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M Resort

12300 Las Vegas Blvd. S.

Henderson, NV 89044

702-797-1000

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$10-$30

Mon-Thu 7am-9pm

Fri 7am-10pm

Sat-Sun 9am-10pm

Buffet

B+

AT A GLANCE

What is it?

A buffet with a twist: a television studio.

Where is it?

At M Resort on the south side of Las Vegas.

What kind of food is served?

All the buffet usuals and more.

What is the atmosphere like?

Lots of light and television screens.

How is the service?

Good.

What are the prices like?

Kind of pricey for a buffet so far from The Strip.

What else do I need to know?

Some really good desserts.

What's the bottom line?

A little pricier than most neighborhood buffets and almost worth it.

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FULL REVIEW

It's hard to make a buffet distinctive these days. A few years ago places started doing it by getting rid of the long single line and trays and replacing them with live action cooking stations with various regional cuisines, but now everyone does that. So what do you do if you want to create a buffet that stands out from the pack? How about putting in a television studio?

That's the gimmick behind Studio B at M Resort, an upscale buffet that ups the ante by including a full kitchen studio where chefs put on cooking demonstrations and broadcast the goings on to giant screen televisions spread around the main dining room. They don't happen all the time - you can't just drop by at any old time and expect a show - but when they do it's a unique angle perfectly suited to the Las Vegas ethos where everything, including eating, has to be entertainment.

Set that aside though, and you still have a really good buffet. The curvy serving station layout wraps around the circular room, which is infused with natural light - a rarity for most Las Vegas buffets.

As usual the menu will vary depending on when you visit but during a recent Sunday brunch they had a wide assortment of salads; several carving stations with ham, turkey, chicken, roast beef, and more; a wide variety of Asian cuisines including Chinese, Vietnamese, and sushi; pizza and pastas; and a big breakfast area including pancakes, bacon, sausage, waffles, and made to order omelets.

The dessert station, often a missed opportunity at Vegas buffets, was quite extensive including hand scooped gelato, pastries, cookies, cakes, and much more. I only made one trip but not for lack of desire.

Everything I sampled was well prepared, flavorful, and served at the right temperature (that last one is important considering the tepid no matter what selections at a lot of buffets). It was all a cut above the standard all you can eat fare.

There are three downsides here for most Vegas visitors. The first is the location. M Resort is situated at the far end of the Las Vegas Valley, a solid 20 minute drive from The Strip if traffic is cooperating and more if it isn't. Los Angeles commuters should take note of this on their way in or out of town, but for everyone else there are probably five or ten just as good, closer options. The second issue is its popularity, which means that there will almost always be a line here and sometimes a very long one. Reports of hours long waits are not uncommon.

And finally there's the price. I often encourage people to get away from The Strip for buffets to the locals hotels for the quality and the cost savings but here, breakfast is around $10, lunch around $15, dinner $23-30, and brunch $31. You can get a couple of bucks off if you sign up for the M Resort player's club card, but that's still a big chunk of change and not any cheaper than equally good buffets on The Strip.

This is an "if you're in the neighborhood" (or on the freeway) kind of buffet, not one most visitors should go out of their way to experience. Although if you can time it to when they are having one of their live cooking demonstrations that might just make it worth the trip.

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