I like trying out Las Vegas hotel/casino buffets, because if you're lucky, the food you select to fill your plates will surprise you. So it was that on my last night at the Luxor, I went to MORE the Buffet, accessible via escalator on the casino floor.
The layout is spacious, with a huge salad bar that is well spread out. Standard salad fare that's actually nicely presented. The hot foods are in ethnic cuisine sections along the wall — American, Asian, Italian, Mexican, noodles, and so forth. Again, well spread out.
For my first plate, I assembled a large grouping of different salads – everything from sweet fruity mimosa, to garden greens, to tabouli, to a crab leg, to potato salad, to marinated cucumbers and olives, to Greek tomatoes, to cole slaw, to seafood salad, to cheddar cheese and salami, to cold shrimp, to garlic bread.
Have to say, that was pretty delicious. I didn't mean to clear my plate, but I did. So far, so good.
Most of the hot entrées are rather standard, and in retrospect, nothing in particular stands out in my mind. I decided to do an all-meat plate: Roast baron of beef (tasty, but certainly nothing like prime rib), Korean Kalbi ribs (tasty but tough, tough, tough), teriyaki chicken (breasts instead of thighs, so it was dry; the skin was good), Italian sausage with green and red sweet peppers (strong black pepper flavor), creamy Dover sole (soft and pretty yummy).
Oh yeah, forgot the mashed potatoes and gravy (good stuff).
I left about half the animal protein on my plate and headed off to the dessert section. They had a bunch of desserts that looked enticing, but first I brought back three desserts that I could photograph for my "Five Best Desserts" blog.
Mini-Tiramisu: bland, no rum, hardly any taste. Pistachio Creme Brûlée: not too bad, enjoyed this. Sugarless Apple Pie: bleah, didn't like this in the least, don't know why they even bothered.
I went back for a dessert that had captured my imagination during my earlier inspection – a slice of "Heath Bar Cheesecake" that had high promise. When I got back to my seat, the busboy was already cleaning up the table. He looked up and apologized profusely, setting me up with more napkins and clean utensils.
Hot damn! Perfect for a rich, delicious dessert ... a brand new beginning and a perfect ending for a meal that started out fine, went downhill, then 'way downhill, but took a sharp curve back up again. Because that Heath Bar cheesecake was sinfully delicious.
I walked out a happy man.
MORE the Buffet: In The Luxor Hotel & Casino, 3900 Las Vegas Blvd., South. Phone: (702) 262-4000.