Worth the Splurge.
I dined here 3/5 with my wife to celebrate an anniversary. Since we were not staying at the MGM a complimentary limo was arranged to pick us up and drop us off. We were taken in through a special entrance called the mansion. It was a very nice touch. We felt like royalty. As a ex-chef I knew i was about to embark on a culinary adventure.
We opted for the 4 course meal ($195ea). It was actually 8 courses. The amuse was spectacular, the amount of caviar and crab was very genereous. My appetizer was king crab on a romaine leaf with a coral vin, this dish was very good but I felt lacked a bit of imagination.
Next I had the chestnut soup with smoked lardon foam and foie gras, WOW this was amazing.
My fish course was sole in sake broth with clam raviolis, very nice. The raviolis were bursting with fresh clam flavor and was very nice with the sake broth.
Next I had the duck with foie gras, this dish was a bit disapointing because the duck skin was not crispy. I was fortunate that my wife was full and passed over her braised veal checks in lemongrass broth, This was a great dish.
Next came the fromage trolley, very impressive. And then came my coffee ice cream dessert.
Next an unexpected suprise, they baked us a cake for our anniversary which was delicous.Then they mignardise came with our cappucinos. A large trolley filled with about 30 different varieties of sugary goodness, we each tried 7 pieces and managed to eat them all. We were also given a box of marshmellows to take home.
Every once in awhile it's good to splurge. This is the place to do it. Bon Appetit.
The finest restaurant in the United States.. Joel Robuchon is bar none the finest restaurant in the U.S. and I have eaten at all the Michelin Three Star restaurants in the United States. This is a truly remarkable and extraordinary dining experience, however, it is very exclusive so make reservations well in advance and be sure to wear a suit. Welcome to THE temple of gastronomy.
For what will probably be the most memorable dining experience in your life, go to Joel Robuchon in the MGM Grand..
Generally my favorite is not fancy French, tasting menus tend to make me hungry not full, and four hour meals give me spilkas. Having said that, this was perhaps the most amazing dining experience that I have ever had. Everybody at the table shared my view.
The restaurant is so gorgeous that upon arriving you just know you have a treat at hand. Sometimes fancy French brings stuffiness along with it (in the U.S., never in Paris), but that was not the case here. Then, of course, there is the food. It looked so pretty that it was a shame to eat it, but what the heck.
We had their 16-course meal. They are always fine tuning things. Two of the plates actually had 3 courses on each. That way they could trim down an hour. I guess people start getting a bit antsy after four hours.
We ate in the private room, which made the experience even more superb. True it cost an extra couple hundred dollars, but given the bill was $4,900 for seven of us, it seemed like a bargain.
Most Expensive unmemorable food I have ever had.
The irony is that I spent more on this meal than any other in my life and enjoyed it the least. I would never order a single thing that ate here every again. Some of the most bland, non-descript, unimpressive food that I have eaten anywhere. Before you assume that I simply "do not appreciate good food", let it be known that I just returned from Sonoma where I dined at Thomas Keller's French Laundry and eat regularly at Gary Danko in San Francisco.
Let me start with the four best parts of Joel Robuchon at the Mansion. The bartender in the lounge was cool, knowledgable and professional. The drinks were ridiculous, but the bartender was great. Second, the atmosphere is impressive, albeit a bit outlandish. It's amazing how quiet it is in here, you would never know that you were in loud Las Vegas. Third, the bread cart is outstanding. There are many different types of amazing breads, and you had best load up on them if you dont plan to grab a burger somewhere else before you go to bed. Last was the included sorbets. My favorite part of the meal. As for the 6 course crustacean menu itself, it was not good. One seafood gel in an egg cup with sea urchin roe (tasty, probably the best item), two tiny lobster "raviolis" (not very exciting), one shrimp wrapped in a spider-web like pastry with asparagus and caviar (very basic and unimpressive), a half-ping pong ball sized lump of king crab (blah), another ball of lobster served in a bowl with broth (very blah), and then a raspberry gel desert which was tasty. My friend had the cheaper menu and it looked far better. The Kobe beef dish was amazing, far and away the best thing on the table. In short, this meal was boring, with common -place ingredients, small and very, very expensive ($350). The servers rarely described the food, and were only around to refill the very, very expensive water. Gary Danko and French Laundry are far , far better and, although also expensive, much more worthy of your money.
go there to impress yourself and then have dinner afterwards, since there is little to eat at this dinner.....a one inch piece of veal was good.....................knock yourselves out if you need to go here.....or go to Picasso, 'Rosemary, Prime in Las Vegas for real food.
