Andre’s Las Vegas

Last week, Angela and I went to Andre’s Las Vegas for dinner. We purchased a TravelZoo Local deal for a 3-course meal (appetizer, entree, desert) at Andre’s because it seemed like a good deal and would be a good way to get out of the house and have a nice date night.

Andre’s is located inside of the Monte Carlo Casino. It is off the beaten path a little bit, located in a corner that you wouldn’t see unless you were looking for it. We had a reservation for 5:30 PM and arrived a few minutes before that time. We were immediately seated at a table.

The first thing I noticed was that there were only four other people in the restaurant – they looked like a group of businessmen attending a conference or something, so definitely not local. I wasn’t a big fan of the decor and just felt like there was a kind of weird ambiance. I didn’t take any pictures of our food because there wasn’t a way to do it inconspicuously where we were seated.

Our waiter was polite and prompt. He asked for our voucher and then provided us with a limited menu from which we could pick our courses. I chose Caesar salad, sauteed chicken breast, and a chocolate souffle. Angela chose French onion soup, potato crusted sea bass, and banana ice cream profiteroles. She also ordered a glass of Riesling wine.

After placing our order, we were provided with an amuse-bouche. The small plate had a fried pork belly sphere with a red pepper drizzle and a goat cheese and beet tart. Angela enjoyed both of the selections while I didn’t like either one. For me, the pork belly was too fatty and the tart was way too tangy. Not my style, honestly.

Our appetizers came out shortly thereafter. The Caesar salad was well dressed and had a parmesan flower instead of the usual parmesan strips. That was kind of neat. Angela’s soup was way too hot. She had to wait until I was almost done with my salad before she could even start eating it. She said the flavor was good but wasn’t happy that she burnt her mouth with her first taste.

Our entrees came out next. I was surprised to find that I didn’t get served a chicken breast, instead being provided with a wing and thigh. The flavor was OK, but the chicken seemed a little bit more fried than I thought it would be given that it was described as sauteed on the menu. Angela’s sea bass was done well and she enjoyed the flavor. The noodles that were served alongside the fish, however, were much too buttery. She let me have a taste and all I could taste was butter.

We each enjoyed desert, but we weren’t offered the option to order a la carte coffee or drinks to go with our dessert, which I thought was really weird. After dessert and before paying the check we were provided with a selection of four chocolate truffles. They were pretty good and a nice touch.

Overall, Andre’s isn’t somewhere we’d go again. The service was good but the food was just OK. The thing that really, really displeased me was not getting a chicken breast when that is what I ordered. I don’t think I’ve ever experienced that before. If it is because we were using a TravelZoo deal, then they just shouldn’t put it on the menu. We would not recommend going to Andre’s when there are so many other good restaurants in Las Vegas in general. If you really want to eat at the Monte Carlo, just head to Brand.

NFL Picks – 2013, Week 4

This is the third week of our season long pick ’em contest. Last week was absolutely brutal for me whereas Angela made up 3 games in our season long record contest. Here’s our record from last week:

  • Angela: 9-7
  • Nick: 6-10

And our overall records:

  • Angela: 17-14
  • Nick: 18-13

We’re also picking the Monday night score and whoever gets closer gets one tiebreaker point. I won last week so our current tiebreaker record is:

  • Angela: 1-1
  • Nick: 1-1

Here’s our picks for Week 4:

San Francisco 49ers at St. Louis Rams
Angela: 49ers
Nick: 49ers
Baltimore Ravens at Buffalo Bills
Angela: Ravens
Nick: Ravens
Arizona Cardinals at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Angela: Cardinal
Nick: Cardinals
Pittsburgh Steelers at Minnesota Vikings
Angela: Steelers
Nick: Steelers
N.Y. Giants at Kansas City Chiefs
Angela: Chiefs
Nick: Chiefs
Indianapolis Colts at Jacksonville Jaguars
Angela: Colts
Nick: Colts
Seattle Seahawks at Houston Texans
Angela: Seahawks
Nick: Seahawks
Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns
Angela: Bengals
Nick: Bengals
Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions
Angela: Bears
Nick: Bears
N.Y. Jets at Tennessee Titans
Angela: Titans
Nick: Titans
Washington Indigenous Persons at Oakland Raiders
Angela: Indigenous Persons
Nick: Indigenous Persons
Philadelphia Eagles at Denver Broncos
Angela: Broncos
Nick: Broncos
Dallas Cowboys at San Diego Chargers
Angela: Cowboys
Nick: Cowboys
New England Patriots at Atlanta Falcons
Angela: Falcons
Nick: Falcons
Miami Dolphins at New Orleans Saints
Angela: Dolphins
Nick: Saints
Monday Night Score
Angela: 35
Nick: 32

