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Foie in Las Vegas

bobgh Aug 1, 2012 07:59 PM

We are Californians who get to Las Vegas once or twice a year. Before the foie gras ban went into effect, we had four amazing foie dinners, at Village Pub in Woodside, Pacific's Edge in Carmel, Martin's Gastropub in Redwood City and a private Dishcrawl event. We keep hoping that some restaurant in Las Vegas will offer a menu with four to seven foie dishes.

I would be willing to go to a high end restaurant with two or three preparations. But I am also looking for more casual places in the area if they only offer one. Barrymore and Bachi Burger seem like possibilities. Can anyone suggest other places that won't cost hundreds of dollars? My favorite place for foie in California was Bistro Elan (now Birch Street) in Palo Alto, if that gives anyone a better idea of what we have in mind.

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    bobgh RE: bobgh Aug 2, 2012 08:22 PM

    My foie gras google alert just told me that there is foie gras at Marche Bacchus. Surely there must be other places "off strip" that serve it?

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      kagemusha49 RE: bobgh Aug 2, 2012 10:43 PM

      You can get it at Andres and Alize

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      LVI RE: bobgh Aug 3, 2012 10:24 AM

      Many of the steak houses have foie on their menus as both an app and as an add on, including the Barrymore. FWIW, I enjoyed the Barrymore and found one of the appealing aspects of the restaurant was where it was housed. But while the food was good I can honestly say that I do not see it as a place I would go back to. Just my $.02.

      Another foie dish you may want to consider is the foie creme brulee at Sage. It is one of the more unusual preparations I have had.

      And finally, one of my all time favorite pieces of foie is the foie "steak" at Picasso. Not huge at all but still a very generous piece, it has always delighted me over the years.

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        vegasjlt RE: bobgh Aug 9, 2012 11:23 PM

        Le Cirque usually has a couple of different preparations. Off strip Raku has 3 or 4 I believe. The soy glazed grilled & egg custard foie are amazing.

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          bobgh RE: vegasjlt Aug 10, 2012 04:58 AM

          Thanks. I went back and looked at the menu for Raku more closely. They have four preparations at the moment. The rest of the menu looks interesting also. Have it on my must do list.

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            vegasjlt RE: bobgh Aug 10, 2012 08:25 AM

            Another option - http://www.mgmgrand.com/pdf/atelier_d.... I see five dishes that feature Foie.

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              bobgh RE: vegasjlt Aug 10, 2012 10:43 AM


        2. spicypeanut RE: bobgh Sep 11, 2012 09:15 AM

          Thank you all so much for these recommendations! I'm missing foie here in CA. I know there are ways to get it, but I'll gladly use this as an excuse to go to Vegas. :D

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            rcurtism RE: spicypeanut Sep 11, 2012 01:45 PM

            The last time I checked Comme Ca at the Cosmopolitan had a foie gras terrine on their dinner menu (but not on the lunch menu).

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            Snoozun RE: bobgh Sep 11, 2012 07:40 PM

            We did a whole map of places on Eater. http://vegas.eater.com/archives/2012/...

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              spicypeanut RE: Snoozun Sep 12, 2012 08:57 AM

              Thank you Snoozun :) I found your Eater article before I stumbled upon this Chowhound thread, those dishes look great! I would love to check those places out when I'm okay with splurging on a fantastic meal, however, I was also looking for a more casual restaurant that served foie - for not as much.

              But I'm thinking... I may just have to indulge. :D

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              bobgh RE: bobgh Sep 26, 2012 05:58 AM

              We are starting to think about our next trip to Vegas, in November. From their web sites, I find the following Foie Gras info:

              L'Atelier 5 preparations

              (L'Atelier also shows two serving sizes of what they claim is genuine Iberico Belotta.)

              Le Cirque 4 preparations

              Raku 4 preparations (two of them appear to be similar)

              Michael Minna 3 preparations

              Andre 2 preparations

              Alize 2 preparations

              There are lots of places with one preparation.

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                vegasjlt RE: bobgh Sep 28, 2012 07:12 AM

                Looks like you can get Foie & Iberico here if you want to make your own preps at home -http://www.artisanalfoods.com/shop/
                It's on Sunset Rd close to airport/strip. Bring a cooler & take some back to Cali.

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                  uhockey RE: bobgh Oct 8, 2012 08:45 PM

                  Go to Guy Savoy and order the Radish Foie - entirely different than anyone in America is doing, imo.

                  The torchon at L'Atelier is excellent. Bouchon also does their potted terrine.


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                  bobgh RE: bobgh Sep 26, 2012 09:01 PM

                  Add Fleur to the list of places with two preparations. Generally, when a place has two preps, they will be a predictable torchon and seared foie.

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                    bobgh RE: bobgh Sep 29, 2012 06:33 PM

                    Looks like we will not be going to Andre's:


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                      kagemusha49 RE: bobgh Sep 29, 2012 06:46 PM

                      Why not? After the health inspector's visit it will, for a while, be the cleanest kitchen in Vegas

                    2. Ruth Lafler RE: bobgh Sep 30, 2012 10:09 PM

                      Olives at the Bellagio -- it's a different prep than I had a few years ago, but looks like it's still a huge portion for a reasonable price.

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                        bobgh RE: bobgh Nov 27, 2012 05:56 PM

                        We are back from our Las Vegas trip. We ate at Bachi Burger, Olives, Michael Mina, L'Attelier, and Raku. I could write pages about the meals. But the bottom line is this: we ate foie gras at every restaurant, and our total for the five dinners was $1150.90. We would gladly have spent this money in California, were it not for the foie gras ban.

