Re: M Resort buffet opinion
- From: "It's Big Mikey" <mikem4454@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sun, 31 May 2009 22:21:22 -0700
My GF and I just returned from the M Resort this afternoon.
Since it is Sunday and the last day of the month, business is slow as the older crowd is "waiting for the checks" on the 3rd as the host told us.
We started off with the Studio B Sunday brunch which is superb. I prefer the fancy dishes which am willing to pay extra for at a brunch, but my GF is the Queen of Comfort Food. We both however agreed on the food at Studio B as being among the best brunches we have enjoyed in Las Vegas.
The are no uncomfortable chairs in this hotel-anywhere. From soft plush seats in the sports books to upholstered chairs that are comfortable in the restaurant and bars, everything since to be designed for comfort. I like the whole idea of the hotel being interested in comfort from the moment you walk into the casino.
Since Gary reported on the buffet, I will report on other places.
The pool is fabulous. Supported by shallow ends where you can place you chase lounge right in the water, while it is not as fancy as a lot of other pools, it is big. Adjacent to the pool is the Revello Club which impressed me because it doesn't seem all squished in like a lot of other nite clubs. Drink prices seem a little high in my opinion but the bar area is quite nice.
Soft colors similar to the Silverton seem to complement the casino everywhere and the ventilation system seemed to be the best I have been inside. Parking is close to the entrance and valet is probably not necessary.
I later asked our host to show us the rooms (although he knew we are not guests) and he was only to happy to do so. If you stay at the M, request a room looking NORTHWEST towards Pahrump or Red Rock. The view is better. Standard rooms are quite large and if you hate carpet or rugs like I do, this place rocks with marble floors. But what sold my GF was a TV in the bathroom! She loves bubble baths and having the TV will work for her! My GF seems to always look at the bathrooms in every hotel we ever stay at. (What is it with women and bathrooms?)
Something interesting caught my eye as we toured the 32 Draft Bar next to the Sportsbook. On one of the walls I a video screen that plays old Beer commercials that go back almost 45 years. Can you remember names like Falstaff, Ballantines, Hamms, and Rheingold? I realized just how much these old beer commercials are part of American Nostalgia. My GF has to drag me to leave but watching them was so interesting. I would probably get a kick watching old cigarette commercials. The beer bar stocks 96 different beers so I asked for a St Paulie Girl and BINGO, they had it. (Still an old favorite from my Florida days...)
As much as I liked Rock Red and Green Valley Resort, this place is even nicer. My suggestion would be to dine here before going to see a concert in Primm. In my opinion, other than the concert hall at Buffalo Bills, Primm sucks.
"Gary" <Gary111@xxxxxxxxx> wrote in message news:1YUTl.22774$fo6.19043@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
I haven't seen any real reviews of the buffet at M Resort, so I thought I'd share my opinion. We have now tried both the lunch and dinner buffets at M a couple of time each thanks to the M generous *or stupid* habit of mailing out *FREE coupons*, along with *FREE slot play vouchers to local residents in their selected mailer areas. This past month we got 2 mailers with 4X $20 slot play vouchers and 2X lunch buffet offers. Last month it was the same slot play, but the free buffets were for dinner. All the free mailers they send out account for the long lines and wait times at some hours and the lines can be really long.
The buffet is called Studio B. You first go to a central desk area to either pay for the meal or exchange your free coupon, or if there is a waiting line, to get a *time* coupon to come back at a preset time to line up and pay. Then it is into another line to get seated. We've seen line waiting times of up to 2 hours, so be prepared to wait.
The room is large and shaped in a general circle with the serving area along 1 wall and extending out into the room. There are always in excess of 200 items available. Dinner adds free wine and draft beer including real root beer like that at Ellis Island. Food choices are much the same between lunch and dinner, except that on Friday, Saturday and Sunday they have a seafood dinner buffet that includes King Crab and Opilio crab. There is a very large TV screen wall, 110' over the main kitchen area they use for entertainment and to showcase live cooking demonstrations.
Soups and salads are excellent. The chili is as good as Binion's used to be. Entree and sides are prepared in small batches, like Bellagio and are almost as good. Plenty of interesting choices. Asian, Mexican, Sushi, American, Italian and French are represented. Breads are made on premises. Desserts are also made on premises, including about 12 different ice creams, gellato and sorbet. They are served in small cardboard cups and are all hand dipped and very good quality. Other desserts are mostly small bites, pettifors, cookies.
I'd rank it just below Bellagio and Wynn, but above any of the locals casino buffets. Perhaps equal to Paris, but different. The free beer and wine is a nice touch and all the beers and wines we've tried have been good, not generic jug wine or mass market beers.
For free it is a steal. At $14.95 for lunch and $22.95 dinner ($25.95 seafood) it's cheaper than Wynn and Bellagio, but not quite as good and hard to justify when one can find sit down, stand alone dining of better quality at equal pricing, and it's a long way to go for a buffet unless you are in the area.
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