Have you been to Aureole at Mandalay Bay lately? Admittedly, I hadn’t, so it was nice to return to see what was new at Charlie Palmer’s flagship restaurant. First, the Wine Angels—ladies who float up and down the steel-and-glass wine tower to retrieve your bottle—have new threads. Gone is the skintight, all-black Mission Impossible-inspired gear, replaced with … skintight, all-black gear, but now with lights! Sort of a cross between Tron and Catwoman, the wine angels were due for new uniforms, but the lights that outline their arms and legs are response to guests who were bummed that they’d had dinner at the restaurant without even noticing the angels traveling up the tower. Now with the white lights, you can’t miss them.
Second, I’d remembered Palmer’s commitment to local products, such as luscious Santa Barbara spot prawns and American wagyu, and just how fantastic his touch is on these pristine ingredients. Aureole loves to have locals experience Aureole, so it’s currently offering 15 percent off food and beverages (excluding tax, gratuity and the happy-hour and small-plates menu), a free dessert cocktail with the purchase of an entrée, and priority reservations—all when you mention you’re a Las Vegas resident. Now you have no excuse not to have dinner at Aureole.
Exception to the Bacon Rule
I’ve made it a point elsewhere to say how I’m over bacon-for-bacon’s sake, but I’m allowing one exception: the Bacon-Wrapped-Bacon and Egg at Rx Boiler Room. It’s like a tiny, savory breakfast amuse-bouche I wish I could start my mornings with every day. Brioche crostini is toped with a thick-cut chunk of slab bacon and a sunny-side-up quail egg. The additional strip of bacon, what I would normally consider extraneous, actually has a function in this dish of holding the little package all together as you bite into it. This is bacon for goodness’ sake. $12, in Mandalay Place, 632-9900, rxboilerroom.com.
Like a Boss
“Cake Boss” Buddy Valastro has announced October 7 as the big day when he opens his first restaurant, Buddy V’s Ristorante, in the Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian. Valastro shows his savory side with a restaurant meant to evoke Sunday dinner at his grandmother’s, complete with Italian-American favorite dishes straight from his family’s table. And yes, there will also be cake. 607-2355.
Nobu Matsuhisa and His Crazy 28
Chef Nobu Matsuhisa descends on Las Vegas with his brigade of 28 executive chefs from each of his restaurants around the world for two jam-packed nights. At each event, the chefs will create a dish based on his or her specific restaurant’s signature style of Nobu cuisine. October 8 at the Hard Rock is A Night of Canapés & Cocktails, where the 28 have prepared bite-size portions to be enjoyed around the hotel’s Breathe Pool ($95 in advance, $115 at the door, 693-4428). October 9 brings us Nobu United at Nobu Restaurant & Lounge in Caesars Palace, a seated, seven-course omakase menu benefiting Keep Memory Alive ($195, 731-7778). Sorry, people dining at other Nobu restaurants around the world. You should have come to Las Vegas.
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