Turquoise Blog’s Foodie Moments in: Las Vegas – 2019
My first business trip for 2019 was to Las Vegas in January. I’ve been to Vegas in May and July before and its deadly hot, so going in January was a nice contrast. Day time, you can almost get away with just a long sleeve top outside, but at night, a light jacket is needed. If your goal is to sunbathe, I don’t recommend going in the winter, as its too cold for that (like Montreal mid-spring/early fall weather). But, if you want to do some sightseeing nearby and whatnot (or nothing that requires warm weather), then its a great time to go as there are less tourists too and you won’t be sweating your a** off.
I’ve written a blog post before about my time in Vegas in 2017, and this blog post will reflect my Foodie Moments from both visits, 2017 and 2019 (I also went in 2005 when I was 13, but I won’t be writing about that haha).
Westgate Resort – Buffet breakfast
Let’s start with my most recent visit, this year, in January 2019. The first real meal I had was breakfast at the Westgate Resort’s buffet breakfast. If my memory serves me well, it was something like $20 USD, which is not horrible, but it wasn’t that great. They had a lot of selection for sure and maybe its just because I’m a picky and selective eater, but I didn’t really enjoy what I chose. The only really good thing was the bacon and I ended up eating like 10 slices of it lol. Food: 2/5 (bad), Price: $, Would I go back?: Nahh.
SEA Vegas, The Thai Experience – Thai
Because I was in Vegas with two other colleagues, I got their input on what they wanted to eat and one of the two voiced his opinion more loudly for Thai food, so Thai it was. Its kinda funny, because the other colleague I was with, had never even had pad Thai (say whaaat?!). So, at least, he got to pop his pad Thai cherry. We also had dinner with another colleague and his wife, so we started dinner off with a few entrées to share, which were all pretty good. I ordered the shrimp pad Thai for my main and it was ok. Overall, the food was quite nice, but it was really expensive. For 5 people, plus 1 bottle of wine, it ended up costing close to $500 CAD! Food: 3/5 (good), Price: $$$$, Would I go back?: Yeah, but not a priority and not worth it for the price.
Kaizen Fusion Roll & Sushi – Japanese
On my last night in Vegas, we opted for Japanese food and ended up at Kaizen Fusion Roll & Sush. We let our waitress and chef choose a selection of sushis for us and they were all delicious. The presentation was also great, which is always nice. Food: 4/5 (very good), Price: $$, Would I go back?: Yes!
Yellowtail Japanese Restaurant & Bar (Bellagio) – Japanese
Alright, now we’re taking a little trip back in time to my 2017 stay in Vegas! That time, I had a room at the Bellagio with a view on the fountains, which was pretty cool. The first real meal I had there was dinner at the Yellowtail Japanese Restaurant & Bar, which is one of many restaurants located inside the Bellagio. Since I wasn’t too hungry, I opted for the salmon sashimi (3 pieces) and a roll of spicy crab sushi. Both were delicious and I definitely could have eaten many more (however it was quite pricey so I didn’t want to overdo it). Food: 4/5 (very good), Price: $$$, Would I go back?: Yes!
Café Bellagio – Breakfast
The only noteworthy breakfast I had was the crab cakes and hashbrowns eggs Benedict at Café Bellagio (yes, also within the Bellagio). It was pretty good, but unfortunately, kind of cold. Food: 3/5 (good), Price: $$, Would I go back?: Probably, but not a priority.
Poolside café (Bellagio) – Lunch
I enjoyed a nice kale cesar salad at the Bellagio’s poolside café, but I wish the shrimps had been grilled and not just boiled/steamed. Food: 3/5 (good), Price: $$, Would I go back?: Probably, but not a priority.
Ristorante Canaletto (The Venetian) – Italian
On our last night in Vegas, we walked to The Venetian hotel complex for a stroll around “Venice”. Having been to the real Venice twice already, this one had nothing on it, but the concept is pretty cute and quite accurate. We settled for Ristorante Canaletto right in the replica of St Mark’s Square and enjoyed a charcuterie and cheeses platter and then a lobster spaghetti. Although the lobster pasta was good, it was a bit bland and definitely could use some fine tuning (more seasoning, more herbs and bolder flavors). Food: 2.5/5 (average), Price: $$$$, Would I go back?: Probably not, not worth it.
Here’s some more pictures!
*All photos and opinions are my own