Las Vegas is once again losing one of its celebrity chef restaurants. Charlie Trotter has closed his two-year-old Restaurant Charlie in the Palazzo in Las Vegas.
Trotter, who is a Chicago institution, won his first Michelin star at his seafood-centered Las Vegas restaurant. The sushi bar inside the restaurant, Bar Charlie, was selected as one of the nation’s best sushi spots by Bon Appetit last year.
Alas, the finances just weren’t working out for the Las Vegas restaurant that gave a valiant performance.
L’Atelier de Joel Robucho located at the MGM Grand Hotel has been recognized with a AAA Four Diamond Award, a 2009 Michelin Star, and a 2008 Wine Spectacular Award of Excellence. Unlike most fine dining restaurants, the counter service design allows diners the chance to see the food being prepared while enjoying a variety of tasty entrees.
In 2008, Chef Joël Robucho was recognized as the ‘most starred’ chef with a total of 18 Michelin stars awarded to his restaurants in Tokyo, Paris, Monte Carlo, London and Las Vegas.
But even before this latest round of accolades, Robucho was renowned for his culinary excellence. When Robucho was 36, he opened a restaurant in Paris and only three years later received his first Michelin guide three-star award. He has been acknowledged as one of the chef’s who put an end to the pretentious and pricey menu’s that had become common place in most high end restaurants. His skill in the kitchen earned him the title of “chef of the century” in 1990 by the Gualt-Millau, After a brief hiatus from the dining world in the mid-90’s, Robucho rejoined the culinary world with interests in a variety of restaurants located worldwide.
“A good dish”, Robucho says, “is like a good wine has a strong attack and a long finish. Now days, a lot of dishes have a strong attack, but a while later you can’t even remember what it was you ate!”
This isn’t a problem at the L’Atelier Las Vegas. Their signature dishes include Pommes Puree (mashed potatoes), La Caille au Foie Gras (free-range quail stuffed with foie gras) and Le Rumsteak en Tartare et ses Frites a L’ancienne (steak tartar).
The dress code is business casual; the prices have earned L’Atelier a ranking on a number of ‘most expensive dining’ lists. Currently the MGM Grand has several online offers that include discounts at on-site restaurants including 30% off for Mastercard purchase and room/gift card discounts.