Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Greetings from Vegas: Sage Restaurant

We are in Vegas for some R & R---
And last night we had one of our best meals ever, so I couldn't resist blogging about it.

It was at Sage in Aria, which is in the new CityCenter complex, across from where we are staying at The Mandarin Oriental.

Chef: Shawn McClain
Sage
www.arialasvegas.com/dining/sage.aspx
Contemporary American Cuisine

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

There was a special menu for Valentine's Day. We didn't have a reservation-- which is common for us--but they were able to seat us in the lovely, quiet lounge area -- which turned out to be a great spot.

We were seated by a beautiful Anne Hathaway look-a-like hostess. And we got to watch the Valentine couples all decked out for the evening, Vegas-style, stroll past us.

From the special menu for the occasion, Tom chose the 5 course tasting menu. He loved all of it. And I chose a 4 course menu so I could try the slow-poached organic farm egg. Common to both menus was the decadent foie gras brûlée. Amazing! If you go, you have to try it.

But what I really loved was how every single little thing was outstanding. Like the brioche that came with the foie gras. And how my cheese course was just the right size.

Not only was the food perfect but so was the service. We ended up talking with General Manager, Michael, when he brought us our wine and I asked how he would describe the Napa wine we were having(which was a David Arthur Chardonnay -- sorry, Ted, LMR wasn't on the wine wine list but we looked). He had been the head sommelier when the restaurant opened in 2009.

Later he introduced us to Chef Shawn McClain and his wife, Holly, as they were celebrating Valentine's Day with a drink at the bar.

All in all a great experience.

B

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