Craft Steak MGM Grand Las Vegas – delectable beefy heaven

Craft Steak Las Vegas was launched in 2002 and it quickly became a beef lovers heaven with ‘James Beard award-winning’ chef Tom Colicchio Craftsteak at the stove, they have received a AAA Four Diamond rating, 3 Stars from Forbes and Best of Award of Excellence by Wine Spectator magazine. The venue is adorned with leather, dark wood, dimly lit lights and a bar dripping with spectacular whisky, brandy and rare bourbons. Come dapper as the venue deserves it. The menu is all about bringing the best out of the ingredients, using simple but effective ways to bring out their inherent flavours.

Our waiter was a gent, passionate about what he was doing and knew the menu like the back of his hand. 

The pinot noir was the start of the proceedings. 

Every meal is just a like a good story, the beginning needs to pull you in and grab your attention – for any meal the hook has to be the bread and the park house rolls here were definitely inhale worthy. 

22oz T-Bone Dry aged RR Ranch $58 – it was gorgeous, the best of both worlds and it was lubricated with hair raisingly good pan juice.

10oz Filet Mignon $120 od domestic Wagyu. I had a slice and without being too cliché it was melt in the mouth, I savoured the moment! 

10oz Filet Mignon RR Ranch $58. 

18oz Ribeye dry aged RR Ranch without the bone $58.  

16oz N.Y.Strip, dry aged prime, bone in $62 was what I ordered. From the moment I laid on eyes on it, I fell in love. The smell was outrageous when it arrived at the table. It was unquestionably one of the best steaks I’ve ever eaten, it had everything, texture, taste and technique. Oh and that dribble-worthy, intensely satisfying umami pan juice was sublime. 

Cooked to a perfect mid-rare as you can see from the cross section. 

French fries, smoked paprika, sherry vinegar $14 came piping hot with crispy edges, fluffy centres, all enhanced by the seasonings.  

Baby spinach, garlic oil $14 was the perfect little mound of iron. Popeye would have been proud. 

Potato purée made with Yukon gold spuds $14 were a velvety smooth, hip sticking pot of eating pleasure. 

One of my favourites of the sides was the roasted asparagus with lemon zest $15. Grilling intensified the sweet nuttiness of the asparagus as did the sharpness of the lemon, I practically ate the lot to myself. 

Risotto with roasted peppers and prosciutto $15 was a meal in itself but it was cooked wonderfully nonetheless, a mere mouthful was all I could summon.

Brusells Sprouts fully hot-rodded with hunks of bacon and Bordelaise (red wine, butter, bone marrow and shallots). The dish was so easy to eat, obviously nothing to do with the caramelised edges of the sprouts bringing on the flavour!

A melange of mushrooms from Shiitake, Hen of the Woods, French Horn and White Beech $25 were glorious umami laden treasures from the forest. They were easily one of the most memorable shroom dishes I’ve had.     

And why shouldn’t you have a shot of palate cleansing limoncello to finish to meal off? 

The verdict:

When did I go? January 2016
The damage: Expect to pay $150-$175+ with wine (£110-£130+) per head
The good: It was hard to fault Craftsteak, it was a steak experience that really inspires. The NY Strip, asparagus, sprouts and monkey bread are absolute musts. I have been harbouring a strong desire to go back ever since!
The bad: There isn’t one in London!
Rating: 4.5/5
Would I go again? If I could, I’d fly over in a heartbeat!
Address: 3799 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109702.891.7318
Phone: +1 702.891.7318


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