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by smmmarti guide
March 24, 2005
Elements’ theme reflects the earth’s primary elements: fire, water, stone, wood, and metal. One side of the restaurant reveals chefs searing meat and flaming seafood specialties while the entire back wall of the restaurant is made up of a liquid curtain fountain enhanced by Vegas-style mood lighting. Metal sconces, wood trims, and stone highlights round out the stylish venue. The results are comforting, confirming the importance of feng-shui design. The overall effect would be considered grand in your hometown (yes, even in New York), but the restaurant’s location on the mezzanine level of the casino leaves no doubt you are most definitely still in Vegas. Just beyond the hostess stand the garish sights and sounds of the casino on the level below, reminding diners that temptations of another sort are only a glance away.
Where most urban supper clubs would cater to a healthy number of romantic couples out on the town, after being seated in a romantic booth with my date, I quickly realized I was the only yin in a sea of yang. Businessmen, conventioneers, and bachelor party groups of males dominated the scene. I was not put off by this. In the same way that an overflowing gravel parking lot in a truck stop signals good food, I surmised that a sea of suits signals succulent steaks. Or some such similar suspicion.
And I was right.
From the appetizer menu, Sweetie chose his favorites, which were amply paired together on one plate - a duet of tuna tartare and carpaccio. I’m not one to resist the ubiquitous sin city specialty, shrimp cocktail on ice, for nowhere else will one find more perfectly plump, sweet, and crispy representations of the pink crustacean. Elements’ version of the classic was so huge that I took a picture as proof for the folks back home. (That's a full-sized fork placed next to the "shrimp" in the photo just to give some perspective to their enormity.)
Following our opening feasting course, all I needed to be fully satiated and nutritionally balanced (a feng shui essential) was a side order of jumbo baked potato and sautéed spinach. Sweetie gallantly offered me a taste of his New York bone-in rib eye grilled expertly on the wood stoked fire. It was one of the better (and bigger) cuts one encounters in a city that thrives on the steak and martini trade.
What more would one expect from a venue that urges, "Put a little meat on your bones," in its advertising? After dining at Elements, there’s a good chance you’ll have something to show for it later, which is likely more than you’ll have playing roulette.
From journal Best of $$Vegas$$
July 25, 2004
After much consideration regarding which Las Vegas buffet we wanted to try, we decided upon the Aladdin. We were not disappointed.
The line was up to the casino level (one level up from the buffet). We thought we would be waiting a long time, but the line moved quickly.
The buffet offers a wide variety of foods, including Asian, Mexican, Italian, seafood, barbeque, Middle Eastern, and American. There are also many wonderful desserts. We arrived at the beginning of the dinner buffet. The food was well prepared and delicious. I was amazed the price was only around $20. We could not have eaten such well prepared food anywhere for that price.
The Aladdin Resort & Casino web site provides a menu of the buffet. Click on the dining link.
From journal Las Vegas Experience
August 12, 2003
Breakfast: 8–10.30am. We had several breakfasts here and paid $12 each. Although this was more than some of the other places it was convenient and had excellent choices. You could basically wander from counter to counter choosing anything from the huge range of foods. They had bacon, sausages, hash browns, fried potatoes, pancakes, eggs made to order, muffins, cakes, fruit, the list goes on and on. You have to remember to ask you server for toast when you fist sit down as it seems to take a while for them to bring it to you. If you forget to ask straight away you may have finished your breakfast before you get it. Obviously the cost also includes fruit juices, tea, coffee etc. At weekends it is called Brunch and served between 8.30am – 2.30pm and costs approx $16.
Dinner: 4–9.30pm. The food for dinner ($20) is separated into areas of the world i.e. Asian, American, Mexican, Italian etc. There was a separate area for desserts. You can either choose to be boring and stick to one type of food or go mad and have some of each. It gives you a chance to be a big kid and have things you wouldn’t normally have a chance to combine. The choices of each type were huge. The Italian section had lots of different pizzas, pasta dishes, garlic bread etc. Other options included various meats carved off the bone, seafood such as crabs, salmon etc. There really is an endless list. I would imagine that even the fussiest of eaters, including kids would find something here to please. The desserts are amazing, my only complaint is that you will have eaten so much you wont be able to eat dessert.
Lunch is served between 11am–2.30pm and costs $14.
Overall I would say the choice and quality of the food was unbeatable, even for Vegas standards where buffets are king. My only gripe would be the service, which although adequate, was sometimes very slow. We were often left with no drinks and had to flag staff down to get refills. This is very poor by US standards but seemed to reflect the overall attitude of staff at the Aladdin.
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From journal Vegas Baby - It's All Good!
Fort Lee, Virginia
April 12, 2003
The service was decent for a buffet, but since you have to wait on them to get your drinks it can be hassle. We had our food for ten minutes before the server came back with our drinks.
This is a good buffet, but for $20 a plate, there are better buffets in Vegas to eat at.
From journal Vegas for All Types