USA Day 23: Las Vegas – Lazy Shopping Day

Today was our designated shopping day – nothing outrageous like in New York when we went to the outlets, but just checking out Fashion Show Mall.  After I had my room service breakfast (lemon ricotta pancakes again) and Andrew had his requisite sleep in – we headed down to the Wynn end of the strip.

Not much to report today – we checked out all the major stores so we could get a feel for them – Macy’s is like a Dandenong Myers;  Nordstrom is like a David Jones.  We wandered in and out of all the shops – found some clothes for Andrew, found a few things for me… then had lunch again at Ra Sushi.  We then headed home and vegged out till about 5pm – awaiting yet another of our “seniors’ (early) dinners” due to our show “O” being on at 7pm.

Mon Ami Gabi

Paris Casino & Hotel
3655 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas  NV  89109
(702) 944 4224
Open: Sun – Fri  7am – 11pm;  Sat  7am – Midnight

Tonight – we elected to stay close to home and just went across the road to Mon Ami Gabi in the Paris hotel.   I had booked the day before, and requested a seat on the patio – because the restaurant has a fantastic view of the Bellagio Fountains.  However, as we were dispassionately and monotonically advised by the sky captain – if you want to sit on the patio overlooking the Bellagio Fountains – you need to get there early – it’s on a first come, first served basis.  She went on to advise us that our options were to either wait half an hour, or take a table immediately but it would be inside.  And then stared blankly at us.

Since we were on a bit of a timeline – we opted for the inside table, which did have a bit of a view across the patio, so it wasn’t too bad.  But before we were escorted to our table, I let the sky captain know that her customer service orientation was a bit on the low side, and she didn’t have to be so ungracious in her attitude.  I turned to the person who was escorting us to our table – and she was trying to school her smile so that it wouldn’t show.  Methinks that sky captain is perhaps not as popular as her power flights would have us believe.

Thankfully, the rest of the evening was really good, and our server and host were lovely, without a smidge of the attitude that pervaded the front desk.  The food was also very good – so, I’d recommend heading over there if you’re in the area.

French Onion Soup

Surprise – French onion soup for Andrew – he rated this highly actually – said it was pretty good.

Four Mushroom Soup

I had the four mushroom soup – with brioche and roasted mushrooms.  This was TO DIE FOR.  It was amazing – I really want some more…  like now…

Steak Frites

The frites were a bit weird – they were more like crisps – they were cut so thin.  In retrospect we should have ordered mashed potato as the accompaniment!

Diver scallops with butternut squash puree and Brussels sprouts, hazelnuts and brown butter.

I had the diver scallops and have to report that this was one of the best dishes I had in Vegas! The scallops were sweet and tender, the butternut puree complemented them beautifully, and the Brussels sprouts provided a great textural element, and weren’t bitter at all.

Overall, a really great meal – and I would probably count it as the best to date in Vegas.

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So, off we trotted back to the Bellagio to see “O” – which is the show that, for years, I’ve been telling people they have to see!!  You know what though – we were really disappointed.  After seeing Le Rêve and how amazingly and creatively they used the water in that show – the way they used it in “O” was completely underwhelming.  I didn’t find the clowns funny at all, and there was one really stupid scene where a silly devil was dancing around like a loony, sounding like a loony, and contributing nothing.  I actually had to stop myself from yelling “Get Off”.  It’s a good thing I’m cultured!!

However, I can report that we really enjoyed the diving performance; and the set, especially at the beginning, was beautiful and surreal.  It just paled in comparison to what we’d already seen – even compared to Mystere, it wasn’t as strong.  Ah well… we had to check it out.

One more cirque show to see tomorrow night – I wonder where it will fit into the list?