You can’t visit Las Vegas without checking out at least one buffet. My pick: the weekend Champagne brunch buffet at the Wynn.
For me, buffets can be dangerous — no matter what I tell myself beforehand I always eat way too much and leave uncomfortably full. I never seem to learn that my eyes are always bigger than my stomach. But with 16 live action cooking stations and a wide variety of dishes I just had to try a little bit of everything, right?
The Wynn buffet has all the traditional brunch fixings. There’s a fresh fruit station, salad station, breakfast pastries station, and omelet station alongside all the usual hot breakfast foods. I skipped all these so I could fill up my plate elsewhere. There is a seafood station with three different kinds of ceviche and an assortment of sushi rolls (I filled up on spicy tuna hand rolls). There is a dim sum section with steamed pork buns, dumplings and egg rolls.
Among the many options for the -unch part of the buffet are pasta, enchiladas, pizza, salmon, game hen and a delicious lamb risotto (my favorite). Another highlight is the carving station, which features a large slab of meat normally prepared as bacon that is instead covered in spices and roasted. It has a great taste and a soft, slightly chewy texture. It’s a decadent treat for anyone who likes bacon.
At the Wynn buffet you’ll definitely want to save room for dessert. There’s a separate room just for sweets. My first stop was the ice cream bar, where I got a scoop of chocolate and coffee (I couldn’t pick just one). Then I moved on to the cakes and pies. The pecan pie and bread pudding were yummy and I really liked the Oreo and chocolate mousse cake, though it was so rich I could only take two bites. I wanted to take some cookies to go but decided not to.
For an extra $7 you can get a glass of Champagne. Bonus: unlimited refills. When I went they were pouring Freixenet Brut Nature, a crisp and dry Cava that went well with the mix of flavors on my plate. During my two hour grazing session I easily drank an entire bottle, thanks to our enthusiastic server Kevin. When our glasses were half full there was Kevin, ready to fill them up. When we were finally ready to leave he even brought us to-go cups.
The Buffet at the Wynn is open for lunch, breakfast and dinner. The weekend brunch costs $30 without Champagne. If you go, get there early. I arrived around 9:30am and had no problem getting a table but two hours later there was a very long line.
For more information visit www.wynnlasvegas.com.