If you’re looking for a fine dining experience on the Strip with vegan options, look no further than L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon at MGM Grand where renowned chef Joël Robuchon’s culinary masterpieces are created right in front of you. This upscale French restaurant offers a divine vegan tasting menu — just give them 24 hours notice.
The restaurant’s main attraction isn’t only the food; it’s the open kitchen surrounded by a bar where guests can watch as the top-notch culinary team prepare every delicate dish.
While the a la carte menu featured only a couple of vegan options, it’s the vegan tasting menu that shines at L’Atelier. Make a reservation and let the restaurant know you’re vegan for them to create a tasting menu that is decadent and delicious.The menu is $168 per person with an optional wine pairing.
The seasonal vegan experience begins with the l’amuse-bouche, roasted bell peppers and mushroom duxelle, and is followed by the le fondant, a fondant of curry cauliflower served with vine tomato coulis.
After that is the la laitue, lettuce veloute with spring onion emulsion, and then the le celeri, saffron-roasted celery with fresh ginger in a veggie broth.
The next course is the les poivrons, bell peppers cooked in olive oil and served on top of a tomato “piperade.”
The main course, le tofu, is (you guessed it) perfectly seared tofu with a green curry coriander jus with grilled baby leeks, and then la betterave, agave-soy glazed beet root with pastroal salad and citrus reduction.
The evening ends with la fraise, fresh strawberries with basil sorbet and yuzu cream.
Is this the best date night on The Strip if you’re vegan? Quite possibly.
Please note that the vegan tasting menu at L’Atelier varies and is based on seasonal ingredients. Reservations for the vegan menu are strongly encouraged at least 24 hours in advance.
MGM Grand, 3799 S. Las Vegas Blvd., 702-891-7358, 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. daily
Photos: interior and dessert courtesy of MGM
Diana Edelman is the founder of Vegans, Baby and has emerged as the face of plant-based dining in Las Vegas and the leading plant-based restaurant consultant in the city. She spent a decade in the travel blogging world before switching gears to work in elephant rescue in Thailand. Diana travels the world to meet chefs and try vegan food, as well as speak at events focusing on travel, tourism, veganism and entrepreneurship. She’s a partner with the prestigious James Beard Foundation and curates their Vegas Vegan Dinners at the James Beard House. Diana is also a partner with Life is Beautiful, curating the all-vegan Farm Stand.