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On a (somewhat) cold night in Las Vegas, we headed to Gordon Ramsay's Pub and Grill at Caesars Palace for comfort food and drinks to warm us back up. But we totally forgot something. This is Las Vegas. This is Caesars Palace. This is right across from the Colosseum, the safe house for divas such as Celine, Elton and Shania.
Indeed, as we ambled across the casino floor towards the pub, our hope for a chummy British pub atmosphere was promptly dashed. Instead, we had to queue up in a line just to let the one of the three hostesses know we were there for a 6:45pm reservation. While we waited we were in awe of three things: one, how many barrels of kegs there were suspended from the ceiling; two, how many other folks were waiting for a table and three; the skintight, newspaper-print mini-dresses the hostesses were wearing.
These were topped off with dog collar necklaces featuring small padlocks and keys. We later noticed the servers and bussers also had funky uniforms, consisting of vests and scary looking straps. Definitely not pub gear.
It took a few more minutes but eventually, one of the girls seated us at a table for two along the casino floor. Here's where things start to improve.
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Coming in 2013 -- Gordon Ramsay Pizzeria to Bally's? Gordon Ramsay Italiano to The Linq? We'll just have to wait and see after 2012 brought us a steakhouse, pub and burger bar all by the loud-mouthed chef. The last two opening just within the last week.
Gordon Ramsay Steak was an instant hit; so much that the hungry are still finding it hard to book a table, even though it opened at Paris back in May. Now, Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill at Caesars Palace and Gordon Ramsay BurGR at Planet Hollywood have expanded the chef's Vegas dominance.
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With all the recent catastrophes and tragedies that have happened recently, the folks who think the world is ending on December 21 suddenly don't seem AS crazy anymore. Still mostly crazy, but just not as much.
Yet we're gonna keep on believing that life as we know it will continue. (If we're wrong, it won't matter, anyways!) So here are Five New Places to Try in Vegas seeing as how the world hasn't ended yet:
· Bubba Gump Shrimp: Forest Gump may have been stupid man but at least he knew well enough to open his shrimp shack before the world ended. The joint, which officially opened on the 15th in Harmon Corner, is serving shrimp and more from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Sundays through Thursdays and until 2 a.m. on the weekends.
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If you're having a hard time getting through to Gordon Ramsay Steak inside Paris, you'll soon have two other restaurants by the celebrity chef to try your luck at. But, if the wild success of GRS is any indicator, guests should be prepared to work just as hard to get into both of these new venues.
Caesars Entertainment says Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill will open first in one week on December 18. Found inside Caesars Palace, the pub will only serve dinner until sometime in January when lunch service will be added.
The Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill will open across from The Colosseum, taking over the space currently occupied by Bradley Ogden. (BO's will close for good on August 5.)
The Hell's Pub, er, Gordon Ramsay Pub will feature British pub fare such as bangers and mash and fish and chips and a London broil as well as a wide selection of craft and microbrews from around the word. Beer guzzlers will be able to choose from about 40 on tap. The kegs are set to be a major part of the decor.
In a joint press release put out by Caesars and the Lark Restaurant Group, which runs the resto, the chef had nothing but kind words to say of the departure:
“We are grateful for our 10-year association with the team at Caesars Palace. From the planning and design phase, to honors and awards from the nation’s top critics, the restaurant has been a true labor of love for Jody Ogden, our son Chef Bryan Ogden, and me.
That was followed up by another generous quote, this time from Gary Selesner, regional president of Caesars Palace who said:
It is impossible to underestimate the impact Bradley Ogden restaurant has had on the dining landscape at Caesars Palace. It has won countless awards and has served our guests and Caesars Palace well for all these years and launched many culinary careers.
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Friday marked the sixth annual Vegas Uncork'd Grand Tasting at the Garden of the Gods. The signature event sold out for the first time this year as 2,500 hungry foodies sampled their way through the offerings of over 50 chefs. VegasChatter may not have hit each and every station but we came pretty damn close in an effort to collate, count, and confirm the votes for 2012's Grand Tasting Awards.
Not surprisingly all lenses turned toward Gordon Ramsay when he entered the Garden of the Gods. Mr. Ramsay most certainly wins this year's paparazzi award and VegasChatter wasn't immune from the trend.
Ramsay may have been the most snapped celeb chef, but from our observations the most "can I get a picture with you" requests were aimed at the always adorable and approachable Hubert Keller.
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Moments before Chef Gordon Ramsay arrived to meet a press pack in his new Paris casino restaurant, there was a palpable wave of excited anticipation. For a known phenomena in the culinary and showbiz world, this was an unknown situation.
How bold, brash or forceful would Gordon Ramsay crash into this very crowded and very competitive dining arena? He choose to arrive as himself, talk with passion and won us over. It was masterpiece of publicity theater. But, also a genuine insight into the combination of pure charisma and calculated persona that creates a brand. And, a brand that sells.
He's a double digit Michelin Star chef, but with a familiarity that reaches to the flip-flop crowd steps away from his kitchen. His tutelage under Vegas neighbors Guy Savoy and Joël Robuchon could have prompted a push to a restaurant of light subtlety and finesse, but we arrived into an immersive environment of steel, reds and branded Gordon all around us. And there, in front of us, the real brash, free talking and highly opinionated Ramsay. But, with a frequent humbleness in his vocal admiration for his past mentors and peers. He had something to prove to the culinary profession. And, to prove something to himself. It was evident that Las Vegas needed to be conquered by Gordon. And, he has come in strong.
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To be honest, this makes us feel old. Please forgive our "get off my lawn" moment while we reflect on recent dining experiences on the Vegas Strip. This isn't meant as a rant, but more of a heads up and warning to prepare you for future trips.
Eating on The Strip is damn expensive!
In the past couple of weeks, we've eaten $20 burgers at both Public House and Central. We've paid $20 for fried rice at China Poblano and we've seen nachos at Carlos'n Charlie's between $15 and $20. Nachos! Seriously?!
The official opening is this Friday, May 11 but if you're in town now, a call to the hotel confirms that Gordon Ramsay Steak inside the Paris is already welcoming the general public. (It opens at 5 p.m. and is located right off the casino floor if you want to know specifics.)
Pulse of Vegas blog gave us a first look at the restaurant's gorgeous
tartare red interior a few days ago as well as some yummy food shots. But, VegasChatter's Richard Lane scored our exclusive on just how much that prime beef will cost you. (And, by scored, we mean walked by the digital menu and snapped a shot, but an exclusive is an exclusive.)
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When we were predicting the ins and outs of dining in Las Vegas for the year ahead, we didn't see anywhere near this many pizzas in our wood-fired ovens. Just as with candy shops and steakhouses, it seems like there can never be enough pizza joints in Vegas now, either.
On a stroll through the
basement lower-level of MGM Grand (the place that used to be called Star Lane but is now evolving to something more.. we'll explore that next week), we discovered a construction wall for Project Pie -- A Kustom Pizzeria. The "k" is theirs. We fear a Kardashian konnection. First pizza, next the world mayorship? Ok, there's probably not a Kardashian angle. (We hope.) A Google found a Foursquare location for another Project Pie in Jersey with the recommendation, "Try the pie yo its bangin' holmes." There's a connection we can dig.
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@JoeyHambidge: Which hotel is the new Vegas restaurant in? Will it be open by September when I'm back there? PARIS opens this MAY— Gordon Ramsay (@GordonRamsay01) March 29, 2012