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L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon – Amazing Dinner in Las Vegas NV – Worth a Fork

 

L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon is located in the MGM Grand Hotel/Casino and Shops on the Las Vegas Strip. This is a Fine Dining Michelin Star Rated Restaurant by Chef of the Century Joel Robuchon. The dining experience is friendly up close but casual in a classy, stylish environment. The restaurant is mostly a counter that circles the kitchen so diners are to view the kitchen wizardry. The food is prepared with all French Techniques and every dish is a masterpiece. Most of the plates are small plates……..Get ready to enjoy and Expect the unexpected everything is FORKING AMAZING!

They started us off with an amuse bouche – a Foie Gras Parfait. I didn’t try mine but I was told it was luscious and warm.

We also get a basket of amazing fresh baked breads and rich French Butter.

L’Atelier MGM Las Vegas

My first course is Smoked Salmon, Potato Waffle with Dill Whipped Cream and French Pepper (Piment d’ Espelette). They also gave me a piece of toast with fresh tomatoes and basil.

 

The salmon is so buttery and seasoned so perfect.  The potato is very flavorful. You gotta get a closer look at the painstakingly beautiful detail on the cream. Really delicious…I wish I could eat this everyday.

My husband’s first course was Iberico De Bellota Ham. This is a very special ham that comes from special Black footed pigs that eat nothing but acorns. this kind of ham is expensive. I mail away for this kind of ham sometimes for a present for my husband and it runs around $60.00 for only four ounces and it’s not as good as the ham from here because here it’s fresh sliced. I am told this ham melts in the mouth and has slight acorn to it.

Second course for me was Beet Valoute (soup) with Green Mustard SORBET and salad.

It’s not like anything I ever had before. The flavors go together like magic. Beets, a little richness and laced with a pleasing amount of mustard. I hate to use this word over and over again but it’s amazing.

Second course for my husband was Red Snapper Carpaccio with lemon Gelee, French Pepper and Turmeric Vinaigrette. I didn’t try this dish today but I had it before….It’s as great as it looks.

Dinner for me was the Yuzu Caramelized Salmon with Sriracha Aioli,  Japanese Nameko  Mushrooms and the Famous Joel Robuchon Potatoes. (this is considered a large plate)

My plate is very detailed and stunning. It’s almost to beautiful to eat and looks like it should hang on a wall in a museum. I don’t know how they make the tiny onion rings so flavorful. The small Nameko Mushrooms are also unique and have a strong mushroom flavor. The fish is so succulent, buttery and lucious and has a caramelized wonderful citrusy flavor from the Yuzu. The potatoes are magical………..so buttery and rich….no other potatoes are like these. This dinner is sooooooo fine, it’s superb!

My husband is open to try most things and goes for the Veal Sweet Bread with Bay leaves and Stuffed Romaine. He had an interest in Sweet Bread and thought if he is ever going to try it he must try the best. After trying it he said to me that I would really enjoy it if I tried it. For now I’ll just have to take his word on that.

We split our dessert courses and went for a cheese plate and the Les Tarts.

Assorted Cheeses, some were very stinky (in a good way). Never had raisins on the vine before. All the flavors were interesting and yummy!

Behold…..The Slices of Heaven Plate………Les Tartes!

Passion Fruit, a flat cinnamon, Lemon Meringue, Chocolate Carmel Nut and Apple……

Insert Angels Singing here…….

Just heavenly and certainly WORTH A FORK!

Then they gave us an extra little treat….

Tiny bite size things like tastiest crumpets filled with raspberries ……so melt in the mouth delicious! Just Fabulous!

A sweet ending to the most incredible meal ever! Surprisingly reasonably priced for the quality it is. The 2017 pricing for three courses is less than $100.00 a person.

www.MGMGrand.com

L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon Dinner in Las Vegas was Forking Amazing!

Worth a Fork! You’d drive 4 hours or hop a plane to dine here. If you truly do enjoy fine food you should dine here.

