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English-Themed: Gordon Ramsay Steak and Beatles: LOVE

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

This was true birthday love! Leslie and I made reservations for Gordon Ramsay Steak at the Paris the first night we were in Vegas...and she treated me as part of my birthday celebration! How sweet is that!?!


We knew we wanted to do one big steakhouse during our stay in Las Vegas. Among the ones we considered were Tom Collichio's Craft Steak, Mario Batali's Carnevino, SW Steakhouse...but the one we settled on was Gordon Ramsay Steak

It was the right decision. 

Oooh before I forget: I'm wearing my favorite RL dress and my tall strappy Frye sandals thinking that everyone there will be dressed to some probably unwritten but understood code, but everywhere we went, with maybe the exception of Nobu, there were people dining in shorts and tees. We didn't let it dial down what we planned to wear for the rest of the trip, but we could have been completely slouchy and no one would have thought anything. Still, we were two girls living it up, so we tried to keep things really cute! 

Here we go!
Gordon Ramsay Steak, Paris Casino, Las Vegas NV

Our banquette was upstairs, and this was our view of the ceiling installation. The neon tubes are a representation of Gordon Ramsay's hand movements as he makes a beef wellington.
Gordon Ramsay Steak, Paris Casino, Las Vegas NV

Gordon Ramsay Steak, Paris Casino, Las Vegas NV

An iPad listed the signature cocktails (the HK Antioxident, with Veev Acai Liquer, lemon, and blueberries was smooth and fresh), and almost everything else was listed in the hardbound menu.
Gordon Ramsay Steak, Paris Casino, Las Vegas NV

Gordon Ramsay Steak, Paris Casino, Las Vegas NV

While considering the menu, our head waiter brought over the selection of meats (it may be hard to decipher exactly how this is set up, but atop each placement is a mirror so that one may view the marbling of each cut from above as well). The funny part is that as he got done making his presentation, he asked us if we wanted to take a picture. When I asked him about it, he said, "everybody wants to take a picture of this!".
Gordon Ramsay Steak, Paris Casino, Las Vegas NV

He especially tried to interest us in the tasting menu, but as both of us would have to order it and Leslie didn't care for a couple of the dishes, we passed. One thing that I found a bit cheesy but, well, cheesy in a sweet way, was that those ordering the tasting menu got to keep the signed photograph of the chef:
Gordon Ramsay Steak, Paris Casino, Las Vegas NV

That's Leslie on the left, and me on the right...and heh, realizing just now I wore those sunglasses the whole time we were at the restaurant.
Leslie (L) and Ginger (R)

Chef Ramsay, we're not going to take your picture home with us, but we did want to include you.
Leslie (L), Ginger (R), and Right in the Middle: Gordon Ramsay!  :)

We knew we were having a big supper so we passed entirely on appetizers. You can imagine, though, this bread plate was devoured.
Bread, Gordon Ramsay Steak, Paris Casino, Las Vegas NV

Leslie's beef short ribs -- red wine braised, with potato puree and wild mushrooms:
Gordon Ramsay Steak, Paris Casino, Las Vegas NV

*Of course* I had to have the beef wellington. Not sure how big this comes across here, but it's big. I had half. Know how people say they ate a steak that was 'like butter'? This was like butter. It was the most tender piece of steak I have ever had. The mushrooms were delectable. And the pastry was soft on the inside and flaky on the outside. Perfect in every way. I want this for supper every night.
Beef Wellington, Gordon Ramsay Steak, Paris Casino, Las Vegas NV

Gordon Ramsay Steak, Paris Casino, Las Vegas NV

And it may seem odd, but we completely should have passed on ordering sides. With the vegetables and starches that came on our plates, there was no need for the macaroni and cheese (blue, cheddar, parmesan, truffle, english peas) or the ginger-glazed shiitakes (with scallions and crispy shallots).
Gordon Ramsay Steak, Paris Casino, Las Vegas NV

But THIS. I read English magazines -- delicious., BBC Good Food, and others, but I have never made or had a real sticky toffee pudding. And where better? Sweet pudding cake, brown sugar toffee, brown butter ice cream. It was so soft and so warm and so comforting. Just the perfect amount of sweet. Yes forever.
Gordon Ramsay Steak, Paris Casino, Las Vegas NV

When Av and I go to Las Vegas, this is the first place we're going. It will make him endlessly happy.

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After our just completely amazing supper, Leslie and I headed over to the Mirage for the Cirque du Soleil show, Beatles LOVE. I have an appreciation for the Beatles and have been to a handful of Cirque shows, but this was a thousand times better than imagined. No pics are allowed inside the theatre, but this is the walkway in:

Cirque du Soleil Beatles Love Show, Mirage Casino, Las Vegas NV

Our reserved seats were not great, but we ran into the nicest usher! As we went to the section our seats were to be in, the usher explained that they were closing that part of the theater and since he liked Leslie and me so much, he gave us ***front row seats***!  Wow!! We made friends with the nice family in seats next to us, the show was far beyond my (already pretty high) expectations, and the performance for 'Here Comes the Sun' was so pretty I thought I might cry. It was just crazy fun. A perfect, perfect, magical night! 

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