Las Vegas Dining at the MGM Grand

We discussed Las Vegas dining on my last post, there are so many phenomenal restaurant choices that it is impossible to cover them all in one post.  If you are planning a trip to Vegas anytime in the future, you’ll want to refer to these posts for “can’t go wrong” dining choices.

Let me say that we are “food people”.  We enjoy dining out and often plan vacations around restaurants that we want to visit.  We spend a lot on dining because it’s important to our experience.  Check out the restaurants for pricing before you go.

A very expensive restaurant that we did not particularly enjoy was Joel Robuchon at the MGM Grand.   Joel Robuchon is considered “the chef of the century” and the restaurant was given five stars by Mobil.

We ordered the 16-course tasting menu and were disappointed in several ways.  We totally understood that 16 courses was going to take a long time and did not have any other plans for the evening.  In my opinion, the time between courses needs to be minimized when serving 16 courses.  It was long and drawn out because of the excessive time between courses.

We also asked about wine pairing.  I understand 16 glasses of wine is not an option but we’ve had experiences that included small 1-2 oz pours or fewer glasses that complement several courses.  Perhaps had it been an option we may not have minded or noticed the time between courses.

I’m no chef, unless you consider peanut butter and jelly sandwiches an art form, but I was also disappointed with the food.  I happen to love truffles, but the use of this highly sought after underground “fungus” was overdone.  Each subsequent course contained more truffles including julienne truffles, truffled lobster, truffle stew, and on and on and on.  I’ve ruined my appetite for truffles for a long time.

I absolutely hate it when customers bash us unfairly online, so I want to add that this is just one experience at Joel Robuchon.  Many, many people love this restaurant.  The Mobil critics gave it the highest five star rating.  If you are searching for high end French dining, check it out for yourself and form your own opinion.

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