‘Morel’ of story: Change things up at this steakhouse

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This past week I had a friend in town from San Francisco and a bunch of us went out to dinner together. We decided to go to a steakhouse and picked Morels located inside the Palazzo.

Morels is a French steakhouse and bistro featuring an extensive wine collection. They have more than 450 selections from French and California growers.

One of the things the restaurant is known for is their extensive cheese selection. This is a place for you to come and enjoy some very exotic cheeses. You can order in 1, 2 or 3 selection samplings.

I started my meal with an order of French Onion soup. For being a French restaurant, I thought the onion soup was bland.

Morels, was offering a special holiday prix fixe menu, which really was a good deal. For $49 you had a choice of soup of the day or a baby iceberg salad for starters. For the main course you got a grilled 14-ounce New York Sirloin accompanied by pesto mashed potatoes.

The sirloin steak was topped with a Bordelaise sauce. For dessert you got a mixed berry crumble topped with vanilla ice cream. Generally I’m not a fan of having a sauce on my steak. I want to be able to taste the steak for the flavor that it is on its own.

In this case the steak needed a sauce because my steak was overcooked. The quality of the meat was good but, unfortunately, on this given night we must have had a chef having a bad day.

Our party ordered steaks and 4 of the 5 were overcooked. When you’re in a fancy steakhouse and paying those prices you really need and expect to have it cooked correctly.

Usually at a high end steakhouse if your steak is cooked incorrectly it will be undercooked more often than over, but not on this night.

This was my first visit to Morels but two of my buddies in the party had been there before and they said it was very good. I might have just caught them on a bad night or it could’ve been a combination of our large party late in the evening as we were the final table to leave the restaurant.

I didn’t bother to ask to have my steak cooked correctly because nobody came to ask how our steaks were. Again I’ll chalk that up to being one of the final parties on a Monday night.

Given our experience on this given night I give Morels a rating of 2 Forks out of 4.

Marco D’Angelo is the senior handicapper at Pregame.com. He co-hosts FIRST PREVIEW every Thursday at 10 a.m. on ESPN 1100 AM/98.9 FM. Follow him on twitter: @MarcoInVegas. Contact him at [email protected].

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