l’atelier de joel robuchon- (MGM GRAND) LAS VEGAS
Currently obsessing over Las Vegas restaurants right now because my boyfriend booked us a trip to sin city in January! Since then, I haven’t stopped browsing food blogs and feeling wonderfully overwhelmed by the overabundance of buffets, celebrity restaurants, hole in the walls, desserts, and even eateries off the strip. I’ve limited myself to mostly Cosmopolitan restaurants this time since it’s where we’re staying. L’atelier de Joel Robuchon is one of the first celebrity restaurants I’ve been to in Vegas and although it can be pricey it did not disappoint. This place is good If you enjoy tasting plates and sitting by the bar watching all the meticulous details that top-notch chef’s are trained to pay attention to. However, many may find the food too expensive for its value.
Located in the MGM, this is not the first L’atelier de Joel Robuchon restaurant I’ve been to. The one in Japan has the same interior decoration and a similar menu. I didn’t even know I was visiting the same restaurant until I sat down but I didn’t mind.
A complimentary bread basket is always a bonus.
Vegetable fondant topped with a delicate avocado cream
Iberico de Bellota Ham on Bruschetta ($39)
This is one of the finest ham in the world. It comes from an ancient breed of pig in Western Spain and feeds on acorns for thousands of years. This appetizer was strongly recommended by our waiter who also told us that the meat has been cured for many many months.
Le burger- beef and foie gras burgers with caramelized bell peppers ($32)
Whenever I hear foie gras and burger in a sentence my heart stops. I’ve had too many mind-blowing experiences with burgers in LA so this was a bit of a let-down. The flavor of the foie gras was overpowered by the beef. With its value, I rather have Umami.
Le Kampachi- lightly carmelized kampachi with soy and endives salad ($32)
La Caille- foie gras free range quail with mashed potatoes ($46)
The quail was good but the best thing about this dish was the mashed potatoes. It was creamy and had such a fine texture.
Including wine, our bill was almost $200. Woo, definitely a stretch in our pockets but Vegas isn’t Vegas without going big.