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                          vegasvactioner RE: bobgh Nov 29, 2012 06:07 PM

                          Had the rossini burger at burger bar last run and it was pretty awesome, like the most luscious thing ever (nice to add your own truffle sauce or sprouts to every bite, and it comes with dessert which I didnt get an option like I have seen in other posts. They just sent the dessert burger which was meh. Maybe proportioned differently would be better but alot of interesting flavors going on w/ mint and passion fruit/ nutella/krispy creme wanna be donut so I used a knife and fork). Also had the tasting at picasso and their seared was very nice. Almost wanted that to be the main instead of the veal cause it was a bit heavy heh I think it seeped out my pores for the whole day, I smelled like a walking steak of foie~ which made me hungry lol. Only downside of the meal at picasso was wait between courses, but I was dining solo.

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                          issey RE: bobgh Dec 7, 2012 04:35 PM

                          I am also from California and will be in Vegas over New Years. Unfortunately, the people I am going with may not have the budget to go to the wonderful places on this post. I was able to go to Joel Robuchon on my last visit and would love to try L'Atelier or Sage...sigh.

                          So my question is if anyone has suggestions where I can get grilled foie gras from a bar menu? I don't want to break up the group meals but I figure I can still fit in my foie gras craving by myself between meals if I could find a place that serves it on a bar menu.

                          Thanks for any advice!

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                            uhockey RE: issey Dec 7, 2012 05:02 PM

                            L'Atelier essentially IS a bar menu.


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                              issey RE: uhockey Dec 7, 2012 05:30 PM

                              Thanks Uhockey. Yes, I noticed it's set up as a food bar. I didn't think that L'Atelier was the type of establishment I can go in and just get my foie gras fix or am I wrong? I was hoping for something parallel in Los Angeles as to going to the bar at Bouchon or Michael's but still being able to order a dish of foie gras from the regular menu.

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                                Ruth Lafler RE: issey Dec 7, 2012 05:34 PM

                                You could probably do that at Olives.

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                                  issey RE: Ruth Lafler Dec 7, 2012 06:53 PM

                                  PERFECT!!! Thanks Ruth you hit on the nail. I just called and after 5pm I can sit at the bar and order my grilled foie gras on with caramelized fuji apples and pomegranate sauce. Any other similar suggests would be so very much appreciated. I may have to go to foie gras hoping!

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                                    uhockey RE: issey Dec 7, 2012 07:14 PM

                                    You could do it at L'Atelier - just call 'em.


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                            bobgh RE: bobgh Dec 8, 2013 06:42 PM

                            We are back from our 2013 Thanksgiving trip to Las Vegas. Five nights. We never know when we will get to Vegas, so Bachi Burger is convenient on the first night. I had the Shogun Burger. Wagyu, foie and unagi. An inspired combination.

                            My criterion for the other four nights was simple. An a la carte menu with at least two preparations of foie gras. We chose Andre, Guy Savoy, L'Atelier and Bouchon. Andre had perhaps the best cold preparation I have ever had. Guy Savoy of course is in a class of its own. L'Atelier was our only repeat. The sweetbread offering there is close to the foie gras. California chefs could offer a dish like this and satisfy some of the demand for foie.

                            We have been to Bouchon in Yountville so we knew what to expect. It was the least expensive, by quite a bit, and both foie gras dishes were wonderful. It definitely is on our repeat list. In stead of Guy Savoy, we may do a prix fixe menu. Maybe Joel Robuchon.

                            I had a very strange experience with Le Cirque. They had an a la carte menu with two preparations. But it got replaced by an 'autumn' prix fixe menu shortly before we went. I called and was told that this WAS the a la carte menu. What the hell is THAT all about?

                            When I asked for both foie preparations, the response everywhere was 'Are you from California?' I still wish someone in Vegas would offer a foie menu like the ones we had at Village Pub and Pacific's Edge. But I came away very satisfied. We spent over $2000 on food - money that could have stayed in California.

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                              yesilovestotravel RE: bobgh Dec 8, 2013 07:43 PM

                              Did Le Cirque end up having both Foie preparations? did they accommodate you?

                              Im curious, as I have reservations with them in 13 days and emailed them specifically regarding their Foie, but have had no response yet.
                              I want the Foie terrine, if they cannot accommodate such simple request, I might look elsewhere.

                              Thanks for any info you can give me!

                              Yesi (also from California) :)

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                                bobgh RE: yesilovestotravel Dec 8, 2013 11:04 PM

                                We did not go to Le Cirque. As I said, they do not appear to have an a la carte menu at present.

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                                  ellenost RE: bobgh Dec 9, 2013 03:56 AM

                                  Le Cirque's website (which is usually current) lists an "a la carte" menu along with their "Degustation Menu". Maybe now that it's almost winter the've dispensed with the autumn prix-fixe menu.

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                                    bobgh RE: ellenost Dec 9, 2013 06:17 AM

                                    Did you bother to look at their 'a la carte' menu? It gives a choice of appetizer, main and dessert for $98. That's 'a la carte'? I don't think so.

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                                      uhockey RE: bobgh Dec 9, 2013 06:30 AM

                                      It is Prix fixe but you can order extras ALC. The two Foie preps are $30(cold) and $34(hot) - at least they were 1 month ago.


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                                uhockey RE: bobgh Dec 8, 2013 08:00 PM

                                ...I find the foie = sweetbread comparison very odd, but great report otherwise. Had the foie appetizer at Bachi today and was quite happy with it.


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                                  yesilovestotravel RE: uhockey Dec 8, 2013 08:33 PM

                                  Agree, although I love sweetbreads (as I should being Argentinian) :) there is no comparison or substituting for Foie!

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