Can a Las Vegas Buffet Possibly Be Worth 85 Bucks?
In Las Vegas, you can get one of the best buffet deals anywhere, the Buffet of Buffets pass. The pass is good for all-day access to seven buffets in the Caesars Entertainment family of Las Vegas hotels, for just $44.99 (it’s $49.99 for those not members of the Total Rewards player loyalty program).
Given that kind of all-access pass, when we heard about the $85 Sterling Brunch at Bally’s, we wondered if such a pricey buffet could deliver in terms of value. So, we visited. And about time, too.
The Bally’s Sterling Brunch happens in the Bally’s Steakhouse. Honestly, we’d throw in $30 bucks right off the bat just for the restaurant’s Old Vegas vibe. Beyond the charming atmosphere, it doesn’t take long to see why the place was absolutely packed on the morning of our visit.
Snappily-dressed staff help make the Bally’s Sterling Brunch a truly memorable experience. It’s first-class, well, class all the way from this highly-polished group of people who clearly take customer service seriously. We’d pay $20 toward that! We’re already up to $50 of value.
Next, you have to talk about the champagne.
See, it’s a champagne brunch, so there’s champagne. But not just any champagne. At the Sterling Brunch, it’s all about the ever-flowing Perrier Jouet Grand Brut champagne. Oh, it’s as fancy as it sounds, and it’s about $50 a bottle in the real world. So, if you burn through even one bottle, your value tally is already at $100. Just saying.
The food, as you might suspect, is exceptional at this popular brunch. We’re big fans of filet mignon, and the steak was absolutely perfect, so we had approximately 14 pounds of it. That’s a $1,300 value right there. You get the picture.
The Sterling Brunch’s all-you-can-eat dishes read like the menu of a gourmet restaurant. You know, the kind where even one entree can cost upwards of $40-50.
Appetizers include Fresh Smoked Nova Salmon, American Sturgeon Caviar, Lobster Gazpacho and seafood including fresh oysters, clams, crab claws and shrimp. Uh, yeah, and we’re only up to the appetizers!
A mouth-watering carving station features Cranberry-Crusted Rack of Lamb, Teriyaki Glazed Whole Beef Tenderloin and Horseradish-Scented Pork Loin.
Of course, no brunch would be complete without a selection of eggs and omelettes, including a signature Lobster, Cognac and Boursin Cheese Omelette. Waffles and crepes are also in plentiful supply.
As for the entrees, they include Steak and Eggs with Choron Sauce, Pasta Primavera with Truffle Vinaigrette, Pan-Seared Salmon, Veal Parmesan with Angel Hair Pasta, Hunan Sesame Crusted Chicken and the aforementioned Grilled Filet Mignon with Potato Croquettes.
The winning dish with guests had to be the Fresh-Broiled Maine Lobster with Drawn Butter. This blog has no idea how butter is drawn, but this did not stop us from drooling liberally.
Oh, and before we forget, there’s also a sushi bar! Sake, too, of course.
We spent an inordinate amount of time at the desserts station, naturally. Hey, it was blog research. There was an assortment of high-quality French pastries, pies and tortes, as well as mixed berries (served in a wine glass), Praline Nougatine Pecan Crepe with vanilla sauce and Cherries Jubilee.
Here’s a photo gallery to tide you over!
Sterling Brunch at Ballys