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Dinner mini-reviews: L’Atelier; Gordon Biersch Brewery; e by Jose Andres; Fleur; Trattoria del Lupo

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L’ATELIER DE JOEL ROBUCHON (MGM GRAND) – RECOMMENDED

OVERALL
Very good food with good, but not great for the price, service in an entertaining environment. I will admit I felt that the discovery meal lacked any real “WOW” dishes. When booking, I recommend asking to be seated at the side of the bar so that you fully can see the chefs at work (as we did), as it adds value to the evening.

FOOD
We did the discovery menu and everything was good to excellent except for one dish at the beginning (a cold soup-like dish) which just didn’t work for us. The desserts were excellent.

SERVICE
Service was good but not great. We certainly were adequately served, but I have to note that I left the restaurant feeling our server devoted some of the attention that should have been given to us to the VIP eating for free next to us.

GORDON BIERSCH BREWERY (OFF-STRIP)

OVERALL
I only came here as part of a Buck’s Night Package; the food was perfectly adequate but I would not recommend going here as a destination meal given the other options available on and off the Strip.

FOOD
General pub fare. Decent steaks.

SERVICE
Serviceable although our server went missing half-way through the meal, making ordering drinks difficult.

E BY JOSE ANDRES (COSMOPOLITAN) - RECOMMENDED

OVERALL
An excellent experience featuring good to excellent food in a novel, quiet environment as you watch the chefs cook right in front of you. Although the restaurant isn’t cheap, I certainly regard the all-inclusive price as being great value.

FOOD
A 20 course menu featuring various dishes that you can easily find described in writing and photos online (although I encourage people considering going to the restaurant to not spoil the surprise as the menu doesn’t seem to change over time).

SERVICE
Excellent and extremely personable.

Fleur (Mandalay Bay)

OVERALL
A restaurant with the potential to be great but let down by inadequate service that leaves the restaurant looking like it is simply relying on the celebrity status of its owner.

FOOD
French cuisine served tapas-style. We had the: maple glazed pork ribs (although the presentation was excellent these were, taste-wise, merely okay to good), tuna tacos (okay to good); tarte flambé (served almost cold this was definitely only okay); “in the shower” mac n cheese (served luke-warm this was good, but it had the potential to be excellent if served hot), foie gras mousse (good).

SERVICE
Very average service; our server took forever to take our drinks order and then even longer to come back and take our food orders (I nearly got up to ask the manager whether someone was going to serve us as I did not realise the person who took our drinks order was also our server); we were otherwise forgotten for most of the night until I finished signing the bill when our server appeared out of nowhere to grab the bill while it was still in my hand (a pet peeve of mine); my wife felt the dishes were brought out in a haphazard order.

TRATTORIA DEL LUPO (MANDALAY BAY)

OVERALL
We came here because my wife didn’t feel like leaving the hotel and we only ordered pizzas. The pizzas were excellent while service was average (most likely because we weren’t ordering a lot of food, not that we should have to considering the pizzas were large). I would come here again if staying at the Mandalay Bay, in the mood for something simple and not feeling like leaving the hotel.

FOOD
Salsiccia, Broccoli, Aglio Arrosto e Pecorino pizza (excellent); "Del Lupo" Quattro Formaggi e Prosciutto San Daniele pizza (excellent)

SERVICE
Adequate but more an example of the bare minimum in proper table service rather than an example of good service.

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Gordon Biersch
750 S Rampart Blvd Ste 16, Las Vegas, NV 89145

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