Tuesday, May 22, 2012 | 2 a.m.
From plates that are hand painted each night to colorful desserts that decorate the end of a meal, French chef Joel Robuchon's restaurant at MGM Grand presents food as a visual art that envelopes the five senses.
Becoming, and remaining, one of the best restaurants in the world takes more than exquisite food. For a restaurant to earn a AAA Five Diamond distinction, as the Las Vegas establishment has done, it has to "exceed guest expectations by attending to every detail in an effortless and unobtrusive manner." Joel Robuchon's approach to meeting those standards is what draws in diners, who pay $425 for a 16-course, four-hour experience.
To Claude LeThohic, executive chef at the restaurant, how the food looks on the plate directly affects an appetite. He took us inside the kitchen to show how it's done:
Las Vegas Boulevard Las Vegas,
Joël Robuchon For a first-class dining experience in an intimate environment, try the traditional French cuisine at Joël Robuchon. While outdoor seating is not available, seating inside the restaurant's vertical garden gives customers the feeling of being outdoors. Reservations are highly recommended. Private dining area holds 10 people. Garden area can be reserved for group of 12. While individual menu items range from $85 to $235, most customers choose from tasting menu -- which averages $400 per person.
Awards: 3 Star Michelin Guide Winner, Forbes Five Star Award Winner, AAA 5 Diamond Award Winner, "Chef of the Century" by Gault Millau restaurant guide, Wine Spectator Grand Award Winner.
Las Vegas Weekly restaurant reviewer Brock Radke ranks Joël Robuchon tied for the No. 5 spot with Guy Savoy in his list of the top 20 most important restaurants in Las Vegas.
3799 S. Las Vegas Boulevard Las Vegas,
NV 89109 702-891-7925