Blossom then Sweets Raku - enough time?
- TorontoJo Mar 12, 2014 12:34 PM
Hello, oh patient Vegas 'hounds. I can only imagine the endless "where should I eat questions" you get from visitors, so I will try and keep my questions very specific.
I am planning on dinner at Blossom on a Tuesday night. I would *really* like to have dessert at Sweets Raku afterwards. The trick is that I need to get back to the MGM Grand to catch KA at 9:30. If I reserve at Blossom for their opening at 5:30, will I have enough time to have a comfortable dinner there, drive to Sweets Raku, then back for KA?
On a separate note, how would you rank the following options for brunches/lunches (I have several days to fill):
Lotus of Siam
Tacos el Gordo
I will leave timing to others to answer (my guess would be yes, comfortably). My rankings would be as follows (hard to compare some of these...apples and oranges):
1). Lotus, Lotus, Lotus...and Lotus (Lunch, weekdays only)
2). Verandah (#1 brunch vote)
3). Border Grill (#2 brunch and lunch vote)
4). Tacos el Gordo (#3 lunch)
5). Bouchon (#3 brunch)
6). China Poblano
As long as you do not get caught in Strip traffic, yes. IMO, you'd be better off to go to Sweets Raku first (say, 3pm when they open) and then go to dinner. Dessert before dinner? Why not?? It'd save you the headache.
Lotus is a definite for lunch and I like most of what LVI says, but I'd put Bouchon at #1 brunch (haven't been to Verandah, but have had plenty of opportunities I've passed on)
I've only been to Sweets once - and there was no wait...I recommend sitting at the bar, not a table. You really want to see the magic happen. As for your niece - if she was MY niece - I'd tell her...she can got to Blossom anytime. But Raku is a revelatory experience...I've been there 4 times...and I've brought friends there and they all say the same thing....they've never experienced anything like it...anywhere...
My rankings would be the same as LVI's (with the proviso that I've never been to China Poblano).
I'm a little less optimistic about the time pressure you might be under to do the Blossom to Sweets Raku to Ka. I think you can make it with a little time to spare, but I bet you it will not be without moments of anxiety.
LOL! Thanks for the vote (?) of confidence.
Does anyone know if Abriya Raku always has kama toro available? I might be able to talk my niece into going to Raku if kama toro is available. She adores fish cheeks, and she didn't realize when looking at the menu that kama is tuna collar/cheek.
A side question: are cabs fairly plentiful/reliable on and off the strip? If I'm going to make this crazy timing work, I think I'm going to need cabs available immediately or there when called/scheduled.
Hello, helpful peeps! Just wanted to let you know that Blossom, Sweets Raku, MGM Grand worked out just fine fro a timing perspective. The cab ride was about 10 minutes and Sweets Raku was pretty empty, so we were done with dessert by about 8:30, leaving plenty of time to get back to the strip for Ka.
My full trip report here: