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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Kobe Meatballs in Lettuce Cups, Sushi Roku

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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.