Eating at a breakfast buffet is pretty much a sure bet in Vegas. It’s hard to screw up breakfast cereals, yoghurts, fruit, bacon, scrambled eggs and sausages. I hope you all get what we’re trying to say here. Spending money on a dinner buffet is a little bit more of a gamble. The quality and taste of the different items all depends on the skill of the chef cooking the food. Buffets always offer dishes from all over the world. You’ll find traditional American, Italian and Asian food for example. Chefs at buffets have to be able to prepare all these different dishes as tasteful as specialized restaurants do. And in general they’re not!
Another thing you have to take into account is that buffets are about volume. Large quantities of food have to be prepared and served constantly. So buffet restaurants buy large amounts of vegetables and meat every day. And since buffets have to be reasonably priced you won’t always get the best quality food. So if you’re a genuine food critic many Vegas dinner buffets can turn out to be a disappointment.
We have had dinner at the Monte Carlo Dinner Buffet several times. We have never paid for this buffet since we’ve always been able to comp ourselves through the MyVegas Facebook game. The Buffet area at the Monte Carlo is well maintained and the staff does a good job keeping the restaurant clean. The Monte Carlo dinner buffet is one of the smaller buffets at the Strip. They serve a decent amount of different foods so chances are very small you won’t be able to find anything you like.
At the Monte Carlo Dinner Buffet you will be able to find cold salads, fresh vegetables, steak and seafood (like shrimp and clams). They also offer Asian food like fried rice, chow mein, spring rolls, Asian beef. There’s also a small selection of Mexican food, sushi, sandwiches, different meats and pizza.
We tried several items from the buffet. We can handle a decent amount of food but it was impossible for us to try everything. The fried shrimp and the garlic marinated shrimp were very good. Especially the garlic marinated shrimp were so tasty we went back for seconds. The green beans were cooked exactly how we like them: still a little crispy. We don’t like our green beans cooked to the point where they become watery/soggy/overcooked. These beans had a fresh taste like the broccoli and grilled corn. We also tried some of the Asian food which was mediocre. The spring rolls were disappointing. They were soggy and lacked flavor. The Asian beef was chewy, it wasn’t cooked long enough in our opinion. Good beef should fall apart when cooked right and long enough. The fried rice was ok and the chow mein was average. To be honest, Panda Express serves better Asian food. We also tried a piece of Turkey which was very nice. Not too dry.
The sausage and pizza that’s at the dinner buffet is the same as you’ll find at the breakfast buffet. The sausage is a little greasy but has a nice, spicy flavor. The pizza is not bad considering it’s buffet pizza. Thin crust, crispy with enough cheese and other toppings. It’s not the kind of pizza you’ll get at a traditional Italian restaurant or pizza place but it was better than we expected. Unfortunately, after trying all these different foods we were completely full. So we didn’t try any of the desserts although they looked pretty good. If the overall quality of the food is an indicator for the quality of the desserts, we’re pretty sure you’ll like most of the desserts too.
Looking back at the meals we’ve had at the Monte Carlo Dinner Buffet we can honestly say it’s a pretty good, middle of the road, buffet. If you are a buffet lover we can surely recommend it. If you’re not sure wether you’re the buffet type or not, see if you can find a coupon or 2-for-1 deal somewhere (or play the MyVegas game of Facebook and comp yourself) so you won’t be forced to pay full price to find out if you like it.