The expected expenditure made me very nervous, but perusing the menu, and reading recommendations, I really wanted to try this restaurant. Eventually, my husband told me to stop worrying about the money and make the reservation to celebrate our anniversay. I must say I regret nothing.
Purple velvet booths, real linen table runners and napkins. Black marble floor and counter in the bathroom. Serene and gentle atmosphere, cut off from the noise of the MGM Grand casino. No expense was spared in making this a unique and separate space from the rest of the hotel. I made reservations that morning for 6:00, with tickets for the 10:30 showing of Ka, right next door. I was asked when I made the reservations whether it was an "occasion". We arrived a few minutes early, were greeted by no less than 3 people, and were seated immediately. The entire atmosphere was quiet, gentle, relaxed, yet elegant and definitely moneyed.
The sommelier made a fabulous wine recommendation with us merely indicating a light red, minimal tannins, reasonably priced. Of course, "reasonably priced" still wound up being $200, but considering the price of the dinner, that wasn't a big deal for us. Especially considering I saw at least 2 bottles on the 35-page wine list at $10,000.00. The sommelier did a wonderful job of making the wine last the entire meal, and since DH and I are neither heavy wine drinkers, neither of us felt at all deprived by it. Service was sublime.
The food was fabulous, I couldn't possibly go into all the details of the 16-course meal, but the highlights: sevruga caviar, sea urchin, beef bone marrow, kobe beef. The bread was all fabulous... we tried maybe 8 of the 15 fresh types they offered. They brought us out a cake to celebrate our anniversary, which made us feel very special. The entire meal lasted 4 hours, and easily could have taken more. Definitely the experience of the lifetime. I hope to repeat it.
TEMPLE OF GASTRONOMY IN NAME ONLY.
Having had one of the best meals of my life at Robuchon in Paris in 1996, the year Monsieur Robuchon retired, I was eagerly anticipating a dinner at his new restaurant in Las Vegas. You walk past the shorts and t-shirt clad crowd playing nickel slots to get to Joel Robuchon at the Mansion in the MGM Grand, not what one would expect for a restaurant of this class. Once inside, the space is beautiful and decorated in the style of grand Paris restaurants of years past, and the glare and tackiness of the casino outside the door quickly fades away. < >
After spending about a half hour perusing the wine list, the two of us ordered three full bottles of wine and the 16 course tasting menu, which is now up to $350. The service was handled by mostly young men and occasionally hostesses and was not nearly as professional as one would find in most restaurants of this caliber. < >
Most of the dishes were served at room temperature, leading me to think that they may have been prepared in advance and simply served to order. Most were fish or shellfish with a few vegetable dishes here and there. There was a single meat dish, a sliver of seared Kobe beef, and no birds. Most of the dishes were quite good, but nothing that created the involuntary smile that breaks over your face when a bite of something sends clouds of endorphins racing through your brain.< >
The wines recommended by the sommelier, were far better than the food, as they should have been for the 4-6 times retail prices charged for them. We started with the 1999 Domaine DAuvenay Meursault Narvaux, then a 2000 Leroy Gevrey Chambertin aux Combottes (the wine of the night), followed by a pleasant but on its last legs 1961 Chateau Beycheville. We accepted the suggestion for a half bottle of 1986 Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande for the cheese course (which was not included in tasting menu) and the sommelier provided a complimentary bottle of 1999 Chateau dYquem. < >Dinner for two, including wines and sales tax, but not gratuity was around $3,200.00.
Exquisite Dining. Very exclusive, got to try at least once in your life, culinary experience.
Acclaimed chef Joel Robuchon brings his Michelin-starred French cuisine to his first Stateside restaurant..
This intimate 64-seat restaurant has five seating areas with a design that gives a nod to 1930s Paris. High-rollers enter through a black-and-white tiled foyer lit by a crystal teardrop chandelier to a main room with soaring 17-foot ceilings. Robuchon's Asian and Spanish influences flavor a menu that changes daily. Recent offerings include pan-fried sea bass with lemongrass foam and stewed baby leeks, and sauteed veal chop with natural jus and vegetable taglierinis flavored with pesto.
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