Bally’s encapsulates the essence of old school Vegas glamour, a rare thing in the modern strip hotels. It’s décor is elegant and traditional, of another time perhaps but it is this sense of departure which makes the experience all the more unique. My husband states with confidence that this was the best meal of his life. For me, little can rival it in terms of indulgence and sheer extravagance, if not in culinary endeavour and finesse.
On arrival we were offered mimosas before being shown to our table and introduced to our server Mario. We enjoyed the best service we have ever received anywhere. Endlessly attentive, our glass was never less than an inch from full with the excellent and endlessly flowing champagne. We were made to feel like long lost friends, given recommendations and generally doted on “shall I take your photo for you”, “drink more –you’re on holiday, it’s free!” - such humour and personality. Mario – you are quite simply, a legend.
Though many might baulk at the $85 pp price tag, this buffet really does constitute a bargain, in terms of what you get for your money. The selection offers a myriad of dishes, the vast majority of which could be considered “luxury” ingredients. During our trip we paid similar money for very mediocre evening meals elsewhere, with significantly less and inferior wine. You could pay $40 elsewhere for the lobster alone, here I saw people with 2 on their plate at once!
The food itself:
While it has to be said we’re no sushi experts, we found the offering here to be excellent, so fresh and vibrant (and one of our personal highlights). The cold seafood selection was a joy, reams of crab, lobster and crevettes, all beautifully prepared and garnished. The oysters were not the best i’ve had and rather too mild for me.
We passed on the omelettes and carved meats but enjoyed a heavenly rack of lamb, meltingly tender and moist. The lobster ravioli was delicious, whilst the snapper, recommended by our waitor, was amongst the most flavoursome fish dishes I’ve ever had.
The food was not, it has to be said, without fault. The poached lobster tails we found to be rubbery and overcooked and the fillet mignon rather too well done for our tastes. Terrible as it may sound though– when there’s this much choice, if one item doesn’t hit the spot, you can just move onto the next (…and the next…and the next!
There was also a huge selection of stunningly presented, exquisitely delicate desserts and patisserie – such flair and attention to detail. The pistachio Crème brulee was quite simply sublime.
On leaving each lady is presented with a rose, a rather lovely touch to bring to a close an experience we won’t forget as long as we live.
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