While the much-anticipated Gordon Ramsay Steak restaurant officially opens May 11, 2012, we couldn’t wait, so we breached security for a sneak preview of this photogenic new eatery at Paris Las Vegas.
You can’t miss it.
The restaurant can be found next to the casino’s high limit salon.
The eye-catching entrance to Gordon Ramsay Steak was inspired by The Chunnel, the tunnel between London and Paris. It’s slightly smaller than the Chunnel, we think, but we didn’t have a tape measure.
The Chunnel took six years to build. Gordon Ramsay Steak took about six months. Note: This tunnel doesn’t require a ticket.
Chef Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant, his first in Las Vegas, was designed by EDG Interior Architecture + Design, and trust us, we wouldn’t be mentioning that fact if they hadn’t done an impressive job.
The bar has a cool vibe this blog hopes to experience often.
A centerpiece of the interior is the abstract sculpture high above (see below). The neon tubes hanging from the ceiling represent Gordon Ramsay’s hand movements while preparing his signature Beef Wellington, according to one server. The art piece was created by Andrey Berezowsky of SWON Design.
Chef Ramsay clearly has very fast hands.
The restaurant seats about 200 people, and features a two-story dining room and, of course, a chef’s table. The restaurant covers about 7,500 square feet, if you’re into the numbers thing.
The tunnel-themed bar separates the main restaurant from the lounge, which will have its own menu with smaller plates. It’s like two destinations in one.
Gordon Ramsay brings it.
Signature cocktails abound, colorfully displayed in iPads. Their names include the English Garden, Vesper, Extra Dry Steakhouse Martini, HK Antioxident (HK stands for “Hell’s Kitchen,” Chef Ramsay’s hit reality series we’re completely addicted to), South Side, Red Lion, Side Car, Primm’s Cup and the Strawberry Martini.
This blog likes its cocktails as interactive as possible.
The menu is overseen by Executive Chef Kevin Hee, and showcases Chef Ramsay’s take on traditional American steakhouse dishes. The menu will change seasonally, so guests will always have something new to look forward to. Something we hadn’t heard before: At the beginning of each seasonal menu, the first 1,000 guests will receive an autographed item from Chef Ramsay. We can’t remember if it’s a photo or a menu. We were too busy drooling over our amazing mac and cheese.
Vegas has a new contender for “Best Mac and Cheese.”
Starters include butter-poached Maine lobster, fried oysters and smoked beef tartare with Guinness-infused mustard seeds. Entrees include a wide selection of grilled items, such as Wagyu beef, various cuts of dry-aged steaks, veal, a Kurobuta double pork chop and seafood choices. See? We take notes sometimes.
The meat at Gordon Ramsay Steak is aged 28 days in a “Himalayan sea salt environment,” whatever that might actually be. The restaurant is so proud of its meat, cuts are actually displayed throughout the dining area on a trolley. If you don’t love the Wagyu American Kobe filet, you’ve lost your marbles. (See what we did there?)
Fancy beef ain’t cheap, but you get what you pay for, baby. Sheer succulence.
A server mentioned Chef Ramsay’s favorite cut of meat is the “rib cap.” In case you’re ever asked that on a game show someday.
The desserts are plentiful, too, of course. Every meal in Sin City requires a happy ending.
That crispy thing on the Tropical Coconut Panna Cotta dessert is called a “sugar tuile.” We always wondered about that.
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Where the culinary magic happens at Gordon Ramsay Steak.
Gordon Ramsay Steak will be ready for its Vegas debut on May 11. Drop in for the celebrity chef experience at Paris Las Vegas.
Enjoy more images in our exclusive gallery. Or just check out Gordon Ramsay Steak for yourself. As you might suspect, our poorly-executed photos don’t do it justice.