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L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon has a varied menu that is predominately French — with a few tasting menu options and wine pairings — but there’s also an à la carte small plates menu that is perfect for dates or friends who love to share food.
Located on the ground floor of MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, L’Atelier offers a $95 per person menu club, which includes five courses, as well as a $155 seasonal discovery menu of nine courses. Each menu can be accompanied by a wine pairing, which costs $65 or $105, respectively.
The menu club might offer a soup to start, a small plate such as a langoustine fritter with basil pesto, your choice of an entrée, such as veal piccata or salmon, along with a cheese course and tarts or ice cream for dessert. The longer tasting menu changes frequently to incorporate seasonal veggies and fish, and you can expect to be served a few small plates followed by more substantial courses such as a lamb shoulder confit with eggplant compote. Then you’ll likely get two tasty desserts-such as a mascarpone panna cotta topped with strawberries and balsamic ice cream or a blackberry compote with spice cake and rhubarb sorbet-plus coffee or tea. If you’re not a carnivore, ask for the special vegetarian nine-course tasting menu, which is also served nightly.
The à la carte menu offers a range of small plates to choose from, as you would at a tapas restaurant. You’ll see a ton of intriguing recipes (some of which are on the tasting menus) made with fish, meat and vegetables as well as cheeses and desserts. Be sure to order the signature steak tartar and the foie gras-stuffed free-range quail with mashed potatoes. This menu is a great option if you want to share or create your own tasting menu.
The French restaurant also offers one of the best deals in Vegas: the L’Unique menu, which is three courses for $59 before 6:15 p.m. You get an appetizer, entrée and dessert, all served within 15 minutes, for a great price. We highly recommend this option if you have to make it to a show or just want to experience a Robuchon-quality meal on a budget.