Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Vegas baby!

In what has become an annual event, my college friends and I headed off to Vegas this past weekend. Some in the crowd are actually big gamblers, but I go for the food - and the company. And this year, I also went for Mick. I'd never seen the Stones in concert - and I have to say, if you have the chance, go!

But back to the food. It's not like I need to leave NY to find great food, but I do make it a point to try to eat well wherever I am. We had reservations at Nob Hill and it was good. Really good.

We didn't have time for a full tasting menu (and it's a cookbook tasting menu, so you get to keep the cookbook, but it made it a little pricey in my opinion). My friend, Dr. J, and I decided to split the truffled fondue as a starter. This was really good, but not my favorite part.

I went back and forth in deciding on the main course - deciding between the steak (with foie gras, which I am a total sucker for) and the lobster (another strong favorite) pot pie. I chose the lobster for two reasons: 1. it was unusual (and I love lobster) and 2. my friend I got the steak (word of warning in the event that you have dinner or any other meal with me, I am a firm believer in food sharing).

The lobster certainly wins on presentation when it arrives at the table on the cart
They plate it by putting the shell on the plate and then covering it with the contents. As you can see from the pictures, it looks amazing; the unfortunate thing is that I didn't have my camera set on video to capture Dr. J's dance when he first saw it. That dance would be even better proof than the picture of the dish of how good it was.

That said, as amazing as it was, I's steak was actually better. Her filet was truly the best steak I have ever had in my life. The first bite was a little taste of heaven.

Believe it or not, after all the cheese and cream (and the random bites of other peoples' food), we still had room for desert. And boy was it worth it. I do love chocolate souffles (and thanks here to C&R for giving us a bit of theirs, which convinced me to order my own) and this was not just a good one. It was a truly great one. We missed the beginning of Bonnie Raitt (she opened for the Rolling Stones) and I don't regret a minute of that. It was a simple chocolate souffle with a bit of espresso gelato (here's a picture of it taken after the first couple of bites - I'm still working on remembering to take photos at the right time). It was amazing, ethereal, fantastic, etc. You get the picture. It was a truly great chocolate souffle.

Again, I know that I can get great meals in NY, but this was a meal that was worth the flight. This plus the concert was a truly great night.


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