Patisserie Manon

Jean-Paul Layden and his wife, Rachel, operate this gorgeous bakery and epicerie on upper Charleston, and you have to look hard on the Strip (at places such as Payard) to find pastries of comparable quality.

The prices here are much lower, of course. We’re talking croissants to rival any in town, macaroons, fruit tarts and Croque Monsieur, all made from natural ingredients and pretty enough for a Paris window display.

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Kobe Meatballs in Lettuce Cups, Sushi Roku

A recent addition to the menu, this dish offers perfect spheres of rich, ground Kobe beef on skewers with caramelized onions and mustard soy truffle sauce, and are meant to be eaten with the accompanying butter lettuce leaves. The combination of intense beefiness with the crunch from the lettuce, sweetness of the onions and umami of the dipping sauce is a study in well-balanced flavors. $18, Sushi Roku, in the Forum Shops at Caesars, 733-7373.

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