foie. There is also artisanal foods: http://www.artisanalfoods.com/

            Regarding Yelp - don't trust the site for fine dining, period. :-



            1. re: uhockey
              yesilovestotravel RE: uhockey Dec 9, 2013 06:44 PM

              uhockey, I had no idea they sold it! It's perfect! Thanks! Re: yelp, yeah I took the reviews with a grain of salt but wanted reassurance from my fellow chowhounders . I'll also check out artisanal foods.
              Can't wait going with my foodie 13 year old son! Who's a pro by now at fine dining and thankfully , he loves it. Also doing Raku and SR :)

              1. re: yesilovestotravel
                uhockey RE: yesilovestotravel Dec 9, 2013 09:48 PM

                Good call, and definitely hit Fat Choy and AoF, or AT LEAST AoF.


                1. re: uhockey
                  yesilovestotravel RE: uhockey Dec 9, 2013 10:11 PM

                  Most Certainly! not sure how to fit all this ... as we also have $50 daily resort credit for aria... sadly it's not cumulative, but I'm sure I'll manage to do some damage to my room charges LOL.

                  Im planning on going to Fat Choy as soon as we get into town from L.A., as I'm certainly our room won't be ready that early.

                  Also AoF not sure when yet, im not an ice cream/gelato person, but I've had amazing ones in Berlin & Buenos Aires. Im very anxious to find out how the AoF measures up.

                  Lastly, very intrigued on Sage's Foie Gras Ice Cream (I had some here in L.A. @ Petrossian) and it was just out of this world! might go for late night dessert with my son (you know, just to use my Resort Credit) ;)

                  1. re: yesilovestotravel
                    Dave Feldman RE: yesilovestotravel Dec 10, 2013 08:06 PM

                    I'm not nearly as enthusiastic about Fat Choy as uhockey, but it is great fun and wonderful for people-watching and the food is tasty. Since it in the same strip mall, I'd vote for lunch at Viva Las Arepas (much written about here) and then stroll over to Art of Flavors and enjoy some espresso and gelato and/or sorbet. And Desyree will encourage you to try as many Flavors as you'd like.

                    If you are killing time, waiting for your room, all three places will let you hang out, although I think AofF is the most pleasant, and if you are interested in some vino (or craft beer) for your room, you can cross the street and visit the White Cross Market, which looks like a 7-11 but the selections are well curated.

                    1. re: Dave Feldman
                      macsak RE: Dave Feldman Dec 10, 2013 11:12 PM

                      i thought fat choy was in a hotel?
                      am i thinking of someplace else?

                      1. re: macsak
                        uhockey RE: macsak Dec 11, 2013 06:08 AM

                        It is in Eureka....more a gambling parlor than 'hotel.'


                        1. re: uhockey
                          macsak RE: uhockey Dec 11, 2013 07:44 PM

                          mahalo uhockey

                        2. re: macsak
                          Dave Feldman RE: macsak Dec 11, 2013 08:47 PM

                          Just to be clear. The Eureka in Las Vegas is a casino only, and part of what makes Fat Choy cool and unusual is that it functions as the casino's coffee shop, as it's the only restaurant on premises. There is plenty of free parking in the back.

                          The Eureka is owned by the same people as the Eureka in Mesquite, which does have hotel rooms, as well. The Mesquite location features a buffet and, perhaps not a shocker, a restaurant featuring a Mesquite grill.

                          1. re: Dave Feldman
                            uhockey RE: Dave Feldman Dec 12, 2013 06:26 AM

                            ...a wealth of knowledge you are, Dave.


                2. re: uhockey
                  Ponder99 RE: uhockey Dec 10, 2013 01:03 PM

                  I'd extend that to don't trust Yelp for *any* dining, period. It may even be worse than TripAdvisor.

                  When it comes to restaurants, the only thing Yelp is good for is parking tips.

                  1. re: Ponder99
                    yesilovestotravel RE: Ponder99 Dec 10, 2013 01:46 PM

                    LOL good to know Ponder! I have heard rumors that some of the reviews show up or don't depending on a few factors $$...

                    1. re: Ponder99
                      uhockey RE: Ponder99 Dec 10, 2013 03:07 PM

                      I cross post to yelp. I cross post to here. I disagree with you entirely. The lack of reviews on this site for a multitude of off strip gems is telling.


                      1. re: uhockey
                        yesilovestotravel RE: uhockey Dec 10, 2013 03:22 PM

                        Hi uhockey :)
                        I have of course read many of your reviews, and trust your judgement and taste, as i find them very similar to mine.
                        All i know is that I look at both... and take the yelp ones with a grain of salt, especially the ones who are amazing reviews and have not really reviewed anything else... I trust my fellow chowhounds to always guide me in the right direction :) but yes, sometimes, if there's a lack of reviews, one must use other means.

                        1. re: yesilovestotravel
                          uhockey RE: yesilovestotravel Dec 10, 2013 03:27 PM

                          Completely agree. :-) Ivy-League level grade inflation for all of Spring Mountain Road on Yelp, but the 'n' is too small a sample size on CH to know what you're getting into; to read this site you'd think only Le Cirque, Sage, Robuchon, and a few others exist. "The vocal minority" as it were.


                          1. re: uhockey
                            BubblyOne RE: uhockey Dec 10, 2013 05:43 PM

                            Mike, thanks for all your reviews.

                            This board just doesn't get enough play as you mentioned, especially off-strip. Since I go to LV monthly, I have to rely on yelp, Eater LV and reviews from the online papers as well as CH.

                            I'm guilty too of not posting....my trip from a couple of weeks ago is overdue:)

                3. re: ellenost
                  VegasGourmet RE: ellenost Dec 8, 2013 11:21 PM

                  The sautéed foie gras with sauternes, the one part of the tasting menu that you will remember...forever

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              josephnl RE: yesilovestotravel Dec 9, 2013 09:18 PM

              I've had perhaps 6-7 dinners at Le Cirque LV, most recently about 6 months ago. Every meal has been at least excellent, and most were stellar. Food, service and ambiance have always been first rate. Yes, LeC is expensive, but I consider it to be good value, and money well spent considering everything. I agree completely with ellenost, and cannot contemplate a visit to LV without planning one dinner at Le Cirque.

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              1. re: josephnl
                yesilovestotravel RE: josephnl Dec 9, 2013 09:45 PM

                Amazing! thanks to all my fellow Chowhounds for putting my mind at ease...
                I'm glad to hear they are "the whole package" ... service and ambiance also plays a big role, at least for me.
                I want it all :) like all women, right :)LOL
                Will certainly come back and report.

                wont mind any recommendations from the menu... :)

                1. re: yesilovestotravel
                  ellenost RE: yesilovestotravel Dec 10, 2013 03:56 AM

                  Everything is delicious, but my favorites always include their foie gras and soufflé.

                  1. re: ellenost
                    josephnl RE: ellenost Dec 10, 2013 09:20 AM

                    +1...my mouth is watering!

                    1. re: josephnl
                      yesilovestotravel RE: josephnl Dec 10, 2013 09:36 AM

                      Well, now I'm more excited than before! Can't wait!
                      I've been perusing their online menu... so far the panko crusted egg with Osetra Caviar is on the must try list (rich & decadent), someone will have to get the souffle for sure, and all the meat courses and fish ones sound amazing, so that will be a hard decision.
                      I only wish I could have a proper cheese course before dessert, I know they have either a sorbet palate cleanser or the camembert... just wish for a more exciting cheese arrangement.

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