I get to LV maybe once per year, though wife is there about 4x per year, for business meetings. I only attend, if I can get her alone for a couple of meals. However, we have just done two recent trips, with ups, and downs.
In the past, we have had several great meals at Picasso, but have not been back in some time. Just did Joël Robuchon (La Mansion), Guy Savoy, Michael's (Southpoint) and Gordon Ramsay Steak. While Guy Savoy was good, it fell far behind Robuchon. Let's just say that Ramsay's is out of the mix for us. Years ago, we did Andre's at the Monte Carlo, and it was really good for food and service.
I see LeCirque mentioned on this board, and wonder a few things:
How does it compare to Robuchon's?
Is Picasso still going strongly, or have they slipped?
Which other fine-dining restaurants should I include on my list for the next trip?
We are much less "steakhouse people," but have had some great steakhouse dining, though elsewhere. Still, if there is somewhere, that we just must try, I would not avoid a steakhouse, though we have a ton in Phoenix, and are so often guests at those, plus steakhouses around the US. I do not really need to do something that I have in AZ, or that we experience in SF, LA, Chicago, or NYC. We'd just rather go with a more chef-driven fine-dining restaurant, than even a good mini-chain.
All cuisines are in the mix, and we really appreciate dishes that we cannot find just anywhere. Wine lists are a great big plus, and venue, itself, carries some weight (one complaint with Andre's at the Monte Carlo).
Personally, we care more about the Exec. Chef, rather than some big-name absentee chef being attached to a restaurant (though Robuchon is obviously not at the helm, many of his staff in Paris, London and the US, declare that the LV location is his favorite).
Thank you for the updates, the thoughts and the suggestions,