I really hate to write articles that bash a place but our recent dining experience was the worst brunch in Las Vegas and I feel compeled to alert the masses.
The Simon is a trendy restaurant/lounge located in the trendy Palms. It’s open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and brunch on Sundays. I was intrigued with the offerings on the brunch menu listed on the website, especially the various “stations” from Whole Fruits & Smoothies to Paninis or Crepes.
The pajama clad hostess greeted us promptly and courteously and seated us at a table close to the glass wall with a poolside view. Yeah, I said PAJAMAS! That should have been my first clue. We were then met by the also pajama wearing food server and were given the low down on how the brunch worked. You order main dish small plates from the menu and then help yourself to the various buffet stations. This was a little different than what we have experienced but we are open to try new things and jumped in. We ordered the Eggs Benedict, Philly Benedict, Baby Back Ribs, Pigs in Blankets, French Toast and Frittata from the brunch menu. While that was in the works we headed for the buffet area for a fruit smoothie. There were several choices listed and I went with the “Green Goddess”. What I was expecting was a made to order fresh fruit and vegetable smoothie. What I got was lukewarm green sludge poured from a pitcher that was sitting on the counter. Next stop; the crepe & Panini section. I ordered what I expected to be a hot, delicious, Panini sandwich toasted golden brown. What I got was a barely edible, overly toasted (burnt) mess that looked like an elephant stepped on it. We helped ourselves to the chilled colossal shrimp and they were absolutely fantastic!! The selections of small plates we ordered started to arrive amidst a pile of dirty plates that had been sitting there for quite some time.
The Pigs in Blankets were ok. Why they are even on the menu is a mystery. There was not a single thing that was unique about them. The Eggs Benedict was ok. The Philly Benedict was the most unappetizing dish I have ever seen. Road kill would look more enticing. The Frittata was burnt. Hey, mistakes happen. Fix it. Don’t bring an obviously over cooked dish to a guest! Remake it. The French Toast was also disappointing. It’s coated with corn flakes and crispy and mushy at the same time.
This whole dining experience was a fiasco. We were served horrible food by servers in stupid Paul Frank pajama uniforms and we sat at a table with a poolside view where, as luck would have it, we had a hairy, overweight, banana sling wearing guy with his butt crack showing trying to get a tan directly in our sight line. That’s a mood killer.
I think the biggest problem at Simon was the cooking staff. The guy that made the Panini either didn’t know how it should look when it’s done properly or worse, just didn’t give a crap. The dude that was in charge of making smoothies was also making sushi. I think the horrible smoothie was a combination of not having enough help and not caring. He seemed a little overwhelmed with preparing the sushi. I have to bring up the pajama uniforms. I just don’t get it. I really felt bad for the staff that had to wear them. They looked ridiculous. If the brain-y-acks at Simon wanted to go with a pajama party theme and encourage the guests to come in pj’s for breakfast………..nope, it would still be stupid, but it would make a little more sense. All I can say is go somewhere else. There are so many great Sunday Brunches in Las Vegas. Try the Sterling Brunch Buffet at Bally’s or the Brunch at the Wynn.