Since its humble beginnings with small cafes and restaurants, Las Vegas has grown to become the Mecca of exquisite cuisine. The city is packed with celebrity chefs who prepare delicious recipes at the stylish and extravagant restaurants in the resorts along the Strip. These Gourmet Rooms comprise sophisticated menus with every recipe imaginable for the 43 million tourists who visit Vegas every year. So, if you're going to Vegas and wan the best meals in town, Rory Brown, Food Writer, lists the top 5 restaurants in Sin City.
The Luscious Joël Robuchon Restaurant at the MGM Grand
The Joël Robuchon restaurant is the crown jewel in a city where extravagant dining is available almost everywhere. Enter through the dark glass doors into an art-deco décor with plush touches of purple contouring the interior of a Parisian-type apartment.
The Robuchon is the definition of a personal touch, starting with the Pierre-Yves Rochon interior design to the trolleys filled with cheeses and bread. A dinner at this stylish restaurant means eating top-quality ingredients and avant-garde recipes.
The staff is very friendly, and the service is top-notch. It's likely that you'll even meet the executive chef, Christophe De Lellis, who visits each table every night. The restaurant's kitchen is second to none. It comprises high-end equipment, and it's spotless, with each item in its specific place.
The Robuchon truly is a tribute to prestigious cooking embodied by the crispy egg and caviar dish or the caviar gelée mixed with king crab and cauliflower dots.
Enjoy Chinese Fine Dining at the Blossom
The Blossom at the Aria Resort and Casino is designed with a birdcage motif, which adds authenticity, sophistication, and style to the entire restaurant. The dining area is set within a wooden framework boasting warm colors of rose and grey. And, the 3D dragon motif overlooks visitors who pass through the corridor which leads to the lavatories.
You'll feel a tempting vibe in the rich menu, which comprises Cantonese specialties and a wide range of famous American dishes. However, don't go to Blossom expecting to have lunch; it's only available on Christmas, New Year's Eve/Day, or during the Chinese New Year holiday. But you'll always enjoy a fab dinner at Blossom, including tasty servings such as the shrimp toast, the Australian lobster tail with XO sauce, or the hot pot with shrimp paste and romaine lettuce. And, don't miss out on the Peking duck with its crispy skin on puffy pao or a thin pancake.
Bouchon Has that Je Ne Sais Quoi About It
The Venetian hotel is home to the breathtaking Bouchon French bistro designed by Adam Tihany. It's tasteful and elegant but also the perfect place where you can relax while enjoying stylish meals. The simple yet exciting flavors of the dishes combined with the chic dress code reflect Bouchon's easy-going personality. It offers high standard, strong and satisfying meals and in no way compares to the typical tiny eats of a French bistro.
If you're a food lover, you'll love Bouchon's steak frites, quiche, and croque madame. Each meal comes with French fries, which are the best in Vegas. But unlike other fine-dining restaurants in Vegas, the Bouchon is open even during daytime at the Venetian, so you can also grab breakfast or lunch here, not just dinner. Or, you can even have brunch with servings of waffles and chicken. Also, have a taste of the delicious French toast or the morning staple, which comes in bread-pudding with brioche, apples, and custard with drizzling maple syrup on top.
The Stylish Costa Di Mare
Formerly named Barlotta Ristorante di Mare, the now Costa Di Mare is an Italian paradise at the Wynn. Chef Mark LoRusso prepares delicious dishes exclusively with wild-caught fresh shellfish and fish.
Costa Di Mare is the masterpiece of designer Roger Thomas who gave the place a Mediterranean look during the renovations in 2005. You can either have an extravagant meal on the upper level or take the stairs, which lead to the lower level for a superb dining experience. The restaurant's ocean-to-table mantra is the signature stamp, which in more than 40 species of the most expensive and always fresh fish and crustaceans daily.
When you're at the Costa Di Mare, make sure you try the family-style recipes such as roasted fish or any of the plates included in the Gran Menu di Mare or Doni di Mare. LoRusso also introduces you to new dishes such as crudo and special prepared pristine fish. But, the crudo mixed with prawns, cuttlefish, and Sicilian amberjack is definitely a must-have.
Although you can be tempted only to taste the seafood recipes, the master chef at the Wynn also prepares delicious pasta, roasted chicken, or seared filet with special wine sauce. And, to help with preparing delicate desserts which embody Costa di Mares Italian flare with a mix of thrilling textures, LoRusso brought in chef Maria Mac who's a master of pastry dishes.
Jean Georges Steakhouse at the Aria
The Jean George Steakhouse is a tribute to meat and features cuts from around the world, including places such as Uruguay, Argentina or Japan. Chef Jean Georges Vongerichten prepares extravagant steak dishes with the finest meats available, which meet the highest standards in terms of taste and texture.
But, you should start your meal with one of the meat-free appetizers, such as the beignets with pear or rice cracker tuna. And, if you're not a fan of steak, have a bite of the juicy Kobe cheeseburger. But, make sure that you top off your dinner with the chef's signature chocolate cake and vanilla ice cream.
Despite the menu being full of steak recipes, you'll also find seafood alternatives. It's a steakhouse with a twist. And, for an exciting night out, you should order the 5-course tasting menu comprising appetizers, salad, meat, and seafood dishes and a stylish dessert. And, the molten chocolate dessert is the restaurant's wow factor which comes second to none in Vegas.
The Land of Celebrity Chefs
With so many famous high-end restaurants, Vegas is the go-to place for food enthusiasts who're looking for a VIP seamless dining experience. You'll enjoy the huge variety of top-quality and stylish dishes served at some of the fanciest restaurants in the world, such as the Joël Robuchon or the Jean Georges Steakhouse. However, if you prefer Asian cuisine, book a table at the exclusive Blossom restaurant. Seafood lovers will be overwhelmed by the fabulous dishes prepared by chef Mark LoRusso at the Venetian's Costa di Mare restaurant. And, the Bouchon is the place to be for a romantic night out.
About Rory Brown: After spending the first 40 years of his life in the United States, Rory Brown decided to focus on the quality of life and began living internationally. He now spends his time in Lake Como, Italy, Sydney, Australia, Charleston, South Carolina, and Kauai, Hawaii. His appreciation for simple health food that embraces local traditions of excellence has earned him credit among farm-to-table communities everywhere he goes.
Brown began his career as a technologist and has always focused on healthy lifestyle choices. His well-researched lifestyle writing has increasingly focused on living life to the fullest each day throughout the world.
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