Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Cafe Lago Buffet at the Caesars Palace Hotel in Las Vegas

So you thought I was through with all the Vegas posts, didn't you? I just never got around to working on this post, mainly because this buffet itself was so disappointing. When we arrived at the Cafe Lago inside of Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, we saw how empty the place was. Not a great sign. The only reason we ate here was because we moved our rooms over to this hotel after staying at the Bellagio for a few nights, and it was too easy to just go downstairs and find the buffet.

The room itself was beautifully decorated.

The buffet itself was tiny, and the selection was small. Of course the crab legs. the cocktail shrimps, and the prime rib were all there, but there was not much else to offer.

I initially thought that there were oyster shooters available when I saw those small glasses, but one had just cocktail sauce, and the other just olives. Disappointing.

There was a soup station that claimed that wonton soup was available. On a cold night, that sounded good, and I tried a bowl. Beneath those huge lids were the soups, and you could add in mushrooms and various other toppings. But alas, the wontons were no where to be found. So I asked the server where they were, and she said that that was it. What?? Then why do you label it as wonton soup? We got into a very good discussion with our waitress, a nice Vietnamese lady, who basically told us that no one ever likes the soup. She pointed us into the direction of the buffet at Wynn, very honest of her, and she kindly mixed up some free Mimosas for us without asking. The Mimosas are usually extra. We felt like we've know her all our lives.

The pastry bar was just ok. Nothing really stood out here.

There were some good things about the buffet. There was an everflowing chocolate fondue fountain. Dark chocolate and white chocolate, with lots and lots of strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and other fruits for dipping. I didn't care too much for the chocolate itself; I just went for those blueberries and blackberries because if I ate 10 pounds or so of those, I could get my money's worth. And I think I just about did that.

One other thing I liked about Cafe Lago was this large selection of these mini-parfaits. In particular, there was a guava parfait that was truly special, and the others were good too. There were some jello shots that were quite good. And they had real ice cream, not soft serve.

So what Cafe Lago lacked in their meats, they try to make up for it in fruits, ice creams, and parfaits. I don't think that's enough to warrant a voluntary return visit, as there are much better buffets out there in Vegas, such as the one at the Bellagio and Le Village Buffet at the Paris Hotel.

Cafe Lago is located at the Caesars Palace Hotel and Casino at 3570 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, NV (702) 731-7928


Tangled Noodle said...

Oh my goodness! There's a reason I don't do buffets anymore - if I were faced with that giant white chocolate fountain, they'd have to carry me out, drenched in melted chocolate. Sorry about the wonton soup but it sounds like the mini-parfaits may have made up for it!

I also wanted to let you know that I finally posted a proper 'thank you' to you for sharing the Proximity Award with me. I really appreciated it!

EatTravelEat said...

I'm not done with my Vegas posts either :). There are so many photos to sort out!
It's kind of unfortunate for Cafe Lago to kind of lack in good food when their presentations are so nice and their interior is also very fancy! Love the chocolate fountain. So far, I've only visited 2 buffets that have chocolate fountains.

Anonymous said...

omg look at all that chocolate! I'm drooling!

shavedicesundays said...

Tangled Noodle, I actually got lazy with having to go up and dip the stuff in there. Yes, the parfaits were great! Your thank you post was so beautifully written. Thank YOU!

EatTravelEat, you too? I know , Caesar could have a really great buffet if they could just tweak it a little.

lengslog, haha, time for a chocolate bar! Wedding's over!

Anonymous said...

holy moly that chocolate fountain looks divine!!!

shavedicesundays said...

thecleanveggie, yeah Vegas is about decadence, isn't it?

SinoSoul said...

the last 2 times in Vegas, we were completely able to avoid buffets. Dare I say, there is QUALITY food to be had in Vegas (think Izakayas, BBQ, etc.)

shavedicesundays said...

SinoSoul, what you don't come to Vegas for the buffets? We usually do. Of course, after so much, we crave outside food.