Joel Robuchon - A flash in Le Pan?
Independent Restaurant Tips for the professional at Leisure
The current buzz of Las Vegas is
Robuchon, a fancy new frenchery that has earned the coveted Michelin five
diamond rating and five stars from Mobile. The superlatives suggest that
Robuchon may be the finest restaurant ever, the best diner that ever existed,
destined to go down in culinary history.
So, is is all hype? Is Robuchon a flash in Le Pan, or
is it destined to be a permanent Las Vegas fixture?
We decided to find out. In the traditional French style,
Robuchon offers an amazing 10+ course tasting menu, and for the modest price of
about $360 (expect to pay $1,200 for two, including wine and tip), you and your loved one can enjoy a
hour eating marathon.
Robuchon is very French, lots lots of courses that are
heavy on the "fishy" flavored courses (Caviar, fish served with its' skin),
dishes that make gastronomes drool, but do not have appeal to the unwashed
While there is no shortage of people in Las Vegas who are
willing to drop $1k for an unforgettable dinner, the question remain if
Robuchons' classical French menu will have the same mass appeal to the
uncultured American palate. Does Robuchon aspire to be the next Puckery,
bringing gourmet to the masses, or are they content with their far more limited
audience of cultured diners?
Robuchon ala' carte
||For those who donít like spending your evening in a restaurant,
Robuchon also offers an a ala-carte annex,
Líatelier, which has a casual more casual atmosphere than Robuchon.
L'atelier also offers numerous tasty tidbits for only
$125-250 per couple (without wine), and they try to cater to more conventional
Watch your food being prepared at
"Le Burger" Only $20 w fries!
|L'atelier tries to cater to traditional American tastes with "Le
Spaghetti" and "Le Burger", a silver dollar sized hamburger with
a meat patty and Fois Gras, which we discarded, because, like many Americans,
we refuse to eat foods
from tortured animals.
It remains to be seen if there are enough true gastronomes
to keep Robuchon afloat. In the ultimate irony, Robuchon is located on the
MGM casino floors right next to Wolfgang Puck's, a chef who mastered the
pop culture culinary spin, redefining the American taste for gourmet chow.