VegasEats : Red8 at Wynn Las Vegas Revisited

The Lucky $18.88 Kung Pao Special?

Posted by Chuckmonster

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 at Wynn Las Vegas

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.

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Comments & Discussion

Sounds like Terrace Point gave you the old ploy some places use on solo diners. "Wait 20 minutes" is essentially code for "We're not interested in having you eat here, but if you're willing to wait, we might be able to slide you in". I had a similar thing happen to me my last trip to Vegas. I tried to go to Voodoo over at The Rio (I was going to see Penn & Teller) and what happened to me was similar to what you had happen. Instead of the "20 minutes" line, I was given "We can have a table for you at 9:30" line (This was at 6:30 on Saturday night, which I know is a tough night to get a table if you don't have a reservation, but it was still pretty early in the evening.) . It was said in a snarky tone, and had he been a little more polite, I probably would have tried the $20 trick on him. I could understand trying to turn me away if I was not dressed appropriately for the place (Hell I was wearing a suit.), but I think had I not been solo, I probably would have been given a table. I go over to the All-American Bar and Grill and pretty much get seated almost immediately, and there were other folks waiting (One of the few tables they had open in the dinner room was for two, so being solo helped.).

I had been curious about Red8, and had been looking at going there when I'm out there in May. Looking at the plate of Kung Pao Chicken, that sure isn't like anything you'd get at the typical Chinese buffet but does sort of look like they went over to the nearest Panda Express and bought a family size of it (P.E. is one of the few places I've been where the chicken used in the isn't battered and fried. Myself, I'm a fiend for their Orange Chicken.). Any clue on how the Mongolian Beef is there?

Thats too bad about the meal, for that kind of cash you expect something better than food court Chinese food. The dude in the yellow pants and his woman sound exactly like the couple we saw at Shoppes at Palazzo that same day. I told Spyder that he could likely make the yellow pants look good!!!

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