on March 23, 2006
During our stay in Las Vegas we ate at both The Spice Market Buffet at Aladdin, and the Buffet at the Bellagio. We had Sunday champagne brunch at the Spice Market Buffet ($20.50 a person) and lunch at the Buffet at the Bellagio ($21.00). Both were excellent, although ambience and house specialities varied. We had lunch at the Bellagio buffet on a Tuesday, the resteraunt was busy but there were no lines to get in. We avoided the $34.00 weekend dinner and $22.50 weekend brunch, which are supposedly always crowded (understandably so.)The massive room itself is beautiful, you are provided with silver utensils and unlimited soft drinks (alcoholic drinks are extra... there is a bar inside). The crowd ranged from business people, to those dressed more casually. The buffet is expansive and laid out very well with different stations. Almost everything I tried was amazing. Each dish could easily stand out on its own in any fine restaurant.We began with custom tossed salads. I chose a mesclune green combination with walnuts and cranberries topped with croutons that tasted as though they were freshly baked. There was a bread and soup station with a plethora of freshly baked choices. For my main course(s) I tried a chicken roll encased in a filo dough with spinach and feta cheese, not bad, but not a highlight. I had freshly carved prime rib with some sort of mustard sauce, the meat was medium rare and absolutely spectacular. Other freshly carved meats were offered, including turkey and ribs. Huge cocktail shrimp were available (larger than those at Aladdin—if that’s your thing) as well as seafood pastas. There were Italian specialities which were also delectable, and the most amazing pizza I have ever tried. There were lots of varieties with new types constantly being removed from the oven. The crust was thin and topped with different fresh vegetables, herbs, meats, and even seafood. Asian foods were also offered Mahi Mahi and fresh rolled sushi were among them. The choices seemed endless.The dessert station was spectacular and outdid the desserts offered at Aladdin (although they were very good as well). Highlights included pistachio and chocolate mousse cake, unlike anything I had ever tasted in my life. It defined perfection. A delicate chocolate cake that resembled the inside of a godiva chocolate in consistency and taste, but elevated to an entirely new level also stood out. We were to full to try anything else and left extraordinarily satisfied with the food, ambiance, and service. So full in fact that it wasn't until almost 24 hours later that we had any desire to eat again. (This almost made the meal a bargain, since the $25 dollar lunch with tip, served as both our lunch and dinner).The Bellagio buffet offered some of the best food I have ever eaten, it is well worth the money considering the quality and choices. If you only eat one fancy meal in Vegas make this it.
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