There’s nothing like a breathtakingly delicious meal at L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon to get me back in the blogging groove! Viva Las Vegas!
Before we dig into the stupendous eats, a big thank you for sticking around during my long and unexpected hiatus. A little over two months ago, two major changes came into my life. The first, a new job! Woo! The second, a pregnancy! Woo hoo! Juggling both, with a side of intense nausea, was damn tough. But at last, I finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. Or at least I hope so…
After months of going to bed before the sun set and surviving on a sad and steady diet of saltines (and sometimes hot dogs!), I wasn’t quite sure if I’d be up for any fancy dinners while in Las Vegas for work this past weekend. Thankfully, I was feeling peppier, and more importantly, in the mood for feasting, by the time the trip arrived.
I dined solo this evening, which meant that I didn’t have to share any of the spectacular bread and salted butter. By the end of the meal, I’d made quite the dent in both. God, it was good.
And then there were two amuse-bouches, one meatless and the other not-so-much. On the vegetarian front was a wicked refreshing shot of grapefruit and guacamole. The lingering spice was awfully nice.
The foie gras parfait with port wine and parmesan foam hit a richer note. Both little bites readied my palate for the courses to come.
Since I indulged in the Seasonal Discovery Menu on my last visit, I opted for an a la carte experience this time around. Sommelier Ben Spicer sent over a few nibbles of Jamon Iberico de Bellota to start. Carved just a few feet away, the ham was lusciously fatty, in the best way.
Following the ham were cool slices of hamachi that were “served as a ravioli,” according to the menu. Sea urchin made for a fabulous “filling,” while a lemon vinaigrette tied everything together. I quite liked this course on my previous visit, but I full-on loved it this evening. A must-order, Uni Lovers.
Ben insisted that I try the tomato gazpacho served with spiced burrata, and it was as fabulous as promised. The chilled broth, sweetened with summer’s ripest tomatoes, was downright amazing. Marigolds, croutons, and fleur de sel rounded out the beautiful bowl.
As usual, I couldn’t resist ordering the steak tartar with old-fashioned French fries. Delicately seasoned and spiced just right, the tartar was a rich and satisfying indulgence.
The thinly sliced fries on the side were equally fetching!
The final savory course was Le Burger, a perfectly seared, medium rare beef patty topped with foie gras and caramelized bell peppers, tucked into sesame seed-studded house-made brioche. Four bites of burger bliss!
To finish, a duo of desserts from the seasonal tasting menu. The first featured a gorgeous strawberry-tomato sorbet, lime cream, and brioche croutons. The combination of textures and flavors was vibrant and well balanced.
And finally, the dreamiest vanilla soft serve ever studded with cherries and accompanied by a chocolate peanut butter sable. A sweet finish to a fantastic meal.
My favorite restaurant in Las Vegas? Totally.
L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon
3799 S Las Vegas Boulevard
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Las Vegas is my edible playground:
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- BarMasa – Las Vegas (Aria Resort & Casino)
- Bouchon Bakery – Las Vegas (The Venetian)
- China Poblano – Las Vegas (The Cosmopolitan)
- Epicurean Epicenter at Bellagio Featuring Pinot Noirs from Pisoni, Siduri, & ROAR Wineries
- FIVE50 Pizza Bar – Las Vegas (Aria Resort & Casino)
- Food & Wine All-Star Weekend: A New American Lunch at Sage (Aria Resort & Casino)
- Fountains Brunch at Jasmine – Las Vegas (Bellagio)
- Jean Georges Steakhouse – Las Vegas (Aria Resort & Casino)
- Julian Serrano – Las Vegas (Aria Resort & Casino)
- L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon – Las Vegas (MGM Grand)
- Le Cirque – Las Vegas (Bellagio)
- Lotus of Siam – Las Vegas
- Mix – Las Vegas (Mandalay Bay)
- Oyster Bar – Las Vegas (Palace Station)
- Sen of Japan – Las Vegas
- Tom Colicchio’s Heritage Steak – Las Vegas (The Mirage)