Monday, October 19, 2009

Las Vegas

I was surprised at how much I liked Vegas. I do love the movie "Oceans Eleven", but I don't gamble at all; but just the whole vibe of the place, and how everything is just so over-the-top, made me really enjoy our stay here.

One of the best things about Vegas is the heavily subsidised buffets at various hotels. We managed to squeeze two buffet meals in...

The Bellagio
This is supposed to be the best buffet in town, with the weekend gourmet buffet being a popular choice. We weren't here on the weekend, but the regular buffet dinner costs about $28, and this includes unlimited soft drinks and juice - alcoholic drinks are extra.

The best thing about this buffet was the desserts. Creme brulee, creme caramel, tarts, sorbets, chocolate dipped strawberries, caramel bananas....

Check out the vol-au-vent
They have a special station making them, and you can choose the fillings and sauces you want in it. This was a spinach and scallop one.

MGM Grand
We were around this end of the strip during lunchtime, so we thought we'd step in for a lunch buffet. This buffet was pretty good value for a lunch buffet for about $18. It wasn't as complete as the dinner buffet, but the pickings were still good. Pasta, pizza, ribs, some seafood, and same deal of unlimited soft drinks and juice. Oh, and some pretty decent desserts as well!

The funniest thing was that there was a sign where you can sign up for an all day pass to the buffet. That's right, breakfast buffet, lunch buffet and dinner buffet. $33 Mon-Thur and $39 Fri-Sun.

Key Lime Tart

Dinner: Woo
We were staying at the Palazzo, and we got a voucher to use at one of the restaurants in the hotel. It was described as a progressive Chinese restaurant, so kinda Chinese fusion?

Peking Duck Profiteroles
These were slightly disappointing. I think you can't beat the traditional pancake to go with the duck. The duck was more meat than the traditional peking duck (no crispy skin!)

Baby Back Ribs with honey tamarind glaze
This was finger licking good. The ribs were crisp on the outside with a sticky sour glaze.

Stir Fried Scallops in Szechuan Sauce
great scallops, not as spicy as I expected, but a decent stir-fry.
And yes, it was a small portion for a main meal.
Lobster with Thai Basil Chilli Sauce
Tasted similar to the scallops so not very Thai tasting, but the lobster was beautiful. Good produce cooked well. Just not Thai, really.

Next stop, Texas!

1 comment:

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

A Las Vegas buffet is one of those things that I'd love to try just once (or more :P )!


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