Prodigious -- that's Twist by Pierre Gagnaire.
Three Michelin Star Chef Gagnaire excites the palate at this fine dining restaurant located off the 23rd floor hotel lobby at Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas. A gastronomic triumph, the restaurant exceeds expectations in both service and cuisine, offering a righteous marriage of traditional French cooking methods with a signature modern Gagnaire twist.
The dining room features a view of the Las Vegas Strip through floor-to-ceiling glass windows. Small glass bulbs float throughout the dining room like an effervescent glass of Champagne. A staircase in the front of the restaurant leads to the second-story wine cellar. From the dining room, guests can peek into the cellar, lined with glass windows. The extensive wine book is almost as impressive as the cuisine.
The décor, though perfectly acceptable, isn't overly ostentatious. In fact, it's just enough. At Twist, the main attraction is the food.
The courses come two and three dishes deep. Each dish complements the other, so the set of dishes together works in Vienna Boys Choir-like harmony.
Though the menu changes, courses can include intoxicating dishes like a ménage à trois of scallops, roasted, served with seaweed and carpaccio with beet puree. Each, completely different in flavor and texture, work together in symphonic perfection.
A truly phenomenal dessert presentation is not to be missed. This Grand Tasting presentation includes a series of five seasonal desserts that sail you through a series of flavors and textures. The desserts may include tantalizing notes like peppered mozzarella ice cream and crispy tomato skin or a duo of coffee tartlette and milk chocolate and pistachio glacée. The desserts depict Gagnaire's range of creativity and never cease to surprise.
Twist offers guests a place to dine that exceeds expectations and surprises even the most experienced food connoisseurs. Bringing his classical French roots and modern spin on cuisine, Gagnaire creates a dining experience unique to the luxury hotel.
-- Review by Nikki Neu