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Javier’s at ARIA Resort & Casino did not offer any special gifts from the chef, as is typical of most Mexican restaurants. The custom of sending an amuse-bouche, which literally means entertain the mouth in French, is one that started in French restaurants. The complimentary edible morsel is a way of welcoming diners to the restaurant and giving them a taste of what’s in store. Like most other Mexican restaurants, the upscale Javier’s welcomes diners with a basket of warm, lightly salted corn tortilla chips. Served along a housemade tomato salsa, we think the seemingly endless chips and salsa at Javier’s more than make up for the lack of an amuse-bouche.