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Vegas again

post #1 of 13
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Looked like the standard vegas uniform is still in effect, Diesel jeans, BR striped shirts, KC shoes. No originality at all. Wore Brioni Navy SB suit, Etro blue/white striped dress shirt, Gucci black/silver striped tie, Bally shoes, hit up 3950 for dinner and Curve for drinks. 3950 is a great restaurant, the best steakhouse i've tried in Vegas by a wide margin. It is pretty difficult to get reservations too, I booked a month in advance and still only got 830 as the earliest time on a thursday. Our check for two was $145 or so, we split a bottle of penfolds grange, I got a porterhouse, caesar salad, and creamed spinach and my business associate got a filet and lobster bisque. Service was prompt and friendly, and the steaks were delectable, perfectly flavored and very tender. We were so stuffed we had no room for coffee or dessert. I would recommend it for those interested in steaks.
post #2 of 13
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Today: Ridiculously long day at the convention, but lots of productive meetings so it was worth it. Was taken out by clients to the Steakhouse at Camelot. Was not expecting much but my expectations were greatly surpassed. Had a nice bone-in KC strip, some nice washington state merlot (clients from WA) and wonderful creme brulee. While the steak was not quite as good as the porterhouse from 3950, it was definitely one of the better strips I've had. Fairly reasonable at $33 with potatoes and veggies. Went to FIX for drinks, ridiculously large amount of hot women, high drink prices, but nice to sit and watch the world go by. As I reiterated earlier, the dress for men seems abomidably bad, and the dress for women seems abomidably slutty which isn't necessarily a bad thing
post #3 of 13
So you got a bottle of Grange and all that food for a total of $145? Grange itself retails north of $100/bottle.
post #4 of 13
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So you got a bottle of Grange and all that food for a total of $145? Grange itself retails north of $100/bottle.
Exactly what I was thinking. If so, the restaurant sounds like an outstanding bargain.
post #5 of 13
More on your trip. Lutece? Piccaso? Prime? . . . .
post #6 of 13
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I don't know, perhaps it wasn't a great vintage or whatever, but it was surprisingly affordable. My business partner is a wine enthusiast and ordered it, I suppose it's possible he ordered the cab instead (baby grange) but in any case it was outstanding. The cost per steak (a la carte) was about $40 so that seems like it might be a higher possiblity. I didn't do Prime this time, we were going to do Lutece last night, but were taken out to dinner by important potential clients, so couldn't turn that down. We have another business meeting tonight at Mon Ami, I didn't get a chance to go to the top restaurants I wanted to, but I am coming back in late november and in early december. Also, I have done quite well at the poker tables so this trip has been revenue positive even before expensing it.
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My business partner is a wine enthusiast and ordered it, I suppose it's possible he ordered the cab instead (baby grange) but in any case it was outstanding.
That would make more sense, although Bin 707 is pushing $80 per bottle at retail here lately.
post #8 of 13
My experience at Lutece, granted it was some years back, was mediocre - perhaps you didn't miss much. It sounds like you won't have a chance to visit Ogden's new restaurant? That's a shame as I was looking forward to a review.
post #9 of 13
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I am going to hit up Lutece next time, but I will also book Ogden's restaurant as I am really trying to try it, I'm going back at the end of November. I will also return in early December, any recs for other Restaurants to try? I'm thinking of doing Aureole again, and perhaps Olives, anyone been to the OTHER 5 star restaurant in the Venetian? I don't remember what it was called. Regarding the Penfolds, to be honest, it was the end of a long day and I had already had a Newcastle or four... I know it was Penfolds and a red, and it was outstanding
post #10 of 13
The Venitian also has Bouchon, which is really just a high-end brasserie, but, since it's owned by Thos. Keller of The French Laundry, is not by any means to be sneezed at. And, BTW, Lutece is a superior restaurant, though altogether different from its late, lamented NY namesake.
post #11 of 13
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Bouchon, that's the other one that I heard about, looks like a nice scene anyways, how was the food?
post #12 of 13
I've been to Bouchon twice; my first visit occurred just after the opening. The organization was still reeling from the fire at Per Se, Keller's restaurant in NY. Surprisingly, Bouchon showed well, with a highly trained staff and attractive upstairs brasserie-type quarters. If the Taddich Grill had been designed by Ralph Lauren--no, that's Pinot Noir, downstairs. Just think of a marriage between the Gotham and Mon Ami Gabi. The second time was good too, but, with its paper menu and rather limited selection, Bouchon had lost a bit of its bloom. Nevertheless, still a good, bustling place--though pricey, as you'd expect. Let's put it this way. Whatever they do, they do well. And it's the kind of place where you're likely to end up in an absorbing conversation with the couple at the next table. If that's what you're looking for--and I, for one, usually am.--Bouchon's your spot. If you're planning to propose to your girlfriend, go to Le Cirque.
post #13 of 13
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Tonight we ended up at Aureole, we were originally going to go to Mon Ami but the clients we ended up going to dinner with had reservations and took us out, twice in one weekend, I can certainly deal. We got the REAL Grange this time, I think the bill for the four of us was north of $600 but since I wasn't paying for it, I didn't care. We did the full tasting menu and did our own wine pairings, and some scotch, great meal, great time, I'm typing after a couple hours at Tabu so excuse my typos. The convention went really well, and I was surprised how much fun I had considering I am dealing with older individuals (AARP convention) It was tiring, but quite rewarding. I am going to try to get a little sleep as it's almost 3 AM, but I will post a bit more about my experiences tommorow.
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