There is no question or doubt in my mind that Joël Robuchon deserves nothing less than five stars and is one of the best restaurants I've ever been to.
My company was hosting its annual holiday Vegas vacation, so I knew I wanted to dine somewhere nice as I rarely ever get the chance to when in Sin City with friends (typical meals include McDonald's, Earl's, and a buffet). I made reservations easily on the phone a month in advance and inquired about the complimentary limo service. I was told to call back 7-days before my dinner reservation to reserve. I called back 6-days before and was told there was no availability and was put on a waiting list. So when they say to call a week in advance, you better call a week in advance.
Our party of four didn't end up getting limo service or the mansion tour, but Joël Robuchon is truly a beautiful restaurant and amazing enough on its own. From the moment we stepped in, we were amazed by the beautiful decor and furniture, elegant royal purple theme, and intricate ceiling and chandelier. The ambiance is lovely, romantic, and simply gorgeous.
We decided to go with the 4-course Prix Fixe Menu ($198 pp). Everything was delicious. The appetizers, the mains, the desserts, everything. I've been to 1- and 2-starred Michelin restaurants before, and now I finally know that that one extra star truly does make a difference. Le Homard (spiced lobster) was my favorite appetizer, followed by Le Navet Rouge (scallops). For my main, I ordered Le Bar (grilled sea bass), which was good but lost the round to La Langouste (spiny lobster) and Le Bœuf (braised beef cheeks). If I were to go back again, I'd definitely get the the beef cheeks; they were so tender and flavorful. Dessert was amazing -- if you're ordering any, you must get La Sphère, a bubble sugar sphere filled with blueberries, yogurt sorbet, candied lemon, and violet cream. Not only was it aesthetically pleasing, it made my sweet tooth very happy. Le Soufflé is also a must! Not too sweet, not too bitter, it went terrifically well with the vanilla ice cream it was served with. Perfect ending to a fantastic dinner. I would have to say however, both the amuse-bouche and mignardises were fairly mediocre when compared to the rest.
The bread cart was intense, with more than 10 different selections to choose from. The mignardises cart was equally as impressive and stunning. There were over 20 selections of different sweet treats to choose from; it was pretty overwhelming. I wish I could've tried everything but I really didn't want to look like a fatty. My favorites from the cart were the canelés and macarons.
Service was good. Our water glasses were constantly refilled (explains how we ended up with a $40 tab on water alone), timing between courses was perfect (though there was a little hiccup between our last dessert course and mignardises), and while the staff was supremely attentive, they were also generally unobtrusive.
After our meal ended, the ladies in our group were each presented with a giant loaf of bread in a purple gift bag. If your meal doesn't fill you up, this bread definitely will.
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