The most lavish meals you can eat in Las Vegas this year
Sin City is the ultimate adult playground where all of your senses are satiated. While everyone knows about the pools, the parties and the poker, what you might not know about is the eats. Over the last 15 years, Las Vegas has become one of the dining capitals of the world. Many top chefs have converged on the strip to not only deliver some of the most delicious creations, but some of the most lavish you’ll ever see.
Just like the rest of Vegas, there are some fairly over-the-top menus at your fingertips. If you’ve got some money to blow, here are the most lavish meals you can order in Las Vegas.
Restaurant: Fleur by Hubert Keller
Hotel: Mandalay Bay
At one end of the spectrum, there’s the burger from the McDonald’s one-dollar menu. At the other, there’s this: Hubert Keller’s $5000 creation. So what’s the $4,999 difference? Start off with only the best Kobe beef for the patty, topped with foie gras and black truffles. What puts it over the top is that it’s paired with a bottle of Cheateau Petrus 1995, which can cost about $2000 at the liquor store. But that’s not all; the wine is served to you in Ichendorf Brunello Stemware that’s imported from Italy. Let’s just say you’re not dealing with Ikea glasses here. A collection of four glasses can go for about $75 but don’t worry about that. Fleur will mail you the glasses to your home at no extra charge after the meal!
Restaurant: Burger Brasserie
Hotel: Paris Las Vegas
If the $5000 FleurBurger is out of year league, then maybe the 777 Burger at Burger Brasserie better fits your budget. To give you the bang for your buck, your kobe beef burger will be topped with pancetta, goat cheese, foie gras, arugula, maine lobster and 100 year-age balsamic. It’s also served with a bottle of Dom Perignon rose.
Restaurant: Michael Mina
They say that caviar is an acquired taste but it’s also for those who have acquired a certain budget too. For $455, Michael Mina’s restaurant at the Bellagio will be your personal caviar guide with a tableside tour. The cart wheels up with caviars of all types. You just say when, which and how much. As part of the excursion, you’ll receive your choice of either chilled vodka or chilled champagne to elevate this one-of-a-kind experience.
Restaurant: BRAND Steakhouse
Hotel: Monte Carlo
Las Vegas has a slew of stellar steakhouses (Carnevino being my personal favorite) but if it’s quantity you’re looking for, then BRAND Steakhouse is your home. BRAND has a 120-ounce steak on its menu that’s meant for sharing among six people. However, if you’re a man, you’re going to finish the ultimate porterhouse yourself and brag about it afterwards. And hey, if you finish it all in one sitting, your steak is on the house! For what it’s worth, a normal steak size is about eight to 12 ounces.
19-Course Degustation Menu
Restaurant: Joël Robuchon
Hotel: MGM Grand
Step into a world of decadence at Joël Robuchon at MGM Grand. Tasting menus at three Michelin starred restaurants are a foodie’s wet dream and it doesn’t get much better than this. Robuchon is one of the world’s best chefs in the world and to have him take you on a culinary journey is going to be something you remember for life. Every plate delivered is sheer art work with impeccable flavors. Expect to see every exotic ingredient you can imagine from “Chef of the Century”.
The Elusive Van Winkle 2014 Flight
One whiskey, one scotch and one beer, right? Well, how about just all bourbon and all of the best type. That’s what you can do at Sage where they’ll present you with a flight of rare bourbons to taste. Although wine flights are very common, bourbon flights are rarely seen – especially ones offering these legendary tastes. At Sage, you’ll sip on the Van Winkle bourbons, including the 10-year-old Old Rip and 23-year-old Pappy. There are only 7,000 barrels of Pappy made each year.
Ultimate Surf & Turf
Restaurant: Le Cirque
Le Cirque is a restaurant that’s known for their deft touch and exquisite flavors, but it looks like Chef Wilifried Bergerhausen has gone off the deep end. He’s created a dish that uses every ingredient they have at the Bellagio location of the respected restaurant. It centers around a Japanese Kobe steak draped in a perigourdine-truffle sauce, topped with foie gras and a shaving of truffles. Then you’ll also get a two-pound lobster bathed in butter, topped with lobster caviar and finished with a 24-karat edible gold leaf. On the side, there’s a deep fried potato fondant balanced on a rich bone marrow. Is it over the top? Definitely. But in a good way. This dish is only available upon special request.
Diamond & Gold Lasagna (available only in the winter)
Hotel: The Mirage
Lasagna is like a classic muscle car: exciting, reliable and good for the soul. But once a year, chef Michael LaPlace at Portofino pimp this ride by remodeling this classic. The Diamond & Gold Lasagna is only available in December, and features some of the most luxurious ingredients available. We’re talking Kobe beef, Iberico ham, prosciutto di Parma, authentic Parmigiano-Riggiano, buffalo mozzarella and foie gras. As if that wasn’t enough, this food coma-inducing dish is then topped off with a 23-karat gold leaf and white-diamond truffles.
Veal parmesan is a working man’s type of meal, which is why it might be surprising to see it on this list. However, the wizards of Italian cuisine at Carbone will put a spell on you with their lavish version. It’s not an extreme, opulent makeover to the dish that warrants the price tag. It’s just a massive portion with authentic ingredients and a really clean flavor. Your Nona would agree if you shared some with her.
Golden Opulence Sundae
Restaurant: Serendipity 3
Hotel: Caesars Palace
Sweet tooths might get a brain freeze from the price tag but the taste is sure to be incredible. This lavish dessert starts with a foundation of three scoops of rich Tahitian vanilla bean ice cream. Then we add the chocolate syrup, which is created from melted Amedei Porcelana. That’s one of the world’s priciest chocolates. You can’t cheap out with basic sprinkles at this point, so Serendipity 3 then adds chunks of rare Chuao chocolate and then tops it off with Parisian candied fruits, gold covered almonds, chocolate truffles and marzipan cherries. We’re not done yet, though, as there’s also Grand Passion Caviar, a creation from salt-free American Golden caviar, to add a sparkling golden color to the desert. And then the proverbial cherry on top is the 23 karat edible gold leaf and gilded sugar flower.
If you thought this would be the world’s most expensive sundae, it’s actually not. The Serendipity3 location in New York has a $25,000 Frrrozen Haute Chocolate ice cream sundae.