Joel Robuchon: Not Perfect, but Best Michelin 3 Star in the U.S.

Joel Robuchon in Las Vegas now takes my Michelin 3 Star Restaurant count to 73, and it gets my vote for best Michelin 3 Star in the U.S. over Thomas Keller, Eric Ripert, Daniel Boulud, Jean-George Vongerichten, and Masayoshi “Masa” Takayama.

Normally I have my doubts with a Michelin 3 Star rating. It’s really a 50/50 whether it’s something really deserving of a 3 Star or whether it’s something I’d ever go back to. There have been countless Michelin 3 Star Restaurants that have been major disappointments. But not Joel Robuchon.

I’ve been to the L’Atelier de Joel Robuchons in New York, London, Paris, Tokyo and Hong Kong and have never been disappointed. Robuchon afterall was “Chef of the Century” by Gault Millau and has the most Michelin starred restaurants out of all chefs worldwide.

Ok, so it wasn’t a perfect meal, but overall, incredible food, flawless service, and somewhere I’d definitely go back to. Photos with commentary on each dish below, but my favorites included the L’Oeuf, 2 of the 3 dishes on Les Crustaces, and Les Petits Pois. Worst dish of the night was Le Turbot (basically bad Chinese/Thai take-out equivalent and almost enough for me to demote Robuchon from a 3 Star to a 2 Star). The bread cart, petits fours cart and cheese cart were all really nice touches as well. Overall, for a summer 16 course degustation menu priced at $395 excluding wines, drinks, tax and tip, Robuchon was worth every penny.

P.S. Vince Vaughn sat across from me and we were being paced for same degustation. Funny enough, I was reading an article in Esquire mentioning alcohol, troubled celebrities and Vince Vaughn. Haha.

P.P.S. Checking out Michelin 3 Star Robuchon in Macau in a few weeks!

About 3starbackpacker

I'm just an average guy who loves to eat and travel. I backpacked to every 2007 Michelin 3 Star in the world in less than 12 months, have over 350 stars under my belt, and have eaten (and drunken) my way through over 70 countries downing anything and everything that looked vaguely interesting.
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4 Responses to Joel Robuchon: Not Perfect, but Best Michelin 3 Star in the U.S.

  1. Jane Sobo says:

    What a terrific night that must have been, and thanks for taking us on a tour through your experience. The photos are GORGEOUS; everything looks like it’s posed for a beauty shot in a glossy magazine, and you look great! About the blog: wow, can’t believe how much travel you’ve done. Unbelievable, especially for being so young!

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  3. Jeanette says:

    I absolutely agree! Hands down, Joël Robuchon restaurants are the best in the U.S.! I’m glad someone else agrees with me! I have never been disappointed by any of my meals at any of his restaurants. I was deeply disappointed by The French Laundry! The best part of the meal was the wine I brought!

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