Wednesday, August 02, 2006

L'Atelier by Joel Robuchon

While in Vegas, we went out for a nice dinner at a L'Atelier by Joel Robuchon in the MGM Grand.

L'Atelier Entrance

I decided that since it might be a while until I return to this particular restaurant, I would have the "Discovery Menu". It consisted of the following dishes:

Chilled Gazpacho with croutons
This was delicious!!! Everyone tried a sip of it and loved it!

Fresh scallop marinated with a lemon dressing

Asparagus with King crab salad and sea urchin dressing
I have never had King crab and wow! It was so good!!

Langostine fritter with pesto sauce and arugula salad
This was my second favorite item of the entire menu. The langostine was incredible!

Egg cocotte topped with a light mushroom cream
I don't like eggs that much (especially soft boiled) and I don't care for mushrooms, but I kept an open mind and tried this dish. I ate the whole thing, so it wasn't bad. In fact, the mushrooms were actually REALLY good.

Slightly smoked salmon served warm with sweet and sour cucumber strips
Also very good.

Free-range quail stuffed with foie gras and served with truffled-mashed potatoes
This is one of Joel Robuchon's signature dishes and it's obvious why. This was my favorite item on my menu. The truffle-mashed potatoes were so interesting! They use potatoes imported from France. Lana asked me how it tasted and it took me a few seconds to answer because the flavor really came towards the end of the bite. I would highly recommend this dish.

Assortment of red fruits (raspberries and rhubarb) with tequila sorbet
This was just OK to me. I don't think I care for rhubarb much and the tequila sorbet was so-so.

Strawberries, flavored with basil, Tahitian vanilla ice cream
The Tahitian vanilla ice cream was sooooo good. We all shared a bite of this. I could've eating a couple more scoops.

The thing I was happy about was that Gary told our server how he wanted his spaghetti (vegetarian, tomato sauce, kind of spicy) and afterwards when I inquired as to how he liked it, Gary said that it might have been the best spaghetti he had ever had. I know he wasn't gung ho on trying out this restaurant, so I was glad that he at least enjoyed his dish.


Erin said...

sounds amazing, though maybe a little too seafoody for me. is there another tasting menu or options for it? perhaps I finally have a way to get the folks to Vegas...

Stephanie said...

It was really amazing. Places like this are usually pretty good about substituting and customizing the menu to your tastes. The langostine was a replacement for an oyster dish. I cannot eat oysters in any way, shape or form, so I asked to get something else instead and they were happy to oblige!

Dawn said...

Sounds like fun (althought I might agree with Erin on the too seafoody comment)! I like trying different stuff and that food sounds different, all right!

Kiltak said...

Dammit! Each time I come over your place, I end up drooling all over my keyboard.