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Best Michelin One-Star in Vegas?

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apresley Aug 9, 2010 07:50 PM

Caveat: We ate at L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon last time and LOVED IT. But of the other one-star Michelin Guide restaurants, which is your favorite:

Alizé (Palms)
Andre's (Downtown)
Aureole (Mandalay Bay)
Bradley Ogden (Caesar's Palace)
Daniel Boulud Brasserie (Wynn)
DJT (Trump)
L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon (MGM Grand)
Le Cirque (Bellagio)
Michael Mina (Bellagio)
miX (Mandalay Bay)
Nobu (Hard Rock)
Wing Lei (Wynn)
Restaurant Charlie (Palazzo)

We're kind of leaning toward Wing Lei, but what do you think?

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Michael Mina Restaurant
3600 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Daniel Boulud Brasserie
3131 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Restaurant Charlie
3325 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Nobu Restaurant
4455 Paradise Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89169

Wing Lei
3131 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Bradley Ogden
3570 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

DJT
2000 Fashion Show Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89109

  1. Larry Aug 9, 2010 11:11 PM

    Your list is the 2007 version. The 2008 version removed DJT (since it in effect closed, to be replaced by another restaurant with the same name). Michelin no longer rates Las Vegas restaurants, so newer restaurants won't be listed, and changes in quality aren't reflected.

    A similar rating company is Gayot. Instead of stars, it grades on a scale up to 20. See http://www.gayot.com/restaurantpages/... . Gayot pretty much is in synch with Michelin for the top 4 places (Robuchon, Savoy, Alex, and Picasso), but diverges a bit thereafter. After the above four, Gayot's next tier is:
    Aureole
    Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare
    Fleur de Lys
    L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon
    Le Cirque
    Michael Mina Bellagio
    Nobu Las Vegas
    Sensi
    Stratta
    SW Steakhouse
    Twist by Pierre Gagnaire
    Valentino
    Verandah
    While I disagree with some of them, the list is probably as good as Michelin's, and it reflects changes in the restaurant scene.

    Now, back to your question! Due to closures, and excluding L'Atelier, there's nothing on the list that stands out. Michael Mina is good, but I just don't find it exciting. Aureole is a possibility. I've been there only once, but thought the food was very good - not as good as L'Atelier, but still very good.

    If you were to use Gayot's list, possibilities are:
    (1) Twist. I liked it as much as L'Atelier, but with two major caveats: it's very expensive; its food is experimental - some things are very good, some are just plain odd. How about asparagus ice cream, or perhaps a dessert that includes peppered mozzarella ice cream, tomato skin and eggplant?
    (2) Bartolotta. An Italian restaurant that serves some of the best seafood in town. Order whole fresh fish, flown in from the Mediterranean.

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      willyum Aug 10, 2010 09:36 AM

      There's also a 2009 Michelin list, though it's pretty similar to the earlier ones at the top:
      http://www.michelinguide.com/us/lv_09... (I think at least two - Restaurant Charlie and Daniel Boulud Brasserie - closed earlier this year).

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      Daniel Boulud Brasserie
      3131 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

      Restaurant Charlie
      3355 Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109

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      Eric Aug 9, 2010 09:16 PM

      Andre's downtown location is no more. There is another location at the Monte Carlo.

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        zippyh Aug 9, 2010 08:50 PM

        After having eaten at Wing Lei, I'm not quite sure I understand how they got a star.
        It wasn't bad at all but just didn't seem to be star worthy.

        Also, Restaurant Charlie and DB Brasserie have closed, DJT is not the same place that earned the star.

        1. A5 KOBE Aug 9, 2010 08:33 PM

          Michael Mina

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