Monday, October 6, 2008

BOA Steakhouse

The Restaurant: BOA Steakhouse
Location: Top floor of the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace Las Vegas
Dinner for 1 price: $72 plus tip

The Skinny: Very good food in hefty portions. The menu is Surf & Turf and features Kobe beef (Wagyu or American Kobe, specially raised hybrids of Angus and Kobe beef) for some of the steak options. I started with a Pomegranate Mojito. I could have had 6 of those things they were so good. Still, I am more impressed with the blueberry mojito at Spago and the Lavender mojito at Parasol Down in the Wynn. I went for the Market Menu which featured a choice of salads, entree and sides, and came with crème brulee for dessert. I had the Chop Chop Salad which consisted of chopped artichokes, salami, chick peas, olives, tomatoes, pine nuts, and provolone cheese. It wasn't a huge salad, but it was certainly filling and could be used as an entree for lighter eaters or someone saving room for dessert. For the entree I had the Kobe Flat Iron Steak. Very good meat, well seasoned, and the Cabernet sauce I chose for dipping was perfect. The sides for me were the fries, which apparently were sprinkled with a touch of truffle oil, and the mushrooms which were also wonderful, especially dipped in the cabernet sauce. By the time I got through all of this I was fairly full. The crème brule was nice, no more, no less. All in all this was an enjoyable meal; service was well above what I expect at this mid-range type Strip restaurant. The price is typical Strip (unfortunately) but the portions are typical steakhouse (fortunately). The meal I had would have left a light eating couple content. So, I recommend making this an entree only kind of place unless you split the Market Menu. The entrees with two sides are sufficient, then walk down the strip and find dessert elsewhere.

Brian William Waddell is a foodie, beer geek, and author. His numerous blog posts range from food to politics. He also has a book of poetry, Fractured Prose, available here, and is ready to publish his second poetic endeavor.

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