Tonight was my first time dining at L'Atelier, and decided to go with the "seasonal discovery menu" for $155
1. l'amuse-bouche an unfortunately boring combo of avocado and cilantro flavored grapefurit gelee.
2. Le crabe royal-2 small piles of king crab on a thin turnip round, with a sweet sour sauce- fresh tasting but nothing really special, just nice.
3. La saint-jacques-sea scallop cooked with chive oil and topped with minced chives. Good flavor but scallop was a little too firm.
4. La cebette-white onion tart with smoked bacon and asparagus and parmesan shavings-tasty tarte flambe but still nothing to rave about.
5. Le foie gras- seared with cherries and fresh almonds-basically just a seared salty chunk of foie gras with one fresh pitted cherry and 2 small almonds...no flavors or textures melding together to produce anything of note. Really disappointing dish.
6.La Caille-supposedly one of the dishes that is a specialty-a piece of dry salty gamey quail with good truffled-mashed potatoes. The quail leg that was on the plate was nicely cooked but the predominant flavor was of salt.
7. L'agneau-Lamb shoulder confit and steamed garbanzo beans-the worst dish of night, had to actually send it back, consisted of a small medallion of lamb that was so dry and salty that it was literally inedible, coupled with tasteless garbanzo beans. They offered to replace it with the "la sole"
8. La sole=dry overcooked bland dover sole fillet, with a baby leeks and ginger. Portions of the sole were so overcooked that the knife they supplied couldn't cut it. Only reason it was better than the lamb is that it wasn't as overcooked, and wasn't over-salted, but the flavors of the dish were boring and minimalistic.
9. dinnger was finished with 2 boring, not particularly good desserts of "la peche", peaches on a basil sable, with coconut milk emulsion and a few pieces of sweet popcorn, and "la fraise" white chocolate ice cream on an almond panna cotta, fresh starwberries.
I am use to eating wonderful food, with flavor and texture combinations that are a surprise and make your taste buds sing. For example, in NYC, Blue Hill and The Modern restaurant are 2 places that even if the dish is light, the flavors and textures of the food meld and can become something wonderful. Nothing at L'atelier Las Vegas even approached those restaurants. My overall impression is that the the main flavor was salt, and they tended to overcook the seafood. The person next to me had the sole as well and he agreed it was overcooked...he also couldn't cut the sole with his knife. When his lamb came, however, it was pink and juicy, but it may have been because I had already complained about the dish, or else my dish was an aberration. Makes me worried about my reservation later this week at Joel Robuchon....hopefully it is not all hype.....
L'Atelier De Joel Robuchon
3799 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV