There are fine dining meals and then there are decadent culinary experiences that only a Michelin award-winning chef like Joël Robuchon can dream up. Now the world-renowned chef has redefined Las Vegas fine dining with an18-course tasting menu at his namesake restaurant, which he has called, “one of the greatest menus I have ever created.”
Robuchon’s latest celebrated tasting menu originated from his most recent restaurant in Bordeaux, France. At $445 per person, it ranks as the second most expensive tasting menu in America. Now his Joël Robuchon Restaurant executive chef, Claude Le-Tohic and executive pastry chef Salvatore Martone are putting these simple, yet sophisticated dishes in place here in Las Vegas. Broken up into four “services,” which consist of three small plates, you will be blown away by the presentation and of course the taste each dish offers. The first service starts with La Salade de Pomme de Terre, which is a flavorful carpaccio of foie gras and potatoes covered with black truffle shavings. Next is Le Salmon, which is Scottish salmon confit that comes coated with Osetra caviar and a wasabi cream. Finishing off the first course on a high note is Le Homard, a fresh Maine lobster in a thinly sliced turnip which is then topped with sweet and sour dressing. The second service just might be our favorite among the “starters,” as it includes Le Truffe, a black truffle tart served with confit onions and smoked bacon. Then there’s Les Cuisses de Grenouille, Robuchon’s frog leg fritters with garlic purée and parsley coulis that will melt in your mouth. The highlight of the third service is definitely the truffled langostine ravioli that comes served with simmered green cabbage. This meal also includes perfectly seared diver sea scallops with kumquat and caviar. The fourth service is meant to set up the main course and features a fresh sea urchin on top of a purée of fennel and potato with citrus jus. The crown jewel from this particular service is La Langouste, a succulent lobster that is grilled with a light green curry jus and fresh coriander.
By the time the main course comes out, you’ve already savored so many authentic French flavors, but chef Robuchon has an absolutely epic grand-finale in-store for you. A personal carving station comes to your table to prepare Châteaubriand beef that is then topped with foie gras and rolled in fresh black truffles with a Porto sauce. Robuchon’s famously decadent mashed potatoes (think lots of butter) also come with the dish. We recommend pairing the main course with one of the many excellent wine selections found on the menu from Robuchon’s executive wine director, William Moses. If you somehow managed to save room for dessert, the restaurant’s mignardises trolley will be rolled out, offering more than 40 types of petits fours and chocolates for you to pick from.
For those that really want to live large while in Las Vegas, treat yourself to Joël Robuchon Restaurant’s 18-course tasting menu and you’ll be rewarded with one of the finest dining experiences of your life.
Joël Robuchon Restaurant at MGM Grand
3799 South Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Featured photo courtesy of MGM Grand