Wicked Spoon Buffet
At a Glance
What is it?
Typical buffet that serves many dishes in small plate form.
Where is it?
What kind of food is served?
Wide ranging with a bunch of different cuisines.
What is the atmosphere like?
Nice but nothing to write home about.
How is the service?
What are the prices like?
As expensive as most Strip buffets.
What else do I need to know?
This place has a lot fans.
What’s the bottom line?
I liked it but didn’t love it.
People keep trying to reinvent the Las Vegas buffet. I’m not sure why; the basic formula has been successful for nearly 70 years. But I guess with so many buffets to choose from you have to try to do something to stand out.
The Wicked Spoon Buffet at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas doesn’t go for a full reinvention but offers a tweak that is, at the very least, worth noting.
They are focusing on the “small plates” concept that is all the rage at restaurants these days. What that means in a buffet setting is that, for some dishes, instead of ladling things out of a tray onto your plate, they come in their own individual serving containers – small dishes, miniature pans or crockery, and the like. It’s interesting from a presentation level but can be a bit of a pain from a transportation perspective. If you just have piles of food on a plate, you can place your mashed potatoes on top of your ham and create a fortress of pot stickers around it to keep it in place. Trying to arrange a bunch of pots and pans on your plate is challenging.
Not everything is served this way – there are still plenty of trays, a carving station, and live-action food stations (made to order omelets at brunch for instance).
Food selection is typically diverse. On a recent brunch visit there were lots of breakfast items from the mundane (eggs of various types, pancakes, etc.) to the slightly more adventurous (the French toast was a gooey delight) and the welcome traditions (bacon!). There was a carving station offering half a dozen different types of meat, a seafood and sushi station, Asian specialties, a pizza oven, a big salad bar, and a full dessert station.
Although everything was satisfying and well-prepared, there was nothing that really stood out to make this a memorable buffet experience, small plate servings not withstanding.
Prices are typical for a Strip buffet, which is to say expensive ($15-27). That’s a lot of money to pay for food that is just satisfying, no matter how fancy the presentation.