VegasEats : Red8 at Wynn Las Vegas Revisited
The Lucky $18.88 Kung Pao Special?
With my stomach growling from a near lethal mixture of numerous measures of straight scotch (on an empty stomach) and two Golden Gate shrimp cocktails I slurped down at 4am, I awoke with the image of fluffy-crispy pancakes from Wynn Las Vegas' Terrace Pointe Cafe circling around my head. After checking out of the Golden Gate (review forthcoming) I bee-lined straight to Wynn in the hopes of enjoying what many truly believe are the greatest pancakes ever. I made a quick loop of the casino, threw a $20 in a slot, ordered a warm up cup of Wynn's special roast, played for a bit then headed over to Terrace Pointe.
As I walked up, I saw tons of tables unoccupied, both inside and out by the pool. It looked like I could get seated immediately - the joys of not being in Vegas on a weekend. A hostess came up to me and inquired "how many?" to which I raised one finger and mentioned that I would prefer to enjoy the beautiful weather and sit outside. She curtly responded "20 minutes." Beyond disbelieving that it would take 20 minutes to prepare the five already set and unoccupied tables, I was taken aback by the extremely atypical of Wynn service snarky toned response. "Are you serious?" I said to the hostess, to which she began mumbling into a lapel-mounted radio which I believe was attached to hostess outside. After a series of indistinguishable responses from the other end, the hostess turned to me and said "Yes, 20 minutes." The hungry beast in me wanted to have a Steve Wynn sized tantrum, but managed to remain calm.
Slightly fuming, I wandered down the hall to the Country Club only to pass on it and The Buffet on the return trip to the casino only to settle at the lucky red8 asian bistro.
Red 8 is an elegantly appointed cozy little restaurant that serves many varieties of Asian dishes. To some degree it is the Asian version of Terrace Point Cafe, serving a pretty wide range of Asian staples, not too fancy and not too expensive. There is a Red8 at Wynn Macau also.
I was seated instantly and handed a menu, which contained an insert that listed off five different entree choices available under the $18.88 Special masthead. For the uninitiated, the color red and the number 8 are considered lucky by the Chinese, whose insane penchant for gambling is ruled by luck, superstition and challenging fortune.