I am currently sitting at gate B6 at Las Vegas Airport. My feet sore from walking up and down the strip over and over and my pockets empty from gambling all my money away. I’m recalling the previous night where I ate dinner with Amy at Bradley Ogden, and I have one thing to say…
Holy shit! Never before have I ever had such an utterly perfect dining experience. It is hard to describe how awesome this meal was, but let me try and do it some justice.
First, I have to give all the credit to the Southwest forums on eGullet. I was looking for a good restaurant to take Amy and after reading the posts there, it was pretty clear where I should go.
I called the same day, and the earliest I could get a reservation was 9:40 PM. Not that 9:40 PM is late or early. On Vegas time, there is no late or early. We were staying at the Paris and had to walk over Las Vegas Blvd to Caesar’s Palace. You can hardly miss Bradley Ogden. It is right there in front of you as you walk from the casino to The Shops at Caesars Palace. Amy and I, had gotten pretty dressed up for out night out. We were expecting to dine at a pretty classy restaurant. However, when we arrived, there were many people in jeans and a t-shirt...even shorts! Come on people, show a little respect! Luckily I saw no one wearing a baseball cap, OTHERWISE I WOULD HAVE HAD TO GO TONY SOPRANO ON HIS ASS.
We were seated promptly even though we were about 15 minutes late. When our waiter Randall first came by the table, he asked us if we had ever been to the restaurant. When we replied no, he got this giddy, excited look on his face and started to tell us all about the Bradley Ogden. Bradley Ogden, named after it’s chef, was recently awarded the best new restaurant award by the James Beard Foundation. Read about it here. Randall also went on to say that Bradley AND his son were at the restaurant. Randall reminded me of a young child bragging about his father. The entire staff were at our beck and call all night -- They really made us feel like royalty. The service alone was enough for me to give this restaurant a very favorable review.
I’ll get all of the price questions out of the way right now. Bradley Ogden is EXPENSIVE. Expect to drop at least $200 without a bottle of wine. Entrée ranged from $37 for the salmon to $175 for the Kobe Beef. It was probably the most expensive restaurant I have ever eaten at (and payed for the bill myself). Usually, when I look at the menu and the prices of the entrees start at $35, I keep on walking. However, we were in Vegas and everything has a tendency to cost more there. I was on vacation and I wanted to treat Amy to a nice night out after a long week.
Bradley Ogden only has three courses to order from. The first courses have your choices of soups, salads and appetizers. I guess you could order more than one, but I doubt it would be necessary. Amy definitely had better luck ordering than I did this night. She started with the Maytag Blue Cheese Soufflé for an appetizer and completed her meal with the Pork Tenderloin. Both were outstanding -- I wished I had ordered them myself. The Blue Cheese Soufflé was baked and had the same consistency of cheesecake. It was served with walnuts, figs, watercress and jam. The Pork Tenderloin was like no other pork we had previously tasted. It was broiled, and came with two slices about a half inch thick with mushrooms, onions, and black truffles. It was ideally cooked with the most perfect shade of pink in the middle. Amy commented that it had the same consitancy as a beef tenderloin.
My dishes were good, but they were just not my ideal taste in food. I opted for some lighter selections since I was not feeling as hungry as usual. I started with the Seared Hawaiian Ono served with wasabi sauce. I would say this was good, but not nearly as good as my better halves appetizer. For my entrée, I selected the Maine Scallops. It was served with a lemon, cashew sauce and fava beans. I’m not sure if this is a fad, but this is the second restaurant I have been to in two weeks that served seafood with fava beans. I hope the fad goes away. It is not much to my liking but that is just me. I ate around the them. The lemon, cashew sauce combined with the scallops was really something. The scallops themselves were seared and served rare as well -- the best scallops I had ever had. I still wished I had ordered the pork that Amy had. What do they say about grass?
Now I get to the part where I start to get a little light headed -- Dessert. While eating our entrees, we got a short prelude to our dessert when the table next to us had theirs brought out. “ I have seen the dessert tray, and it is good,“ Amy declared.
Amy and I were very full by the time we were done with our entrees. Our stomach’s were pretty stretched out from our trip to the Bellagio Buffet the previous night, so we ordered anyway. It came down to a choice between the Strawberry Shortcake and the Chocolate Dessert Platter. Since Amy is a sucker for Chocolate (and allergic to strawberries), we ordered the latter. To say the least it was a good choice. The platter came with four desserts (pictured below), each of which was enough for a separate person. Clockwise from the upper left: Chocolate cream, chocolate sorbet, a chocolate glazed donut, and warm chocolate espresso cake. We were done with the warm chocolate espresso cake in about a half minute. Holy crap that was good!! The chocolate donut was completely sinful. It made a Krispy Kreme taste like a Little Debbie snack cake. We barely touched the chocolate sorbet and crème. If we ate anymore we would burst. Oh, and I should also note that with out dessert, Randall brought each of us out a little teacup of butterscotch pudding with a little snicker-doodle on the side. This, like everything else, was incredible. The pudding was REALLY sweet though, but I think it was meant to be that way.
Overall, the meal price came to about $270 with tip, wine and cappuccinos. Like I said, it was probably the most expensive meal I have ever eaten, but it was well worth it.
Las Vegas, NV