June 30th, 2008
I’m just back from a fabulous trip to Las Vegas where we stayed at the new posh Palazzo hotel -sister to the Venetian. All rooms are beautiful luxurious suites, with swanky bathrooms and soaps and bath products that smell so good … I almost wanted to eat them!
Speaking of eating, our first night my husband and I dined at Morels restaurant right off the lobby of the Palazzo. The dining room is punctuated with Tiffany blue accents, a touch reminiscent of Prime at the Bellagio. Outdoor seating over the strip- is great for people watching, if it wasn’t 108 degrees!! We opted for cool refuge of air conditioned inside dining. The menu dubbed ” french steakhouse & bistro” had plenty of tantalizing choices and for an upscale Vegas restaurant I thought the prices were quite good.
Excellent for sipping, we started with perfectly-made old classics. Tanqueray Ten Martini, ultra-chilled with blue cheese stuffed olives and a Woodford Manhattan with house brandied cherries. Not wanting to spoil our appetite, we passed on appetizers but they had some fun selections; from Classic Cheese Fondue, $10 per guest, to Halibut Ceviche with roasted piquillo peppers, tomato and jalapeno water $16.
John had the Summer Heirloom Tomato Salad, with oh so fashionable burratta cheese, wild arugula, in-house pickled onions, EVOO and grapemust geduction, $15. Both salads were quite nice.
For my entree I had the “melt in your mouth good” 18-Hour Red Wine Braised Beef Shortrib with morel mushroom cassoulet (morels had to show up somewhere!), summer asparagus and crisp onion rings, $38. John opted for the 16-oz Kansas City Steak, $46, grilled to perfection and served with a yummy au poive demi.
Our super charming waiter insisted (and glad he did!) we have the Truffle Creamed Summer Corn Gratin with roasted jalapenos and Parmesan cheese, $8. It was fantastic – full of flavor but not too spicy – just sexy and decadent!
That was it for us — no dessert – we were stuffed. Morels is a fantastic addition to a wonderful hotel. We’ll be back.
Located in the Palazzo Hotel
Interior: Beautiful and tasteful
Service: Professional, crisp and attentive
Price: Reasonable for fine dining in Vegas