We bumped into Ramsay at last year's Vegas Uncork'd. Literally as he darted through the crowd in an attempt to get from point A to point B
without being noticed in the fastest amount of time possible. His booth drew a big crowd with fans anxious to get a shot of both the TV chef and his signature Beef Wellington. We managed to get our hands on one of those samples and honestly were not impressed. It was dry and tough leaving us with a rather disappointed taste in our mouth. On one hand serving up hundreds of small plates in this buffet-style setting minus the kitchen isn't easy. On the other, plenty of other restaurants did deliver award-worthy servings.
Still we were cautiously optimistic to take in the full
mont Ramsay restaurant experience. Like last year's visit, we found the vibe to be super cool and sexy. The curves, music (even if too loud) and gorgeous staff somehow combined for an elevated experience in a city where those characteristics are standard. While waiting in the bar area to be seated, we'd already decided if the food were remotely decent Gordon Ramsay Steak would top a list of unique dining recommendations. We'd been hypnotized by the vibe. Fortunately, the food exceeded expectations so we didn't have to reconsider.
The trio of fresh breads was once again an excellent start. When a restaurant takes this much care in choosing its bread we are always that much more anxious to see what exits the kitchen.
First up in our order was the British Ale Onion Soup: Boddington’s pub ale, caramelized onion broth and Welsh rarebit for $17. (French) Onion traditionalists may find this one a bit weird. The broth was thick and flavorful with a sweetness to it. We liked and are glad we tried it, but would likely skip it on a return trip. It's just not needed between the bread and what was to follow.
Despite our disappointed taste at Uncork'd, our waiter convinced us to go with the much ballyhooed Roasted Beef Wellington with glazed root vegetables, potato purée and red wine demi glace for one at $56. A portion for two is also on the menu ($100), but we were warned it loses some of the flavor at that size and steered to explore the menu for a second entree.
This serving was a smashing success. The beef, cooked to a perfect medium rare, was wrapped in a puff pastry that sealed flavor into every delicious bite. It was hard to imagine we had any reservations about this dish after finishing it.
We opted for a side of Gratinéed Spinach with parmesan cream ($12) that had a nice consistency both creamy lovers and sailors can enjoy.
Dinner wouldn't have been complete without trying another signature Ramsay item, the Sticky Toffee Pudding: sweet pudding cake, brown sugar toffee and brown butter ice cream ($14). This dessert exceeded expectations even more than the Beef Wellington. It's moist, rich, sticky (but not too sticky), and sweet (but not too sweet) and had us talking about it the remainder of the night. Seriously, when the Paris gift shop employee asked about our evening we got into a ten-minute discussion of the Sticky Toffee Pudding and brown butter ice cream. If the focus of this review were Just One Dish we'd be recommending a drop-in for STP.
At the risk of overdoing it, order the French press coffee with dessert that's accompanied by three chocolate-covered spoons adorned with more chocolate. Each chocolate is labeled A, B and C to keep track which is filled with Amaretto, Bailey's, and Chambord.
Overall, Gordon Ramsay Steak gets two dining thumbs up. It's pricey yet not quite as pricey as anticipated, especially if you decline the cocktails and wine from the fancy iPad menu. And, our level of service was much better than our fellow writer experienced last year. We had no fewer than four waiters -- never quite sure which was 'ours' -- but each provided superior service. For anyone looking to experience a fun unique night out paired with excellent food, Gordon Ramsay Steak is a great choice.