With a Twist: Pierre Gagnaire Named One of the Best Restaurants in the World

It’s one thing to be named one of the top restaurants in Las Vegas, or for that matter, the United States. But to make the list of best restaurants in the world is another level of esteem all together. Pierre Gagnaire made the S.Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2010 with his eponymous restaurant in Paris logging in at No. 13.

If you want to dine at one of his restaurants in the United States, you’ll have to do it at Twist at Mandarin Oriental, housed within the massive CityCenter complex. The 74-seater sits on the 23rd floor Sky Lobby. Three hundred gold globes that look like they float in the air hover at ceiling level. A glass staircase leads up to a suspended wine loft. And all of it overlooks the Strip.

Under the direction of chef de cuisine Pascal Sanchez (he’s worked with Gagnaire at his restaurant in Paris and Sketch in London), look for the signature langoustine five ways, which includes langoustine mousseline with curried grapes; grilled langoustine with new potatoes and mushrooms; langoustine tartare with celeriac cream and spiced grapefruit syrup; fried langoustine seasoned with Terre of Sienna (a spice mixture of orange peel, pepper and curry); and dressed in white velouté with langoustine jelly.

Gagnaire returns to Twist from May 4-9 when he presents “Homage to the American Product,” an exclusive tasting menu inspired by the domestic purveyors and farms used to create the masterpieces served at Twist.

“I’m calling this special menu ‘Homage to the American Product’ and it was created with our purveyors in mind, truly showcasing their hard work by presenting their product with respect for the ingredients,” Gagnaire said.

His special pre-fixe menu highlights include glazed Maine lobster, Washington Bay scallops, Sonoma foie gras, roasted duck from San Francisco, plus a five-dessert platter featuring sweet sensations inspired by traditional French pastries.

The pre-fixe menu pricing is $285 per person (excludes tax and gratuity). Guests can add a special wine pairing for an additional $95 per person. The “Homage to the American Product” will be available May 4-9 and the spring tasting menu will be available through the month of May.

For more information or reservations call 1.888.881.9367.