|Its a sure win at the Wynn and Encore restaurants|
Oh, Las Vegas- the town of excess and debauchery. A weekend in Vegas is more than enough to leave you mentally, physically and financially spent. So, when we found out that we were spending two whole weeks in Sin City to celebrate a dear uncle’s birthday, even PartyMatt found himself scratching his head, saying, “What the f_ck are we going to do there for two weeks?!”
But, we did find plenty to do, and amidst the blur of clubs,tequila shots, and lap dances, we found plenty of good things to eat. Our group was billeted at The Wynn, which in my opinion, is the best hotel on the strip, along with its “twin”, Encore. Owner Steve Wynn‘s impeccable taste is evident in everything you lay your eyes on- from the natural light streaming into the casino floor, to the pricey bed linens in the tastefully-decorated rooms, to the best clubs and entertainment in Vegas.
However, this attention to detail was best expressed in bothThe Wynn’s and Encore’s restaurants. I can tell that his restos were conceptualized from the ground up by the bestguys and girls in the industry, and no expense was spared. The food was so good that we felt there was really no need to leave the hotel and explore.
From more than a dozen restaurants in these two hotels combined, here are my favorites.
|The dining room at Sinatra|
On the last evening of our two week sojourn, Matt and I decided to have a cozy dinner date here and we discovered that we did save the best for last. This beautiful restaurant was the perfect homage to the blue-eyed Las Vegas icon for which it was named after, and the food- classic Italian, of course- was made to impress.
Dinner service was flawless, but the winning dish was, without a doubt, the Agnolotti in a light cream asparagus sauce- so delicate but with the perfect balance of flavors. Overall, one of our most memorable dining experiences.
|Diver Scallops on top of polenta at La Cave|
Tucked in one of The Wynn’s corridors is this little (by LasVegas standards, at least) wine bar that serves a limited but very tasty menu-a mishmash of great seafood, flatbreads and tapas. Its cavern-like atmosphere is perfect for a sexy rendezvous, but also great as a laidback venue for dinner and drinks. I have seen more expansive wine lists elsewhere, although they do have some gems. Plus, there are some good beers on tap, as well as craft beers- such as the Quebecois legend La Fin du Monde by Unibroue.
We adored the flatbreads- topped with either chorizo or truffled mushrooms- but what really grabbed my attention was the Seared Diver Scallops and Polenta, which had me coming back a second and third time.
|The view from the al fresco dining area at The Country Club|
The Country Club
The Wynn boasts of the only 18-hole golf course in a casino hotel- in Las Vegas, at least. And to get to the course, you pass through a gorgeous, wood-paneled dining room that evokes the feel of a members-only golf club. The fine dining resto offers prime cuts of steak, as well as upscale versions of American classics, like Sweet Corn chowder and Angus burgers.
We loved hanging out at the bar, where we got to watch the Euro Cup games and drowned our sorrows in cold beer, wine and Filet Mignon.
Breakfast at the Tower Suites is served in this intimate dining room with a view of the pool. Good coffee fills your cup without having to ask, and the breakfast/brunch fare is generous but not overwhelming. I have decided to cast aside fears of a heart attack and just indulged on theirEggs Benedict until I got sick of it. (Note:True enough, I haven’t had Eggs Benedict since then.)
|Thai Green Curry|
This restaurant is the first that greets you when you arrive at Encore from the covered corridor which connects it to The Wynn. It is actually my favorite Asian restaurant in the hotel for its diversity as well as value for money. If the food does not impress you, I’m pretty sure the 20-foot crystal dragon hung across the back wall will.
When the craving for Asian flavors strike, they have a bevy of braised noodles or soups to choose from. Their Thai Green Curry also hit the spot, and it was oh so comforting with a steaming bowl of rice.
Wynn LasVegas and Encore Hotel
3131 LasVegas Blvd.
South LasVegas, NV
Tel. no.(702) 770 7000