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Mirage April 15-22

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by Gobble Gook, Apr 30, 2007.

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  1. Gobble Gook

    Gobble Gook Tourist

    Jun 21, 2004
    B.C. Canada

    My Trip Report

    Spent a few days in Vegas … here’s a quick show and dining report

    Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill (MGM Grand)
    Truffled Potato Chips with Maytag Blue Cheese
    Flat Iron Steak with Maytag Blue Cheese Butter and mashed garlic potatoes.
    Chocolate Soufflé
    Great service, good food. I was seated at the edge of the restaurant which allowed great people watching as they streamed past going to the casino. Actually spoke to the manager to tell him how good the service was.

    David Copperfield
    If he or someone didn’t say his name every 2 minutes I think that he would have just disappeared. Respectable show, but if there was more action and less about him and how famous he is it would have been better.

    Delmonico Steakhouse
    Emeril’s New Orleans Barbecue Shrimp Served with a Petite Rosemary Biscuit
    Bone In Rib Steak
    Fresh Asparagus
    Bob’s Butterscotch Crème Brulee White Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies
    The steak was amazing and service excellent. Three servers were looking after my dining needs. I ordered an Auchentoshan single malt scotch which the servers hadn’t experienced, so I was able to teach them a little about this whisky, which they appreciated. The dessert was just ok. I was expecting a little more in terms of a selection matching the high quality of the main course. The restaurant actually sent me a thank you card to my work address. The only problem I experienced, which turned out to be a theme in the higher end restaurants I attend … jeans and a t-shirt are not acceptable dress for a “fancy†restaurant. It was very disconcerting getting dressed up in suit or a jacket and tie and being seated next to a table of people who looked like they had just sat down from walking from LA to Vegas.

    Excellent! Best all around show I have seen in years. The only slight difficulty for me was getting use to the American accents when for years I have heard the same lines with English accents. I was tempted to see the show again during my stay.

    FIN’s Four [Chilled: Jellyfish, Chinese Ham, Beef Flank & Octopus]
    Cantonese Barbecued Duck Half
    Good service, very tasty!

    Miso Black Cod Lettuce Cups
    Ultimate KOBE "Stacked" Burger
    Jelly Doughnut "Munchkin" Holes
    Great service from my server Leslie. The Jelly Doughnuts were a little too sweet for me.

    I had seen the show a number of years ago and since then have seen most of the other Cirque shows in Vegas and their traveling shows. Although very good, it didn’t have the same magical feel it did when I first saw it. That could have been from all the people who were removed from the rows around me for taking photos or being too rowdy. Still, very enjoyable.

    Andre's Foie Gras Terrine with Orange and Grand Marnier Marmalade, Frisée and Chervil Salad with White Balsamic Syrup
    Phyllo Wrapped, Baked Anjou Pear and Roquefort Cheese with Lollo Rosso Lettuce, Spicy Pecans and Blueberry Vinaigrette
    Roasted Rack of Lamb and Merguez Sausage in Crispy Crêpe with Ricotta Risotto and Pinot Noir Sauce
    Chocolate Soufflé
    The phyllo wrapped pear was magnificent. I almost got emotional due to the flood of flavours hitting my taste buds. The lamb was the most succulent, melt in your mouth cuts prepared to perfection. Exceptional service as one would expect from this quality of dining experience. The only disappointment with the experience was the restaurant not enforcing a suitable dress code. I can’t leave this part of the review without comment on The Palms and the Playboy Club. After many visits to Las Vegas this was my first trip into The Palms. I guess the best I could put it was that I was disappointed. I can’t really put my finger on it but it just felt dingy and cold in that casino. The fact that there were cameras and bright lights everywhere filming The Real World that I had to duck out of the way of didn’t help. I went to The Playboy Club after dinner. My father was a member of the club in the sixties and relayed stories of some of his experiences there. This new Playboy Club did not live up to the stores that he told. It is basically a cash grab with over priced drinks even for Vegas standards.

