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E or L'Altelier for anniversary dinner?

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  • jdm40 Mar 20, 2013 08:41 AM
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My wife and I will be in Vegas this June to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary and want to do something fun with great food that evening. We have narrowed our choices down to E by Jose Andres or L'Altelier. Both have counter seating and interaction with the chefs servers which is appealing to us and both seem to have great food as well. We understand the price tag for both high and that E only has the tasting menu.

Wondering if this board has any preference between the two or any nuances that would swing our decision one way or another.

For some background, we live in a ski resort with decent food offerings, however, quite expensive for what you get, but call our culinary home New Orleans as we spend quite a bit of time there. Not looking for a New Orleans experience as we get that often, just pointing out what our tastes are.

Thanks for the advice.

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  1. My wife and I celebrated our 40th birthdays at e last August. It definitely lives up to the hype. The food is exceptional on its own, but the "experience" is what makes it celebration-worthy. From the separate dining area to the interaction w/ the chefs and fellow guests (plus all the little surprises that come up along the way), it's like getting a meal and show in one. I can't speak for your other choice, but I don't think you can go wrong with e.

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    1. re: freshlycured

      Thanks for the input. I wish we could do both and not have to make the choice. Leaning towards e.

      1. re: jdm40

        E by a landslide.

        Have done both a couple of times, and E really has interaction with the chefs and staff at a much higher level than almost any restaurant. It's private, fun and delicious. The food is also more inventive and better than Atelier. Our first meal at E is easily in my Top 5 of all time, in May of 2011. Second meal was only a couple of months later, in July, and was a bit less impressive because most menu items were the same, and the chefs had more difficulty with seasoning. Also, Edwin Robles was cooking the first night, and he is a wizard in the kitchen.

        Atelier is very good, but there isn't much interaction with the chefs, and the menu is less creative than E. That said, it may be a bit more consistent than E, which has the possibility for the occasional "miss" dish.

        Enjoy wherever you decide to go and Happy Anniversary!

        Chris
        licencetoeat.wordpress.com

    2. At L'atelier although the seating is at a counter, it's very difficult to see what the chefs are actually doing, and interaction with them is pretty much impossible. It's only the servers who are near you on the other side of the counter.

      1. My vote goes to e as well. I've only done L'Atelier in NYC (now closed), but I expect the one in LV is the same or very close. Both have excellent food, but e is by far a more fun and interesting experience, plus more creative (though not necessarily more delicious) food. L'Atelier is more like a food temple than a fun night out.