Joel Robuchon — Las Vegas (11/2015)


A business conference trip to Las Vegas gave me the opportunity to try Las Vegas’ only Michelin 3-star restaurant.  The dress code was listed as business formal, so I even packed a suit (even though most of the other people dining did not dress up).  The Monday night reservation was easy enough to secure via

There are several menu choices. In addition to the main 18-course menu, diners can choose from a series of shorter menus to match the number of courses they wish to have.  Once the menu length is selected, then selections are made from the listing of courses as appropriate.

I selected the main tasting menu with a substitution for the beef course.

While I was still deciding, they brought a small bite – a warm quinoa ball with a peppery flavor.

As I am trying to study wine, so I thought it would be helpful to take photos of some of the extensive wine list from this 3-star restaurant.

They asked whether I wanted a glass of champagne or a cocktail to start.  I decided to go with a glass of the Meursault for the meal.

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Twist — Las Vegas (7/2012)



I should have come here on my trip to Las Vegas earlier in the year since I stayed at the Mandarin, but I thought I was going to have the chance to dine at Pierre Gagnaire’s signature Michelin 3-star restaurant in Paris or the restaurant he was supposed to open in Berlin (now delayed).  So, after another look at the menu posted online, I decided it would be the restaurant for this short trip.

The restaurant is located on the lobby level, which is the 26th floor, with a nice view of The Strip.  There was a regular tasting menu (pictured), as well as a vegetarian tasting menu and a full à la carte selection of dishes, including anything from the tasting menus.  I asked about changing the lamb item on the tasting menu to something else, and they said I could pick whatever I wanted from the entrée section, so I was all set.  On the tasting menu, you could choose the 3-course or the 6-course option.  I went with the 6-course.  As will be seen, if you count dishes, it turned out to be more than that.

As I was deciding on what to do, they asked if I wanted some champagne or a cocktail.  I asked if they had a rosé champagne, and they had a nice bottle of Ruinart (which was good and on the dry side for a rosé champagne). 

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L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon — Las Vegas (4/2012)



After my last food trip to Las Vegas, I decided I needed to upscale it a notch.  So, one dinner was at this restaurant, which sits adjacent to the main Joel Robuchon restaurant.  This one is smaller and a little more casual, and it has a totally different menu and pricing structure.  There is a seasonal “Discovery” menu, as well as several a la carte choices.


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