Growing up in a school for fatherless boys, our meals were neither decadent nor expensive. Years of service in the Navy provided a lot more dining on an industrial scale but certainly nothing fancy. Once I set out on my own, I vowed to seek out expensive dining opportunities I was always unable to access in the past. My most expensive dining experience was in late 2012, when my son and I had dinner at Gordon Ramsay Steak at the Paris Las Vegas. Not just any dinner, we dined from a limited edition tasting menu, with the occasion marked by a souvenir photo, signed by the chef himself.
Gordon Ramsay Steak The restaurant is inside the large Paris Las Vegas casino on the Las Vegas strip. It’s a very large space and doesn’t do anything to hide that fact. There are two levels and a large, sweeping staircase leading to the upper level. There is also a bar and lounge and private dining rooms. Steak is priced as a high-end restaurant and does offer Ramsay-quality food, but the open space of the restaurant the quality of the atmosphere is more casual that I expected. Service was excellent with mature servers, which I like to see.
My expensive dinner First off was the amuse bouche, colcannon, which is normally an Irish traditional cabbage dish. This was Ramsay’s version, made with red wine braised cabbage, with potato cabbage croquettes. The first course was a beet dish, in this case roasted, with house-made ricotta cheese, emerald crystal lettuce, oyster mushrooms under a champagne vinaigrette with pumpernickel bread.
The second course was asparagus soup with dungeness crab and some cheese custard. Pickled white asparagus and smoked caviar were also served.
The third course was one of the house (and Ramsay’s) specialties, Beef Wellington. This was done perfectly, both the beef and the pastry, served with glazed root vegetables and a potato puree.
Dessert was a tropical panna cotta, with coconut panna cotta and some mango passion sorbet. This was served with berry consume, mint and fruit.
Was it worth it? This whole expensive dinner was $125 per person plus an additional $65 each for the wine pairing. Wines were a Perrier-Jouet brut champagne, then a Spanish Rias Baixas, then a German Veltliner, a Napa cab and a Piedmontese Moscato with dessert. The grand total, with tip, was about $475 and the opportunity to spend a wonderful evening with my son was priceless.