Spice Market Buffet/Aladdin Casino and Resort in Las Vegas - weekend champagne brunch - March, 2003

The weekend champagne brunch at the Spice Market Buffet at the Aladdin Casino and Resort runs from 8:30am to 2:30pm and costs $17.99 for adults and offers a wonderful selection of foods from different ethnicities.  Among those offered:  jewels of the sea (stuffed sole with crabmeat, seafood and sausage paella, Gulf shrimp, smoked salmon, fish and chips, crab cake benedict), sauteed green beans, breads, rolls, bagels, assorted salads, cut fruit (watermelon, honeydew, cantaloupe, grapes, pineapple), an assortment of cheeses, tortilla soup, tomato basil soup, French toast, buttermilk pancakes, sausage, applewood bacon, eggs benedict, scrambled eggs, pasta dishes, pizza, asian food (fried rice, vegetarian spring rolls, pot stickers, stir fry, orange peel chicken), carved ham, carved turkey, carved striploin, rotisserie chicken, grilled asparagus, marinated olives, Mexican food (enchiladas, quesadillas, fajitas, tortilla chips and salsa), Middle Eastern food (samosa, saffron rice, tandori chicken, grape leaves, pita bread, hummus, tabbouleh) and desserts (creme puffs, pies, fruit tarts).  The Buffet is also offered as a weekday lunch from 11:00am to 2:30pm and a nightly dinner from 4pm to 9:30pm.  We very much enjoyed our meal, but because we ended up being seated at almost 2pm, there were slim pickings when we were ready for dessert.  I can understand that the brunch dishes need to be put away and the dinner offerings need to be prepared, but I wish there was some way that a sort of "last call" could be made.  I've always not been pleased when a buffet shuts down shortly after its scheduled closing time without taking into consideration those patrons who might have been just seated and who apparently need to make all their choices immediately before the food stations are cleared.  I don't recall having this problem at the Bellagio brunch buffet that we went to last year.  I would definitely recommend the Spice Market Buffet, but do try not to be seated any later than an hour before the posted closing time.



An excerpt from the 2003 Las Vegas trip report.


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