The old adage “location, location, location” certainly applies to buying real estate, but it can also apply to a restaurant. Fix Restaurant and Bar is a stylish spot inside the Bellagio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Fix is part of the The Light Group, the company that owns and runs some of the city’s hottest spots. In addition to some amazing food and great service, Fix’s location, along the walkway to The Bank nightclub, provides a truly wonderful people parade to watch as the night goes on.
Like the other Light Group venues, I found Fix to be very luxurious and stylish, yet not intimidating. The design has a natural feel, owing to the heavy use of Costa Rican Padouk wood. The wood is bent and crafted into gentle curves, which really create a great backdrop in the almost-5,000 square foot space.
I think it offers something for everyone, a private room for ballers to pop bottles, a cool bar to have casual drinks and a great dining space with a range of seating zones. There is a front row of tables along the low casino wall, allowing diners to watch the players in the casino and those playas headed to the nightclub, along with more intimate corner booths and some large group tables.
Service is friendly and we were greeted and seated quickly and also quickly visited by our server Irvin. Clearly someone who loves his job and does it well, we knew we were in for a great experience and could sit back, relax and leave the driving to him. With his guidance, we enjoyed an amazing culinary adventure.
The drinks are selected from an iPad app, which I now see used in most high-end Las Vegas restaurants. In addition to the specialty cocktails, the app used also provides the wine and beer list. My guest had a Platinum Cadillac margarita ($25) with Casamigos Reposado tequila and Cointreau, finished tableside with a full mini-bottle of Grand Marnier. We also sampled the Raspberry Sin ($20), with Stoli Razberi, Creme De Cassis and Red Bull (!) served over a bowl of cotton candy.
Things started off quite wonderfully with a large of bowl of the restaurant’s signature Buffalo-style wings. The wings are hand-frenched, creating little chicken lollipops, bathed in their signature spicy Buffalo sauce. The large portion ($17) disappeared quite quickly. It was a really delicious, upscale take on the popular bar favorite. Up next were the lobster tacos ($23) with grilled mango and cilantro, very fresh and tasty.
Then things got serious, as our main courses arrived. The sides included asparagus with a goat cheese fondue sauce ($12) as well as creamed spinach with Boursin cheese ($12). Both were wonderful with fresh vegetables combined with those flavorful cheeses. Another highlight of the meal was the “Very Adult Mac & Cheese” with truffle oil, prosciutto and four cheeses ($12). This was also awesome and was served as little mac & cheese loaves, lightly compressed together, breaded and fried, served with the cheese dipping sauce. A very cool take on this favorite as well.
For my main course, I had the 10oz Filet Mignon ($51) cooked medium well. The steak arrived perfectly, with no char on the outside, as I had requested. It was moist and tender with a perfect seasoning, requiring nothing from me other than to enjoy it. I did enjoy the two steak sauces provided, especially the au poivre butter sauce.
My friend likes steak and Maine lobster ($63) and our trusty waiter Irv allowed her to create a new dish, Kobe & lobster, instead of the normal filet it’s served with. The Maine lobster was stuffed, which was delicious and added another dimension to the meal, along with the lobster meat. My other guest had the scallops ($38) served “Benedict” style with apple wood bacon and a crab hollandaise sauce.
First, we were served the Fix specialty donuts. Perfectly fried with sugar sprinkled on them, hiding a banana filling inside. The donuts were mounted on a clear plastic piece, like a food-porn version of a paper towel holder. On either side, small pools of peanut butter (on one side) and chocolate (on the other) as dipping sauces. As if all that wasn’t enough, another bowl appeared, filled with scoops of McConnell’s Ice Cream and homemade cookies. McConnell’s, a “small batch” specialty producer in Santa Barbara (since 1949), produces a luscious ice cream, with butterfat content north of 20%, about four times the typical ratio. I learned from Irv that the McConnell’s is exclusive to Fix, and is not served at any of the other Light Group venues. Apparently each location is encouraged to choose a unique, specialty dessert as an exclusive, and I’m glad Fix chose the ice cream.
The Light Group
Fix is part of The Light Group, who understand the Vegas luxury experience and deliver it with Fix. With clubs like 1 OAK, The Light Nightclub, The Bank, Lily, Daylight, etc., they understand in Vegas, dining is theater, and they deftly bring that theatrical, high-end nightclub experience to a meal. But most importantly, while they understand the show is important, they also know at a restaurant, it all comes down to food. By combining fresh ingredients with top chefs and innovative menus, they really deliver both on taste and excitement.
Freddy Sherman is a world traveler and editor of the travel blog travel4people.com. In the past six months, he has visited Turkey, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Cambodia and Canada and just returned from Peru. You can follow him on Twitter:@luxuryfred and Instagram:@luxuryfred