Friday, March 23, 2012

Hoping for an Encore at Society Cafe

Society Cafe
3131 South Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89109

Breakfast in Las Vegas! Okay, maybe more like an early lunch depending on how much fun you had the night before, but still breakfast type foods. If you have read this blog before, you know I love breakfast. I like big plates of food. Pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, and toast, kind of like a sampler plate of what breakfast has to offer. I am however, versatile. I can also appreciate a nicer, more refined breakfast. After reading the reviews of Society Cafe, I knew this was the kind of breakfast I would be getting here.

Society Cafe is located at the Encore Hotel. I had never been to the Encore before. It is really big and fancy. We came here because I did a little search of best breakfast spots in Las Vegas, and this place kept getting mentioned. In fact, Society Cafe was voted one of the top 10 best new restaurants in America by Esquire magazine. So needless to say I was expecting a lot here.

Society Cafe is located just off of the casino floor, right by the shops that link Encore with the Wynn. We are greeted by a very nice host who shows us to our table. The vibe here at SC is that of a very elegant coffee shop. There is absolutely no crowd of people here at 10 am. There are people here though, and it might just be that restaurant is spread out so you are not right on top of other diners. After checking out the one page breakfast menu, we made the following choices.

Katie selected a healthy option to start her breakfast journey a Bowl of Granola. According to her the granola was really fresh, and had an almond and coconut flavor. I of course did not try this granola. Too healthy for me.

I did about a 180 degree turn from Katie's granola with this Extra Large Sticky Bun. This pastry was served hot, topped with caramel and candied pecans. I really liked that they added extra caramel sauce to the bottom of the plate. The roll itself was soft, with a slight chew to it. One of the best sticky buns I have had. I definitely would get this again.

For the main part of Katie's breakfast she had the Egg White Frittata. This frittata was stuffed with Crimini mushrooms, spinach, tomatoes, asparagus, and goat cheese. Katie really enjoyed this. The produce was farm fresh and there was plenty of pepper used in this to wake up the taste buds. For bread she went with the rye. I always think it is weird when people go for rye bread with breakfast, until I snuck a piece of it and it goes really well with breakfast.

When the Ultimate Steak and Egg Sliders were placed in front of me I felt a little ripped off. I am used to big platters of breakfast foods, and all that was here were two small sliders. Let me tell you though, these really packed a punch. They were filled with filet mignon, scrambled eggs, and creamed spinach, all sandwiched between a split bacon and cheddar muffin. The steak was cooked very tender, the spinach really added a nice dynamic here, and the egg was buttery and spiced well. The real star was the bacon and cheddar muffin. The muffin actually had pieces of real bacon inside of it, which added lots of flavor to these beauties. These two sliders really filled me up. Very rich breakfast, and I am not just talking about the price.

Society Cafe surprised me. I was expecting it to be good, but maybe not this good. The portions were on the smaller size, but they still filled me up. The menu is small, but is still filled with some items that we would love to try in the future. The Frosted Flake French Toast and the Mini Quiche Trio come to mind. I am not going to lie and tell you this place is a great value, because it isn't. All breakfasts are going to set you back at least a $20 bill, which is a lot for breakfast. If you win a little in the casino, the high standard of food here will more than make up for the loss of a twenty. Service was great, even though we noticed they had a hard to please crowd the morning we were here. Society Cafe has taught me that good things can come in small portions.

Out of five microphones, (because there was a famous nightclub in New York City called Cafe Society in the 30's. Acts included Pearl Bailey, Carol Channing, Lena Horne, and others), five being best to zero being worst, Society Cafe gets 3.5 microphones.

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