I’ve been to fancy dinners. Not because I like fancy dinners (although I do) but hubby and I love the experience of dressing up every now and then, going to a nice place, enjoying not only the food, but the ambiance. We are borderline foodies; however, were happy with simple dinners or cheese and wine, so we don’t pass for one! We equally love cooking at home together and enjoy our time in the kitchen. Our current favorite TV show is “Chef’s Table” on Netflix and on the downlow, it’s what we watch on the daily lol. We love the story behind these successful Michelin rated restaurants, the owners and how they came about, what dishes made them world famous and really just the art of the food. It’s pure genius what some chefs are capable of sometimes. One of our favorite restaurants ever is the Bazaar by Jose Andres. The Bazaar has an open kitchen concept and you can watch them cook and how they create and decorate food with tweezers. I promise you that’s my career in my next lifetime. But hey! I am looking to do some cooking classes with David, so let me know if you know any good ones!
Anyways, my friend Shushan of Ladybugz, Inc. is an amazing chef herself and owns her own catering company. I ALWAYS use Shushan’s services when I have a big party because her food is so good, so nicely presented and she never disappoints! Plus, I need an excuse to order from her every now and then because I miss it lol. So anyways, she had told me about this restaurant in Las Vegas called Joel Robuchon at the MGM. Trusting her taste, last time David and I were there, we booked next door at the Joel Robuchon Atelier. The Atelier is basically the more casual version of their formal dining restaurant (they are next to each other). We had a 13 course dinner at the bar of the restaurant. Seeing the small portions that come out, you think you’re never going to get full. By course 6, we were dying! We were so full we couldn’t breathe but the food kept coming out and it was so good, we forced ourselves to keep eating! Let me tell you...the flavor of every single item that came out was something we had never eaten before and the presentation? Exquisite.
We went to Vegas this week because David had some work to do, so I tagged along because it was Valentines and we wanted to be together. We decided to book Joel Robuchon at the fine dining this time, next to the Atelier. You walk in the restaurant and you think you just stepped into France. First of all, everyone has a French accent, the decor was rich, sexy and beautiful and the service was nothing like we had ever experienced before. The restaurant is also a Celebrity hot spot; there were many photos of celebrities framed all over the place and I also heard its a Celin Dion favorite. Anyway, we felt like we just walked into a Chef’s Table episode. We decided to do the 5 course dinner this time. They first bring out a cart with 12 different types of freshly baked bread that takes you straight to France. We chose our items from the course and it began. The presentation of each dish was so beautiful, you don’t want to touch it; but every dish was beyond. Every spoonful had so much flavor that you can’t even understand what you’re eating. Seeing each others reaction to every flavor of every dish was the best part lol. The 5 course dinner is spread out to 2.5 hours, so the whole dinner is meant to be an actual experience.
I can go into detail with each dish but I’ll let the photos do the explaining, although it was dim and I couldn't get great photos. At the end of our dinner, the Chef came out, introduced himself and wanted to make sure we were all happy with our food. They even gave me a “goodie bag” with desert and a box of chocolates. Joel Robuchon has a 3 Star Michelin rating and truly deserves every star. We knew the restaurant came with a price & boy did it lol. Our bill was $1500! In all fairness, if you remove the alcohol, it will be about $1000 for 2. Crazy? Perhaps. But heck, it was Valentine’s Day and we felt we deserved it! Lol. If you’re not a foodie or into the art of food and you’re the type of person who eats just to eat, DONT go there; it will be a waste of your money and you will not enjoy it. But if you’re one who appreciates such things, it’s an experience you won’t forget!
What are your thoughts on fancy dinners?