Best. Meal. Ever.

Illustration by Cierra Pedro

Illustration by Cierra Pedro

When you’re a food writer, the whole world is your buffet. Here’s what critic Al Mancini would like on his plate.

Amuse-Bouche

Le Caviar (tiny dots of osetra caviar over king crab and crustacean gelée), Joël Robuchon in MGM Grand, complimentary with dinner.

Bread

Bread cart, Guy Savoy in Caesars Palace, complimentary with dinner.

Appetizer

Foie gras custard brûlée, Sage in Aria, $27.

Soup

Artichoke and black truffle soup with toasted mushroom brioche and black truffle butter, Guy Savoy in Caesars Palace, $75.

Salad

Tableside Caesar, Hugo’s Cellar in the Four Queens, $19.

Fish Course

Paupiette of black bass, Le Cirque in Bellagio, $49.

Meat Course

Riserva ribeye (dry aged 180-240 days), Carnevino in the Palazzo, $115 per inch.

Side Dish

Mashed potatoes, Joël Robuchon in MGM Grand, complimentary with dinner.

Dessert

Salted caramel budino with pretzel toffee, D.O.C.G. in the Cosmopolitan, $11.

After-Dinner Cocktails

Sochi-style absinthe at Fleur by Hubert Keller (in Mandalay Bay, $20-$30) and a Cable Car, anywhere Tony Abou-Ganim is making them for whatever he’s charging.