Sunday, December 28, 2014

Planet Dailies @Planet Hollywood Fall 2013

Every property in Vegas has a coffee shop, its part of the blueprints of a hotel & casino.  Slots here, craps table there and coffee shop around the corner.  As with everything in Vegas, quality varies from one property to the other.  But if you’re tired of the decadent dining surrounding you in Vegas, it’s the one place you can be sure to get a simple meal of eggs and bacon for breakfast or a club sandwich for lunch.

Enter Planet Dailies, the coffee shop at Planet Hollywood.  At first glance you get the impression something is different here.  Not only is the space modern and sheik but it very much fits in with the property surrounding it.  The space showcase warm colours, wood furnishings and surrounds you with 48 flat screen TVs with programing consisting of movie previews, celebrity news and various accident-prone blooper entertainments.  But who cares about all that, how’s the food.

Why bother doing what everyone else does?  Why not attempt to rethink the standards and elevate them to a new plateau.  It is Vegas, blur the lines.  At Planet Dailies, the French toast is dipped in a crème Brule batter, the BLT is topped with two poached eggs and angus hamburgers are served on a bed of rice, topped with an egg and covered in gravy.  Good luck deciding what you want to try 1st here and once you do that, good luck trying to not order it every time you go back.  Rest assured that, almost without exception, no matter what you order, you are going to love it.


Mark  - Creme Brulee French Toast and the Loco Moco

Keren - Corned Beef Hash and Steak Eggs Benedict

Vegas Mate Rating - 3/5 Chips

Mark and Keren Rating - 5/5 Chips

Sunday, December 14, 2014

CUT by Wolfgang Puck @Palazzo Spring 2013

Regardless of where you are enjoying it, steak is largely considered to be fine dining.  Or at least right up they’re with lobster as a clear indication that you are getting laid if your date orders it.  Like all dining, the quality of the produce differs from location to location.  So what’s it like in Vegas?

In a world like Las Vegas, where everything is a heightened experience, the steakhouse is the pinnacle of fine dining in a property.  Not saying that its always the best thing that a property offers or it’s the nicest place to eat in Vegas but simply that it’s a benchmark of fine dining that all properties seem to measure themselves by.  Hell, the consensus would say that the only good thing at Circus Circus is their steakhouse.

In a property like Palazzo, they’ve got a high-end reputation to live up.  In the murky waters of celebrity chefs, quality runs the gambit and sometimes celebrity exceeds talent, especially the more recognizable the name.  This is not the case in Wolfgang Puck’s case, at least not at CUT.  Prepare yourself for a dining experience that sets the bar very high, not just in the food but also in environment and service.   This is dining, VIP style and makes it clear that some people are chefs first and celebrities second.

Vegas Mate Rating - 4/5 chips
Mark, Keren & Matt Rating - 5/5 chips