Encore Resort & Casino
3131 Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV
Botero is one of the five new restaurants located in Steve Wynn’s newest hotel and casino Encore. It’s located in the shopping esplanade that connects Wynn to Encore. The restaurant occupies a beautiful space overlooking the Encore pool deck offering indoor and outdoor seating. The décor has modern chic look to it with warm earthy colors and white accents throughout.
Hudson Valley Foie Gras
Caramelized apple, Calvados sauce
Great portion size for the money. Foie was cooked well but I found the apple to be too thick for the delicate texture of foie.
Crispy Frog Legs
Meyer lemon butter, fennel salad
Best overall dish of the night. The frog legs have a texture of meaty fish and were so juicy and flavorful especially with the citrus butter sauce. Fennel salad was a nice accompaniment.
Roasted Bone Marrow and Onion Jam
Marrow is always a favorite of mine. The flavor and texture melt like butter. I could have gone without the onion jam.
Pinwheel of wild salmon (two ways)
English pea puree
Two ways too many. I had to send this dish back it was inedible. Not only was the salmon completely over cooked but the pea puree was so bitter that it killed my palate.
European Loup De Mer (Mediterranean Sea Bass)
This is what they sent out in place of the salmon. One of the better fish dishes I’ve had in a long time. This was everything you want in a whole roasted fish, tender juicy meat, with a nice crisp skin and the perfect amount of acidity.
Japanese Kobe 7 oz
I have a major issue with this before I get into the actual dish. I question why they do not list the grade or cut of the steak. They just say Japanese Kobe. Although it was better than your typical steak it tasted more like American Kobe with the Japanese price tag. The onion tart and salad seemed to be after thoughts. The tart was overly dry and had you grabbing the water glass instantly.
PB & J Brioche Donuts
Concord Grape Jelly
The light and buttery brioche was filled with Concord grape jelly and went perfectly with the warm crème anglaise and creamy peanut butter sauce that accompanied it. Just when you thought you were to full for dessert you find yourself liking the plate clean. These are a must get!
There s a few things about Botero that need to be brought up. One thing is the server uniform, I found them to be to casual for the type of restaurant it is(black jeans and black t shirt). Another thing is the moth problem that occurred while I was there. They were flying all around and really took away from the experience. It was disgusting. Also the 400 dollar tab was a little shocking considering there was no alcohol and slightly above average food. I think this will be our first and last visit to Botero. Fortunately there are a lot more superior steak houses in Vegas such as my personal favorite Cut at the Palazzo.