dinner for 2 under $400 in Las Vegas
Since we're flying in and out of Las Vegas for our family vacation this summer, I'm hoping to score one nice dinner with my husband. The boys will be thrilled to have pizza in the hotel room :-).
While I'd love to try Guy Savoy, we're not going to splurge that large this trip.
So, where can we go to get a great meal and keep the bill under $400? A tasting menu is my preference because I love the variety. I'd probably not choose a steakhouse, but other than that our tastes are wide-ranging. For those of you who know the DC area, I'm thinking maybe something like 2941.
I'm sorry, I don't know the DC area, so I don't know if this will compare. But I loved L'Atelier at MGM - a Joel Robochon joint. Here's my review from May. You could do it under $400 with reasonable wines. Best thing - you can dress up or down - all bar seating around an open kitchen, which was extremely fun to watch - try to get a seating in the middle...
1) Amuse Bouce of Le Citron (Lemon gelee topped with fennel cream) - Served on porous slate with small piece of warmed vanilla that added nice scent to dish. Simple yet refined
2) Le Thon Rouge (Big eye tuna with tomato infused olive oil) - Served with a spicy avocado mousse. Excellent.
3) Le Homard (Maine lobster in a gelee of vegetable topped with chilled leek soup) - My favorite dish of the trip! I almost cried, it was so beautiful. Nice serving of lobster on the bottom. The soup was lovely, layed on the gelee. This was absolutely fabulous. I wanted to lick the bowl!
4) L'Asperge Verte (Capuccino of green asparagus with parmesan) - Again, a lick the bowl dish. Topped with thin parmasan shards. Perfect.
5) La Sole (Dover sole filet with zucchini and mushrooms) - The brown butter sauce was simple yet rich - very nice.
6) L'Oeuf (Fried egg with sweet onion cream and smoked salmon roe) - This did not work for me. Creative. Lovely. Perfectly cooked egg. But all together, did not balance well for me.
7) La Caille (Quail stuffed with foie gras and served with truffle mashed potatoes) - The entire dish divine. I especially loved the truffle mashed potatoes.
8) Le the Glace Vanille (Lemongrass Mousse, vanilla tea flavored sorbet, and crunchy caramel tuile) - As it was presented, they told me it had ginger. Unfortunately, I amd fiercely allergic to ginder (my only allergy!) They replaced it with a pineapple pina colada that had "pop rocks" layed throughout the mousse. Very fun.
9) La Mangue (Hazelnut cremeux, fresh mango and coffee caramel streusel) - An excellent ending to a fabulous meal.
The service was highest quality. I was in front of Chef, so could see all aspects of kitchen. This was particular important when Joel Himself walked through the kitchen, chatted with each person, and glanced over to smile and nod at a few diners, me included! He was in town for Food and Wine Fest, so didn't stay, but it was so cool having a fabulous meal supplemented by a Chef sighting! As ClimberDoc mentioned in another post, some may not like the stool dining. I loved it, as I had one of the two best seats, sat between and Australian named Robert and a Parisian name Marc, who has been to L'Atelier in Paris and New York. I called chef over, told him he was here to compare, they had quite a lively conversation, mostly in English, that was fun to hear. I left when Parisian was starting course five, asked him what he thought, he said "No offense, but I believe I am in Paris." :) Total bill, three very very nice glasses of wine, totaled $245 (tasting menu $135).
Our experience at L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon was at about that price-point with the sommelier's pairings. It was not quite as good as the same restaurant in Soho, London, but really close. We enjoyed our "point - counter point," as we'd just done Soho a few weeks before. I'd recommend it highly. The sommelier in LV was far more attentive and ready to "pull out the stops."