Las Vegas Dinner #2: L'Atelier de Robuchon

March 17, 2010


The bread cart at L'Atelier de Robuchon (photo by Steve Dolinsky)

Dinner #2 took us to the MGM Hotel & Casino, where chef Joël Robuchon has two restaurants: a seriously upscale salon called Robuchon at The Mansion, which looks like a purple-covered lounge for visiting royalty (they wouldn’t let me take a picture of the dessert cart, which looked as if it had been painted by Seurat), but they did let me shoot some video going into L’Atelier, his “workshop,” or rather, his more casual/hip expression of his food. You are absolutely paying for the privilege to say you’ve eaten the Master’s food: the king crab on turnip discs with sweet and sour sauce you’ll see in the video runs $25, while the smoked eel and fingerling potato with oscetra caviar (I think I mistakenly refer to it as sevruga) runs a cool $60.