Legendary culinary genius Joel Robuchon has renowned restaurants located in Paris, Tokyo and Las Vegas. He is known for bringing the highest quality ingredients into his creative artistic dishes. If you are looking for a new and unique dining experience, L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon located at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas is the place to go for a cozy relaxing environment.
Since 2005 L’Atelier has been satisfying their customers daily and keeping them coming back for more. The restaurant is definitely not as elegant and classy as his restaurants that are located in Tokyo and Paris but come on, it is Vegas. It has to be styled the Vegas way… fun, unique, and stylish. But I have heard from others that the food in all 3 places is very similar.
I have read nothing but good reviews about L’Atelier from people that have dined there and I knew that I had to try it someday when I was in Vegas. I love trying new and different places. So I called to make reservations and they said they were taking walk ins only for this night. It was a Tuesday night so I thought ok we will be able to get in fairly quick. When we got there we only waited 30 minutes for a table, which was very reasonable. The casino floor was right outside of the glass doors to the restaurant, so we found a slot machine to entertain us as we waited.
The decorations and overall vibe of the room is very unique and modern. The colors of the main colors of the room are black and red. In front of the kitchen which was in clear view of the dining area, there were lighted glass shelves that had items like large vases that were filled with different kinds of fruit, eggs and vegetables floating in water. The shelves also had giant apples and round balls of greenery hanging from them. It was very cool looking and made the perfect separation for the kitchen and dining area. Located above the bar were lighted square shaped shelves that had stacked apples on some of them and large jars filled with a variety of food items on others.
At the bar area seating was similar to that of a sushi bar that fit 23 people on it. Here is where the majority of the restaurants seating was located at. Eating here allowed you to have the perfect view of the kitchen area as they prepared your food. Lined up along the windows with a view of the casino floor, are tables with 4 chairs at each one if you don’t want to sit directly at the bar. These tables in all sat an additional 16 people. So it really wasn’t a huge place. I think that it made the dining experience more intimate and peaceful.
A few examples of appetizers that are served here are Warm Shell fish Bouillon with Enoki Mushrooms and Fresh Tomatoes, King Crab in a Thin Turnip Ravioli with Rosemary, Maine Lobster in Sherry Vinegar Mayonnaise on Iceberg Lettuce, and Smoked Salmon Tart with Fennel Confit and Dill Whipped Cream with Sturgeon Caviar.
For entrees some of your options are Pan Seared Sea Bass with a Lemongrass Foam and Stewed Baby Leeks, Sauteed Amadai in Yuzu Broth with Lily Bulbs, Free Range Caramelized Quail Stuffed with Foie Gras, Roasted Japanese Hanger Steak with Sauteed Shallots and Shishitto Peppers, and Steak Tartar with Hand-cut French Fries.
The presentation of all of the plates looked like a piece of art. It was fun to watch each plate that was coming out of the kitchen. The main food item was perfectly placed on each plate. Small pieces of greens or flowers were arranged around the edges to give it that special added touch, and sauces were across the plates in different types of designs like zig zags or circles or some other cool design.
If you can’t decide on what you want to order, you can choose to order the tasting menu. This option allows you to try 5 different dishes out of pre-selected menu items that they let you choose from. It is $75 a person and I think it is a great deal and it gives you a chance to sample more than one item. Otherwise if you order from the menu, the prices range from $20 or higher.
L’Atelier serves dinner from Sunday through Thursday from 6:00 pm to 10:30 pm, then on Friday and Saturday from 5:30 pm to 10:30 pm. Reservations are not necessary here. So if you are looking for a nice quaint place for dinner, check out L’Atelier in the MGM in Vegas and if you are a tourist dining on a budget, I would recommend a different place because it is a little pricey in here.