I strongly doubt you will have a problem here but everything and menus are subject to change and your experience may or may not differ.

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Gordon Ramsey Burger Las Vegas NV – Worth a Fork

 

Gordon Ramsay Burger is located in Planet Hollywood on the Las Vegas Strip. This restaurant has had a logo and name change as it opened a few years back as Burgr. This is a casual restaurant with a full bar and wait service. This restaurant specializes in Burgers. They also serve appetizers, snacks, milkshakes and a few other items. There is always a wait to get in and the atmosphere is loud and energetic and sort of fiery.

Our waiters were very friendly and excited about the menu and offered to answer any questions we had. We asked for a wine list and it was computerized.

We decided to start things out with the Truffle Parmesan Fries that were served with truffle aioli and a house made ketchup that tasted heavy with a worcestershire kind of taste.

The portion is very large but the fries are really great. The interiors are very creamy and soft but the fries aren’t soggy. The top fries taste the best because as you go down the salt collects and they get saltier.

Soon I receive my Tandoori Chicken Burger ( with the feta on the side).

The chicken is really different and I’m sorry I didn’t ask about it. It’s has a well seasoned exterior and is extremely moist and flavorful. The meat almost seems chopped.

Whatever they did it is really delicious. The Tandoori Chicken Burger is dressed with Tabbouleh, Tahini Vinaigrette, bitter Frisee, Mint Vinaigrette, seasonings and Feta. All together it’s pretty darn amazing! The rich roll is also grilled and is very tasty.

My husband went with the Hell’s Kitchen Burger with the jalapeño aioli on the side.

The beef is fresh ground daily in the main Paris Kitchen. The burger is 7 ounces and is adorned with Asadero Cheese, Roasted Jalapeño, Roasted Tomato and Jalapeño Aioli. I didn’t try it but I was told the burger was very flavorful.

They serve a “Hell” of a Burger here!

Gordon Ramsay Burger is Worth a Fork!

Worth a Fork!

www.Ceaesars.com

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Chica Restaurant Las Vegas NV – Worth a Fork

 

Chica is located in the Venetian Hotel/Casino and Shops on the Las Vegas Strip. The exact location is off the casino floor on what they call restaurant row. The menu at Chica was created by Celebrity Chef Lorena Garcia. The food is her spin on Classic Latin Dishes. My photos don’t do justice on the restaurant’s atmosphere but here is what I got.

We were seated near the open kitchen by the Rotisserie Chickens spinning around. The aroma from the spinning marinated chickens was intoxicating.

The other end of the restaurant looked like this from my seat. Off to the sides that I couldn’t photo the place has more colors with interesting pictures and colorful pillows.

We started with a Wild Mushroom Quesadilla. It was filled with wild mushrooms, Oaxacan and blue cheeses, huitlacoche, jalapeño pesto and pickled onions. The quesadilla quarters were served stacked and were cleverly held together with guacamole. It was a tasty and interesting start to our meal.

Our server brought us some delicious Arepas to try with Argentinean Butter and a dusting of a fruity mildly spicy pepper. I don’t think everyone gets these ?………Our waitress told us the Chef gave us them because we mentioned that we picked this restaurant because we were a fan of Chef Garcia.

I’ve only had arepas a few times before but these certainly were the best I’ve ever had with yummy bells and whistles. They were fresh hot and flavorful. A yummy treat!

I had to order the half Meyer Lemon Marinated Rotisserie Chicken because the aroma was speaking to my stomach.

The Chicken was INCREDIBLY Moist and Flavorful and delicious! Even the breast almost fell apart from moisture. The herby chimichurri was a nice accent. The Potato Salad made with Peruvian Purple Potatoes and Hearts of Palm was wildly flavorful with cilantro and spicy with jalapeño. It had the right amount of cream to cut the heat.

My husband went with the Porchetta with Crispy Yucca Hash.

