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Once, fine dining in Las Vegas presented limited options to those hungry for more than just three square (and often mediocre) meals. But now, a seemingly endless bounty of indulgent cuisine is on offer up and down the city's famed boulevard in these gourmet Las Vegas venues, catering to everyone from the most discerning of aficionados to the more casual armchair foodie...
When it comes to decadence and dining, there are few things more symbolic than caviar and at Michael Mina's eponymous seafood restaurant within the Bellagio hotel, the renowned caviar parfait comes with equal helpings of flair and personalised service. A wooden tableside cart with sleek marble topper provides an understated backdrop for the savoury luxury ahead, and you'll select your desired caviar and garnishes before they’re artfully combined on a mother-of-pearl dish. Your choice of vodka or champagne is served alongside.
Just steps away, however, you can relish your caviar in an entirely unexpected way during weekend dinner service at The Buffet at Bellagio. Indulge in unlimited servings of some of the world’s finest caviars – traditional, Ikura, and Tobiko, specifically – as well as all the other international gourmet dishes you'd expect from this buffet. The Gourmet Dinner service is available Friday and Saturday from 3.30pm to 10pm and costs $38.99 (£25.50).
The evolution of high-end dining in Las Vegas presents some fantastic opportunities to learn from its many master chefs, in settings so exclusive you might end up on first name terms. At Monte Carlo, small groups – limited to no more than five – are taught the art and history of mixology by its beverage director, Michael MacDonnell. Down the Strip at MGM Grand, an open kitchen paired with counter seating allows guests of the intimately-sized L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon to watch as their meal is created before their eyes by talented staff trained by the Michelin starred “Chef of the Century".
More extraordinary experiences await those willing to search them out. Connoisseurs of fine liquor should keep in mind the discrete Cognac Lounge inside Restaurant Guy Savoy within Caesars Palace, which offers exclusive cognacs ranging from $12 (about £7) to $700 (£460). Seek out the Hine Talent vintage stored in hand-etched Baccarat crystal, or splurge on the Perfection by Hardy; the world's oldest unblended cognac which derives from 100 per cent French Colombard grapes and has been aged 140 years.
At the Venetian, satisfy a sweet tooth like never before with the $750 (£490) Decadence D’Or inside Sweet Surrender; a cupcake that’s so much more we feel guilty even labelling it as one. This utterly over-the-top dessert is what happens when you combine exclusive single estate chocolate made from the rare Porcelana Criollo cocoa bean from Venezuela, with hand-harvested Tahitian Gold Vanilla Caviar, Louis XIII de Remy Martin Cognac and edible gold flakes. It almost sounds too indulgent to eat. Almost.
They say the world is your oyster, but in Las Vegas there’s no longer any need to settle for just that.
What's the most indulgent food or drink experience you've had in Las Vegas? Where's the best place to go for a special occasion splurge? Share your tips below.
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About the author: RebeccaFrischRebecca Frisch
An award-winning journalist, Rebecca Frisch is Editor of VegasChatter, a Conde Nast Digital publication considered a must read by Vegas tourists and locals alike. Over her career, Rebecca has helmed television news shows in some of the country’s biggest markets. She has also used her extensive experience in writing, special events, and media strategy to serve as a Public Relations representative for one of the world’s largest and most respected gaming and hospitality companies. With a career that went from covering some of the nation’s hottest tourism brands to actively shaping the public persona of one, Rebecca now directs VegasChatter.com which parses the hyperbole surrounding Las Vegas to deliver insightful coverage of Sin City provided with an insider’s knowledge and a journalist’s candor.