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By Dianne R. Davis
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Wicked Spoon Buffet at The Cosmopolitan is First Class & Unique

Vegas buffets are among the world’s great dining values and experiences. Like any dining venues, they come in all sizes, shapes and quality. We are always looking for high quality, unique buffets and found one at The Cosmopolitan. The Buffet is off the beaten track in an attractive room toward the east end of the second floor. Blue and amber glass chandeliers decorate the room which includes action stations from one end to the other. The uniqueness comes from the portion offerings.

Much of the food is served in small individual cast-iron skillets, clay bowls, stainless steel cups, and china monkey dishes. This special approach helps in portion control, freshness, and presentation. The dinner selection was imaginative, often outside the norm and high quality.

Repeated visits have clearly demonstrated to us that much of the menu varies on a regular basis, so some of the food dishes mentioned might not be available when you dine there. But rest assured, there will be other unique offerings as well as the standard fare.

The salad section included Cobb or Caesar Salads in steel cups, shrimp cocktail , fresh fruits and a selection of gourmet cheeses. A variety of breads, rolls and soups, including green gazpacho were included. A unique do it yourself macaroni and cheese bar was part of the Italian station. The pizzas were thin crusted and contained unusual ingredients such as Andalusia sausage.

 

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Fried Brussels sprouts with capers and walnuts

A carving section in the middle of the buffet line included the usual roast beef and turkey along with leg of lamb and cracked crab legs. I was excited to discover split marrow bones the night we were there. I have never seen a presentation like this on a buffet.

 

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Blackened Haddock with Crawfish & Hollandaise Sauce

The Asian station had a variety of sushi, soups, Chinese dishes and flavorable Korean Ribs as well as specially seasoned pork ribs. Perhaps the most unique and delightful part of the buffet was the variety of small dishes available. The night we were there, the dishes included Blackened Haddock with Crawfish and Hollandaise Sauce, Chicken Scaloppini with braised kale and marsala sauce, lamb hash, Seared Salmon with Blistered Tomatoes, Artichokes and fried Capers, General Tso’s Chicken, Fried Brussels sprouts with capers and walnuts, and Louisiana BBQ shrimp with cheddar bacon bits,

 

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The desert section was extensive. Besides homemade ice cream, it featured chocolate coated strawberries and marshmallows as well as do it yourself shortcake. The small portions allow visitors to taste a variety of sweets.

The Wicked Spoon is open from 5-9PM and until 10 PM on weekends.    Dinner is $35 ($42 with unlimited wine).  The daily brunch ($22) runs from 8 AM—2 PM.  The weekend brunch is open until 3PM and priced at $29 or $37 with unlimited bloody maries, champagne and mimosas.  For additional information contact the Wicked Spoon Buffet at 702-698-7000 or go to www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com.

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