Thursday, January 1, 2009

Vegas trip continued: Hugo's Cellar

If you haven't read the first Vegas post, start here.

The first night we ate at Hugo’s Cellar at the 4 Queens hotel. The hotel was in the old part of town and it was really cool to be down there and see it. All the hotels were a bit trashy and there was an outside bar on every corner, it was really funny to see.
The whole thing is covered but the ends are open. It goes on for about 3 blocks I think.

The meal that night was amazing! Probably the best meal I’ve had in the states. I think we had 4 different people waiting on us and all of them had been there for over 20 years. We spoke with the sommelier (wine expert) who was British and hysterical. He spent a lot of time with us and was totally great. Then the salad guy came by. He make the salads there at the table and make them individually. It was yummy. One of the really great things was that they gave us time to digest between serving things. They were in no rush to get us out, it was all about enjoying the food and company.

Jonathan and I split a steak with vegetables and potatoes. There was plenty of food and neither of us could have eaten that much by ourselves. The steak was perfectly done. We added a tiny bit of blue cheese on top and the whole thing just melted in our mouths. It was divine.

Then standard with the meal came a tray of chocolate dipped things. There was a strawberry dipped in milk chocolate, a fig dipped in while chocolate, and a dried apricot dipped in dark chocolate for each of us. All served with homemade whipped cream.

And of course we couldn’t pass up desert in this place. Real desert, the fruit was just the warm up. We ordered bananas foster. The salad guy came with a different cart and made this at our table too.
They cut up bananas and fry them in some kind of alcohol. The flames were so high that they licked the ceiling at one point. Part of the enjoyment of ordering this is watching it being made. And then it’s served over ice cream. I had never had bananas foster before and it was really good. I would totally recommend it.

And we can’t forget the coffee. And at this place, even coffee is a big ordeal.
It’s really a percolator, but it looks like a coffee bong. They got six small cups out of it and it was very strong and very good.

It was an expensive meal, but it was totally worth it. If we ever go back to Vegas, there is no doubt that we are eating there again. It was amazing, the people were wonderful and the experience was memorable.

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