Admittedly, we hit the Fish House at the MGM Grand for lunch, so a heads up comparison with dinner at Table 10 two days earlier isn't 100% fair. As well, Emeril Lagasse's MGM restaurant isn't supposed to be quite as frou-frou, either -- here you get four different po-boy sandwiches atop the menu, served with a mini-bag of spicy potato chips.
The decor at the Fish House is tastefully funky, twisted plate copper winding up the mustard yellow walls; the pale blue neon bar sits behind a playful, 3-metre wrought iron fish head on one side, the tail on the other.
Nadia had the fish of the day, a seared white-fleshed fish from Hawaii called ono; it was lovely.
That po boy? The beef iteration was recommended by both the maitre-d' and the server, and did not disappoint. Coming in at only sixteen bucks, it left room on the Visa for a nice, woody dark brown ale called Abita Turbodog. A wonderful find, this beer comes from a microbrewery in Abita Springs, California: highly recommended!
The Fish House has two stains of a celebrity chef restaurant: a neon EMERIL'S at the top of the marquee, and a list of signature souvenirs. Ah, who am I kidding? I may not have picked up a BAM! Apron, but I did bring home two bottles of Emeril's Kick It Up Sauce. (Sometimes the cult of celebrity can be fun, especially when the catch phrase is just old enough to no longer be annoying.)
Favorite Dish: As mentioned, the beef po boy sandwich was an absolute treat, and at just 16 bills, a true bargain by either Las Vegas or celebrity chef restaurant standards.
Right in the middle of restaurant row in the MGM Emeril's New Orleans Fish House is a great place for some fresh seafood, but be careful what you order because it might bite you in the butt when the bill comes !!!!! Had some great drinks at the bar before being seated, once seated the service was perfect....the menu easy to read and understand and the wine list was just like Emeril's other Las Vegas restaurant .....40 pages long !!!!! The only knock I have against this place is that they do not have a bathroom in the restaurant you must step out and use the one for restaurant row !!!! Highly recommed it !!!!!
Favorite Dish: Barbque shrimp with pasta and biscuits !!!! great !!!!!! 1 pound fresh Maine lobster $52 ......2 pound Maine Lobster $53....you make the decision !!!!!!!
I always wanted to try one of Emeril's restaurants and see if it lived up to the hype. Food and service-wise, I'd say this place absolutely did.
Emeril's is a trendy place with earth tone and amber decor. The service is excellent. Efficient, professional and very friendly. And the menu is not to be believed. Emeril is known for his unusual food pairings and this menu certainly had them. There was every type of seafood imaginable and some I'd never heard of before.
The monkfish wrapped in bacon with fried potatoes was very good, but didn't blow me away. I probably should have washed it down with something other than a watermelon martini, but it was a damn good drink.
Next course was a pecan crusted redfish in a lightly spicy brown sauce. This was to die for. The fish was cooked to melt in your mouth perfection and lightly covered with pecans which took the edge off the sauce. I'm not sure what Emeril threw in here, but it was genius.
Whatever you do, save room for dessert. If you're full, eat it anyway. And, order the bread pudding. Even if you're from New Orleans, and even if you make your own award winning bread pudding (or know someone who does), you want to try this. I don't even like bread pudding and I'm raving about it. That should tell you something.
The restaurant also has a 6 course tasting menu for $65 (as of 2004), which is considerably more with wine,
Favorite Dish: The bread pudding. Definitely the bread pudding.
The decor reminded me of my many travels to New Orleans. The food was great and had a wonderful kick to it.
Favorite Dish: I had a fabulous crab ceasar salad that was to die for! It had a light dressing and enough crab for this Maryland girl!
The calamari was the best I had ever had! The sauce for the calamari had a nice kick to it.
How can you go wrong eating at Emeril's???
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Favorite Dish: I had a fillet of sole with lump backfin crab that was utterly succulent, but everyone else at the table was oo-ing & ah-ing too.
Basically, the food arrived, and all conversation stopped.
One note, however: the service couldn't anywhere near compare to Commander's Palace.
The food, of course, is excellent. The service was what really impressed us. Everyone gets their meal simultaneously - whether there are two or ten people at the table, there are that many servers standing behind you, and at once, they place your dish in front of you. Voila!
Favorite Dish: I had the salmon, hubby had the plank steak. Both excellent. Waiter helped us choose a wine. With a $4.75 water, two appetizers, two entrees, 2 glasses wine, bill came to $103. But that's Emeril's Vegas, baby!
The atmosphere was somewhat like the Emeril's in New Orleans except quieter and more reserved. The food was acceptable but could have been better (more flavorful) in my opinion.
Favorite Dish: Our appetizers were excellant. A dozen oysters on the half shell and the tempura fried salmon roll were great. Our spinach salad was also very good. Our main courses were the Shellfish Pasta (lacked flavor) and the Grilled Whitefish(a little dry) were acceptable but not up to Emeril's quality which I had become accustom. Still it was a nice evening.
Emeril's New Orleans Fish House
A perfect balance of old and new. Emeril's New Orleans Fish House offers deliciously provocative seafood from the coastlines of Louisiana combined with the creative imaginations of New Orleans' culinary star, Chef Emeril Lagasse. Emeril's New Orleans Fish House offers the flavors, culture and warmth of the seductive southern city of New Orleans accentuated by quality service presentation and an unpretentious yet beguiling atmosphere. One of a kind, Emeril's New Orleans Fish House caters to the knowledgeable local diner and the sophisticated tourist looking for something special and new in Las Vegas.
Favorite Dish: EVERYTHING!
Emeril's New Orleans Fish House
Remember the guy who says 'Bam!'? This is his restaurant (one of several locations across the country, including two in Vegas). Emeril Lagasse is an unpretentious artist, and his food is outstanding. It is a little on the rich, buttery, creamy side so don't go without an appetite or on a diet. Otherwise, though, I can't recommend it more highly. It comes with a price tag, but you will be rewarded.