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Who doesn’t love the holiday season? Aromas and tastes evoke memories of times gone by. This festive part of the year also offers us a chance to create some new traditions, and why not start right under the neon lights of the culinary mega city of Las Vegas? Explore a variety of gastronomic holiday delights, enjoy and have a fabulous holiday season.
Charlie Palmer’s Aureole at the Mandalay Bay Resort is celebrating Christmas with a five-course dinner menu featuring caramelized diver scallop; black winter truffles; or a roasted Cervena rack of venison from New Zealand.
barMASA at the Aria Resort will offer something completely different for your holiday celebration. Their prix fixe menu gives us gifts from the sea with plates of wild yellowtail; toro caviar; white miso cod with maitake mushroom; and a nigiri sushi or sushi canapé. For dessert, choose between miso cream brûlée; chocolate black sesame ice cream; or try the yuzu sorbet.
You can’t go wrong with any of the Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group’s venues. B&B Ristorante has a delightful four-course dinner that includes choices like fluke crudo, traditional baccala crochetta, octopus, Taylor Bay scallops, and a succulent red snapper.
Buddy V's Ristorante
Stop over at the Palazzo Resort at Cake Boss Buddy V's Ristorante. Sit back and enjoy a baby beet salad; roasted Prime rib; and Panettone bread pudding with a rich eggnog glaze and butter pecan gelato.
Over at the Venetian and Palazzo Resorts compound, db Brasserie will serve their first Christmas menu, comprising a three-course prix fixe for $69 per person. Guests can enjoy perfectly prepared beef tenderloin and rich, decadent, fresh black truffles, as well as sea bass, and pancetta-wrapped pork tenderloin.
Chef Emeril Lagasse’s Delmonico Steakhouse at the Venetian-Palazzo will please everyone at the table. Feast on a holiday dinner of seasonal dishes like butternut squash ravioli with sage brown butter, candied pecans, and Parmigiano-Reggiano. Engage your palate in Delmonico minced meat; braised veal shank with sweet potato späetzle, hazelnut gremolata, wild mushrooms, and a butter roasted apple or currant Beggar’s Purse with calvados double cream for dessert.
Also celebrating her first holiday season is Giada. Dive into the classic Feast of the Seven Fishes and enjoy an antipasti platter; spaghetti with clams; and lemon prosecco risotto with shrimp. Or how about a salt-crusted branzino for two, or even choose to break into a grilled lobster?
New Orleans Fish House
Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House in the MGM Resort has a four-course prix fixe menu to enjoy. Guests’ choices include blood orange and Belgian endive salad; Nicoise olives and escarole salad; parsnip and leek soup; shrimp and okra gumbo; and pan roasted Washington day boat halibut. You must not forget about Emeril’s barbecued salmon, or pepper seared beef tenderloin as well.
Our top pick can be found at the renowned Bellagio Resort and Casino. Picasso has a Christmas Day prix fixe menu that is sure to provide memories for years to come. Feast on Kobe Steak spheres; roasted Maine lobster; a lovely seared filet of halibut; a Prime filet mignon; and even a roasted veal chop. For $150 you really can’t beat it.