Wynn Buffet reopens lighter and brighter, its food more diverse

Gradually but inexorably, signs are mounting that Las Vegas is returning to its pre-pandemic normal – and none are more positive than the reopening of the iconic Las Vegas buffet. The latest edition: The Buffet at Wynn Las Vegas, which returns Thursday at 8 a.m.

On an employee-only game day at the Buffet on Wednesday, Executive Chef Jason Duarte said returning guests will find plenty of new stuff.

“We tried to go for a more eclectic menu,” he said, representing cultures such as those of the South Pacific and South Asia, which many of the resort’s guests come from.

At the same time, said Duarte, he recognizes the role of expected favorites at any local buffet. One of the changes she’s most excited about, and has received the most positive reviews, is the new pancake breakfast and brunch station.

“It’s fresh,” he said, “it’s colorful. It’s a comfort thing.

At the pancake station, customers can watch their flapjacks cook. In addition to buttermilk pancakes, the buffet features red velvet chocolate chips, Foster bananas, strawberry shortbread cookies, and blueberry pancakes, which guests can mix and match.

The new Egg Station Benedict prepares the traditional dish as well as versions with lox and capers, lobster or a corn fritter. Other breakfast dishes are even more indulgent, such as blintz, Belgian waffles and a cinnamon and sugar French toast made with white chocolate brioche and served with custard, orange zest punchy counterpoint to the sweet richness.

A Latin station offers chewy and meaty pork tamales with mole chicken, chorizo, and eggs. Another neighborhood offers do-it-yourself parfaits and individual dishes such as overnight oats, Bloody Mary ceviche, and homemade juices such as strawberry lemonade.

In the Asian zone, you will find Thai chicken wings, congee, sushi, and dim sum. A seafood restaurant offers pickled mussels, lox, bagels, and shrimp cocktails early in the day, while serving mussels, Jonah crab, oysters on the half-shell, and crackled opilio crab legs hot and cold later.

There is a deli counter with everything customers need to make their own plates. Four varieties of pizza. A cutting station with striploin, pork belly, roast chicken, roast turkey and three types of sausages (including chicken-pineapple) for breakfast and brunch, and even more for dinner.

With a new soft-serve station featuring a rainbow of nine toppings including peanut M & Ms, gummy worms and Reeses mini mugs, the desserts keep arriving, even during brunch: caramel churros, chocolate lava cake, sugar-free desserts, hot peach and blackberry pudding and – yes – Wynn’s traditional bread pudding.

During the dinner service, many stations change orientation. For example, pancakes turn into latkes, served with smoked salmon and caviar, crème fraîche and pomegranate, roasted beets with goat cheese, and caramelized apples.

The Latin resort changes to a southern Italian accent with dishes such as spaghetti and meatballs, gnocchi with linguica and clams, and shrimp penne with Alfredo sauce and sundried tomatoes. The perfect space becomes a place to make your own salads. The omelet station becomes a taco bar.

Vegan and vegetarian choices abound at all points.

Duarte said the buffet offers a lot more individual dishes than before – around 40% of the food offered – which he says is more of a factor in the mainstream trend than a nod to the pandemic. Arrangements for the latter, however, include numerous hand sanitizing stations and a policy of changing utensils every 15 minutes.

Starting Thursday, the buffet will be open Thursday through Monday for breakfast, brunch and dinner. Prices range from $ 38.99 to $ 64.99 and reservations are accepted.

The Buffet at Wynn joins a growing list of buffets that have already reopened, such as the Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace, Wicked Spoon at Cosmopolitan Las Vegas, Garden Buffet at South Point, Circus Buffet at Circus Circus and MGM Grand Buffet. Le Buffet à Excalibur also opens Thursday, and Le Buffet à Bellagio will follow suit on July 16.

Duarte said the revitalized buffet at the Wynn is designed to be in line with the resort’s other restaurants. Even the look is updated, making more use of natural light.

“Our goal,” he said, “is to make this restaurant as upscale as a fine dining restaurant.”

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