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

The dessert menu held exactly what I expected - another set of the coffee shop standards, with the prices inflated. Chocolate cake, sundae, etc. However there was one item on the menu that caught our eyes. 'American Classics' was simply described as a modern twist on childhood favorites. Chuck and I, debated what it could be; I guessed apple pie while Chuck said the 'Red, White and Blue 4th of July sheet cake. We decided to order it with no questions asked.

American Classics, Kokomo's Mirage Restaurant Review

What arrived completely through me for a curve ball. I did not expect homemade Hostess Cakes. The twinkie was a dry sponge cake, filled and topped with a small amount of frosting and only hinted of the classic taste. The Ho-ho was spot-on however, with a rolled devil's food cake, frosting then a ganache topping it. The strangest item on the dish was the strawberry Sno-ball, which had the consistency of marshmallow fluff and the flavor of fresh strawberries. It was coasted in shredded coconut and was very strange to eat. The texture had no weight to it which I found to be unnerving. Having never had one of the originals in my life, I cannot compare it to the real deal.

Overall, I would say that the dessert was the highlight of the meal (if you do not count the part where Chuckmonster pretended to control the animatronic iHost with the silver disc salt shaker - see bowl of cheese photo above - that looked like Apple's 1999 biscuit-shaped mouse - that was a hoot) which isn't saying much. Our service was inconsistent, there was a bird flying overhead which had me ducking in fear of being pooped on, the menu was not clear in describing the dishes well, and the food itself was on the whole, average.

The bill came to about $150, which was about the same for what we paid at Craftsteak the following night. Visiting these two restaurants back-to-back and paying the same for each meal illustrates that price-points do not determine quality. Kokomo's is the first restaurant the guests come across when entering the property. If this is the best foot that Mirage can put forward for the dining options, then that does not bode well for the rest of the additions.

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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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