The Wicked Spoon

The design is stunning, and so is the lineup here: Guinness pancakes, pastrami hash and homemade pecan sticky buns for breakfast; assorted salumi, smoked salmon, Korean beef salad and boutique California cheeses for lunch; and a dinnertime carving station with whole legs of lamb and roasted bone marrow. Korean-style short ribs (kalbi) and the buffet’s dim sum selection alone put the competition to shame.

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Salmon Rillettes, Bouchon

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Salmon Rillettes, Bouchon

Rillettes are minced meat or, in rare cases like this, fish made into a spread with its own fat. Thomas Keller’s signature appetizer comes in a glass jar, available for retail purchase and home indulgence. Spread the rillettes onto crisp rusks made from house baguettes. It’s an unbeatable combo. $17.50 for 5 ounces, in the Venetian, 414-6200, BouchonBistro.com.

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