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Aug 26, 2012 06:01 PM

Le Cirque vs Twist

Looking for the best dining experience. Food, wine, service, atmosphere, etc. Looking for a forever memorable meal. Any thoughts? Thanks.

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  1. I've dined at both restaurants, several times at Le Cirque (most recently in March of this year), and once at Twist in 2010. I highly recommend Le Cirque for its delicious cuisine, attentive service, and lovely room. Le Cirque has become my #1 restaurant in LV.

    1. ...Gagnaire is beyond talented and his kitchen executes at a very high level. Le Cirque makes classic, albeit good, French Cuisine. If you want an "experience" or "forever memorable" then Twist is the better call. If you want solid cuisine with a great view of the fountain, then Le Cirque.

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      1. re: uhockey

        Thanks! We are still not quite at a decision. I am OK with spending $400 for the 6 course tasting at Twist, but am hesitant after reading some reviews that some of the plates were not fantastic.
        We are certainly not "advanced eaters", but absolutely love a good meal and service. How about any thoughts on Picasso??

        1. re: ralph4496

          I'd eat at Le Cirque over Picasso, unless of course you are going specifically to see the art.

      2. Le Cirque over Twist. I was at both about 9 months ago and had an extremely disappointing meal at Twist. Definitely style over substance - with too much emphasis on obscure flavor pairings or molecular techniques, and not enough on cohesive and tasty flavors. Le Cirque delivers, although it still wouldn't be my first choice.

        And for what its worth, I have heard it said that naysayers "don't get" Twist - but living close to NYC, it felt it was like Corton but with less tasty food...(I love Corton) I have loved many an adventurous meal, but the first and foremost requirement at that price level should always be unbelievable food, and it just didn't work for me

        E would be much more memorable, as would Joel Robuchon or Guy Savoy.

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        1. re: gwh912

          I live in NYC, and just had a second great meal at Corton. I also prefer Corton to Twist. I "get" Twist, but felt there were too many variations on a theme with some not too successful. It's the first time that I found a foie gras preparation that I didn't like (don't remember how it was prepared; just remember that I didn't care for it). I prefer Robuchon to Savoy, but my last meal at Robuchon in March was somewhat marred by my beef dish being too chewy. Much preferred my dinner at Le Cirque also from my March visit with their new chef Gregory Pugin (formerly from NYC's Veritas).

          1. re: gwh912

            ...I think you mean that Corton is more like Twist, considering the pedigree.


            1. re: uhockey

              Semantics, really. Especially since we are not talking about his Parisian outpost.

              And pedigree aside - Pierre Gagnaire in France and Twist in Las Vegas may be cut from the same cloth, but they are altogether two very different experiences, and the diversity of reviews in Las Vegas should suggest that its "possible" that something was lost in translation crossing the Atlantic. IMO

              1. re: gwh912

                Not semantics at all - though I will say considering Gagnaire's stream of consciousness style of cooking there may be something lost when he is not in the kitchen (I've heard the same of the Rue Balzac, as well.) Certainly the difference in ingredients between Vegas and Paris plays a role, but with Gagnaire in the kitchen during my visits to both outposts it would be hard for me to say Twist is not the best restaurant in Las Vegas.