Gagnaire’s Twist Offers Exceptional French Fusion Cuisine in Las Vegas

Chef Pierre Gagnaire’s only U.S. restaurant is in The Mandarin Oriental
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Twist’s presentation of each dish is immaculate.

High above the Las Vegas strip on the 23rd floor of the elegant Mandarin Oriental is the only place in the country to experience the exquisite cuisine of renowned chef Pierre Gagnaire.

Guests enter Twist through a corridor of suspended paper butterflies. Above the 60-seat dining room are over three hundred illuminated spears housed within an Adam Tihany grey, silver, and purple color scheme. Twenty-foot windows offer a stunning view of the Las Vegas strip on one side with a dramatic suspended wine loft and glass staircase, and a glimpse of the busy kitchen on the other.

The French fusion menu offers guests an opportunity to select dishes or try the set tasting menus of four or five courses. Diners can also choose to savor the Discover Wine Pairing with the tasting menus.

The current tasting menu features lobster fricassée with kaffir lime and enoki, carnaroli risotto with pine nuts and artichoke hearts, roasted foie gras with a coffee and chestnut veloute, Wagyu beef with arugula purée and Italian summer truffle, and the grand dessert of five different dishes, some of which are a coffee parfait, honey orange gelée, and chocolate gateau.

In addition to the exceptional quality of the food and masterful cooking of chef de cuisine Ryuki Kawasaki, the tranquil and elegant atmosphere, and outstanding service from general manager Matthias and his staff, the presentation of the dishes is immaculate. Each comes served on a differently shaped plate to best complement the course. The attention to detail for placement of the sauces and garnishes is impeccable.

Although the $155 per person price tag for the five-course tasting menu is a splurge for many, Twist offers some of the best cuisine in the city and is well worth the price.

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