04/25/2017Bazaar Meat by Jose Andres
I finally got around to checking out Bazaar Meat after meaning to go here for over a year, and I'm so glad I did! The first thing that drew me in was the overall atmosphere of the place. It's dark with really bizarre decor and a huge fire pit right in the middle of the dining room. I really love the multiple kitchen concept here and as a true foodie, it was super entertaining to watch the chefs busy at work preparing my meal.The best tip I can give you is that if you come here, BRING MONEY. I mean serious amounts of it. This is NOT a bargain restaurant but I thought the high price tag was worth it. This was not just a meal, it was a very memorable experience.The service was leisurely paced with just the right amount of friendliness. We decided to go all out with this meal so we ordered multiple courses and brought our own wine ($35 corkage fee). I took a pic of the wine menu since it was surprisingly heavy on big California reds. Worth noting since it's a faux pas to bring a bottle of wine that's already on the menu! The menu is heavy on Spanish influenced cuisine, with a focus on cured meats and giant steaks. This is not the place for picky eaters either, I'd classify most of the menu items as not only adventurous, but downright strange. Get out of your comfort zone and try some of the more wacky menu listings!The serving styles are pretty inventive too -- the chicken croquetas are served in a fake glass Converse shoe! My favorite menu item of the evening were the cauliflower steak (roasted cauliflower in a very tasty romesco sauce). Yep, delicious! The asparagus were a huge let down and our plate was comprised of mostly the hard, woody stems. Yuck. Nobody likes that part and most of what we were served should've been thrown out. I was also not a fan of the crab and shrimp cocktail and would not order that again. The Chateaubriand was absolutely perfect. It took a while to cook but we were having a blast relaxing in the intimate atmosphere of the place. Since Bazaar Meat specializes in steaks, it goes without saying that the kitchen knows how to cook meat perfectly. We had both medium and medium-rare meat and both were absolutely perfect.I loved the dessert menu concept (go for the "Chef's Sampler" box of mini desserts). They were almost too pretty to eat and tasted great. My favorite thing? The mini cookies, yum! My $6.00 espresso was more than acceptable and was a great way to round out our dinner.While I'd love to be able to make dining here a habit, the prices will make it only reserved for special occasions. Ask to see the daily tasting menu options too, but be warned: the prices are EVEN HIGHER THAN THE FRENCH LAUNDRY! Yikes!If you only order one thing here, make it the Robuchon potatoes. They were like eating mashed potato butter icing! Smooth texture and tons of creamy butter-ness!
09/22/2011Vic & Anthony's Steakhouse
The rooms are very nice, the check in process is horrendous though! We live here and go there once in awhile to get away from it all; but this last trip will be our last. It seems like the younger crowd has taken over and everyday is Spring Break. Nothing like seeing more plumbers crack as I walked through the casino, down the hallways, in the elevator and the language is inexcusable. I finally went and grabbed Security and told them about a young man who was literally exposing both sides of him, hair and flesh; and the Security said "What do you want me to do about it". Well, maintain your 4 star status and tell the man to pull up his pants and get some decorum/manners. They just don't seem to care anymore. No one should have to stand in line for an hour to check in - everytime we go, no matter what time we check in as we have tried diff. times of the day - it is a nightmare. They should have EVERY station open during the prime hours of check in and check out EVERY DAY of the week! The slot machines took every penny and then another MAC withdrawl, I was SHOCKED. They must be hurting bad and they have them rigged NOT to pay a dime - so play table games, it is your only chance of getting anything back. I have lived here for 5 years, right before the BIG DIVE in the economy and all the way through it and I have never seen machines SO TIGHT. We will find another getaway place after this last visit. Let the place go wild if that is the type of clientele they want; why would I want to wear a beautiful dress and spend good money on an expensive, deliciousl dinner to walk behind a group of guys showing plumbers crack issues on the way back to my room for a romantic night??? No thanks - lost my appetite for everything!
My group has stayed at the Golden Nugget several times over the years. This time, October 2013, was the worst. Things just seemed to go wrong everywhere! Rooms all seemed dirty and worn down (even with "recent renovations"), broken locks and safes in the room, casino seemed understaffed on the floor because over 4 days on constant gambling at the slots some were NEVER approached about a beverage, and the little grill next to the sports bar took 30-40 mins to order and another 30-40 mins to get a pizza and 2 sandwiches!!!