Friday, November 21, 2014

Bacchanal Buffet

What's Las Vegas without going to at least one buffet? And that's what we did, except we made sure to do some research ahead of time. And what we discovered was that while lots of articles ranked the top 10 buffets to eat in Las Vegas, they seldom had pictures. So lo and behold, this post will contain tons of photos!

Originally, we were going to go into the buffet with the same tactic that we had used the previous year, that is show up an hour before dinner hours (so that we could pay the lunch price) and eat both lunch and dinner dishes. However, there were a few influential factors that we didn't take into consideration: 1) We were going on a Saturday, 2) We had a party of EIGHT versus just TWO people, and 3) We didn't realize exactly how popular the Bacchannal Buffet was.

We arrived at 2:15pm, and found out that we had to proceed to a machine to input the number of people in our party, which then gave us a paper slip stating the time to return. The return time indicated that was when we could BEGIN lining up (...What?!). The time it told us to return was 3:45pm, well over the beginning of dinner hours So all eight of us fell disappointed and contemplated going to Bellagio for their buffet. We even walked to Bellagio and lined up for 10 minutes before the group reached a consensus to go back to Caesars Palace and wait (all influenced by the reviews we had read beforehand).

The eight of us sat beside the Bacchanal Buffet line looking famished. We must have looked like a group of very sad children, because the lovely woman who worked to check the time stamped paper slips motioned us over and let us join the queue. Despite having skipped the wait for our line up time to arrive, it was 4pm by the time we got our table. Imagine how much longer we would have had to wait if we follow their legitimate process! Needless to say, once we got our table, we didn't even bother to sit down and quickly booked it to the food stations - our server had to stop us in our tracks to get our drink orders before he would let us go (woops!).

Beautiful glass entrance of the buffet - also the seafood section

Starting with the Asian section

Assortment of Dim Sum

Ginseng Chicken Soup

Congee and its condiments

Soup Noodle Station (Udon with Kombu Broth, Ramen with Tonkatsu Broth, Vietnamese Pho, Miso)

Salad Bar

Wedge salad (bacon and bleu cheese), Seasame Miso Ginger salad,  Pear & Endive salad

Cheese Board

Charcuterie Slicer

Forno Oven

They had a hot and cold station for king crab legs (Love this pic! Thanks for the pose kind sir!)


Truffle Scallop (so heavy but so much drool happening here)

Street Taco Station (Carne Asada, Pork al Pastor, Pollo Marinado)

Freshly Squeezed Juice (L-R: Guava, Horchata - cinnamon rice milk, Mango - sweet mango, Jamaica - hibiscus flower, Pineapple, Tamarindo)

These bread looked so perfect, but no room for large carb intakes at a buffet for me :( 

Mushroom & Truffle Soup

American Section (wagyu beef sliders, bacchanal spuds, mash potatoes, mac & cheese)

Carving Station (Mango & Jalapeño Chicken Sausage, Spicy Linguiça Sausage, Kielbasa Sausage, Smoked Brisket, Bone-in Prime Rib, BBQ Ribs, Oven-Roasted Turkey, Lamb Chops)

Chicken & Waffles, Parmaesan French Fries

Baked Cod

Clam's and Chorizo with Saffron Cream Sauce

Sautéed Salmon (Asparagus, Heirloom, Tomato) 

Mussels Meuniere in Butter Sauce

Crawfish Boil

L-R: Ceviche, Oyster Shooter - cucumber watercrest, Smoke Salmon Vichyssoise, Salmon)

Jonah Crab Claw

Dessert Station

Crepe Station

Black Sesame Macaroons were off the wall.. I totally neglected the other macaroon, but I believe it was coconut flavoured

Vanilla Creme Brulee and Thai Tea Creme Brulee

Chocolate Oreo Mousse, Chinese 5 Spice Chocolate Cake

Pumpkin Chiffon Mousse, Carrot Cake

Rice Pudding Cranberry Chutney, Cassis Cream Puff

Spiced Berries - lemon grass, star annise, Passion Fruit Cheese Cake

Gelato Station (Mochis are given if requested at this spot)

Assortment of Cake Pops

Portuguese Egg Tarts (pretty legit IMO) 

Green Tea White Chocolate Lava Cake 

Pecan Tart, Dark Chocolate Lava Cake

Hungry yet?

In terms of service, it wasn't up to par with its price point and image. I compared with the two buffets I went to last year in Vegas (The Buffet at Wynn and Wicked Spoon at Cosmopolitan), and those two buffets fared better than Bacchanal Buffet. I wasn't sure who was responsible for our table as there were at least 3-4 different people approaching our table throughout our meal. Ignoring the fact that we had multiple servers, none took the initiative to come check on our drinks, so we had to constantly ask for refills.

I would recommend Bacchanal Buffet if you are looking for a buffet to try in Las Vegas and are willing to splurge a bit more - we paid $68, which included a large group gratuity. There is a large variety of food and the quality is up there. The ambiance of the restaurant is comfortable with the large seats they have (very useful for a full belly). Just ,ake sure you go with a empty stomach!

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