Over-The Top Dining
Just as Las Vegas lets you indulge in chichi accomodations and unheard of shopping experiences, the city offers up some of the most insane dining opportunities in the world. Here’s a look at the crème de la crème.
COSTA DI MARE AT WYNN LAS VEGAS
Three shipments of 220 pounds of fish fly in from Italy weekly at this Mediterranean restaurant with extravagant cabanas for privacy on the lagoon. While you might be tempted by intriguing dishes such as Cicala di Mare, a prehistoric lobster served grilled whole over charcoal or prepared over pasta with tomato and garlic, you can never go wrong with hardto- get langoustines, dubbed “the best in the world.”
É BY JOSÉ ANDRÉS AT THE COSMOPOLITAN
Truth be told, Spanish chef José Andrés has four restaurants in Las Vegas, and one of them is stashed away inside Jaleo. Six nights a week, a lucky eight guests get to experience this 20-plus course tasting menu at one of two seatings. Diners sit at the bar inside this room draped in dramatic reds and a bookshelf with a ladder leading to nowhere to experience dishes such as Cava Sangria, an edible sphere cocktail filled with white sangria made from Cava, gin and fruit as well as an empanada made with a pillowy cotton candy shell, filled with foie gras and corn nuts. One dish is even served on plaster replicas of Andrés’ hands. Make reservations at least 90 days in advance.
CARNEVINO AT THE PALAZZO
You’ll only discover whether the dry-aged Riserva steak is on the menu after you’re seated, but for those willing to try something a little different, this is a must-order, served by the ounce. Once a super secret menu item at Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich’s Italian chophouse, the steak aged for 180 to 240 days tastes like bleu cheese, foie gras and beef.
TWIST BY PIERRE GAGNAIRE AT MANDARIN ORIENTAL
French cuisine never looked as pretty as it does on the plate at Pierre Gagnaire’s only restaurant in the United States. You might not recognize what the scallop carpaccio with Campari or mushroom broth zézette are, but once tasted, you will never forget.
PRIME AT BELLAGIO
If Jean- Georges Vongerichten’s dry-aged, bone-in rib eye steak or A5 Japanese Wagyu don’t impress, just sit back and take in the Tiffany blue decor here set off with three commissioned paintings by Carlo Maria Mariani, George Deem and Michael Gregory, as well as a water-themed canvas screen created by Joseph Raffael. Do try to get a table on the patio to take in the Fountains at Bellagio and their show every half hour.
RESTAURANT GUY SAVOY AT CAESARS PALACE
The Michelin-starred chef brings his taste of Paris to Rome in this restaurant that boasts the only Krug Champagne room in the United States as well as a caviar room serving decadent renditions of a Savoy classic, Colors of Caviar, as well as Golden Osetra caviar or Siberian Baerii Caviar by the ounce.
JOËL ROBUCHON AT THE MGM GRAND
The only place in the world that offers two restaurants from Gault Millau’s “Chef of the Century” brings L’Atelier, a theater in the round of dramatic dishes created in front of guests seated at the bar, and the esconced in purple mansion. Here, go for the extravagant 16- course degustation menu that includes a bread cart wooing with a dozen “pains,” a cheese cart overloaded with fromages from around the world and and a mignardises trolley that boasts miniature sweets. It’s worth the splurge.
Twist by Pierre Gagnaire
Costa di Mare