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The Very Best Foodie Experiences In Vegas

Good food and great wine are nice, but a restaurant that delivers an experience, not just a meal, will leave a lasting impression. In Las Vegas, experiences are the name of the game.

Though it seemed for a time as if the City of Sin had played all its cards, Vegas has successfully transitioned into the entertainment capital of the United States with dazzling stage shows, game-changing residencies, and so much to see beyond the casino floor.

Most importantly, it’s now a genuine foodie paradise – and these are some of its stars:

Joël Robuchon, MGM Grand

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Image: Joël Robuchon, MGM Grand / mgmgrand.mgmresorts.com

The most highly-awarded Michelin star rated chef in history, Joël Robuchon is a culinary master who has amassed over 30 stars throughout his illustrious career. That pedigree is on full display at his French fine-dining venue Joël Robuchon at the MGM Grand Hotel.

The restaurant’s signature degustation dining experience, which features the likes of truffled langoustine ravioli, flan of sea urchin topped with an Arabica coffee foam, and a frog leg kadaif fritter with red miso, will have your palate dancing long into the night.

Spago by Wolfgang Puck, Bellagio

There are some truly fantastic fine-dining options in Las Vegas, yet there’s one name which regularly features atop many foodie must-do lists – Spago by Wolfgang Puck.

More than just an impressive venue (the restaurant occupies an alfresco area overlooking the famed Bellagio fountains) Spago delivers exactly where it counts too – your dinner plate. This highly acclaimed restaurant, the flagship venue of legendary chef Wolfgang Puck, has often been credited with putting Las Vegas on the map as a gastronomical destination.

The market-driven menu features tantalising delights such as Maine diver scallops, steamed ‘Hong Kong style’ Icelandic cod, farmers market vegetable ragout, and the sinful ‘Golden Puck’ dessert – a decadent chocolate mousse with candied peanuts and a praline sauce.

Greene St. Kitchen, The Palms

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Image: Greene St. Kitchen, The Palms / greenestkitchen.com

From the hidden entrance cleverly disguised as an arcade vending machine to the maze-like interior featuring large-scale artworks including Las Vegas’ first permanent work by street artist Banksy, it’s fair to say Greene St. Kitchen at The Palms is no average restaurant.

A feast for the eyes as well as the stomach, the dynamic, shareable menu features over-the-top fare such as Legs and Eggs, butter poached king crab legs and Kaluga caviar; and Jidori Chicken Kabobs with shawarma spiced tzatziki sauce and a Kale and Duck Confit Salad.

Paying homage to the artistic community that shaped New York’s SoHo neighbourhood in the 1980s, Greene St. Kitchen also features a world-class art collection featuring the likes of Kenny Scharf, Cleon Peterson, VHILS, Pose, Martha Cooper, DabsMyla, and Slick.

Top of the World Restaurant, Stratosphere

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Image: Top of the World Restaurant, Stratosphere / topoftheworldlv.com

Vegas is full of iconic sights. The replica Eiffel Tower at Paris Hotel, the dancing fountains of the Bellagio, the beam of light reaching into the night sky from atop Luxor Hotel… but there is one sight which truly outstrips them all (pun intended) – the Las Vegas Strip itself.

This scenic, seven-kilometre-long boulevard is home to many of the city’s largest hotels and casinos. However, there’s only so much you can see from the ground. To view the Strip in all its glory, you need to take your Vegas foodie experience up into the Stratosphere.

Perched 800ft above the strip, Top of the World at the Stratosphere Casino offers 360-degree views with a fantastic menu to match. Try the steaks! Though revolving restaurants have fallen out of fashion, Top of the World has stood the rest of time for good reason.

Wicked Spoon Buffet, The Cosmopolitan

Hotel buffets can be a bit hit-and-miss at times, but when they’re good, they’re seriously good. Wicked Spoon Buffet at The Cosmopolitan – a bold, inventive culinary adventure whisking your taste buds to all corners of the planet – is firmly in the latter category.

Rather than offering the standard fare you’d typically expect in a buffet, Wicked Spoon has dialled everything up to eleven, with apricot-glazed pork belly, bone marrow with kimchi, smoke trout mousse with roe, and snow crab legs just a handful of its most popular dishes.

Lip Smacking Foodie Tours, Vegas

Can’t decide which restaurants to devote your precious time to? You don’t have to. Lip Smacking Foodie Tours is the perfect way to maximise your Vegas foodie adventure, with mouth-watering dishes, expert guides and VIP treatment every step of the way.

Each carefully curated experience, from the casual ‘Afternoon Culinary Adventure’ walking tour to the VVIP ‘Savors of the Strip’, will introduce you to four to five highly-acclaimed restaurants, and allow you to sample three to four signature dishes at each location.

Like the foodie tour, this is only a taste of what the city has to offer. More than a late-night snack or guilty pleasure, Las Vegas is the main course. Are you ready to order?

(Lead image: Wicked Spoon / supplied)

Published 01 May, 2019