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Las Vegas buffet reinvented at Wicked Spoon…

Posted on 01 September 2011

The scene: Nothing says Las Vegas like a buffet, where all-you-can-eat is as iconic as neon. There is not a major casino hotel without one, with more than 40 high-profile options in the city. In the past decade, as more luxury hotels have opened, buffets have also gone upscale, and these typically feature individual counters by type of ethnic cuisine, better ingredients, more food cooked to order and generally a luxury spin on gluttony. The best examples are Wynn, Bellagio, Mirage, M Resort, Planet Hollywood, Paris and TI.

 
  • In Las Vegas, the buffet model has always been essentially the same, the difference being pricier ingredients. Here you actually get different foods. 
In Las Vegas, the buffet model has always been essentially the same, the difference being pricier ingredients. Here you actually get different foods.

 

But there’s a new kid on the block taking a more radical approach to the buffet scene, Wicked Spoon in the recently opened Cosmopolitan Las Vegas. The entire vibe is decidedly un-buffet: From many of the seats you can’t even see the food, and it has a fawning wait staff replacing the cloth napkins and nice silverware every time you get up. But the real departure is its artistic rethinking of the buffet presentation. Gone are the make-it-yourself stations like the salad bar, and instead you get a range of single serving options. Many items are individually “packaged” in tiny pots, pans, and other unique serving vessels. Fried chicken comes in miniature fry baskets, freshly prepared pad thai is dispensed in classic white Chinese food take out boxes, and dessert options include a full-blown staffed gelato bar with nearly 20 flavors.

 

The very best feature is the amazing dessert selection. While some buffets have self-service soft ice-cream dispensers, Wicked Spoon has the gelato bar. Benchmark flavors like pistachio were excellent, better than at any of the standalone gelato parlors I’ve tried in Vegas, plus they have truly creative variations like balsamic strawberry and pomegranate. A variety of chocolate-dipped strawberries include versions rolled in crushed heath bar and crushed oreos, a bakery-style case of fancy pastries, and even individual molten chocolate lava cakes in tiny pots.

 

What regulars say: “Other high-end buffets here try to outdo each other with ingredients, but they are essentially all the same. This one is different,” said Vegas mother and food lover Stephanie Davis

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