Slow roasted tender and flavorful Porchetta. The Crispy yucca hash also contained crispy brussels sprouts and pearl onion escabeche that accented the succulent pork and didn’t cover it up. Everything was well cooked and well seasoned. It was enjoyed very much!

I was pretty full so I passed on dessert but the waitress surprised us with an elegant little chocolate and espresso layer cake resting in raspberry sauce.

The Food was great! I felt like I was treated like a VIP maybe because I said I was a fan of the chef or maybe because they caught me snapping some photos…I don’t know…but I enjoyed and I had a great time.

Chica in Las Vegas NV is Worth a Fork!

Worth a Fork!

www.ChicaLasVegas.com

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Estiatorio Milos Las Vegas NV 2017/$29.00 3 Course Lunch is Worth a Fork!

 

Estiatorio Milos is a Fine Greek Seafood Restaurant in the Cosmopolitan Casino/Hotel and Shops on the Las Vegas Strip. The Seafood is flown in daily and everything they serve is Greek. They happen to offer a “Killer Lunch Deal” on fine seafood. The 2017 price is only $29.00 for a three course lunch with several options. The atmosphere is modern, airy, stylish and crisp.

 

On your way to the table you get to see the fish and produce.

Soon after we got seated they served us a generous basket of fresh baked bread and quality Greek Olive Oil.

For my first course I picked the Greek Spreads. Tarama (fish roe dip), Hummus, Htipiti (Feta/Tomato dip) and Raw Vegetables. All the dips were tasty but my favorite was the Feta Tomato dip.

My husband had the Shetland Island Organic Salmon Tartare with Fresno Chili, Shallots and Cilantro.

My Main Course was the Dorade Royal Grilled Mediterranean Sea Bream.

Wow! The fish is so fresh and prepared so perfect! It’s just amazing! The fish is seasoned just so and melts in my mouth! This is as good as it gets for fish. You can pay $100.00 for 3 ounces of fish this fine at certain high end Fish Restaurants…….. Thrilled!

My husband got the Shrimp Saganaki with cous cous tomato and feta.

The Shrimp were prepared to perfection. The sauce was delicious! Just a really great plate.

We both decided to try the Karidopita with Kaimaki Ice-Cream (Greek Walnut Cake with Greek Ice-Cream).

Everyone was waiting on us were great. The food was incredible. We enjoyed ourselves!

Estiatorio Milos is Work a Fork! Ompah!

Worth a Fork! If you like seafood…….You Should Love your meal here!

www.Milos.ca

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Lago The AMAZING $29.00 3-Course Lunch Las Vegas NV

 

Lago is the first Italian Restaurant by James Beard Award Winning Chef Julian Serrano. Lago serves small plates with big flavors. Lago is located in the Bellagio Hotel/Casino and Shops on the Las Vegas Strip. When I heard about the $29.00 3 course lunch special at one of the hottest most desirable restaurants in Vegas I know I had to try it. So here I am.

The dining room is classy modern. The seats are covered in leather and the tables have attractive stone tops.

They have a fancy oven in the kitchen. Looks like it might be a wood burning oven from Italy….?

We have a nice view of the water and the Paris Tower and Hotel Casino/Shops across the Strip.

My starter course was the Caprese Salad. It was made of Heirloom Tomatoes, Creamy Buffalo Mozzarella and fresh Basil.

It was simple but oh so good. Quality olive oil, balsamic, maybe trace amounts of honey? fresh pepper and this extra delicious scant amounts of crunchy sea salt.

My husband started with the Antipasto Misto. ($5.00 extra)

He was in hog heaven with this plate. The plate included Burrata, Prosciutto, Porchetta, Interesting Olives, Roasted Bell Peppers and wafer thin crisp breads. He just kept saying this is really good. This is really worth it!

My main meal was the Branzino Livornese.

Delicate Branzino with a crisp seasoned skin and delicate flesh that picked up the lovely carefully seasoned slow roasted tomatoes. Two large tender crisp charred asparagus completed the plate.

