As if casinos, strippers and night clubs weren’t enough, Las Vegas bring the word “indulgence” to a whole new level within its top-of-the-line gourmet buffets.
There is just something so heavenly about eating as much as you can of gourmet food that is so tasty that it tingles your tongue with delight every single bite. When you are not busy dancing the night away at the night clubs or enjoying strawberry daiquiris in the pool at day clubs, you could relish in the many amazing buffets that Vegas offers at each of its signature hotels.
The Wicked Spoon in the Cosmopolitan is one of my favorite buffets in the Strip. Frequently rated one of the top buffets in not only Las Vegas, but in the nation, Wicked Spoon does not disappoint! It has selections from cuisines around the world, a salad bar that would give any supermarket deli an inferiority complex, and dessert bar that could potentially lead to severe dental problems if fully indulged. You could tell that people truly believe in the wondrousness of the buffet through the long lines that go from the entrance of the restaurant to well into the lobby or casinos (at some hotels). While the Wicked Spoon is not an inexpensive buffet (expect to spend $40 for dinner), you really get your money’s worth. Having both QUALITY and QUANTITY never felt so good!
Despite the absurd quantity of food, Wicked Spoon displays its food all so gorgeous. From the decadent dessert bar to the baskets of seafood, Wicked Spoon is as much of a visual experience as a culinary one.
To talk about every single item I tried at Wicked Spoon would probably take days (not only because of the sheer number of food items, but also my tendency to be extremely rambly when talking about food). However, here are some of the highlights and my favorites!
The Salad Bar: I generally try to start healthy at the start of the meal, so I head towards the salad bar. Adorned with meat, cheese, vegetables, ceviche, warm breads and , the salad bar is quite a site to see! My favorites would be the ceviche, cocktail shrimp, watermelon salad (sounds weird, but trust me, it is actually amazing and so fresh!). During dinner time, they bust out the macaroni bar, which everyone mac & cheese lover would die of happiness seeing. WIth dozens of different cheeses and toppings to customize your mac & cheese, you could literally eat bowls and bowls of creamy, hearty delicious macaroni noodles.
The middle section of Wicked Spoon is for all of the meat lovers out there! There is a wide selection, from steak to lamb to bone marrow. My favorite would have to be the bone marrow and the fried chicken. Usually a pricey appetizer, you could eat as much of it as your heart desires at a Vegas buffet. Bone marrow has a such amazingly rich and buttery texture – eaten with a slice of thick, toasty bread, it is absolute heaven to my taste buds! The fried chicken here is also spectacular. Usually, I’m not the biggest fried chicken fan, but it is so delicious here. Juicy, crispy and tender – what is not to love?
My favorites of the seafood section are the crab legs and the mussels. The crab legs are so fresh, and light tasting compared to the other parts of the meal. The mussels, on the other hand, are bathed in a broth of garlic, butter and tomatoes. I ate enough to probably cause the extinction of the mussel species.
In the Italian section, I loved the truffle cheese and mushroom polenta. One bite and its packed with creaminess and flavor. Truffle is one of my die-hard favorite ingredients and makes anything taste just so delicious.
Finally, at the dessert bar, there is an armada of different desserts, from cheesecakes to macarons to ice cream. There is a gelato bar with 18 different flavors – and I tried every single one of them. Out of the cakes, my favorite would have to be the white chocolate mouse cake. It’s so gorgeously plated, with the colors of sunset painted over a harder coat of sugar, and a soft, creamy inside.
Wicked Spoon is a “wicked” and indulgent culinary experience.
But it’s okay. Whatever happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas, right?