Here's the deal. I will get one dinner in Vegas with my partner, and I'm looking for mind blowing. The problem here is that we are major foodies and a bit jaded, but at the same time we are not rich and cannot afford the full Robuchon tasting menu. I have a lot of questions, so answers to any of them would be much appreciated.
Some background info is that we are in our 30s, and my partner is a chef, we live in Idaho but have traveled and had great meals (though not at restaurants of this caliber). I guess I'm hoping for an inspired and creative meal that is not just traditional French. Our tastes far exceed our income, but we are willing to shell out a decent amount of money on this meal. Our trip isn't until July, but I need to get a budget going now so I can save the money for this one night. If I'm saving up for three months, I want it to be worth it!
I've poured over the Vegas boards and I'm torn between Alex, Guy Savoy, Twist, Joel Robuchon, and L'Atelier. I'm thinking we'll do a tasting menu, unless we do Robuchon in which case we'll do a prix fixe. Anybody have an opinion on which of these might have more exciting and interesting cuisine (a.k.a more mind blowing)? Other suggestions are also welcome.
Oh and I have a couple other questions on tasting menus (I've never had a tasting menu). Are wine pairings usually offered? Is gratuity built in? (wishful thinking)
What is the general dress code? We don't exactly have an elegant wardrobe. If I can save enough for Robuchon, I'm worried we'll look like clowns. I've worn jeans to every restaurant for the last 10 years, so I'm a bit concerned there.
Thanks for any suggestions or answers if you made it all the way through this!