F&F: Marble Lane

August 30th, 2011 by The House


PX This presents THE F&F REVIEW

Hey, sorry we couldn’t make it to "Friends&Family," we were out of town/ had to work/ not invited. We’re really glad we finally managed to come by, though— it’s so nice to see you!
What’s that? You would still like us to take the time to fill out the F&F survey, because you’d love to take advantage of all our vast experience, knowledge, insight, and expertise as long as we’re already here? Because you invited 75 people to F&F, and afterward all you got was 41 "Congrats[es]!" 22 "Awesome[s]!" 3 "Ciao[s]!" and 9 "Best of luck[s]!" ?
Of course, we’d be honored. Oh ha, yesss, we’ll be honest— brutally honest even, ha ha! After all, that’s what friends & family are for!
No no please, don’t send anything more, we’re stuffed, we can’t breathe, you’ll have to roll us out of here, ha ha ha… !


Marble Lane @ Dream Downtown

What was your first impression?
Ooh, snazzy. Bienvenidos a Las Vegas.
[Also: Where the fuh-? The googles tells you the address is 346 W 17th, but the entrance is really on 16th St, right next door to The Maritime.]

Please rate the Bar:
Pretty good. Also snazzy. The stools aren’t too comfortable, however, and the very frigid air conditioner blows right in your face. The lounge might be a better option; it’s spacious, commodious, and those massive silver sofas are way more welcoming to your derriere. (There’s another bar upstairs by the pool, but it’s standing room only. And the tables are "for guests of the hotel only," wink wink.)
The bartenders are amiable enough and perfectly proficient (read: Better than Lavo).

Please rate the drinks/ cocktails/ wine:
Typical, pretty much what you’d expect— except for maybe the price, which is decidedly un-Strategic Group in its noteworthy reasonable-ness. Recessions, what are they good for? Lower-priced booze, that’s what. Good robust glassware and healthy-ish portions.

Please rate the Dining Room:
It’s uh… snazzy. And big.

Please rate the BOH:
Better than you’d expect. I mean, granted, I don’t know much abot that Top Chef dude, but I don’t exactly eat at Avenue (or Tao or Lavo) if you get what I’m saying. Kinda expensive, though! Bring your corporate card— ya know, if your company still lets you do that sort of thing, that is.

How was the staff?
Haa, well, they’re very experienced/competent all right! You might catch a familiar face or two up in there…
And from what I gather, they like it here. A happy server is a pleasant server.

What did you eat?/ How was the food?
Yellowfin Tuna Tartare : Good. Fresh. Nice little twist on a classic.
Peekytoe Crabcakes :
Very good. Tender and tasty. Nicely done.
Raw oysters : Excellent. Very fresh and expertly shucked. If there’s one thing I can’t stand it’s a butchered oyster. Impressive.
Carne Asada : Outstanding. Perfectly cooked, succulent, juicy, and flavorful. This "chef’s specialty" is a winner for sure.
Wild mushrooms :
Great. Hearty and delicious. Pretty big portion too.
Creamed spinach : Mmm, delectable. Nothing wrong with this dish.

What did you like?
The food was good.

What did you dislike?
Well, overall, it’s not really my stilo. I’m sure the bankers and the steno pool (what’s left of them) love it, though.

What was your last impression?
Umm, I’m sorta surprised the hotel went with the circular motif on the facade? It almost looks like it’s just the newest attachment to the Maritime next door.

Would you come back?
Wellll, it’s not exactly in my neighborhood…

Thank you, and hope to see you soon!
Thanks, it was yummy.



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