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When you dine at L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, a casual French restaurant located inside MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, you really can’t go wrong with anything you order. In fact, it’s not uncommon for diners to order several small plates and share them, so they can try as many dishes as possible. Before you make a reservation at this Las Vegas hot spot, here’s a list of the five best things to order:
1. The $155 seasonal discovery menu is the ultimate indulgence. It has nine courses of delicious French food, including the signature foie gras-stuffed free-range quail with mashed potatoes or the langoustine carpaccio with lemon vinaigrette. This menu comes with an amuse-bouche, several small plates, a more substantial entrée, two desserts and coffee or tea. You’re sure to leave the striking red-and-black restaurant full and satisfied.
2. L’Atelier offers one of the best deals in Vegas: a $59 three-course menu called L’Unique, which is offered before 6:15 p.m. each day. You’ll receive an appetizer, entrée and dessert (with two choices for each) all served within 15 minutes. If you want to try chef Joël Robuchon’s cuisine on a budget, this is a great way to do it.
3. The signature desserts at the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star restaurant are made with chocolate or raspberry. We love the chocolate sensation, with an Araguani chocolate base that’s topped with crémeux and ice cream rolled in Oreo cookie crumbs. If it’s in season, we also recommend the refreshing framboise en surprise, a white chocolate sphere filled with raspberry and topped with yuzu ice cream.
4. No good French meal would be complete without a glass of great wine, and L’Atelier certainly has an impressive list to choose from. There are grand crus from Burgundy, first growths from Bordeaux-including varietals of Mouton Rothschild, Lafite Rothschild, Château Margaux and Château Haut-Brion-as well as more international picks from Spain, South America and Eastern Europe. The wine director hails from British Columbia, so you’ll also find some interesting Canadian ice wines that are perfect to cap off your meal.
5. If you’re dining with a group at the Las Vegas restaurant, you can create your own tasting menu by ordering three to four small plates off the tapas-inspired à la carte menu. Choose from dishes such as the restaurant’s signature steak tartare, as well as a ton of meat-, fish- and vegetable-based options. Plus, there’s a selection of high-quality cheeses and desserts.