It may sound extravagant to plan a trip around a single restaurant, especially in a city like Las Vegas, one of the most important food capitals of the world. Almost every celebrity chef has at least one shop in Vegas, including Gordon Ramsay, Bobby Flay, Nobu Matsuhisa and Giada De Laurentiis, just to name a few.
But what if the restaurant was the creation of the highly regarded Joël Robuchon, whose Michelin stars light up a constellation of restaurants from New York to Bangkok?
Nestled within the famous MGM Mansion, and masterfully decorated by the French luxury interior designer Pierre-Yves Rochon, Joël Robuchon Restaurant features traditional French cuisine in a setting reminiscent of Paris of the 1930s: a luxurious Art Deco townhouse with an entrance of checkered black-and-white marble, a dining room in beige, purple and black with several gorgeous Lalique vases, abstract paintings and a beautiful Swarovski chandelier. Add in the lush garden terrace, with its green wall, and you have an extraordinary place, even by Las Vegas standards. The kitchen, designed by Robuchon himself, is led by the executive chef Christophe De Lellis and his exceptional team.
You will come across worldwide stars taking refuge in this quiet cocoon to enjoy “la cuisine de Joël Robuchon.” The menu reads like a canon of Robuchon’s greatest hits, including L’OEuf de Poule, a crispy soft boiled egg in light Comte cheese sauce, with Iberico de Bellota ham; La Langoustine, truffled langoustine ravioli with chopped cabbage; and Le Poulet Fermier, farm chicken and foie gras, made with Château Chalon, chestnuts and black truffle gently simmered in a cocotte.
The three-hour, 18-course meal that’s made the place beloved promises to be one of the finest of your life. If you decide to do a wine pairing for an additional US$495, you’ll be served the superlative grand crus from Burgundy and first growths from Bordeaux.
Some of the priciest selections include a US$27,000 bottle of 1927 Cheval Blanc and a US$10,000 bottle of 1982 Château Pétrus from Bordeaux. You can consider this visit money well spent.
Joël Robuchon Restaurant is located on the MGM Grand casino floor next to Cirque Du Soleil’s KÀ theatre.