Vegas Eats: Kokomo's at Mirage Las Vegas Restaurant Review

Kokomo's is reminiscent of your average hotel buffet restaurant, but three times the price!

Posted by Mrs. Mo

Goat Cheese Salad, Kokomo's Mirage Restaurant Review

My goat cheese salad was tasty, but very, very heavy on the dressing. Given that I have a heavy hand when it comes to dressing because I that is usually my favorite part of the salads, this speaks volumes. Aside from that, the flavors were nice with the goat cheese being served on wee toasts surrounding the mixed greens.

Shrimp Cocktail, Kokomo's Mirage Restaurant Review

Chuck's starter on the other hand was frightening. As it was placed in front of him I had to scan my brain on what he had ordered. What was placed in front of him was a plate of shrimp, unpeeled, heads and legs still on. It wasn't until I spied the red sauce that I remembered that he had ordered the shrimp cocktail. Never in my life have I seen this classic dish presented in such a manner. He pulled a head off and all the guts stuck to the body, which he attempted to smear on the side of his plate (most ended up on his finger). Then he had to remove the legs, shell and the vein. By the time he had gotten around to finally getting a taste, my stomach had turned weak. He offered me up a taste but the look on my face said it all - 'No fucking way'. He swears that it was tasty, but the shrimp did not have that same 'snap' they usually do when served pre-peeled.

Steak, Kokomo's Mirage Restaurant Review

By that time my hopes for our entrees had wilted. In actuality the steak that was placed before me was quite nice looking, on the outside, that is. The plate itself was pretty barren, not that I expected much, but even so, something looked unfinished. All that adorned the plate was a sprig of rosemary, which really had nothing to do with the dish itself. The inside of the steak seemed off. I ordered it medium and feel that I got it more of the well side. The steak appeared grey when cut into and not the pink that I anticipated. The flavor was there as well as the texture, but nothing popped out as being special about it. One thing I did notice was that the menu specifically stated 'Includes choice of sauce: Cabernet Mushroom, Rosemary Garlic, Brandied Peppercorn, Spicy Bearnaise or Horseradish Hollandaise.', none of which were offered or served with my steak.

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Comments & Discussion

In the Wynn era, Kokomo's had tables in little polynesian style huts instead of being totally open to the forest. Of course the forest was also thicker then, as the logging industry had to move in and replace some perfectly good eye candy with a lounge and eventually Japonais.

We had the prime rib there. Bloody and huge, but not what I'd call good. In fact, Kokomo's was bested by some joint at Excalibur as far as that goes.

I have never heard of asparagus being shortened to 'gus. I enjoyed that.

For a hotel whose partial message was about conservation (the rest of the message was pro-gambling), it seems odd for them to have ripped out half of the rain forest. That just sounds really bad, marketing must not have been involved. "We've torn down half of the rain forest, come visit us!"

However, don't they burn down the rain forest in South America to create cattle grazing land? And what does Kokomo's serve now? Steak! Coincidence? I think not.

I would suggest Samba at the Mirage -- I've been three about three time in the last two years -- the Brazillian feast really is something to experience -- but you need to be a real meat lover --- because you will be in a meat coma after the meal!!

Unfortunately, this is overall representative of the steady fall the Mirage restaurants have encountered in the last 5 years or so. Our group has stayed at the property for the last 10 years or so and find ourselves often eating many of our meals outside of the property. Kokomo's is just the proverbial tip of the iceberg.

Caveat Emptor.

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