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Gordon Ramsay Steak – Las Vegas

10 Jan

When we planned our trip to Las Vegas last month, a group of us were eager to dine at Gordon Ramsay Steak in the Paris hotel. We were desperate to go for one thing and one thing only – the signature dish of Roasted Beef Wellington. Even though we phoned in advance, we still had a few difficulties getting a table so if you are going to Vegas, plan ahead and make your reservation as soon as you can.

The restaurant was quite modern and “flashy” – very Vegas. Perhaps I’m just a little critical but I did find it a little cheesy when the hostess told us that we had just come from “Paris” (the hotel) to “London” (Gordon’s restaurant) via “the Chunnel” (a tunnel from the entrance). I had to chuckle at this, and again, when she directed our attention to a light art fixture in the middle of the dining room that was meant to emulate the movement that Gordon’s hands make when he makes the Beef Wellington. Hmmm…OK…Thankfully the food made up for this.

If you are unsure of what a Beef Wellington is, watch this video. If you want the spoiler, it is seared filet mignon, wrapped in parma ham, mushroom pate mix, and enveloped in puff pastry. The picture below doesn’t do the dish justice, but there is a reason why people rave about this dish. It was absolutely delicious. Yes, the steak is quite pink but the server told us it is always cooked quite rare/medium, otherwise the pastry burns. I was a bit miffed that we each paid $54 for the dish and then still had to pay extra for sides (just my frugal side speaking). The sides that we did order were quite good. My favourite was the mac & cheese, which was covered in cheesy goodness and finished with truffle, but you can choose from lighter dishes such as sautéed asparagus, or fire-roasted corn.

Roasted Beef Wellington – $54

Even though I was completed stuffed from the incredible bread basket and the Beef Wellington, I still ordered the Sticky Toffee Pudding with Brown Butter Ice Cream. Holy crap. This dessert blew my mind and I highly recommend it if you can fit it in. Honestly, the Brown Butter Ice Cream stole the show and I could have just sat with a tub of that all night.

If you love meat and are looking to splurge (it is not cheap) whilst in Vegas, then book yourself a table at Gordon Ramsay Steak. It took me about two days to digest all of that heavy food but it was worth it.

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Jaleo – Las Vegas

7 Jan

To round out an epic travel year, I spent a few days in early December celebrating my sister’s 30th birthday in Las Vegas. As the token foodie for the group that we travelled with I had suggested dinner at Jaleo, which is a Spanish tapas restaurant brought to us by José Andrés Puerta. José is well-known for his Spanish cooking and tapas. I am personally in awe of him as he spent part of his early career at El Bulli, working under Ferran Adria.

Jaleo is a fun, modern, loud, vibrant restaurant, located in The Cosmopolitan. It is not stuffy and this suited our rowdy group of 10 perfectly. The best thing to do, as with any tapas restaurant, is to order multiple plates and share them. Plates get served as they get cooked, so it is very informal, and the only complaint that I heard all night was that the daily special lamb paella wasn’t on par with the quality of the rest of the dishes.

I personally enjoyed everything that I tasted, but particularly the black noodle paella with squid and shrimp, and the traditional chicken fritters (although I really didn’t like that they were served in a sneaker – there is just something gross about that)Although I didn’t personally try it, a friend who loves seafood highly recommends the butter and sea urchin topped bread (so much so that she wanted me to call it out to you all!).

As I look back over the menu, I am filled with regret that I was unable to sample more of the menu than what I did (albeit it is a huge menu). I realize that I missed out on trying some really interesting sounding dishes, including the famous liquid olives. Gah! Although I’m not planning to return to Vegas any time soon, when I do return I will definitely be returning to Jaleo for another feast.

Foie Gras Toasts

 Pressed sandwich of ibérico ham, manchego cheese, and truffle

 Traditional Chicken Fritters (served in a sneaker…hmmm)

 Batter Fried Shrimp with Caper Mayonnaise and Black Olive Salt

 Seared scallops with romesco sauce

 Slightly spicy chorizo wrapped in crispy potato

 Black noodle paella with squid and shrimp

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