The resort city of Las Vegas is best known for its exciting entertainment scene and particularly its nightlife and its numerous casinos. Las Vegas is also world renowned for its grand themed hotels. One of these is Paris Las Vegas also known as the City of Lights.
The hotel promises to transport guests out of Las Vegas and into Paris the romantic capital city of France. The Paris Las Vegas is even complete with replicas of Parisian landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triumphe, the Louvre and even the Paris Opera House.
Aside from the Parisian theme, however, Paris Las Vegas is home to yet another gem; Gordon Ramsay Steak.
Most people know Gordon Ramsay as one of the most popular celebrity chefs in the world and one who is a member of the culinary hall of fame too. He is best known for starring in hit culinary shows such as The F Word, MasterChef, MasterChef Junior, Hell’s Kitchen (both in the US and in the UK version) as well as the US and UK versions of Kitchen Nightmares.
Gordon Ramsay Steak opened in May 2012 and had since built a reputation as one of the finest eateries in Las Vegas. It is no wonder reservations are hard to make; after all, it seems like just about everyone wants to have a piece of the much-acclaimed restaurant.
Visitors are led through a small tunnel designed to look like the Chunnel to get into the restaurant. This is the underwater tunnel that connects the United Kingdom to France. The architectural aesthetics do not end at the entrance, however.
As a matter of fact, the ceiling features domed union flag upon which is embedded a light feature that is apparently an artist’s representation of Ramsay’s hands in motion while cooking. This unique ceiling feature casts a red glow on the whole restaurant. In addition to that, the restaurant has a Hell’s Kitchen feel to it thanks to the open kitchen and the wave-like upper level of the restaurant.
The Menu At Gordon Ramsay Steak
Firstly, although the restaurant is Gordon Ramsay’s, his role is mostly eponymous. Instead, executive chef Kevin Hee and head chef Christina Wilson run the show in the kitchen. Christina Wilson was the winner of Hell’s Kitchen season 10.
Gordon Ramsay Steak has quite an impressive menu that consists of a wide range of foods and drinks. There are two distinct menus; one is a special menu dubbed the limited edition Tasting Menu. This particular menu highlights some of the staples commonly found in Hell’s Kitchen.
The tasting menu is a four-course meal consisting of Scotch egg, baby beet salad, Scallop risotto, roasted beef Wellington and a dessert of sticky toffee pudding. This costs $ 145 per person. Wine pairings for each course are also available for an additional $75 per person. Anyone ordering the Tasting menu also receives a Gordon Ramsay autographed photo.
There is also the main dinner menu that consists of a wider variety of foods. The main dinner menu includes;
i. Shellfish – which includes the famous half Maine lobster, shrimp cocktail and the shellfish platter which consists of tiger prawns, king crab, oysters, clams, lobsters and seasonal shellfish served with champagne or a citrus soy sauce.
ii. Caviar which includes an option of either Kaluga, Osetra or Golden Osetra. However, these are quite pricey ranging from $170 to as much as $321 for the Golden Osetra.
iii. Five different Soups/Salads including baby beet salad, market green salad, and the Caesar salad
iv. 8 different appetizers including Maine Lobster. This appetizer featured a fat piece of butter-poached lobster stuffed with chorizo set on a bed of butternut squash and served with a brandied lobster cream sauce.
Also included is the Kurobuta Pork Belly which often includes tender pork belly accompanied with candied chiles, baked bean cassoulet, and braised Swiss chard. The pork belly costs between $19 and $20 while the Maine lobster costs between $27 and $28. Both of these appetizers are incredibly mouth watering.
v. Hand selected prime beef dry-aged for at least 28 days in a Himalayan salt room. One of the highlights here is the American rib cap which went for between $60 and $61. The rib cap is an 8-ounce boneless cut that is as juicy as a ribeye and as tender as tenderloin. This makes it one of the must-haves at Gordon Ramsay Steak.
vi. Chops including a duet of lamb, Marcho Farms Veal Chop or the Kurobuta double pork chop.
vii. Fishes such as the Pacific salmon, Loup De Mer and even the North Atlantic Swordfish which goes for $46/$47.
viii. Gordon Ramsay signature dishes such as the roasted beef Wellington. The roasted beef wellington features a medium sized rare filet mignon, delicious duxelles, and flaky puff pastry served with potato puree and red wine. The roasted beef Wellington goes for $%6/$57 for one or $100/$101 for two. Other signature meals include the Lobster Wellington and the fisherman’s grill.
ix. A variety of French influenced side dishes such as the potato puree, spinach or ginger glazed shiitakes. Another popular side dish is the mac and cheese ($13). The Mac & Cheese comprises of blue cheese, cheddar, parmesan and truffle all of which contribute to a rich, creamy taste.
x. A variety of sauces including béarnaise sauce, house made the sauce and foie butter.
Also accompanying these two menus is an expensive dessert menu that includes one of the restaurant’s most popular desserts; the Sticky Toffee Pudding ($14).
This is a classic British dessert that features a sweet pudding cake coated with toffee drizzle and served with a brown butter ice cream that looks quite similar to a stick of butter. Other desserts include the chocolate peanut butter bar, the cheese plate, and the apple tart.
A unique feature of the restaurant is the iPad menu dedicated to wines, beer, cocktails and even some more information about Gordon Ramsay Steak. Under drinks, some of the more popular choices include the English Garden, the Southside and the Antioxidant, all of which are perfect cocktails to wash down the delicacies of Gordon Ramsay Steak.
Diners should also expect a menu extension in the form of a mirrored cart of meat. This provides them with a visual reference of the different cuts and the various types of Pat LaFrieda meat.
Also, the typical meal at the restaurant starts with a bread plate that may consist of walnut and stilton baguette, chocolate and mushroom brioche, lemon thyme and olive oil focaccia. Even those who are not bread enthusiasts will like the bread plate.
While diners may experience small hiccups in service, one thing is quite clear. The food at Gordon Ramsay Steak is high quality and certainly exceeds expectations.