My husband had the Lasagna Verde. Four Cheese Lasagna with Spinach.

A Nicely made Lasagna topped with fresh spinach and swimming with sweet slow cooked tomatoes.

But then comes the Chef’s Choice dessert!

We get this STUNNING Amazing wonderful plate that is so detailed with so many wonderful things! We get a lemon layer cake with lots of fancy chocolate work. We get mini meringues, dots of apricot. The most incredible lemon ice. A chocolate layer cake with lots of fancy chocolate work and some gold, dots of raspberry, nut crunch and some incredible Chocolate ice.

This wasn’t just dessert.

This was more like a gift.

This made my day!

A really wonderful lunch with wonderful service in a strikingly beautiful restaurant and the most stunning painstakingly prepared dessert.

That was the AMAZING $29.00 3-Course at Lago at the Bellagio Las Vegas.

Yes,,,Lago is CERTAINLY Worth a Fork!

Worth a Fork! So good it left be Breathless! Food and environment exceeded my expectations!

www.Bellagio.com

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Yardbird Southern Table & Bar Las Vegas NV – Worth a Fork

 

Yardbird Southern Table and Bar is located on the Las Vegas Strip in the Venetian just pass the Casino on what they call Restaurant Row. This restaurant serves Southern American Foods and has been nominated for prestigious awards including a James Bread Award.

The atmosphere is loud and the restaurant is sort of casual and sort of farm inspired like….

I couldn’t get a photo of it but they have a projector that features Southern Singers on one of the walls.

It’s Southern Food Y’ All so git on your stretchy pants and don’t hold back Yaw……. (excuse my bad fake Southern Accent….well I tried)

Started with Deviled Eggs. These are a little different and are made with dill chives and smoked trout roe.

The eggs are very tasty indeed! Flavorful but not too much and are just right!

We had to try the Black Angus Burnt Ends with Blue Cheese Fondue, Tater Tots and Pickled Chili Peppers.

The Beef with Juicy, Flavorful and Crispy. The Tater Tots were nicely seasoned and it all was really great with the spicy pickled chili peppers seem to cut the fatty sauce and meat. It was really great.

My husband had to order the Peppered Gnocchi Pot Pie.

I have NO IDEAL how Gnocchi have made it to a Southern Restaurant but here they are (and they are VERY GOOD)  in a Sage Chicken Gravy with lots of mushrooms and a Biscuit Crust. Somehow it taste like Thanksgiving…..

We HAD to share the restaurant’s specialty plate.

The Chicken “N” Watermelon “N” Waffles.

OMG this chicken is FORKING GOOD. Full of Juice that’s so delicious. The crust is amazing too. Umm the sweet hot sauce is extra yummy with the chicken. This is really good. The watermelon is slightly spiced. I think I got a HIT of Bourbon from the maple sauce for the waffles…The waffles have an excellent texture and do taste laced with cheese. It’s too much food but it is hard to stop eating. It’s so FORKING Good!

The food and Service were Phenomenal.

Yardbird Southern Table and Bar is Worth a Fork!

Worth a Fork! Winner winner Chicken Dinner!

www.RunChickenRun.com

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My Trip to Gordon Ramsey’s Fish & Chips Restaurant Las Vegas NV

 

Gordon Ramsey’s Fish & Chips is located on the Las Vegas Strip by the Link Hotel/Casino. This is a small fast food restaurant that offers a very limited menu of battered Fish, Chicken or Sausage, a variety of chips and several dipping sauces and a few other items.

You order and pay at the counter. Get your beverage and wait for your number. Seating is very limited with only three tables inside and some counter chairs so you might have to sit outside somewhere.

Soon we get our Fish & Chips.

