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LAS VEGAS: NOB HILL TAVERN & JOEL ROBUCHON

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Quick trip to LV last week and had the pleasure of dining at Nob Hill Tavern and Joel Robuchon Mansion at the MGM.

Joel Robuchon at the Mansion was offering a 89/pp special. Having dined at TJR and L'Atelier JR in Paris, I figured this would be good time to experience this Robuchon venue. The food was good, great technique and elaborate presentations. We had Duck Breast with seared Foie Gras, and Steamed Turbot. Both very good and the foie and duck breast were perfectly cooked. A very generous amouse-bouche (appetizer sized) of Sevruga Caviar and Crab was very good. Nice Dessert and Mignardise all inclusive for 89/per person. All the food was very well prepared and the service spot on, although very formal, somewhat stiff service.

Also had a lunch at BLT in Mirage which was nothing special, unorganized service, cold fries, unremarkable burgers. BLT is nothing special and I would not hurry back.

The real suprise of the trip was Nob Hill Tavern, a Michael Mina restaurant, also in the MGM Grand. Michael has recently re-freshed the Nob Hill Tavern restaurant with a new Chef and new General Manager, Mario Daniele. The restaurant has a very comfortable, spacious feel. Private booths are one wall opposite the bar. The staff are all very professional, upbeat, friendly, in a hip, sophisticated atmoshere. Appetizers we tried were Mini Soft Shell Crab Po Boys, and Steak Tartar, prepared tableside - both excellent. For entrees we had Michael Mina signiture dish of "Lobster Pot Pie"...a 2lb Lobster baked in Pastry topped copper pan, with spinach, mushrooms, vegetables in a savory Lobster sauce. It was delcious and the Lobster was perfectly cooked. One of the best Lobster dishes I've ever eaten. We also enjoyed the Seafood Ciopinno at $24, delicious fresh tomato broth with generous selection of Shrimp, Clams, Mussels, Halibut, and Tuna. The Seafood was perfectly cooked, and this very large portion dish easily could be split for two. For Dessert we enjoyed warm Chocolate Souffle with Mint Ice Cream, it was excellent. The new Nob Hill Tavern is fun, upscale restaurant with excellent food, and friendly, very professional service at reasonable prices. This is now one of the very best places in Las Vegas, fabulous wine list, the staff and Mario will take great care of you, and it is a lot of fun...not to be missed!

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  1. I have missed Mario ever since he left Picasso. Never been to Nob Hill so very excited to go now.