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GOURMET WITH A TWIST
As the seasons change, so does the menu at Twist by Pierre Gagnaire, the only restaurant in the U.S. where diners can enjoy the French celebrity chef’s cuisine. The restaurant, located inside the Mandarin Oriental hotel, showcases the best local American products as well as specialty ingredients from Europe and Japan.
Twist’s menus offer unique combinations of textures, flavors and ingredients. One highly recommended dish is Chef Gagnaire’s famous foie gras, part of a two-course meal for $85 or a three-course meal for $110. Due to the delicacy’s ban in California and other cities, some diners make the trip to Las Vegas solely for this dish.
Located on the 23rd floor, the dining room provides the perfect backdrop for Twist’s ground-breaking menu of classic French cuisine with a contemporary edge. Featuring floor-to-ceiling windows and a dramatic glass staircase leading up to a suspended wine loft, the restaurant’s most striking feature is arguably its lighting, which incorporates more than 300 gold globes designed to look as if they’re floating across the ceiling. Cracked plaster art walls resemble broken eggshells and a dark plum-colored custom carpet with cool gray undulating lines reinforces the patterns of the broken eggshells.
During MAGIC, Chef Gagnaire will be at Twist offering the Taste of the Continents menu, available from Aug. 19 to 26. It will feature entrees from his London, Tokyo and Paris restaurants. Guests may indulge in Tokyo’s pan-seared dorade filet in chili-spiced butter, Paris’ traditional steak au poivre, London’s free-range chicken breast grilled-on-the-bone en crapaudine, and more within the eight-course menu, which, at $325, includes wine pairings.
Wine director Will Costello has chosen vintages of 1996, 2002 and 2005, each year corresponding to the years in which Gagnaire’s restaurants opened in Paris, London, and Tokyo. The wines come from the U.S., France, Australia, Italy, Germany and a few other countries.
Twist by Pierre Gagnaire
3752 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.