It was Christmas Day and we were in Las Vegas celebrating the holidays with my husband’s family. South Korean’s hip hop artist Rain was also in Las Vegas and was scheduled to perform a 2-day show at Ceasar’s Palace with the final performance scheduled for Christmas Day. For those of you who know the Princess Gourmet, thanks to my son, I am a fan of hip hop and R&B music performed by South Korean artists and Rain (real name Jeong Ji Hoon) is considered to be the “Justin Timberlake” in his home country (some of you might recognize him as the star of last year’s “Ninja Assassin” a role in which he recently won an MTV award for “Biggest Badass Star”). His hit song at that time was “Rainism”.
What’s the point in my telling you this story and what does that have to do with food? Don’t worry, I’m getting there. I had initially asked my son if he wanted to see Rain a few weeks earlier and he declined. And so on that Christmas Day, when we took a walk with the family along the Strip and ended up at Ceasar’s Palace in the late afternoon, all of a sudden, he decided he wanted to go. Long story short, there were still some tickets available so we were able to secure two tickets (no one else wanted to go) so it was my son and I that ended up going to the concert. The rest of the family decided to head back to the house where Christmas dinner was waiting to be served.
We had some time before the concert started so we decided to have an early dinner rather than waiting until after the concert since we had no idea how long the concert would last. Since the concert was being held at Ceasar’s Palace, it only made sense that we would eat at one of the many restaurants in the Forum Shops area. We settled on Spago.
Since it was Christmas (like I needed an excuse to order a drink), I ordered a lemon drop–it was your standard lemon drop; nothing special but very good. I let my son have a quick sip while no one was looking…
We were served a variety of different breads and crackers with a pat of butter and rosemary-infused olive oil on the side:
While we were waiting for our entrees, Spago’s gave us a sample of their Creme of Mushroom Soup Topped with Creme Fraiche and served in a small espresso cup. Light, airy and subtle mushroom flavor which was enhanced with the pairing of the creme fraiche. Delicious!
After studying the menu, I ordered the Oven Roasted Scottish Salmon “Hong Kong Style” over bok choy, shiitake mushroom, and snap peas, with ponzu sauce and a drizzle of garlic-chili oil. This dish was beautifully plated and it tasted as good as it looked. The salmon was perfectly prepared, not too dry and just a tiny bit underdone, just the way I like it. You can taste the freshness of the vegetables and the flavors paired really well together.
My son ordered the Hand Cut Fettuccine with Wild Oregon Mushrooms, English Peas, Arugula, Glazed Shallots, and finished with Parmesan-Reggiano. Again, another gorgeous presentation and my son enjoyed it. Not too heavy, lots of flavor and very filling.
We decided to forego dessert and wait until after the concert. All in all, we enjoyed our culinary experience at Spago. And the concert? It was AWESOME!
The Forum Shops at Ceasars
3570 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, NV 89109