The Skinny: Contemporary American restaurant owned by the Light Group. Dim light woodsy atmosphere nestled inside Bellagio Hotel. A great place to eat before going out to a nightclub or just hanging out in the lounge for a few cocktails. I was lucky enough to get invited to try their Valentine’s menu which consisted of Osetra Caviar Short stack, Blue Fin Toro Tasting, Lobster Bisque, Smoked Salmon Salad, Truffled Chicken & Shellfish tasting w/ a berry triffle ending. The food definitely compliments the restaurant atmosphere.
The High: My friend and I started off with the Osetra Caviar Short stack which is Potato Bilinis, Creme Fraiche & a dapple of domestic caviar. It was delicious and a great starter. It sort of tasted like a pancake with caviar. Our second course I ordered the Smoked salmon with wild arugula, lemon, crisp brioche & salmon caviar. Definitely not what I expected, when I see arugula, I think salad. What came out was smoked salmon w/ the brioche. I’m glad I ordered this because my friend ordered the lobster bisque and it was a pretty heavy for a second course. It consisted of Lobster “Love Notes” (lobster ravioli), Bottarga & Cognac Cream. The ravioli was a bit hard, but the bisque was delicious. For our entree I ordered the shellfish tasting, which consisted of seared scallops ontop of bacon, sauteed spinach, & a potato cake. The saltiness of the bacon went very well with the scallops, spinach and potato. It also came with a whole Maine Lobster that had a stuffing in the shell. It also came with King Crab & Caviar Butter; Lobster Mac & Cheese. The Lobster Mac & Cheese had a distinctive taste to it, when my friend and I took a bite into it it had a sweet taste to it before it got to the cheesy goodness. My friend got the Truffled chicken which consisted of Procini Mushrooms, roasted root vegetables & Winter Truffles. The dish was fantastic & the chicken was very tender. The Berry Truffle consisted of angel food cake, blueberries, strawberries, champagne & fresh berry caviar. It was a great ending to the dinner. I didn’t realize what was at the end until I got to it. It was a bit mushy, but I finally realized it was the angel food cake soaked with champagne & the juices from the berry, it was a refreshing ending.
The Low: The first course consisted of a Blue Fin Toro Tasting. I didn’t really like this course. It came packaged as Sashimi Tartar, seared & topped with a dapple of caviar. Each one tasted like it had been sitting out too long…..not fishy, but dry. I could have done without this dish.
Would you come back again? Yes, I hear their kobe sliders are fantastic & doughnuts are a must try.
More Info: www.bellagio.com. Reservations recommended. Look to spend on average $55+ per person based on a 3 course dinner.
– Sniper Tam *Pew Pew Pew*