Where do you go when you’ve seen all the Cirque du Soleil shows you’d ever care to? You go to a modern day supper club of course!
Frankly, I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve been to Vegas. If I had to guess I’d say 14. I’ve been every year, sometimes twice for work/play, since I was twenty-one. I love the kitschy, over-excessive, indulgent and tacky city. I’ve learned where to go and where not to go over the years. I avoid the club scene like the douchy plague it is – only go if you want to be roofied and pay $20 for a drink (not necessarily in that order but some people carry around a water bottle laced with the drug!). Not my kind of people.
I keep to the restaurants, the shows, the black jack table and sports books. That’s my Vegas and I am happy to keep it that way.
This time around my family and I went to celebrate my husband’s 30th birthday. I am always the planner of these things. I like to book my tickets in advance to make sure we get the desired seats. I like to do my research on the latest and greatest places to eat in Vegas because there’s always plenty more to try.
And I like to stay in a nice room at a safe hotel.
Side note: last time we decided to safe a few bucks at stay at the Flamingo. That’s when there was a shooting outside our hotel. The next morning we saw cleaning staff scrub the blood from the concrete.
So this time we stayed at the Cosmopolitan Hotel & Casino. It’s one of the only casinos that offers balconies with even the most basic hotel room rates. The hotel is a departure from what you may be used to on the Las Vegas strip but then again I’ve been exploring since the Aladdin was in the place of the now Planet Hollywood Hotel & Casino.
Instead of bright neon flashing lights and $5 black jack tables, the Cosmo offers a bit of class in place of kitsch. Glass and chandeliers take over your visual foreground where you’d normally see themed façades mimicking Tuscan villas or Parisian streets. The Cosmopolitan is more anti-theme valuing contemporary art, style and geometric architecture. Instead of offering a fake version of another place in the world it is uniquely its own. It’s classy Vegas without rubbing it in your face. It’s sexy Vegas without being overt. It’s upscale Vegas yet affordable.
So when it came time to choose a show and restaurant for my husband’s birthday dinner I wanted to keep it in the Cosmo because we had done all other aspects of Vegas in previous visits. We have seen O, Love, La Rêve, Mystère, Jay Leno, Brad Garret and so on.
This time we wanted to experience something different so we chose Rose. Rabbit. Lie., a modern day supper club with live music, dancers and amazing singers performing tableside. The food is reimagined classics (you’ll see what I mean) served in exciting ways that only Vegas can.
We arrived at 7:30 and were brought into a reception room that reminded me of a game show where you’re not sure what’s behind any of the three doors presented before you. I half expected Rose. Rabbit. Lie. to be the entrance to Narnia. I wasn’t sure what we were in for.
When we were shown to our seats the door opened way into a room dimply lit with purple and blue glowing lights focused upon an empty stage with empty instruments. We were sat in the dinning room with an impressive glowing wall that featured Hieronymus Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights. This art enthusiast was in love. I was sold before I even sat down.
My husband and I ordered a bottle of wine and our appetizers. The menu could be seen as intimidating if you were to take it a face value. The caviar tasting is listed at $217. The whole Alaskan king crab for a table to share is $1200 (that’s not a typo!). Their famed beef wellington is $275 and on it goes. If you’re looking to stretch your pennies in Vegas this might not be the best option. But then again it might be. Let me explain.
For dinner and a show, you’re average price in Vegas can start at $200 per person. This includes show tickets (in mediocre seats) and dinner at a decent restaurant including your drinks. At Rose. Rabbit. Lie. we walked out of there at $300 total and this included our two appetizers, one shared main for two, a bottle of wine and our show was part of the experience – one of the best dinning experiences we’ve ever had in Las Vegas. To me this is actually a steal for those nights you want to splurge in Vegas.
Here’s what we ordered. We didn’t skimp and lose out on the caviar experience either!
Rose. Rabbit. Lie. offers $15 caviar tacos. If you’re not seasoned in the world of caviar I would urge you not to splurge on the flights of caviar or even the white sturgeon caviar at $127. Instead, order a couple of caviar tacos and see if you enjoy the texture. Not everyone does.
The tacos are fairly small so we ordered the wagyu beef tar tar which was so rich in flavour yet light enough to even option a third appetizer. If you and your dinning party – whether it be for 2 or 6 – share appetizers all night long you wouldn’t be disappointed. But we moved on to the famous beef wellington for 2.
No, we didn’t pay the $275. In fact, their main courses are priced for groups of 4 or more rendering the beef wellington at a less gut wrenching price of $69 per person (for 4). We ordered the beef wellington option for 2 people which I really think they should list on their menu. So many people might see their menu online and roll their eyes at the thought of paying $1200 for crab.
After the beef wellington, and despite their award winning desserts, we couldn’t imagine having a full sized dessert, even if it was hubby’s birthday. So we moved up to the bar and ordered a specialty cocktail to take in more of the show. The waiter, having heard that it was hubby’s birthday, brought over a lovely little treat and candle for us to celebrate with over drinks. That is true service!
Suddenly, after finishing our appetizers, the walls between the bar and stage on one side, and the dinning room on our side, started to recline into the floor. Music began and the band played jovial songs that got everyone in a good mood. A tap dancer emerged with a sequin dress and began dancing atop the piano. Shortly after a break dancer came out and started dancing on the bar.
We had two singers that evening, a robust soulful woman with a yellow dress, a swaying feathered fan in her hand to match, and a voice that I could sit and listen to for hours – think Ella Fitzgerald. She was the most fun as she interacted with the guests, even coming up to our table to wish my hubby a happy 30th birthday before gracing his face with the feathers of her fan.
I between performances our dinner was served which was a show in and of itself. The beef wellington is served surrounded by large portions of foie gras and a phyllo pastry cage. If you follow my SnapChat or my Instagram you may have seen the production of our waiter serving it tableside.
After we had time to eat, and the food was perfect, the performances began again with a different singer – the woman in black in the image above – who sang more like Paloma Faith meets Amy Winehouse. She would calmly balance herself upon her heels slowly swaying her couture around the restaurant as dancers would follow and begin to perform in another part of the restaurant also tableside.
Rose. Rabbit. Lie. reminded us of what Vegas must have felt like all those years ago when people flocked to see the Rat Pack in their prime. It is a classy place where the performers mingle with the guests and no two visits are the same. The mystery, interactive playfulness, and re-imagined food, Rose. Rabbit. Lie. is the best place to celebrate a birthday or splurge on that one meal in Las Vegas. It’s something you have to add to your Vegas bucket list!