Wednesday, May 21, 2008

The night before Vegas Uncork’d

Twas the night before Vegas Uncork’d and all through the town,

Hotel rooms along the Strip were seemingly not to be found.

Until I talked with a reservationist from MGM Grand

And she pulled out a room for me upon demand.

Now for a little repast, a bit of repose,

Time to wash up and put on some nice clothes,

And off to dinner with a member from eGullet,

To L’Atelier, to Robuchon, Man! You got to love it!

I arrived at the restaurant and noticed at the end of the bar

An older gentleman waiting from afar.

We greeted each other, I mentioned my name,

But in Vegas, we could change to someone else or stay the same.

I’ve eaten at L’Atelier previously, but him, never before,

I’m surprised, I’m amazed, quelle scandale, what an uproar!

Admittedly, to this French restaurant he had to be swayed

By a local friend, a lawyer, the decision was made.

The question of the moment: What’s for dinner, what to eat?

Small plates, a la carte, a glass of wine to make things complete?

At L’Atelier, we chose the discovery menu,

That would be a great introduction to this foodie venue.

Le menu découverte, mon ami l’a choisi

Et j’ai voulu le même chose, moi aussi.

But for the main entrée, differently we selected

He the quail and I the lamb, We’re ready! Let’s get connected!

Le citron, le thon rouge, le homard, l’asperge verte,

Each course beautifully presented in this culinary concert.

L’oeuf, la sole, et moi, l’agneau (au lieu de la caille),

We savored each course, gastronomically pleasing to the eye.

Le thé glace vanille et la mangue,

Desserts that tasted so soothing to the tongue.

After finishing dinner at L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon,

I wouldn’t mind repeating this, like a culinary chaconne.

What creativity! What a genius! Joël Robuchon he is.

Continual innovations one must have to stay in this biz.

Now to get ready for Vegas Uncork’d at its various sites,

And Bon Appetit to all, and to all a good night!

L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon
MGM Grand
3799 Las Vegas Blvd. South

Las Vegas, Nevada 89109

(702) 891-7358