Gordon Ramsay Steak, Las Vegas. Quality, Consistency, Delicious
Gordon Ramsay Steak was everything you would want from a restaurant: amazing service, delicious food, and an atmosphere that is upbeat. But I was a bit hesitant to go to a restaurant that might be a chain- I am glad we went.
When does a restaurant group become a chain?
I ask that a lot as many chefs are putting their names on restaurants, especially in Las Vegas. Is there a number beyond which the “chef” looses control? Simon Majumdar, food writer, critic, tv personality says, “I don’t think it’s a specific number, but it is once corporate strategy takes over from dining vision.”
Ramsay is obsessive about service, food quality, and the patron’s experience. When he opens a new restaurant he takes an experienced crew and they train, and they make the food again, and again, and again – until they have it so consistently they are ready to open. That consistency comes through.
Gordon Ramsay Steak in Vegas
Located in Paris Paris, the restaurant sign is visible throughout the casino. Easy to find is a plus, given how many casinos want you to wander aimlessly by, Ramsay insisted on visibility – and after walking a mile to get there, I appreciated it. But a place called Paris- for a Brit?
As the hostess takes you in you go through a small tunnel, and they are quick to point out, “This is our representation of the chunnel- taking you from France to Britain.”
It is difficult to go to a steak house and not think about ordering steak, especially when you see the lovely product they have. But the choice was made more difficult when they offer the tasting menu, that has a lot of Hell’s Kitchen menu items. Besides, how many times do you see Ramsay send back scallops in Hell’s Kitchen with his famous, “Its raaaaawwwww.” The scallop here was cooked perfectly – as was everything.
In addition to ordering the tasting menu, the waiter suggested we add a steak – an excellent choice.
To sum it up:
The food was executed perfectly, and the night was busy – but, as our waiter told us, every night is Saturday night. The service impeccable, and the atmosphere upbeat. When in Vegas there are a lot of places to get food, there are a lot of celebrity restaurants, but if you like steak, or want a taste of Hell’s Kitchen, this is the place to go.
Advice to Hell’s Kitchen Contestants:
If you are serious about winning Hell’s kitchen and working in Ramsay’s restaurant group, go to this restaurant, taste everything. Then go home and make it again and again until you have it done perfectly. I’m shocked that none of the contestants do this. Ramsay’s restaurants prove it: if you want to do it perfectly, it takes practice – and he doesn’t put it out to the customer until his chefs can do it perfectly.
Note: as with all reviews, we pay the entire bill and leave a 20% tip – the price was worth it, and since this is where April took me for my birthday, it was especially sweet.
Dr. Terry Simpson
Dr. Terry Simpson received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Chicago where he spent several years in the Kovler Viral Oncology laboratories doing genetic engineering. He found he liked people more than petri dishes, and went to medical school. Dr. Simpson, a weight loss surgeon is an advocate of culinary medicine. The first surgeon to become certified in Culinary Medicine, he believes teaching people to improve their health through their food and in their kitchen. On the other side of the world, he has been a leading advocate of changing health care to make it more "relationship based," and his efforts awarded his team the Malcolm Baldrige award for healthcare in 2011 for the NUKA system of care in Alaska and in 2013 Dr Simpson won the National Indian Health Board Area Impact Award. A frequent contributor to media outlets discussing health related topics and advances in medicine, he is also a proud dad, husband, author, cook, and surgeon “in that order.” For media inquiries, please visit www.terrysimpson.com.