So my GF and I headed to Vegas for my Birthday. She wanted to take me to Joel Robuchon at the Mansion and I added Cut to our plans for the first night there.
I did a lot of research on this board on deciding on a steak house. I considered Strip Steak, Craft Steak, and SW Steak house before deciding on CUT after reading posts and looking at reviews of the LA Cut.
I'm glad I did as we were both blown away.
Great looking restaurant. We arrived early and were seated promptly.
The service was exellent, friendly yet professional. (sometimes its little things, like mentioning how much I love blue cheese olives when they arrive with my martini, and my second martini having extra.)
We were offered a number of different breads to begin. The star of these in my opinion was the home made pretzel bread. When it was combined with the Normandy butter topped with sea salt it was like eating a gourmet pretzel (Sounds silly but it was just so good)
We shared two starters
Maryland Blue Crab & Maine Lobster “Louis” Cocktail, Spicy Tomato-Horseradish
This dish was outstanding. Sweet crab and lobster layered on avocado with a little bite from the horseradish.
Maple Glazed Pork Belly, Asian Spices, Sesame–Orange Dressing, Bartlett Pear Compote
Another great dish but next to the Crab and lobster cocktail it came in second.
We ordered two sides with our main dishes
Creamed Spinach with Fried Organic Egg
This was delicious
Yukon Gold Potato Puree
Simple yet perfectly done
The only thing I would say is the sides are Large when combined with the size of the apps and the main course we were only able to enjoy a serving of each, due to the amount of food. Doing it again for two I would split a single app. and share a single side.
Our main dishes
I had the dry aged New York Sirloin - Perfectly cooked and one of the best steaks I've had.
My GF had the Kobe Beef Short Ribs “Indian Spiced”, Curried Cauliflower Puree. She loved them and the thing I noticed by the bite I had was how the marinade or sauce did not over power the ribs by being two thick or heavy.
We were way to full for desert in fact as I mentioned above I would scale down our ordering next time as we were both 'Thanksgiving Dinner" full by the end of the meal.
Overall verdict - a terrific experience we would both do again. (My GF later commented that she originally was not to exited about going but was now a total convert.)
Joel Robuchon at the Mansion.
I'm actually hesitant to go into a lengthy review because I don't think I can convey what a great experience this was.
The restaurant is stunning, very formal yet some elements of whimsy too. Our service was what you would expect, top notch all the way. I thought it was a little stiff at first but by the second or third course it warmed up and we were able to have a little more personable interaction with the wait staff.
The bread cart which has been mentioned in many posts is as incredible as everyone says and offers some stellar choices - The bacon bread was the winner in our hearts.
We did the 6 course tasting menu (I chose this for two reasons 1 My GF was paying and I felt uncomfortable with making her pay for the 16 course and after eating too much at Cut the night before 16 courses seemed like a lot) I know a lot of people will say that you don't get the full experience of the restaurant by not having the 16 course menu, but when all was said and done I would tend to disagree.
All the courses were examples of dishes being perfectly executed. The stand outs were
Caviar on creme fresh with a green bean salad (It may sound weird to rave about the green beans but that preparation and flavor blew me away.)
Kobe beef with bone marrow and hearts of palm - just a perfectly executed dish.
At the end of the meal we were treated to a cake of ice cream, raspberry sorbet and a raspberry sauce for my Birthday. This was the best cake I've ever had.
We had eaten at L'atelier a few months back and were really impressed, I was even more impressed with our dinner at The Mansion.
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