It’s been nearly four years since the first reports of a Gordon Ramsay fish-and-chips outlet began to circulate. But the delays ended last month when the spot finally opened at the Linq.
Chef Gordon Ramsay personally showed up on October 7 to cut a Union Jack ribbon and officially open the British phone booth-style doors to Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips. And a sizable crowd of his fans was there to greet him. One woman who reported skipping her convention that morning so she and her husband could secure a good spot several hours in advance was rewarded for her devotion with a free meal.
The restaurant is actually quite small, especially compared to the celebrity chef’s three existing Las Vegas restaurants — Gordon Ramsay Steak, Gordon Ramsay BurGR and Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill. It’s a grab-and-go concept where the meals already come in takeaway boxes, with limited seating both inside and out. The red and blue interior walls are adorned with neon signs, a chalkboard menu and TVs. Seating on the narrow patio—which is decorated with a fire hydrant and a giant suspended fish, each emblazoned with the British flag—is confined to a small counter on the rail.
It’s easy to skimp at a chippy. But Ramsay has clearly put considerable thought into how to distinguish his offerings from the generic fried seafood and other fare that are so widely available. His sustainable Alaskan true cod is seasoned in curry batter. Fried shrimp are flavored with basil and a surprisingly delicate hint of lavender. And his take on the very non-British corn dog is made with New York sausage and Fontina cheese enrobed in batter. Even the hand-cut fries (or “chips”) show far more attention to detail than you’ll get at any American fast-food joint. You can get them plain with sea salt or in one of three “dirty” styles: with truffle, Parmesan and chives; chipotle, jalapeño and crisp chorizo; or cacciatore spices and fresh basil. For condiments, the celebrity chef offers not only traditional tartar sauce and Sarson’s brand malt vinegar, but also a wide variety of more creative dipping sauces such as sriracha aioli and an amazing sweet-hot mango curry.
The rest of the limited menu is equally enticing. Ramsay typically interprets his beloved sticky toffee pudding into distinct desserts for each of his restaurants. Here, it comes in the form of a shake. If that’s not for you, try a Biscoff cookie shake, one of the assorted lemonade flavors or something from the beer and wine selection. And if you save room for dessert, check out the toffees and brittles.
Ramsay and his staff have already demonstrated their ability to provide amazing food in this town. The dishes he served during his Las Vegas visit showed both effort and commitment. The batters—which the chef attributes to his mother’s recipes—are simultaneously light as a feather and crispy enough to snap as you bite into them.
Keys to Success
Of course, when Ramsay is in the house, you know everyone brings their A game. The trick will be keeping it up now that the star has left the building, which can be tough in a high-volume casual restaurant. And given Ramsay’s almost unprecedented fame, the new spot will likely draw huge crowds. Assuming the wait isn’t untenably long, this restaurant deserves a visit the next time you’re on the Strip. If it’s your first time, try the chicken, fish and shrimp sampler platter, which Ramsay christened “the G-Spot” during his visit, despite the fact that Caesars brass reportedly hadn’t signed off on the risqué title. It’s a nice introduction to what might soon rival the High Roller as The Linq’s hottest attraction.
Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips
The Linq Promenade, GordonRamsayRestaurants.com. Open for lunch and dinner from 11 a.m. daily. Dinner for two, $30-$50.
Not to Be Missed
- “G-Spot” Sampler, $15
- Sticky Toffee Pudding Shake, $9
- Curry & Mango Sauce (included with meal)
A Sip to Go With
Orange & Vanilla Lemonade, $4