Saturday, 4 October 2014


Forum Shops at Caesars, 3500 S Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas Nevada, (702) 792-6888, Mon-Fri 11:00 am to 11:30 pm, Sat-Sun 10:30 am to 12:30 am

Beverly Hills, 364 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, Ca. (310) 278-7270, Open for lunch and dinner 7 days a week and late hours Fri. and Sat.

We went to two cheesecake factories while on vacation.  One was in the forum shops area of Caesars, the other was in Beverly Hills just off Rodeo Drive.  They are absolutely amazing restaurants!!

While examining their giant menu we decided on a nice Berringer Cabernet Sauvignon which is sold here under their label.
After we ordered our wine, a basket of fresh breads arrived at our table.
Their menu is quite extensive and varied, which makes selection so hard, however my wife and I chose the same dish, herb crusted salmon.
Despite being so covered in herbs, it tasted divine and not a bit over done.  The mashed potatoes under the fish were melt in your mouth and the asparagus spears were cooked perfectly and not mushy.  This meal was excellent!
Normally I avoid dessert after such a large portion, but since it was the Cheese Factory, I had to indulge.  So we examined the dessert menu of cheesecakes and other desserts.
Since the mains were so large we decided to split the dessert and chose the Tiramisu cheesecake.  It was light not heavy and spectacular!!!

My wife accompanied it with a coffee and I had a double espresso.
The meal was incredible and any dishes I saw come out of the kitchen were impressive.  The price was very reasonable for what we had.

We also managed to have lunch at the Cheesecake Factory near Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills - it too was amazing!! 

My wife had the fetuccine alfredo it was divine!
I had a half turkey sandwich and salad (the pic did not turn out well).
 We absolutely enjoyed both cheesecake factories and would certainly return.  They are well run, have great food and service and are very reasonably priced - a winning combination!! They have become one of our favourite restaurants!!

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The Cheesecake Factory on Urbanspoon

Friday, 3 October 2014

P. F. CHANGS CHINA BISTRO 3.5 out of 5

Planet Hollywood, 3667 Las Vegas Boulevard, (702) 836-0955, Mon-Thurs and Sun 11am to 12:00am, Fri and Sat 11:00am to 1:00 am
During our visit to Vegas we decided to try P. F. Changs located in the Planet Hollywood Hotel.  It has an elegant and dramatic feel when you walk in.

The waiter came over and gave us a menu right away.
We chose the dynamite shrimp as a starter.
It was a good portion for sharing between the two of us, but we found the sauce a little too hot and we have had better versions of this dish.  Next we ordered some fried rice, it contained some broccoli, green onions, shredded carrot and tiny pieces of snow pea. It was a typical fried rice for sharing.
For our main we chose a dish consisting of chicken, shrimp, bok choy, snow peas, celery, carrots and water chestnut in light plain sauce.  Though filling and reasonably priced, it was rather ordinary in flavour.

We were not too impressed with the food here, however we only tried some limited selections and kept comparing it to Noodles in the Bellagio (far superior in our opinion).  However, we would give it another try in the future and be a little more daring with our selections.  The service was efficient and the restaurant is very comfortable.

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Thursday, 2 October 2014

NOODLES 4.5 out of 5

Bellagio, 3600 Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas Nevada, (702) 693-7223, open Monday to Sunday 11:00 am to 2:00 am
Located in the Bellagio Hotel is a classy clean oriental restaurant called noodles.

We began by ordering a wonderful, reasonably priced California wine.
We ordered the calamari (usually our favourite app).  They were tender crispy and were accompanied by a delicious Thai chili sauce.
We also ordered edamame and they were warm and nicely salted and there were plenty of them.
Knowing that the portions here would be large - we decided to split a shrimp pad thai.  It contained very large and tender shrimp that were cooked to perfection.  The noodles were firm not mushy and ratio of sprouts to vegetables to noodles was perfect.  It was one of the best pad thai's we have ever tasted.

We did not have room for dessert so my wife had a cappuccino.
I had a double espresso.  Both coffees came with a plastic spoon coated with sugar to stir the coffees.
We thoroughly enjoyed our meals here and would definitely recommend it if you visit Las Vegas.  The food is outstanding and the prices are very reasonable - especially considering that this restaurant is located in the Bellagio.

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Wednesday, 1 October 2014

MON AMI GABI 4.5 out 5

Paris Las Vegas, 3655 Las Vegas Boulevard, (702) 944-4224 Mon - Thurs and Sun 7:00 -11:00, Sat 7:00 - 12:00 
Went to Mon Ami Gabi a couple of times during our stay in Vegas - not just for the ambiance (pure Paris) but also their excellent breakfast.
It is a beautiful space inside - but even more alluring on the great patio on the strip.

We began with a nice cold Mimosa.
 We both ordered the same breakfast, bacon and scrambled eggs.
The bacon pieces were large and on the thick side with a sweetness like brown sugar, they were delicious.  The three scrambled eggs were buttery and had a hint of thyme and were heavenly.  The bread was crisp and light yet thick.  The hashed potatoes were crispy and were a great complement.
Definitely worth a visit if you come to Vegas!

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