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Destination Vegas: Fountains Brunch at Jasmine at the Bellagio

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It's just a few hours by car or practically the blink of an eye by plane--Las Vegas has long been one of Angelenos' favorite escapes for a night or two (or more for the brave) of great food, drink, gambling, and entertainment. LAist is taking a look at some of the great reasons to be lured to the Nevada desert for some sun and fun in Sin City in our Destination Vegas series.

There's brunch, there's the Vegas buffet, and then there's the two put together. Add a variety of flavors of Asian cuisine, a front row view of a water show, and you've got the Fountains Brunch at Jasmine at the Bellagio.

This isn't a wall-to-wall mile-upon-mile stretch of stations and tables that will take you hours to tackle, but rather a smaller and upscale set-up where you'll want to take hours to savor. Though there are the traditional brunch/Vegas buffet elements, like the prime rib carving station and the omelet making station, Fountains has an Asian noodle soup section, dim sum items like shu mai and other dumplings, and refined small bites that sometimes branch out into the modernist or experimental, like the spoon rack loaded with little grapefruit panna cotta spheres.

What's at your table, too, when you arrive and while you're enjoying your umpteenth plate of oysters and miniature waffles dotted with caviar, there are extra treats; a teatime-like tower of plates has pastries and fruit for you to nibble on, and a server works the room carving fresh Peking-style duck for everyone at your table.

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If you save room for dessert, you can do the requisite sticking of items in the sweet-hot chocolate fountain or load a plate with petit fours and bonbons, though, desserts at this brunch are not the star of the show, to be certain. Best bet is to get a scoop of sorbet or gelato to chill your palate, catch one last Frank Sinatra song as the fountains of Bellagio dance right outside the windows, and get ready to head back out into the desert heat--or the casino cool--for your drive home, or your Sunday in Sin City.

Fountains Brunch at Jasmine is served Sundays 11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. (Special holiday schedule, offerings, and rates apply). $58 per person/$25 Children 6-12/Children under 6 are Free. Reservations recommended.