Restaurant Guy Savoy

Trip Start Mar 02, 2011
Trip End Oct 14, 2011

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Circus Circus Hotel & Casino Las Vegas
Read my review - 1/5 stars

Flag of United States  , Nevada
Sunday, May 1, 2011

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I checked out of my hotel and then called one person I know who lives in Las Vegas and another who spends a lot of time here. I reached the one who spends a lot of time here. He was going to the Paris Casino later for a drawing to possibly get into a poker tournament.

We met at the casino for the drawing. He name wasn't selected so he had the day free. We spent some time catching up. I hadn't made a dinner reservation since I didn't know when I'd be arriving today so we called Restaurant Guy Savoy in Caesar's Palace to see whether they could fit us in this evening; they could. I eventually had to leave so I could go check into my hotel so I could get ready for dinner and get over to the restaurant in time.

We met at Restaurant Guy Savoy. Guy Savoy runs a Michelin three-star restaurant in Paris. The Las Vegas restaurant was one of three Michelin two-star restaurants in Las Vegas the last time Michelin rated the restaurants here. One of those three has since closed.  I was a little late.  The scale of the casinos in Las Vegas is just way too big.  I had to go back to my car for something and I had trouble finding it.  Then, even though I had already been to the restaurant and thought I knew how to get back to it, I got lost trying to find it.  The signage is little help; there aren't any signs for the restaurant until you're practically there.

The setting for the restaurant is, uncharacteristically for anything in Las Vegas, rather drab. They offer three tasting menus or you can order a la carte. Unfortunately, any of the tasting menus have to be ordered by the entire table and my friend wasn't interested so we ordered a la carte. It's probably just as well since they don't have any vegetarian tasting menu alternatives and making adjustments to any of the tasting menus would have been a problem. I wound up ordering the six vegetarian courses from the 11-course Menu Prestige.

The food was quite good but, like the setting, the service wasn't up to the same level. There was a huge difference compared to the two Michelin three-star and one Michelin two-star restaurants I went to in New York at the beginning of this trip. I'd have to ask for things that should have happened automatically. For instance, when I ran out of bread I waited through a course or two and none showed up. I eventually asked for more. Dishes wouldn't be cleared and I'd eventually move them to the other side of the table. I got an iced tea and they brought only artificial sweeteners. I had to ask for sugar. At the restaurants in New York I always got simple syrup but here I got sugar cubes that are hard to dissolve in cold water and when they brought a second iced tea they didn't bring a spoon. They always brought butter but it was always very cold and hard to spread. At the restaurants in New York one of the two of us would normally notice one small gaffe during a meal but nothing like the mistakes we saw tonight.

They certainly weren't ashamed to charge for their food. The Menu Prestige is $290. The five non-vegetarian courses I skipped sounded like the more substantial courses. They were Garden and Oyster; Crispy Sea Bass with Delicate Spices; "Colors of Caviar"; Foie-Gras "en Papillotte"; and Roasted Poissin, Black Truffle Potato Puree, Seasonal Vegetables Braised in Poussin Jus. You'd think they were more expensive than the courses I got, things like Peas all Around; The Vegetable ; and Fine Cheeses. But they charged $213 for the six vegetarian courses and $7 for my iced tea. I must say I was surprised by the bill.
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