I’ve been in Las Vegas this week, doing some work and getting some much needed sunshine. I’m not much of a gambler and I find the plastic versions of Paris, Venice, New York, etc to be unsettling. Most of all that strange smell they pump into all the casinos to block out the cigarette smoke. But one thing I do like about Vegas (besides the weather) is the food.
My husband and I was on a mission this time to find the best steakhouse in town. Our criteria are excellent food (duh), attentive service, and an intimate, cozy atmosphere. All at reasonable prices (a $45 steak is acceptable if it’s really good but if you’re paying another $20 for a side salad it starts to get ridiculous).
Most of the top steakhouses in Vegas subscribe to old school decor rules, with heavy, opulent rugs and garish furniture. We subscribe to a more modern aesthetic and found it – along with scrumptious food – at BOA Steakhouse.
BOA takes mod furntiture in rich brown colors and mixes it with warm lighting and light decorations like simple branches. Indoors you can sit at tables or booths that feel made for long dinners and intimate conversations. The outside patio is heated and provides an excellent view of the strip from it’s 3rd floor location at Ceasar’s Palace.
I started with a signature cocktail – something with ginger vodka and elderflower – simply delicious. The bread was served straight from the oven and if the service hadn’t been so on point I probably would’ve filled up on carbs. But appetizers were served promptly. I got the chop chop salad, which was very good, but I must admit I’ve never tasted a starter quite as good as the crab cake my husband got. Thankfully he’s learned to share
For the main course, I opted for an ahi tuna steak that melted in my mouth. My husband got the rib eye and nearly sucked the bone. He was in heaven. Sides were completely unnecessary but still served, family size.
If you, like I, enjoy mac n’ cheese, you MUST order the house’s mac n’ cheese in truffle oil. $12 might seem a lot for a side but this was heavenly.
For the finale, we shared an amazing creme brulee. We left over-stuffed but in a fantstic daze that can only be achieved when you’ve had a really really good date. And a great meal. We returned two days later for an equally exquisite experience.
If you’re in Vegas (or California, where they have a couple of restaurants also) do stop by BOA. Bon appetite!
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