The Fish is hot and fresh. The batter is thin but very light and crispy. Fries seem like fresh hand cut and very soft but didn’t turn soggy. You can pick up malt vinegar but you also get two dipping sauces. My favorite sauce for the fish was the Gordon Ramsey’s Tarter Sauce. It was an extra delicious kind of creamy base with a perfect balance of dill, lemon and other delicious spices. I also really enjoyed the Curry Mango Sauce and the Sriracha Mayonnaise but for my taste they overpowered the tasty fish. I sure didn’t mind poking a few fries in those sauces for fun!

I wouldn’t mind if Gordon Ramsey opens some of his Fast Food Fish & Chips Restaurants in Phoenix.

ATM & FYI -Gordon Ramsey offers Fish at Chips at three of his restaurants on the Las Vegas Strip.

Gordon Ramsey Steak House – $45.00 – Loup de Mer, Truffle Chips, Creme Fraiche Tarter Sauce

Gordon Ramsey Pub – $30.00 – Yorkshire Ale Battered Cod with Tarter and Mushy Peas

Gordon Ramsey Fish & Chips – Cod , Chips and Choice of two sauces & Beverage $14.99

Soon to Open – (don’t know if Fish and Chips will be on menu?) Gordon Ramsey’s Hell’s Kitchen

www.GordonRamseyRestaurants.com

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Every Forking Thing is Subject to Change

 

Every Forking thing is subject to change. I went to a certain restaurant in Peoria AZ. This is a casual small brewery that offers a limited menu of food. I was here before and enjoyed a mouth watering plate of salmon. It was seasoned just so and seared crispy with a silky interior. It came with a mix of carefully prepared vegetables and garlic lemon confit. (pictured below)

sometime pre-2017

So I thought I’d get the salmon again since I was craving a good salmon.

I didn’t get a salmon like the last one I had. It appears and taste like the chef has been 86th and they have someone filling in.

The salmon is edible but not the same as you can see.  It sure isn’t seared or seasoned with the same finesse either. It’s kind of very average….just average at best.  Did you ever go to the shore and get a mouth of seawater in your mouth? Well that’s what the couscous tasted like studded with squishy squash that was sprinkled with dry oregano.  The waitress asked me how it was and I said the couscous only tasted like salt. She did offer to get me something else….I declined for two reasons. One was because the menu is very limited and I don’t recall anything else I wanted to eat……and I seriously doubted the person cooking was capable of preparing anything that taste good. I asked for some lemon so I could taste something other than salt on the couscous. She gave me two thin lemon slices that were impossible to squeeze. When I got home I re-read the menu and saw that my plate was suppose to come with lemon confit that I didn’t get.

 

The food was really great last time.

sometime pre-2017

Seems like the Chef is gone and they just have someone slapping out whatever now.

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My Trip to La Santisma Gourmet Taco Shop – Old Town Glendale AZ

 

La Santisima Gourmet Taco Shop is located in Old Town Glendale AZ. They offer a very long menu of various tacos. They also offer the largest salsa bar I’ve ever seen and some hard to find Mexican foods that you don’t come by often like the “Quesa” that I can only describe as a sort of Mexican calzone. The building is interesting inside and out. It’s detailed with Mexican crafts and artwork there is a Day of the Dead Theme going on.

We ordered and start by taking a trip to the salsa bar.

All kinds of salsas there…What to pick? They offer strawberry salsa, peanut salsa, pecan salsa, sesame salsa, cactus salsa, chipotle salsa, avocado salsa, Mexican salsa and many others.

We tried a variety of salsas. (Pecan, Peanut, Sesame, Mexican,  and others)

I had to go back to try a few more! Here is Strawberry, Chipotle and Tomatillo Salsas. Some of my favorites were the strawberry, Mexican, chipotle and  peanut.

My tacos arrive!

