Best Tasting Menu In Vegas
The tasting menu at Alex or Joel Robuchon, which is the most impressive? I'm trying to book reservations for my trip to Vegas and I hoped that some fellow chowhounders who have been to each might be able to provide some insight. Thanks in advance for the help.
I tried Joel Rochuchon two weeks ago. I didn't have to pay (business dinner), but the tasting menu was over $300 per person!! It was out of this world, especially the roasted lobster and bone marrow courses. If you're on less astronomical budget, I also tried Bradley Ogden - their three (or was it four?) course tasting menu for $55, California cuisine, and it was exceptionally tasty and beautifully presented for the price - highly recommended.
My vote is Robuchon.. but thats like saying what child is your favorite. You will not have a bad meal at either. I would flip a coin do one and next time do the other.I was going to write a really long post but it's not worth it, both are great restaurants. I would look at the menu and decide on your personal tastes because thats what it really comes down to. No one who has been to both is going to say one fell far short.
I'll give you my take based on having dined multiple times at Alex and Guy Savoy but not Robuchon.
I think the food quality and level of service are not significantly different between the two. The primary difference seems to come in the use of "high-end" ingredients at Guy Savoy such as caviar, truffles, etc. You get those types of things at Alex but not to the same extent. The prices reflect this difference.
Both are among the best in Vegas and arguably among the nation's best. I'm sure Robuchon would easily fit into this conversation but can't say for sure not having been there. My suggestion would be to look at pics on the web and the posted menus and go with the one that appeals to you most. At the 5-star Vegas places (JR, GS, Alex, Twist) you won't go wrong so long as you are okay with parting with a chunk of change.
I adore both Alex and GS and don't really like to have to decide which is "better" since they both offer such unique experiences. I guess my bias is for Alex though. There's something to be said for the "Vegas" experience which Alex seems to offer. No, I don't mean cheap buffets which too often seem to permeate this board. I'm speaking of a chef (Alex Stratta) who cut his teeth in Vegas and has a presence in the restaurant. The room is grand and unique and dreamed up by another Vegas icon, Steve Wynn. Although Guy Savoy and likely Robuchon have brought the highest quality to Vegas, their presence is only occasional.
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I do agree with doc here - if you want THE chef to prep your meal, Alex is the only one in the kitchen. Franck (Guy's son) runs the front of the house at GS and is one of the most gracious hosts in the world, and the food coming out of their kitchen is absolutely stunning, but Guy won't be there.
The difference for me between Alex/Savoy/Robuchon is the "extras" as all are offering top quality ingredients, preparation, and service.
The Amuse at Robuchon (served with anything from 3 to 16 courses) would cost $20-30 at most places (Petrossian charges $40 for a similar dish) and they give you a whole loaf of coffee cake/bread as a parting gift. The bread cart, champagne and caviar cart, mignardise cart, cheese cart - it is all so opulent, especially in that incredible (and intimate compared to Alex and Savoy which feel quite vast and open) room.
IMO, the "money" at Robuchon is not the huge 16 course but rather the 6 where you can pick what sounds best - and if you like, you can add highlights from the 16 course for ~20 each. Kamal is also the best pastry chef of the three by a vast margin, IMO.
Heading back at Christmas and arranged for a dessert and cheese tasting for the family at Robuchon - they normally don't offer such a thing but said yes without a question when I asked - the reservationist even had Kamal e-mail me to discuss tastes.
Have dined at Robuchon (3 times), Guy Savoy and Alex. Best single meal was off the six course prix fixe menu at Robuchon for both me and my wife. I was not quite as impressed with their 16 course degustation menu (a couple of things like cilantro gazpacho I didn't quite take to). Also had 'just OK' meals (his and hers) off the prix fixe menus, fine but not exceptional.
Dined at Guy Savoy last week, wife had the seasonal 'white truffles' menu, which she said was 'exceptional', on par with her best meal at Robuchon and at Alinea. I had the "Prestige" menu, which I guess is what you might call their tasting menu (or "Guy's greatest hits" menu) since it's 11 courses and it was mostly excellent.
Dined at Alex once and didn't have the tasting menu, wife had 3 courses and I had 4 (Farmer's Market menu). My meal was excellent, my wife's was "disappointing".
I think both Savoy and Robuchon are more "French" than Alex, both in the items on the menu and in the way they were cooked (two things cooked “en Papillotte" for example). More luxury ingredients at Savoy and Robuchon (caviar, foie gras, truffles were more prevalent at both). The wonderful caviar-king crab amuse bouche at Robuchon. More bread choices (trolleys for both with 12-15 breads), far more mignardises options (trolleys with 45-50 sweets at Robuchon, with 15-20 sweets at Savoy -- you are encouraged to try all you can handle -- vs a tray with five nibbles at Alex). And the free gold limo pick-up from Robuchon.
Most likely you'll get an excellent meal at any of the three and if cost is a consideration then Alex is a relative bargain, but for us the ranking is Robuchon, then Savoy, then Alex.
I've had the tasting menus at both Robuchon and Alex (on back to back nights), and Alex blew Robuchon out of the water! While Robuchon was "fine", Alex was superb, and has remained my favorite restaurant in LV. Considering that Robuchon is more expensive than Alex, it is without any hesitation that I recommend Alex to you. Have a wonderful time! BTW, I've dined at Alex four times during the past three years, and all of my dinners have been fantastic. I live in NYC, and wish Alex would open here.