[Pigging by Wilfrid: July 31, 2018]
You have to love the disciplined upsell. Emeril's New Orleans Fish House beckons guests by prominently offering a $65 tasting menu. Good value for the Strip. Once seated, you're told, "Oh it will take at least two hours to serve..."
And when you hear the next table being told the same thing, you know the staff have been trained in the bait and switch -- the carte being that much more expensive. I persisted and of course I was on the entrée 35 minutes in.
Not bad, not great, but at least comfortable and relatively quiet by LV hotel standards. And the New Orleans twists were evident. Sparkling wine after a day of hard reporting; corn bread with sweet butter. Then three savory courses (a tasting menu, see?).
Then a touch of the old Galatoire's: a piece of crisp-skinned trout (good), piled with lump crabmeat (never as exciting as you hope). And a selection of small pieces of cheese, arranged over some syrupy goo.
The dinner was indeed worth about $65, but of course the check galloped north of three figures with some glasses of wine, tax, and tip.