I received two double shelled very packed tacos. They have so much food in them that I have to eat some with a fork first before I attempt to pick them up. On the left is smoked marlin fish and on the right is battered white fish. Both tacos are topped with shredded crisp cabbage and cilantro dressing. The whitefish is fresh tasting and has a nice crispy coating. This taco needs some condiments. A squirt of fresh lime, A little cilantro salsa and a touch of strawberry salsa and good flavors are going on. The marlin taco was really delicious the last time I was here so I ordered it again. Today it’s good but not delicious like last time. They didn’t smoke the marlin like they did last time and the fish taste like tuna today. This taco also needs to be kicked up some so I added some chipotle for a little smoke and a touch of peanut for heat. Still tasty.

These are the tacos I had on a previous visit.

Smoked Marlin and a Chicken Mole.

My husband got a three taco platter with rice and beans.

He got Pork, Chicken Tinga, and a Brisket Tacos that was grilled. The favorite was the chicken tinga. It was developed with delicious flavors and was made with a generous amount of moist dark chicken meat.

I learned from previous visits that two tacos is my limit here as they are very filling but on my first visit I discovered the Vegetable Stuffed Quesa.

It’s similar to an Italian Calzone but the dough taste like corn tortilla so I guess I’m tasting masa flour. The dough seems like it’s fried and it’s very tasty. Inside it’s packed with vegetables……I remembered I thought this was really delicious so we ordered one to go to have latter.

This quesa seemed to differ. It wasn’t squirted with the avocado cream and it was filled with mostly onions with a tiny bit of spinach and a few mushrooms. Oh well! I guess a different cook was working today. Still tasty. If vegetables aren’t what you fancy feel free to try a meat quesa. You might find it to be a tasty treat!

www.SantisimaGourmet.com

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My Visit to Grassroots Kitchen & Tap & Sweet Provisions Sweet Shop Scottsdale AZ YUM!

 

Scottsdale Location

The Grassroots Restaurant isn’t fancy but it is comfortable and they offer very American Comfort Food. We both like to dine at the Grassroots every now and then because they offer a great variety, the food is always tasty and technically great all the time. Another reason we like to visit is because the pies are exceptional. The Chef is famous for his Key Lime Pie and is proud to make each pie with a crazy number of maybe 30 hand squeezed fresh key limes….At this time (Sept. 2017) there are two locations of the Grassroots…..one in the Phoenix Biltmore area and the other in Scottsdale. The Biltmore area is closer for me but I wanted to try the Chef’s new Sweet Provisions Sweet Shop located next door to the Grassroots Scottsdale location so we picked that one to visit.

Today I went for the Scottish Salmon with a Side Chop Salad.

The Salmon is moist and buttery with nice grill marks. The tasty salad is filled with many textures and flavors and it’s filled with all kinds of goodies like edamame, grapes, corn, cucumbers, radish, fresh herbs and more in a champagne vinaigrette.

My husband went for the special of the day.

House prepared Pastrami Sandwich on Pretzel Bun with Cheese and Jalapeño Grits.

It’s delicious as we expected it would be. No it’s not like a Deli Pastrami Sandwich it very American on a Pretzel Roll and made with Sharp Cheddar Cheese.

It killed me not ending my meal with that amazing Key Lime Pie.

Key Lime Pie from a past visit

www.GrassrootsAZ.com

We finish and go next door to Sweet Provisions.

It smells like a sweet doughnut or sweet cupcake when you walk in.

There is candy, baked goods and house made ice creams.

Cakes, Pies, Cookies, Lemon Bars and More OH MY!

“drooling”

I made the most of the situation…..Ice cream for now and a lemon bar to take home for latter.

I try the Banana Walnut Ice Cream and my Husband picks his usual….the Chocolate.

Ummmmm They are BOTH Very Good!

The Banana Walnut is very creamy and natural tasting…Not too sweet and more like a natural sweet banana with toasted walnuts.

The Chocolate is rich with Chocolate Flavor. It taste just like a high quality Belgium Chocolate.

Can’t wait to try the Lemon Bar….

www.SweetProvisionsAZ.com

That was my visit to Grassroots Scottsdale and Sweet Provisions…….YUM!

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