Piggy does Las Vegas

I must say we were a little bit glad to be leaving San Francisco.  Other than one or two yummy food encounters in San Francisco, we forked out wayyyy too much for mediocre food.  It didn’t help that The Giants won their game plus Halloween weekend meant there were nightly crazed drunkards screaming outside our Airbnb window.

IMG_7245 (49) [640x480]Like I said, glad we escaped, and landed right in the plush surrounds of Encore Hotel.  Encore is a sister hotel of Wynn, and everything screamed opulence.  Oh yeah.  That’s how we roll.  One thing of note though, if you can splurge for Encore, you can splurge on a cab to Encore.  Screw hotel shuttle.  We spun around endlessly for 40 mins in a shuttle before we finally arriving at Encore.  Unless you want a tour of all the hotels on Vegas Strip, it’s not worth the pain.

Friggin awesome bed!

Friggin awesome bed!

Check in was super quick and we were even given an option to upgrade our room for $20 per night.  After our sleep deprivation in San Francisco, hubby waved his arms and declared “We will take it!”.  Oh well, why not?  We are here to splurge in Vegas.  And in Vegas, splurge we did for the next few days.

Our hotel room was spacious and had a great view.  Even the gym in the hotel is fantastic, with cold towels, fresh headphones, fantastic, non-stinky equipment, fruit and magazines should you want to chillax after your workout.
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We decided we should try their legendary buffet in our first night there.  At 3:45pm, we have unfortunately missed their lunch hour which finished at 3pm.  Apparently, if you enter the buffet at, say, 2:55pm, you can kinda “linger” until the dinner time session and have the dinner buffet selection for the p

We decided we should try their legendary buffet in our first night there.  At 3:45pm, we have unfortunately missed their lunch hour which finished at 3pm.  Apparently, if you enter the buffet at, say, 2:55pm, you can kinda “linger” until the dinner time session and have the dinner buffet selection for the price of lunch.  Cheeky, but I suspected a number of tables are doing exactly that.

To be honest, I don’t think dinner was that much more expensive, probably $5 or more and the dinner buffet costs about $35 per head, which is really, quite cheap compared to what we paid in Australia  for the same calibre of buffet.  Our fantastic exchange rate helped also of course.
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I love their live cooking stations where they cook Asian noodle soup and pasta to order.  There is a whole separate room for dessert and there is a live cooking station for crepes there too!
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In terms of flavour, like all buffet the empathsis is more on  selection rather than great flavours.  We both agreed that the turkey was awesomely tender and moist (I wonder if they deep fried it?).  Other meat like their ribs was a let down, so were their cornflake chicken, which is more doughy than crunchy, and I got a fresh patch too.
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Hubby complained that there were no oysters and I just looked at him and went, “This is a desert.  Even if they do have fresh live oysters that can be flown here, it wont be served in a $35 buffet.”  There were Alaskan snow crab though, and even that wasn’t as fresh as we would like it to be.
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We also sampled a number of dessert selection at the Wynn Buffet as people in Urbanspoon and Trip Advisor raved about it. nothing really jumped out as fantastic though.  The hot desserts were better, on offer was the hot chocolate melting pot and bread and butter pudding with creme anglaise which were quite nice.  The crepes from the live cooking station was also so-so, the flavour of the batter left much to be desired for.

Overall, it was an alright meal and the wait staff was friendly enough. 6/10

To check out the other places we visited in USA, please visit my USA page here.

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