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brooklynmonkey May 27, 2003 04:31 PM

Will be in Vegas visiting family for a few days in early June. Am thinking about dining at Aqua, and also at Craftsteak. The reviews on this board seem quite positive for both. Has anyone been recently and can confirm this? Also, any dishes not to be missed at either?

Thanks for any info!

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    dick b. RE: brooklynmonkey May 27, 2003 11:08 PM

    Our last visit to Craftsteak was disappointing. The grass-fed beef was a little on the tough side for a restaurant specializing in the "best steaks." The setting and service were excellent. The sauces offered were good, but not exceptional. Prime (in the Bellagio) is a better bet for steaks.
    Dick B.

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      The Blissful Glutton RE: brooklynmonkey Jul 19, 2006 08:43 PM

      I coaxed my Dad into going on our first night in Vegas and I am so glad I did. The décor is minimal yet homey. We were seated in booth that was almost like a separate room from the rest of the dining area. The menu is very simple. It is broken down into veggies, meats, preparation styles, etc. Truly Italian but in Tom’s unique way. We ordered the beet salad and an assortment of oysters. We then decided to share the roasted gras-fed NY strip which is also basted with butter and thyme while roasting. We then had the braised veal breast which I swear had been braised in milk. Both were divine! We had French fries and the sautéed morels. The French fries were fresh and just the perfect crispness and thickness. The morels were fresh but drenched in a salty sauce that was not very good. The took them back and replaced them with a sauce-less version that we just loved. We were too stuffed for dessert but the choices kept with the theme of the dinner menu. Simple choices like seasonal fruit and lovely desserts. Such a great meal . This guy totally gets it.

      Photos of my food here: http://blissfulgluttontraveleats.blog...

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        suebro RE: brooklynmonkey Jul 19, 2006 08:55 PM

        I do not remember any details about my Agua visit several years ago except that we had exceptionally bad service (it seemed that all the servers in our area were catering to a table of 3 high rollers nearby) and that the food itself was not exceptional.

        1. Mutt RE: brooklynmonkey Jul 19, 2006 09:06 PM

          Aqua is another outrageously priced Vegas hotel trap that doesn't deliver. Appetizers are priced like entrees and entrees are priced as if you were dining at Alain Ducasse. There is absolutely nothing exceptional here except the exceptionally bad service and condescending attitude of the airbrained hostesses.

          1. seal RE: brooklynmonkey Jul 19, 2006 10:07 PM

            Hello:

            Do yourself a favor and avoid Aqua in favor of Michael Mina at the Bellagio, or L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon at MGM. For lower priced alternatives, Rosemary's or Todd's Unique are both good choices as well.

            seal

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              PickyChicky RE: seal Jul 19, 2006 11:44 PM

              ummm - isn't Michael Mina at Bellagio the re-named Aqua? I thought the name changed about a year ago?

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                Larry RE: PickyChicky Jul 19, 2006 11:52 PM

                PickyChicky, I had the same problem as you - until I noticed that the original post was more than 3 years old. Wow!

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                  PickyChicky RE: Larry Jul 21, 2006 01:10 AM

                  Oh my - that's hilarious. Note to self. Check dates before posting.

                  :)

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