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A Dining Trip Report

Discussion in 'Restaurants & Buffets' started by LAV, Oct 15, 2012.

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  1. LAV

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    Not sure where I should post this, either in TR section or here. Anyhow, I figured my gambling experiences during my most recent trip was pretty boring so I figured I would report on my dining experiences instead.

    When I am in Vegas, if I am with friends, then we schedule meals etc. However, when I am by myself, I really don't like to take the time to eat at restaurants as that takes away from time at the tables. lol

    Well, it was a four day trip, which was three days too long I think.

    Keep in mind, all my dining experiences were at CET properties because I have not used cash or credit card to pay a meal in Vegas in forever. I have a great host, and I just love my host. My host ALWAYS takes care of me, including my food charges. Typically, I don't charge much, but this trip, I decided to spend more time enjoying my meals than on my other trips.


    EIFFEL TOWER RESTAURANT:
    Despite how many times I have been to Vegas and stay at CET props, I have never dined there. I decided last minute to dine there, so I walked up and asked for a seat by with a view. Keep in mind this is mid-week, and I could not believe how packed it was. I was told I would have to wait about 20 to 30 minutes, so I was about to leave when I was told that I could sit at the bar. Even there, it was packed and I could barely find a place to sit.

    Cool thing was I ordered and then told the waiter to bring my food out and when it was ready. I went back downstairs for some more action, and 25 minutes later, I came back up and he was just bringing the food out.

    Order strip steak, and it was good. However, even though the food was comped, I did think that the price was a little high. My opinion is that the food is over priced and I am surprised how crowded and popular it was even for a weekday.

    STERLING BRUNCH:
    I ate here once before a few years back and decided to try it again because I keep reading how wonderful it was. Price was $90 before taxes per person, and you get a $5 discount for diamond/seven stars.

    I thought the menu was very limited. I went for the lobsters, but for whatever reason, I could not eat as many as I had planned to or hoped for. Perhaps the time of day might have something to do with it. It is served only on Sundays from 9:00 to 2:00 pm. Last seating is 1:30 pm, I think.

    I went in at 11:00 am, so my apetite was not that big. I usually don't eat as much for breakfast/brunch.

    Overall, I thought it was meh. I would not eat there again if I had to pay for it. I might again just for the lobsters though, but that's as long as I can continue to get it comped.

    BACHANAL BUFFET:

    I have read about this buffet for awhile. I am actually a fan of buffets, actually, as I get in and out very quick so I can spend more time playing.

    I ate here twice on this trip actually. It was $43 per person, with taxes about $46. It was nice to have a player's card that allowed cutting line. Otherwise, non player's card diners would have to pay $15 to cut the line.

    I have been to all the buffets on the strip, except for Cosmo, and in my opinion, this is by far my favorite. Second would be Wynn buffet. I would definitely not put Bellagio buffet in the same league, but that's just my opinion though as some Bellagio fans may be offended by such a statement.

    Lots of selection, and I find the quality good for a buffet.

    I like the seafood section. The crab legs are OK. They will warm them up for you, but I would not say that those crab legs are anything exceptional. However, I do enjoy them oysters that they have though. Pretty tasty and of good quality.

    MON AMI GABI:

    Good, basic meal like always. I like the Bone-in Ribeye. Prices are great for location and food quality.

    GINSENG 3 in Imperial Palace
    I also always try to squeeze in some Asian food while I am on the strip. Surprisingly, this place at Imperial Palace offers decent Asian food for a decent price. I think they are Korean owned, but they serve Korean, Chinese, Jampanese, and now Vietnamese as well. I can't stand Imperial Palace and can only shudder at the thought of what their rooms look like, but I like this place enough to walk through the IP casino to go there. The good thing about it is that it is open 24 hours.

    I dined there twice on the trip, once late at night, when hardly anybody else was there and another time during lunch, when they had more people.

    Gordon Ramsey--
    Since I tended to decide last minute when to eat, I could not get a seating the two times I stopped by. They informed me that they are usually booked at least three days out. I was told that I could try to find a place at the bar, but no such luck. Well, next time I guess.

    BALLY'S STEAKHOUSE--
    Always a decent meal. I enjoy their ribeye steak, so that's always what I ordered. Service is good and food is solid. I guess if it matters, when you check in, there is usually a coupon for 15% off at their restaurant. I did not bother since my host picks up my tab anyways.


    Planet Dailies--
    I always try to eat here at least once on the trip. Cool thing is that they let you charge to your room as well. Usually good service and food is not bad either. I recommend.


    There you have it. Four days of eating at CET prop restaurants only. Not bad though.
     
  2. btodd

    btodd High-Roller

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    Great report, thanks! Always nice to sit in the lounge or at the bar when restaurants are so busy...........
     
  3. dmr

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    OMG! I thought it was about half that, and overpriced at that!

    Stayed there many times over the years. Kind of a Hampton Inn quality of room. The rooms are fine. My only real complaint about the place is the slow elevators. (Yes, I know of all of the hidden ones.)
     
  4. heatherlovesvegas

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    Yikes! Some expensive buffets..

    We just went to the Eiffel Tower restaurant again, we had gone a few years ago. The food was fine (My Dad's duck was great, but me and my mom got strip steak, it wasn't very exciting, it just sounded good on the menu!), you really just pay for that view, we went right at sunset, and it could not have been more perfect, and the ambiance which was great. If only I was on a hot date, and not with my parents hahaha. I think it's worth doing, and definitely would be impressive to people who are new to Vegas. It's just not something I'd do every trip.

    We also could not get in to Gordon Ramsey! Next time I will make a reservation well in advance! We always tend to make one for any place we go, busy or not, just to be certain. But yea we couldn't swing a day of one there.
     
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