NFL Picks – 2013, Week 3

This is the second week of our season long pick ’em contest. We each had a fair bit of success in the first week, although I came out ahead because two of my four picks won by a single point. Lucky me! Our current records:

  • Angela: 8-7
  • Nick: 12-3

We’re also picking the Monday night score and whoever gets closer gets one tiebreaker point. For our tiebreaker, the current record is:

  • Angela: 1-0
  • Nick: 0-1

Here’s our picks for Week 3:

Kansas City Chiefs at Philadelphia Eagles
Angela: Eagles
Nick: Eagles
Houston Texans at Baltimore Ravens
Angela: Texans
Nick: Texans
Detroit Lions at Washington Indigenous Persons
Angela: Lions
Nick: Lions
San Diego Chargers at Tennessee Titans
Angela: Titans
Nick: Chargers
Arizona Cardinals at New Orleans Saints
Angela: Saints
Nick: Cardinals
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New England Patriots
Angela: Patriots
Nick: Patriots
Cleveland Browns at Minnesota Vikings
Angela: Vikings
Nick: Vikings
N.Y. Giants at Carolina Panthers
Angela: Giants
Nick: Giants
Green Bay Packers at Cincinnati Bengals
Angela: Packers
Nick: Packers
St. Louis Rams at Dallas Cowboys
Angela: Cowboys
Nick: Cowboys
Atlanta Falcons at Miami Dolphins
Angela: Dolphins
Nick: Falcons
Buffalo Bills at N.Y. Jets
Angela: Bills
Nick: Bills
Jacksonville Jaguars at Seattle Seahawks
Angela: Seahawks
Nick: Seahawks
Indianapolis Colts at San Francisco 49ers
Angela: 49ers
Nick: 49ers
Chicago Bears at Pittsburgh Steelers
Angela: Bears
Nick: Bears
Oakland Raiders at Denver Broncos
Angela: Broncos
Nick: Broncos
Monday Night Points
Angela: 45
Nick: 49

NFL Picks – 2013, Week 2

Angela and I have decided we’re going to do a pick ’em every weekend for the rest of the NFL season, just for fun between ourselves. Our current record:

  • Angela: 0-0
  • Nick: 0-0

Here’s our picks for Week 2:

New York Jets vs New England Patriots
Angela: Did not pick
Nick: Did not pick
Cleveland Browns vs Baltimore Ravens
Angela: Ravens
Nick: Ravens
Minnesota Vikings vs Chicago Bears
Angela: Bears
Nick: Bears
Tennessee Titans vs Houston Texans
Angela: Texans
Nick: Texans
Carolina Panthers vs Buffalo Bills
Angela: Panthers
Nick: Bills
St. Louis Rams vs Arizona Falcons
Angela: Falcons
Nick: Falcons
San Diego Chargers vs Philadelphia Eagles
Angela: Eagles
Nick: Eagles
Washington Redskins vs Green Bay Packers
Angela: Packers
Nick: Packers
Miami Dolphins vs Indianapolis Colts
Angela: Colts
Nick: Colts
Dallas Cowboys vs Kansas City Chiefs
Angela: Cowboys
Nick: Chiefs
Detroit Lions vs Arizona Cardinals
Angela: Lions
Nick: Cardinals
New Orleans Saints vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Angela: Saints
Nick: Saints
Denver Broncos vs New York Giants
Angela: Giants
Nick: Broncos
Jacksonville Jaguars vs Oakland Raiders
Angela: Raiders
Nick: Raiders
San Francisco 49ers vs Sevstle Seahawks
Angela: 49ers
Nick: 49ers
Pittsburgh Steelers vs Cincinnvsi Bengals
Angela: Bengals
Nick: Bengals