Weeks before arriving in Las Vegas, I reserved a table at Prime, the steakhouse within The Bellagio hotel run by Jean-Georges Vongerichten, who is, I'm told, terribly famous. I'm aware that there are plenty of restaurants in Las Vegas with globally famous chefs "cooking" there, but I was looking for something old-school for a romantic diner, and Prime's setting looked to fit the bill.
Prime didn't disappoint. The decor treads a fine line between beautiful and vulgar, and probably only remains on the acceptable side of vulgar because it's in Las Vegas - I'm not sure the acres of powder-blue velvet would go down so well in modern-day London or New York. The view is also as good as you're going to find in Las Vegas, beside The Bellagio's artificial lake, as close to the fountain show as you can be while remaining dry.
Both the food and service live up to the grand surroundings. My starter was a take on prawn cocktail, with giant shrimp and a wasabi dipping sauce. For a main I had an excellent surf-n-turf - the steak was great and lobster tail well cooked. We ordered various accompaniments, all of which were good, but a chopped vegetable salad was particularly fantastic - if only I had the patience to make such a thing at home.
Service throughout was perfectly judged - we never seemed to wait for anything, but didn't feel as if they were hovering over the table.