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Joel Robuchon or e by Jose Andres?

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ViolentScarlet May 25, 2011 06:42 PM

Going to Vegas in a few weeks and probably going to have one very expensive dinner ($200+ pp). Probably will do either Robuchon (not Atelier) or e but not sure which one is the better choice, or if there is a third choice which makes even more sense.
I've been to Atelier twice in Vegas and once in Tokyo, and I've been to minibar in DC thrice (I live there), so I'm not unfamiliar with either but not sure if that should have any bearing.
If we went to JR, we'd probably do the 6 course menu, which is comparable to the cost of e, though we might splurge on the 16 course if we do well, so I'm not sure if JR is worth it as much if we're not getting the 16 course. Also, I know there are 20 courses at e but they are tiny and I'm wondering if it will be enough food - for some reason, once at minibar I was stuffed about 3/4 the way through and another time I was still a little hungry at the end.
Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated. We've already been to Guy Savoy, Alize, and Picasso so those would be off the table as third choices.
Thanks!

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Alize
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    gwh912 Sep 13, 2011 06:49 PM

    I don't know if this will help but here are my thoughts on both from a different perspective. Robuchon is delicious and an experience of sorts but if you have the opportunity as it sounds to have those 2 and 3 star dinners in the country, I don't think you will lose sleep over missing Robuchon as , despite how delicious the meal will be, it also is overpriced in true Las Vegas style.

    E by Jose Andres is another experience altogether. I know you have done minibar in DC but it's still very different. My wife and I did the wine pairings and we were comfortable but not stuffed at the end of the meal. Had some great conversation with chefs, fellow diners and felt it was a truly original experience. Food was better overall at Robuchon but e will keep you talking for days.

    1. bml Sep 8, 2011 05:30 PM

      I'm faced with the same choice but have a few other thoughts to factor in and am looking for your recommendations.
      I've been to L'Atelier once before in Vegas and once in NYC and although i liked it both times I wasn't blown away. I thought the food wasn't very well balanced. It has been several years however and at least in Vegas, I was there after probably too many days of eating and drinking so I might not have been in the best mindset for the meal. If I didn't love L'Atelier, is it silly to go to JR proper?
      How long does the meal at e take? I asked for a reservation between 6 and 8 and they offered me 8:30. I'll be arriving that day from the East Coast and I'm worried that if I sit down to a 3 hour meal at what is basically 11:30, I won't enjoy it. But I could always take a nap... I am reserved for 6:30 at JR.
      Other factors - It's my husband and my five year anniversary so the price difference between the two is not an issue. And for point of reference, our favorite restaurant in NYC is Marea and our favorite in Las Vegas was Restaurant Charlie. But although those are both seafood restaurants, we definitely eat meat.

      Thanks!

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      1. re: bml
        ellenost Sep 8, 2011 07:52 PM

        I've been to L'Atelier in NYC, and wasn't "blown away" either, yet I loved Joel Robuchon in LV.

        I believe there are only 2 seatings at e (5:30 and 8:30). Dinner takes about 2 1/2 hours. I did the 5:30 seating since I never adjust to LV time (I'm a NYer). You might want to change your resy to 5:30 if they have any availability.

      2. ellenost May 26, 2011 08:06 AM

        You've picked my 2 favorite LV restaurants. I was in LV last month, and loved dinners at both restaurants (I was not previously a fan of Joel Robuchon, but am now). Both restaurants provide fantastic food with excellent service. The cost of my dinner at e was less than half the cost of my dinner at Robuchon (I also did the 6 course dinner, but had a bottle of wine). Beverages are included at e. I chose the non-alcoholic beverage pairings at e, and loved all of them.

        I think it really depends on what you're looking for: for pure opulence, choose Joel Robuchon--if you're not staying at the MGM Grand, book the free limo to pick you up and return you to your hotel.

        e is a very casual environment--you don't need to dress up as you would at Robuchon. Both restaurants will provide you with fantastic food and excellent service.

        I plan to return to both restaurants when i return to LV.

        You'll have a wonderful time no matter which restaurant you select. Enjoy!

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          bruceter May 26, 2011 03:12 AM

          Guest no.224 at e here). I had same concern about not being full at the end of it all. Left feeling quite gratified, maybe a little too much actually . It will not be a concern at all. The wines were wayy too sweet for me, but overall a great experience.

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