French cuisine has come a long way in this country since the days of tinned foie gras, cream sauce and button mushrooms, and nowhere is this progress more in evidence than the Strip, where four three-star Michelin chefs have restaurants. We’ve been lavish in our praise of Robuchon, Savoy and Ducasse, but it’s time we gave the most original and creative of our chefs his due. Pierre Gagnaire is a culinary genius, and if there’s a downside, it’s a wild imagination. But that’s usually rescued by flawless technique. How many of us, for instance, would jump at a dish called salted cod loin on sardine gelée, accompanied by mushroom cream and French beans? Yet the dish is nothing short of a revelation. Gagnaire’s magic can take a banal ingredient, such as a chicken breast, and make it into an spectacular tour de force, by means of green apple, red bell pepper, golden raisin, spinach fondue and Diable (mustard) sauce. When Twist first opened, the menu seemed out of focus. Today, chef de cuisine Ryuki Kawasaki is firmly in charge, and the food here is better than ever. One caveat: Nothing here is rote. This is food you’ve never tasted and won’t find anywhere else. In the Mandarin Oriental. 590-8888.
A Peek at Life Is Beautiful 2017
Gorillaz are coming to Las Vegas for the first time ever. 2016’s Grammy winner for best new artist, Chance the Rapper, will return. English rockers Muse will bring their dizzying live show to the streets of Downtown. And that’s just the top of an eclectic bill that features more than 70 acts, along with comedy, interactive art installations, a group art exhibit featuring the work of Mark Ryden, Tara McPherson and Shepard Fairey and much more. Last year saw more than 137,000 attendees trod the festival footprint. Who’s ready for more?
Best of the City 2016
Our seventh annual celebration of all things Las Vegas, from the best place to fix your speeding ticket to the best Bloody Mary.