1. She wanted to see the Bellagio (Ocean's 11 being her favorite Vegas movie)
2. She wanted to eat at Tom Colicchio's Crafsteak (Mr. Colicchio being one of her favorite chefs)
Taking the 2nd item 1st, here is the recap of our dinner at Craftseak. (In MGM Grand)
First, MiniHam decided to stop for a picture in front of Caesar's. Then he tried a little gambling at Whiskey Down prior to dinner.
|MiniHam and My fat arm in front of Caesar's|
|No pockets, this is a problem.|
|MiniHam checks the menu|
|He liked Whiskey Down quite a bit.|
|The wife's: Caprese salad with hazelnuts|
|Mine: Warm Firsee salad with duck egg|
|Mom's spinach salad.|
|The wife: Strip Steak|
|Me: Braised Short Ribs|
|Fingerling potatoes and gratin potatoes|
|Creamed pea tendrils and mixed carrots.|
|Monkey bread - House signature dessert|
|Coconut and orange basil gelato|
|Not too bad for 4 people.|
Now that the pictures are done let's talk about it just a bit.
The best meal that I've ever had was eaten at Craftsteak a few years back. That meal included the same short ribs, but prepared as raviolo in a brown butter sauce. I also had the braised prime New York Strip and creamed spinach. That was the first time that I've ever had the Monkey bread and it's so good that I'll never really enjoy a cinnamon roll again. During that meal we had the perfect combination of waiter, assistant waiter and sommelier, it was the most enjoyable dining experience of my life, that I did not cook at home.
Fast forward to this trip and it was just as enjoyable. The wife and I have eaten at restaurants all over the world, from 3 Michelin star palaces to glorified dives. We've found outstanding food in all locations. Saying that I realize that there are more accomplished chefs in Vegas (Robechon anyone?) or restaurants with more status (Nobu, and several others) but when you consider service, food quality and value for money Craftsteak is just about at the top for me. All of the appetizers, especially my warm frisee salad with duck egg, were excellent, the entrees were outstanding, Colicchio's short ribs are a destination meal, and oh that Monkey bread.
Next time you're in Vegas I suggest you get a reservation (strongly recommended, it's always busy for dinner) dress up (dress is business casual) and give it a try.
Don't forget the monkey bread.