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Dining at Joël Robuchon, the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star French restaurant inside the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, is an exquisite experience, sure to leave an impression on your memory and palate. Before you go, these are the top five things we think you should know about the Las Vegas hot spot to get the most out of your dining experience:
1. We strongly recommend making reservations. With only 17 tables, the compact restaurant doesn't fit many people, and the dining experience can be lengthy, especially if you choose the 16-course tasting menu. Plus, it has a world-class reputation — it received our highest Five-Star rating, the only restaurant in Las Vegas with that distinction — which makes it a popular place to dine.
2. Joël Robuchon is a sophisticated restaurant, and you are asked to dress in business-formal attire for dinner. Jackets are suggested for men, but not required; on our visit, guys wore suits as well as just shirts and ties. At a place like this, you'd rather blend in.
3. Dining is an expensive but memorable experience. Tasting menus start at $120 a person and can go as high as $395 for 16 courses. It's a splurge — factor in wine and you're talking at least $300 a person — but with that price comes some of the best service and French food in the country from a world-renowned chef.
4. Chef Robuchon's food philosophy jibes with his role as one of the founders of nouvelle cuisine in France — he eschews some of the heavier, traditional French sauces made with butter and cream and opts for vegetable and stock bases, giving his food a lighter tone. You'll find light but satisfying food on the tasting menu as well as revamped traditional French dishes, such as a cherry gazpacho with sheep ricotta and pistachios or farm chicken with foie gras and fricassee of young leeks.
5. The menu at Joël Robuchon changes seasonally and incorporates fresh, in-season produce. During the winter, you might find a dish like a light kabocha pumpkin velouté with ginger foam and toasted seeds or an Anjou pear and almond milk emulsion dessert. In the spring, you'll find earthy dishes such as braised veal cheeks in a Thai bouillon with vegetable couscous and broccoli or a risotto with soybean sprouts, lime zest and chives.