    Le Cirque
    Foie Gras de Canard Poêlé aux Fruits de Saison
    Sautéed Foie Gras with Seasonal Fruits, Dried Cherries, Cranberries and Apricots
    "Blanquette" de Lapin au Riesling et Spaëtzles Croquants
    Rabbit Symphony: Ravioli, Roasted Loin, Braised Leg with Crispy Spaëtzles and Riesling Sauce
    I decided at the last minute to try this restaurant so the only seat available was at the bar. I expected a restaurant of this caliber to have a better scotch selection, so much so that I was tempted to go to the Fontana Bar and carry in a dram of really good whisky but didn’t. All around this was the best meal during my stay. I did have dessert, but left it as a chef’s choice so I don’t know what I had, but it was delicious. Next visit to Vegas, I will definitely book in advance.

    Samba Brazilian Steakhouse
    Side dishes of black beans and rice, sweet fried plaintains, creamed spinach, farofa carrots, and a bottomless bowl of “Samba Salad†tossed tableside
    Slow cooked Sausage and Sweet Peppers
    Honey Brushed Turkey Breast Roulade Wrapped in Bacon
    Huli Huli Chicken Hawaiian Style
    Churrasco Sirloin “Picanha†Style
    Fresh Fish of the Day
    Brazilian Style Baby Back Pork Ribs
    “Alho†Style Chicken Legs
    Ginger Soy Flank Steak
    Slow Roasted Pork and Pineapple
    The turkey was the best of the meat buffet. Some people complained about the restaurant being open to the casino, but where I was sitting it was very interesting. I was facing the Abbey Road Bar with the girls dancing within the Revolution sign. So I had a floor show while I was eating.
  2. emtee

    emtee Tourist

    Apr 6, 2006
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Nice high end dining! Makes me hungry. (for Vegas)
  3. sporty8705

    sporty8705 VIP Whale

    Mar 9, 2007
    Riverside County
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    i ate at wolfgangs and the blue cheese witrh chips didnt appeal to me that much. i am used to uh less than that. i was thinking blue cheese dressing with ruffles potato chips. but i was glad to see the chunks of cheese, but im willing to try them again.
  4. aggie182

    aggie182 Off Key and Out of Tune

    Mar 20, 2005
    Missouri City, TX
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Should not have read this before lunch. Now noon will never come.
  5. mesa

    mesa VIP Whale

    Jul 17, 2004
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    My kind of TR ,Dining and Shows. I agree I think Spamalot is a great show so much I'm going to be seeing it again in 2 weeks:thumbsup:
  6. rustytrombone1027

    rustytrombone1027 Low-Roller

    Apr 14, 2007
    Long Island, New York
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Great eats. I will not be able to come near that come May 12 as I need more $ to play with :wiggle:.
  7. gmoney590

    gmoney590 VIP Whale

    Jul 8, 2006
    Tacoma, WA
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Oh man there's nothing like fine dinning. Nice TR.
    Let the drunken olympics begin
  8. rdrfn70

    rdrfn70 Low-Roller

    Jul 7, 2004
    I agree

    if you read my trip report from December i said the same thing about Playboy Club but your description of a "money grab" was much more accurate. Nice report on the restaurants I always enjoy the dining in Vegas considering I am sloppy drunk the rest of the time. Just curious how much were your tabs at each of the places? approximation is OK?
  9. weluvvegas

    weluvvegas Casino Countess

    Dec 31, 2003
    Northern CA
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Makin me hungry!!! We ate at Samba 2 visits ago -- you are correct...Very good food! I love eating in restaurants that are open to the casino. It is all part of the Vegas atmosphere. I can eat in any restaurant here at home, but I will never be able to hear the sweet sounds of Vegas while dining in them!

    BTW -- Aggie182, u're in Coppell? I live only about 15 or so minutes from you!
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