Happy Thursday Friends!
Getting back from Vegas on Sunday, I still feel a bit discombobulated. Between the time change and just the whirlwind that Vegas is, I feel like I’m lucky I know the days of the week right now! I suppose that’s one of the risks of travel, but thankfully the benefits of travel definitely outweigh any drawbacks!
If you ask me, one of the best parts about traveling is getting to eat some amazing food! Whether it’s trying new restaurants or getting out of your comfort zone and ordering something you may not normally get, vacations and traveling are the best time to do it! Being in Vegas, there is definitely some of the most incredible restaurants and food in the world and this trip, I can say without a doubt, I had some INCREDIBLE meals I’d travel back to Vegas just to have again! If you’re heading on a Vegas trip any time soon, be sure to keep some of these restaurants in mind-I promise you won’t be disappointed!
I arrived in Vegas late Wednesday morning and after a short nap, headed straight to Café Americano in the Caesar’s Palace lobby for a quick bite. Café Americano has a varied menu with everything from all day brunch to burgers and tacos, along with some fabulous cocktails.
Upon arriving, I sat up at the bar and ordered a Bloody Mario-a unique take on a traditional Bloody Mary. This had basil and tomato infused vodka, a standard Bloody Mary mix, and was then top with a skewer of mozzarella balls and cherry tomatoes and a drizzle of balsamic glaze. This cocktail is full of flavor and one of my absolute favorites! Alongside my drink, I also ordered a couple tacos. Their tacos are a la carte which allows your to mix and match whatever tacos you’re feeling. I ordered a fish taco and a shrimp taco. Both tacos were battered and fried and had their own special toppings. While small in size, the tacos had great flavor!
Later that evening for dinner, I made reservations at Lakeside, an elegant seafood restaurant located within the Wynn. Whatever your reason for being in Vegas is, Lakeside will certainly not disappoint, however it would be a perfect time place for a romantic meal. With tables seated on the patio and inside, everyone has a view of the Wynn waterfall and the music and light show that goes on during the evening hours. The ambiance and attentiveness by all staff made for a truly incredible experience.
As for what I ordered, I had to get the Lobster Risotto. While the $56 price did make me hesitant, the large portion with huge pieces of lobster in every bite made the price tag feel more worthwhile. This risotto was insanely rice and creamy, by far like nothing I’ve ever had before. It felt like I had died and gone to heaven! I would HIGHLY recommend it, but would definitely suggest coming hungry. The creamy richness of the risotto and large pieces of lobster meat make this a very filling meal.
After waking up from my food coma that my meal from Lakeside put me in, I made the walk down to the Cosmopolitan to finally snag a breakfast sandwich from the infamous Eggslut. Having a cult-like following for its incredible breakfast sandwiches, I waited in line for about 40 minutes to finally see what all the hype was about. I ordered the Sausage Sandwich which came with Turkey Sausage, Cheddar Cheese, and an Over-Medium Egg all on a warm brioche bun. Pro-tip here though, the sandwich typically comes with a honey mustard aioli, I however am not the biggest honey mustard fan so I substituted that for their Sriracha Mayo and my oh my was it delicious!! For having nothing else to do that early in the morning, waiting in line for my food for around 40 minutes wasn’t that big of a deal, but if the line were ever that long again, I’d likely pass. I’m definitely glad I finally tried it and can certainly see what the hype is about, but be sure to wait a while if you ever go to try it out!
After finishing breakfast, it was still only 10am. While I had made my way to Eggslut, I had passed another restaurant with the Paris Hotel and Casino. The restaurant, Hexx, had a large patio to sit out on, as well as an ever larger indoor seating area. What had caught my eye though was they were offering $30 bottomless mimosas. If you know me, you know I had to take advantage of that. They thankfully had room up a the bar and I quickly made myself at home. Hexx offered mimosas with orange juice, pineapple juice, and cranberry juice. I opted for pineapple and the bartender graciously kept them coming. I was definitely feeling good after a couple and would highly recommend to check them out. Their entire menu was incredibly affordable compared to many other places on the strip and had a fun, relaxed vibe to it.
