on January 23, 2007
What a view!The first impression when one steps off the elevator and walks towards the hostess stand. At 844 feet in the air, you get the ultimate view of Vegas and the surrounding mountains. It is what makes coming here worth it. Family members had gathered for lunch on a sunny clear Las Vegas day, so you could see for miles.After walking through xray just like at an airport, we boarded the private express elevator to the restaurant. At first there was no hostess at the stand. Since my hubby and I were the last of our party to arrive, we were seated quickly.NOTED: A couple of ladies ahead of us who didn't seem to have a reservation were told to wait. Odd considering the restaurant didn't seem that busy and there were lots of empty tables.I had heard both pro and con on the quality (or lack there of) of both food and service at the Stratosphere and our visit was no exception.While our group of 10 is large by restaurant standards, service really dragged for lunch time. It also seemed that the servers were not as knowledgeable about the menu as they should be. The menu selections were varied and interesting. I tried the soup of the day, chicken saffron. The server said it would be spicy, but I found it to be only lightly so, yet exotic due to the saffron. The broth based soup contained diced chicken and lots of diced vegetables, some not usually seen in the average restaurant soup.Our group had a variety of dishes:Kobe Beef Burger - The king of beef, the burger was grilled and tender. Came with homemade potato chips.Kobe Beef Capriccio - If I had known this was raw beef I wouldn't have ordered it. It turned out to be a rare delicacy of thinly sliced Kobe Beef that reminded me of prosciutto. It was light and tender and didn't leave the feeling of raw meat in my mouth. Again, good to try something out of the ordinary.Lobster Ravioli & Caesar Salad with grilled shrimp - pretty much standard stuff.Salmon wrapped in Prosciutto which keep the fish very moist.Fresh berries in a cream anglaise provided a light finish to the meal. Evaluation of food - A few new and different things to try, but some pretty average stuff too. I would be interested to see what dinner has to offer.Weirdest moment - while we were waiting for our food, one of the rides dipped riders down right in view of us. Very strange and somewhat creepy feeling to see them just dangling out there. We exited through the casino and arcade shops. I found the shop area confusingly laid out and it was difficult to find the lobby. I was left with the impression that this hotel could use some major renovation including a fresh coat of paint, cleaning and less trashy touristy shops.
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