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Monday Mise en Place: Las Vegas Chows Down For New Year's Eve

Baby New Year Dan Pattee sez, "Happy New Year!"

Baby New Year Dan Pattee sez, "Happy New Year!"

There’s no better place to close out 2010 with a tasty meal than Las Vegas!  There’s a whole bunch of special events all over town, here’s a few that sound mighty fine:

Andre’s at the Monte Carlo

The multi-course New Year’s Eve menu begins with an amuse of kumamoto oyster, sea water granité and caviar followed by a choice of chilled foie gras terrine with brioche toast, pistachio butter and cassis gastrique or a succulent lobster salad with hibiscus gelée, lotus root, frissée and truffle cream.  Next, indulge in the flavor of either maitaki mushroom soup with winter truffle and crispy artichoke or jumbo sea scallop with a roasted jewel yam, citrus butter and salsify chip.  Then, cleanse and invigorate the palette with a sparkling grapefruit intermezzo.

New Year’s Eve celebrants can enjoy a main course of Andre’s Maine lobster thermidor served with asparagus and hollandaise or roasted duck breast featuring beluga lentil cassoulet and braised romaine roasted quince jus or provimi veal loin with foie gras, jumbo asparagus hollandaise and anna potato with black truffle and aged armagnac.  The holiday meal also includes a red and white Belgium endive salad with Gruyère cheese and a mild mustard dressing.

To satisfy the sweet tooth, the meal is topped off with three sweet treats in Andre’s New Year’s Eve dessert trio.  The cost is $175 per person.

Charlie Palmer Steakhouse at the Four Seasons

Offering a 3-course prix fixe for $140.  First course is a Dutch Harbor Red King Crab Cocktail.  Main course features a Tasting of Kobe Style Strip Loin with a sample from America, Australia and Japan.  The tasting of steak is accompanied by a White Truffle Risotto.  Rounding out the prix fixe is a Decadent Chocolate Tasting of Warm Bittersweet Chocolate Cake, Chocolate Raspberry Ice Cream and Mocha Pot de Creme with Sweet Cream and Berries.

CUT by Wolfgang Puck at the Palazzo

CUT delivers a unique dining experience in addition to its regular menu which will offer guests a distinctive culinary journey. The tasting menu includes Scallop & Truffle Gratin with toasted brioche; Maine Lobster “En Croûte” with parsnip, sea urchin froth, sea beans; and Rabbit (three ways): rack, stuffed saddle, braised leg with carrots and cardamom. The decadent tasting menu ends with Artisanal cheese and variations of grapes and Champagne and chocolate. The eight-course tasting menu is priced at $200 per person or $275 with wine pairings.

Hash House A Go Go – Multiple Locations

For New Year’s Eve, the restaurant will feature specials ranging in price from $7.95 to $33.95 in addition to the mouthwatering regular menu items. The evening’s special entrees include a complimentary glass of champagne. New Year’s Eve specials include:

  • Hash House A Go Go’s Surf and Turf – 14-ounce grilled New York steak served on a bed of griddled mashed potatoes with garlic sautéed jumbo shrimp, all topped with sundried tomato basil cream
  • New Year’s Mixed Grill – Andy’s famous all-blue crab cake, fresh sea bass and giant scallops, served with griddled garlic mashed potatoes, all topped with homemade chili cream
  • Andy’s chocolate peanut butter bread pudding
  • Blueberry cobbler with vanilla bean ice cream
  • Eggnog cheesecake

Lupo by Wolfgang Puck at Mandalay Bay

Lupo will deliver a perfectly prepared six-course meal that will create an unforgettable end to 2009. Guests will be able to enjoy tantalizing tastes such as Blue Prawn with poached calamari, crab ravioli and white truffle cream sauce; Veal Ravioli with chanterelle mushrooms, black truffles and potato-cream sauce; and Prime Beef Tenderloin with baked Yukon gold potatoes and black truffle jus. The prix fixe menu is priced at $95 per person.

Postrio Bar & Grill at the Venetian

Usher in 2011 by sharing a fantastic meal with friends and family highlighting seasonal tastes such as Puree of Sunchoke Soup with black truffle pistou and crispy leeks and Maine Lobster with chanterelle mushrooms, roasted cipollini onions. Guests will be presented with a choice of two enticing entrees: Quail stuffed with brioche stuffing, roasted pears, sweet potato puree, black truffles from Périgord and sage-maple jus or Mesquite Grilled Prime Filet, braised ox tail-potato hash and Bordelaise sauce. To cap off the delicious meal, Postrio Bar & Grill tempts guests with a 20-layer chocolate-espresso cake with 10-year valrhona chocolate sauce. The prix fixe menu is priced at $85 per person.

Rare 120 Steakhouse at the Hard Rock Hotel

Rare 120 Steakhouse is featuring a 4-course prix fixe for $69.99.  For the first course, diners have their choice between Newcastle Ale Braised Beef Short Ribs or Ahi and Hamachi Tartare.  The second course is either a Roasted Cauliflower Soup or Artichoke and Arugula Salad.  The main course is a choice between Filet Mignon Oscar style or Filet Mignon “Wellington” and dessert is a Molten Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter Ice Cream.

Society Cafe at Encore

Society Cafe is offering a 4-course prix fixe for $111 per person.  Starter is Shellfish For Two that has Alaskan King Crab, Kumamoto Oysters and Poached Tiger Shrimp.  Then for the 2nd course, diners have their choice of a Lobster Bisque or a Roasted Young Beets and Poached Pear salad. Then for the main course there is a choice between Land & Sea of Filet Mignon and Butter-Poached Lobster or a Truffle Risotto. The meal is rounded off with Baked Alaska for dessert.

Spago at The Forum Shops of Caesars Palace

Spago introduces a delicious seven-course tasting menu that will be sure to satisfy every sense. The meal begins with an amuse bouche of Crispy Parmesan Chips and House Made Duck Pastrami. Then guests will relish in course after course of flawless dishes prepared with layers of mouth-watering flavors including Caviar; Tuna Sashimi with daikon, shiso and masago yum-yum sauce; Apple & Pear with endive, arugula lettuce, Granny Smith apple, fire roasted Bartlett pears, Burrata cheese, candied walnuts, blood orange segments and 25-year aged balsamic; Hand Rolled Ricotta Gnocchi à L’Oeuf and Veal & Lobster with pan roasted veal, butter poached Maine lobster, sautéed French horn mushroom, escarole, pomme puree and sauce foyot. Guests can indulge in all seven courses for $110 per person or $170 with wine pairings.

Mike Dobranski is a professional musician, amateur blogger, eater of good food, poker junkie, master of the inappropriate comment and bad husband to a wonderful wife.

Follow Mike and Tasting Las Vegas on Twitter at @TastingLasVegas

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