Posted on | October 14, 2008 | No Comments
During this year’s Three Square charity event, my husband and I finally went to L’Atelier, which happily coincided with our wedding anniversary! I was SO excited. I’ve been dying to get to both L’Atelier, and Joel Robuchon at the Mansion. And L’Atelier was definitely worth the wait.
Honestly, this was one of the best meals I’ve ever had in a restaurant. The restaurant itself is small, but smartly designed with dark woods, black, red and low lighting. The atmosphere was classy, but casual. The best seats, as we had heard, were at the counter. Here we had a great view of the kitchen, and watching the kitchen action really was like watching a show.. it made me feel like I was not just dining, but enjoying a complete restaurant experience. The organization and meticulous attention to each dish would make Gordon Ramsay proud! And the food!
We started out with an amuse bouche, cucumber gelee tarragon cream with cumin yogurt. Simple, light, and a nice blend of cool creamy flavors. Next came the méditerranéens en mille-feuille à la mozzarella, a mix of grilled vegetables with extremely fresh mozzerella. Very tasty. The third course was a selection of either beef rib eye or Scottish salmon with black olive cream. My husband beat me to ordering the rib eye, so I opted for the salmon so we could try both. The salmon was good, a beautiful piece of fresh fish, and the olive cream was a nice savory complement. The rib eye, was, honestly, the best I’ve ever tasted. My husband ordered it medium, and even though it was sliced less than half an inch thick, it was indeed medium, perfectly pink inside. I have no idea what they used to season it, but it was just incredible. Both of our dishes came with the pommes puree, and I’ve honestly never tasted potatoes better than those. There was probably more butter than potato in them, but I can understand why it’s his signature dish! The texture is like a mousse.. it must have been strained multiple times, whipped, and god knows what else. The end result was phenomenal. Next came the de France sélectionnés par nos soins, a selection of imported cheeses. Two of them were a bit strong for my taste, but thankfully (and intentionally, I’m sure) they were served in small portions, enough for you to taste but not be overwhelmed with. Then there was the dessert. A verte en soufflé chaud et sa glace pistache, green chartreuse souffle with pistachio ice cream. The server presented us with the souffle, cut a small incision on top, then ‘poured’ the ice cream into the center, which half melted and was absorbed by the souffle. What an incredible taste! Oh, and I forgot to mention the bread. Nice, chewy, crisp on the outside and served with what I was told was fabulous Echire butter (which I still can’t find here in LV). All in all, a meal to remember.
Pommes Puree and Beef Rib Eye:
Chartreuse souffle with pistachio ice cream:
MGM Grand Hotel
3799 Las Vegas Blvd. S, Las Vegas, NV 89109