The bacchanal is back!
Caesars Palace's famed Bacchanal feast has returned, this time in the form of a 25,000-square-foot buffet extravaganza.
The original Bacchanal was Caesars Palace's gourmet room where attendees took three hours to taste a variety of gastronomic extravaganzas while toga-clad waiters and waitresses served wine. The new buffet indulges in a similar over-the-top experience with more than 500 different dishes made daily from more than 800 recipes and a facility designed by restaurant designer Super Potato.
The Bacchanal Buffet is divided into nine different show kitchens: Mexican, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, American, seafood, pizza, deli (including soups, cheeses and charcuterie selections) and desserts. All the "comfort foods" - from mac 'n' cheese and mashed potatoes to prime rib - is served. Each show kitchen also has an action station with plated dishes and "minis" (small-sized portions of modern cuisine to tempt foodies - like red velvet pancakes, oak-grilled lamb chops and roasted South Carolina shrimp and grits). Among the uniquely crafted items, guests will discover house-smoked barbecue ribs and brisket, fresh tortillas and oyster shucking. Plus, there are plenty of options to please vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free eaters.
A master chef and a couple of order cooks are at the helm of each station. They'll gladly explain how the different cuisines are prepared. Bus persons and hostesses are trained to help guests understand what foods are available as well.
Of course, there are plenty of opportunities for patrons to customize dishes. Take the sushi, for example. A few rolls are on hand, but normally they are made to order - as are Asian soups (like ramen and pho), omelets and crêpes. Guests are welcome to wait and watch, or they can have the food delivered to their table.
Along with nine show kitchens, the Bacchanal Buffet features three separate element-inspired dining atmospheres. The prestigious Japanese design firm Super Potato, established in 1973 and responsible for highly praised restaurants like Café Too in Hong Kong, created the sophisticated yet welcoming décor.
The first and largest area focuses on glass. In addition to shimmering chandeliers, there are layers of colored glass used as partition walls. This section also looks out onto Caesars Palace's spectacular Garden of the Gods pool oasis.
The next area consists of wood. Approximately 9,500 different-sized blocks have been stacked to create the patterned walls and ceiling. Wooden wedges surround a lighting fixture to make guests feel as if they are sitting beneath a tree.
The last area utilizes steel. Re-purposed, recycled and reclaimed plates and pieces of metal were acquired. With a mixture of rustic, smooth and matte finishes, the result is a sleek display that provides a sharp contrast between old and new.
Each of these three areas have varying tables and chairs. Another noteworthy design element is the collection of 3,607 clear glass jars. They are placed in the kitchens - filled with the spices, herbs and other complementary food pairings for that cuisine.
Visitors who go to the Bacchanal Buffet can look forward to a culinary encounter that will delight all of their senses.
The buffet is included in Caesars' Buffet of Buffets pass, but for an additional $10 charge.
-- Staff Report