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SAGE: Signature Menu, Aria Las Vegas – Reasonably Priced + Unique Beer Pairing

  • AAA Four Diamond Award Restaurant by the James Beard Foundation Award-winning Chef Shawn McClain
  • Located in the Aria Hotel and Casino, Sage provides a delicious tasting menu of Artisinal American (fusion) cuisine that I highly recommend if you are looking for a tasting menu that is more affordable than the Michelin rated restaurants in Las Vegas.
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GUY SAVOY: Seasonal Truffle Tasting Menu, Las Vegas – Memorable Birthday Dinner at the Chef’s Table

  • This post focuses on the Truffle Tasting Menu. My reviews on the Innovations-Inspiration Menu, and the Signature Menu are also available.
  • Forbes Travel Five Star Award, AAA Five Diamond Award, two Michelin stars.
  • Dining at the Chef’s Table (maximum of six guests) was a great opportunity to watch all the action in the kitchen and allowed us to receive individualized attention from the talented head chef, Mathieu Chartron.
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KOJYU 銀座小十, Ginza, Tokyo – Impeccable Three Michelin Starred Kaiseki (with video)

Located in a small building in Ginza, Kojyu delivers the freshest and superb pleasures in both gustatory and visual senses. The intimate main dining room only seats eight guests, but there are additional small private dining rooms available. Guests are seated in a sushi bar style setting where they can observe the chefs. Besides owner and head chef, Toru Okuda, there were a number of other chefs specialized in preparing various dishes. For example, one chef specialized in grilling fresh ayu fish. The first thing I saw when I entered the dining room was a chef spearing live ayu fish and was grilling it to perfection for a good hour. Along with the impeccable service, the eating experience was heightened with the opportunity to watch how much detail and effort was used to create each dish.

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THE RESTAURANT AT MEADOWOOD, Napa Valley – Not a Fan of the Healthy Three Michelin Star Tasting Menu

Having tried the only two restaurants in Napa Valley with three Michelin stars, I recommend The French Laundry over The Restaurant at Meadowood (read about The French Laundry here). I have to say The Restaurant has one of the healthiest tasting menus I have eaten. The service is undoubtedly top notch, but I was expecting more exotic or high end ingredients for the price of the tasting menu. On the other hand, The Restaurant does have very innovative dishes and great food photography opportunities. Also, the ingredients are very fresh and of top quality. Most of the ingredients are grown locally at Meadowood’s farm. As a bonus, I was also invited to tour their beautiful kitchen and meet head chef, Christopher Kostow.

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THE FRENCH LAUNDRY, Napa Valley – A Tasting Menu Worth Three Michelin Stars

Despite the difficulty in making reservations, I recommend the French Laundry for its carefully crafted courses and detailed service. The French Laundry and The Restaurant at Meadowood (read it here) are the only two restaurants with three Michelin stars ratings, but the French Laundry appealed to my tastes more. Having also dined at Per Se, also by Thomas Keller, I must say that the French Laundry provides a better experience in both food and service.  The three hour dinner (though my friends have experience five hours) is a relaxing experience that is also full of pleasant surprises. Dining in the two story restaurant (which was once used for French steam laundry) provides an intimate feeling along with the impeccable service. The menu changes according to that day’s freshest ingredients. Its daily menu is posted on its official website.

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