Being a Concierge in this lively city means you have the chance to experience the best of the best that an entertainment juggernaut like Las Vegas has to offer. One of my favorite perks though, has to be the exquisite restaurants that I have had the chance to dine. Even though I love food, I can be overly picky about “fine dining”. It has to WOW me, to make me believe it is worth the price. That list is of restaurants that succeed is a small one, truth be told. Although, the newest addition of Rose. Rabbit. Lie inside of the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, more than fits the wow factor!
I’m a big stickler for ambiance. I want to be able to enjoy myself during my meal. I need pretty decorations to look at, fun music to listen to (but not too loud because I like to talk!) and mood lighting to match everything listed above. This standard probably stems from my obsession with the show I Love Lucy, and how Ricky Ricardo worked at a nightclub. In the show, it always looked like the club served food and drinks while Ricky and his band put on a show. I thought those days were long gone, but they live on inside of the Cosmopolitan.
Rose. Rabbit. Lie had all my above criteria in Spades! The décor was fun and quirky. A fancy version of Alive in Wonderland with plenty china plates on display and shades of purple throughout. The best part, for music, there was a live band! The band played the whole time we were there and about every 30 minutes a different performer would get on stage. There were tap dancers, soul singers, improve artists and a break dancer. They basically had a little something for everyone. The concept of dinner and a show is truly elevated to a different level at Rose. Rabbit. Lie.
Rose. Rabbit. Lie embodies that old Vegas vibe but puts a fun twist on it as well.
Rose.Rabbit.Lie is an American Tapas (small plates) so everything listed is for 2-3 people to share. I enjoy tapas restaurants, especially when going with at least 4 people since it gives you a chance to try multiple dishes. I devoured about 16 menu items during dinner, which was roughly half of their entire menu. I would have to say that out of that 16, 11 were good and the other 5 were deliciously decadent.
I could go over everything I ate, but I will only highlight my favorite five. Just know that you couldn’t go wrong with everything they have on their menu. The five that just rocked my food socks were: the Bone Marrow ($16), Heavenly Egg ($6 per egg), Foie Gras ($23), Caviar Tacos ($15 per taco) and the Chocolate Terrarium ($35). It’s rare that I am able to find a restaurant that has all of these things (which are some of my favorite foods on the planet). If I would have known how delicious each of these was, I would have just kept ordering them over and over again!
The Bone Marrow arrives with two bones as is usually standard, except this particular serving was layered with shredded short rib on top. It complements that fatty marrow nicely.
The Heavenly Egg is a simple creation of a hollowed out egg shell that’s filled with egg custard and black truffle oil. You use the tiny spoon to mix everything together and then enjoy the truffly goodness! Mind blowing. It’s so rich that even though the egg is small, it’s filling.
Foie gras is definitely in my top 10 favorite foods that I have ever eaten. Prepared just the way I like it, a thick cut and seared to perfection. The flavor that made this dish stand out though was the berries. The crisp and slightly sweet sauce of the berries against the foie gras was a nice choice indeed. It made each of the different flavors pop that much more.
Caviar Tacos. Do I need to even explain why I loved this? The taco is stuffed to the brim with black caviar and surrounded by a light and flaky pastry taco. It’s about two bites worth of food, but each one is worth the cost. The caviar was not too salty and the pastry it’s situated upon adds just enough texture.
Now, the star of my meal. The Chocolate Terrarium. I love desserts, I love chocolate. This was a chocolate garden that could easily feed 6 people. Everything that you see on the platter was edible, down to the pretty floral arrangements. I think this was the perfect end to a great dining experience and really helped drive home my first impression of a very Alice in Wonderland restaurant.
Overall, I was wildly impressed with Rose.Rabbit.Lie. They completely blew this slightly jaded Concierge away, even with my sometimes ridiculous expectations. If you are in Las Vegas and looking for “something different”, make time to eat at Rose.Rabbit.Lie! You not only get truly exceptional food, but you get to walk away with an experience.