Thursday, June 11, 2009

Delicious, Delectable... Heavenly

Walking into Aureole's in the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas it's difficult to miss the wine tower. Wrapped in a stair case, the 4 story wine tower boasts a spectacular wine collection. Resting in lucite bins, wines are accessible only by carabiner-clad Wine Angels who "fly" the tower to retrieve your order. Orders well organized by region, varietal, vinyard and more on tablet PCs presented to guests to peruse table side. Incredible, right? But I wasn't most impressed with the wine tower or the technologized wine menu. I was most impressed by the service and oh... the food!

We spent a long weekend in Vegas with Tom and Amy, long time friends from before any of us were married even! The weekend marked Amy's 40th celebraion! Chef Tim, who works with Tom at the Boardwalk Hotel set up our dinner reservations with his friend, Kevin Dimon, General Manager of Aureole's.

Our eight course celebration started with champagne and canapes beautifully presented in tic tac toe fashion on a sparkling, sea-green glass plate. My favorite? The chicken satay glazed with savory peanut sauce. Tuna canneloni followed: delicate ahi tuna prepared tartare, wrapped in a spiderweb crisp of pastry and seated in a red pepper coulis. Delish! But what followed was even better!

Sea scallops (with lobster for everyone else) seved with baby carrots and fingerling potatoes in a compound butter sauce topped with chive foam. At this point in the meal , I started taking pictures...

Somehow I missed shooting everyone's entree and all of the delectable side dishes. Yes, they brought us one of each listed on the menu: amazing. Dessert was warm bittersweet chocolate cake with pistachio olive oil ice cream, as well as scoop platters of all of their ice cream flavors and fruit sorbets. AND a gorgeous rasberry cream filled torte/cake for Amy's birthday. The meal ended with chocolate gift bags for everyone which featured hand crafted chocolates and sweet wafers...delicious.