The Skinny: The 2nd day of our company retreat, we had our conference at the Meeting Halls in The Venetian & Palazzo. There we were was served a small buffet for lunch. The theme of the meal was Italian, which makes sense since we were at the Venetian. Not sure how often the menu changes or what the rotation is like, but what we got for that day can be see in the gallery.
The High: The Chicken Consume with Shiitake Mushrooms, Meatballs, and Ditalini was very comforting, especially after a night of little sleep. However, whatever herbs they added to the Meatballs, it was a little strong for me. The Roasted Beet Salad was delicious, but the Cavateli Pasta with Rock Shrimp, Parmasean, and Vinaigrette stood out the most for me. It was my first time having Italian dumpling like Pasta like that since it was thick and toothsome , kind of like fried Udon Noodles. The Shrimp bits that came with it were full of flavor and the Sundried Tomatoes gave the overall dish some well welcomed sweetness and a nice earthy fragrance.
The Low: The Seared Bone in Chicken Breasts were beyond dry. I felt pretty guilty because I didn’t finish mine and there were a lot of half eaten and untouched bird carcasses leftover. Such a waste.
Would you come back again? Probably won’t get a chance to, but I think the overall quality of the meal was better than The Wicked Spoon.
More Info: Venetian Meetings
The Skinny: Tucked away inside MGM, Wolfgang Puck modernizes the traditional “bar & grill” concept. I’ve walked past it many times, but never really thought anything of it until I sat down to eat. The restaurant has a very garden chic feel to it. You almost feel like you’re dining in LA until you hear the lovely sounds of the machines in the casino. My friend and I dined here before a show, definitely recommend it if you’re looking for something trendy & upscale, but not stuffy.
The High: Truffled Potato Chips, Maytag Blue Cheese Sauce. This is my favorite dish. It is a brick in your stomach good. The huge chunks of blue cheese may have been a little bit overkill, but the first bite was an explosion of blue cheese & truffle. We also had the Chinois Chicken Salad, Candied Peanuts, Crisp Wontons, Chinese Mustard Vinaigrette. It was one of the best Chinese chicken salad’s I’ve had. The dressing wasn’t too overpowering as it is in most chicken salads, it was subtle but noticeable.
The Low: BBQ chicken pizza. I liked the first bite, but after that it didn’t really do anything for me. I liked how subtle the BBQ taste was, but the flavor just didn’t do it for me. Maybe BBQ chicken just needs that tangy BBQ taste.
Would you come back again? I suppose so, like I said, a cool place to hang out and people watch, but there are so many places to do that already, I’d probably only come back for the truffle chips.
More Info: www.wolfgangpuck.com
– Sniper Tam *pew pew pew!*