Bellagio (last visit: May 2008).
Tucked away in a corner, far from the casino, is Sensi. It features a combination of Italian, Asian, American cuisines, plus seafood.
The menu divides its choices according to cuisine. Choices range from Pad Thai to spaghetti Bolognese to braised short ribs.
I arrived at 11:30 am on a Monday. It was nearly deserted, but more people would arrive as time went by.
The floor was speckled black and white granite. Walls were similar, but some were highly polished while others had a very rough, uneven texture. Medium blond wood tables were accompanied by chairs made of blond wood and dark brown cloth. The kitchen was in the center of the large room, encased in glass from ceiling to waist height. Medium soft generic music played in the background.
Service was good, but then the place wasn't busy.
I chose the Sensi 41 bento box, which sounded like a signature dish. It was a bento box with four dishes - one from each kitchen.
Pork with pine nuts, white raisins and olives. The pork was very tough, but had good flavor.
Risotto with crab. The risotto was fairly good, but a bit salty. The crab meat was good quality; however, it had a very delicate flavor and texture, which was overwhelmed by the risotto.
Salad. The salad was composed mostly of slightly bitter green with a mild vinaigrette dressing. It was good.
Crusty shrimp. Two medium shrimp, sautéed with a slight crust, with some julienned ginger on top. The slightly peppery dish was served on a bed of wilted greens. This was my favorite of the four dishes.
Lunch came with naan that was pretty good, albeit a little soft and lacking in flavor. Four flavorings came with it: mustard; soy; sea salt; sweet chili sauce of some sort. The chili sauce was good; the other flavorings were standard.
Lunch also included dessert: two small ice cream cones. Waffle cones were thin and crisp. One cone contained pretty good vanilla ice cream. The other, pistachio, was a little strange. The ice cream was dark green and a little chewy; odd.
I had heard many good things about Sensi, but ended up being disappointed. There was nothing wrong with anything I ate, but there was also nothing I could recommend (with the possible exception of the shrimp).
The meal was $26, plus tax and tip.
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