Comfort food, but elevated is the key. And, presentation is a key component of their ambitious revamp. Everything looks great when plated. Most dishes will be served in individual portions and often unusual containers. An innovation that has proved very successful at Wicked Spoon at The Cosmopolitan. But, while Cosmo has a more traditional set of serving stations, at Caesars each will have a distinct feel. The aim is to create the feeling of a "street-level" market while you wait on line and decide what to eat. That's something we'll need to see in the finished product to be fully convinced.
Executive Chef Scott Green believes the nine stations can be considered nine different restaurants. It makes sense. 80% of the food is being prepared right in front of you and, in some cases, such as the sushi preparers, they'll even take requests.
Here's the rundown as provided by Caesars and some images of our early tasting. The emphasis is on revamped versions of buffet favorites. Time will tell how adventurous they'll be when it comes to any additions. Cosmopolitan's bone marrow dish created a great deal of buzz and was a unique buffet twist. The innovative design and concept at Bacchanal might be enough innovation for them for the moment. And, that includes the surely soon-to-be-famous maple syrup pipette that comes with the chicken and waffles.
The 9 "Show Kitchens":
Mexican – featuring freshly made enchiladas, tortillas and sopapillas
Italian – Pastas, baked lasagna, antipasto display
Chinese – Made-to-order assorted soups, wok-fried dishes and dim sum
Japanese – Fresh sushi, sashimi, cooked fish
American – BBQ house-smoked meats from a wood-burning smoker and wood-burning grill; numerous carving stations including prime rib, brisket, rotisserie chicken and more
Seafood – Fresh east and west coast oysters, king crab, snow crab, stone crab, mussels and prawns
Pizza – Varieties of pizzas served fresh from a wood-burning oven
Deli – Soups, cheeses, seven charcuterie selections including house specialties, and individual prepared and make-your-own salads
Dessert – Chocolate, vanilla and pistachio soufflés baked-to-order, selection of gelato, sorbets and crème brûlée
Caesars' Bacchanal Buffet is expected to open on September 10.