Joel Robüchon at the Mansion
There are diners who make solo pilgrimages to this temple of gastronomy at the Mansion at MGM Grand simply to indulge in the 16-course degustation menu. If this is your plan, a warning: do not schedule anything else for that night. (I once enjoyed this very dinner with a dining companion who so overindulged she fell asleep in the banquette opposite me.) And avoid snacking beforehand, because those courses are bookended by one of the world’s supreme bread carts and one of the its most delightful mignardise carts. Between them, you’ll enjoy perfectly executed dishes like truffle langoustine ravioli, Robüchon’s legendary mashed potatoes, green-pea cream with fresh mint and bacon, and a transcendent roasted duck with foie gras and cherries.