This time for dinner, I made reservations at Momofuku-an upscale fusion style place with a fun, funky vibe located within the Cosmopolitan. Seeing that I was eating alone, I had the option of sitting up at the bar where you could overlook the kitchen or at a traditional table. I opted for the bar and was not disappointed. It was fascinating to see all of these incredible meals being prepared. Momofuku would be the perfect place to go if you’re worth a group of friends. It’s more casual than Lakeside, but still has a bit of glam to it. One thing I particularly loved about their menu is that some of the appetizer options could be halved. They had pork buns on their menu that kept standing out to me, but I knew I wouldn’t be able to set those and a whole entree. Thankfully my server shared that the buns could come in half orders. So I opted for a single pork bun and it did not disappoint. The bun was so soft and the pork inside was cooked to perfection-crispy on the outside, insanely juicy on the inside. The sauce it was topped with had just a bit of a kick without being too overpowering. It was the perfect starter! As for my entree, I got their Spicy Short Rib Raman and this surpassed even my highest expectations! The broth had this incredible flavor, and yes, quite a bit of kick! You’ll definitely need regular water refills for this but it was so worth it! The noodles were plentiful and included a soft boiled egg which gave great added flavor and texture, but also helped cut down slightly on the heat. Broccolini was also included and paired wonderfully with all the other flavors and was cooked just enough for it to be tender. The short ribs though stole the show. Quite a large portion of short rib included in the Raman and it was cooked to absolute perfection. Tender and full of flavor, this meal was everything I hopped it would be and then some. My only complaint was the service was slightly lacking. My server was not the most attentive and with how spicy my food was, I needed regular refills of water that he frequently did not notice. Overall though, I’d go back to Momofuku in a heartbeat and recommend it to anyone heading to Vegas!
Friday’s meals were nothing short of incredible! We started the day with a late lunch at Mon Ami Gabi-a French style restaurant located in the Paris Hotel and Casino. Conveniently while we were there, Las Vegas Restaurant Week was going on, so we decided to take advantage of that and order from their restaurant week 3 course menu.
I started my meal off with the French Onion Soup. This cup of soup was filled with perfectly caramelized onions, flavorful broth, and huge, merry portion of cheese on top. This was the perfect combination of light and savory all packaged into a small cup.
For my entree I ordered their Summer Pasta with Shrimp. The Cavatappi pasta was covered in a butter based sauce with just a hint of red pepper flakes and combined with tomatoes, asparagus, and lots of shrimp. It was full of flavor, but still felt light and perfect to eat even with the intense temperatures outside.
For dessert, I ended my meal with their creme brûlée. This sweet and creamy concoction was absolutely heavenly. We too, of course, shared a bottle of rosè with out meal that paired well with each course.
Friday’s dinner though was the highlight of the trip! We made reservations at Lago-an Italian restaurant located within the Bellagio Hotel and Casino that perfectly overlooks their infamous fountains. We got an incredible table, located right at the window where we had a spectacular view of the fountain shows. We stated our meal with the seafood appetizer platter. This consisted of a lobster tail, crab legs, oysters, and shrimp. While it was $50, it was a luxurious way to start off the meal.
We then split an order of the meatballs and their seafood risotto. Both of these are perfect for sharing and paired well together. The risotto was not quite as creamy as the one from Lakeside, but it had plenty of seafood and was not quite and dense and creamy, allowing us to savor the meatballs as well. Three relatively large meatballs came in this order with a delicious red sauce. The food was absolutely spectacular and paired well with a glass (or 3) of champagne. Sadly it was so good, I forgot to take a picture.
For our last day in Vegas, we started off our day with the Breakfast Buffet at the Four Seasons. This buffet was filled with all your traditional breakfast items, including an omelette bar which I of course took part of. For $35 a person, this buffet would definitely be worth trying whether you’re staying at the Four Seasons or not.
For lunch, we hung poolside and ended up ordering the Four Seasons Nachos with Chicken. This was a huge portion of food making it perfect to share with others. It came with sides of guacamole and salsa and they did not skimp on the chicken. For $20 it’s definitely worth it, especially if it’s being shared by multiple people.
Finally, for dinner, we made our way to Tao-an Asian style restaurant located at the Venetian. We started off the night with a round of cocktails. I ordered the Bubbles and Berries and was absolutely in love with it! Light, refreshing, with just a touch of sweetness! For our appetizer, we got the Tempura Garlic Green Beans. These were very lightly battered and still had tons of flavor despite being fried. And for dinner, we shared with Triple Pork Fried Rice was the Black Pepper Chicken. Both options were great to share and paired well together. The fried rice had tons of flavor and the meat was all cooked perfectly! The chicken was slightly battered but came tossed in a spicy pepper sauce. This was everything I had wanted it to be and was so happy we combined these two together!
Exploring these new restaurants was by far the most “gambling” I did in Vegas, but I certainly won out! Everything we had was absolutely incredible. From the food to drinks to ambiance and atmosphere, everything was incredible and worth checking out the next time you’re in Vegas.