Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill is one of three restaurants in Las Vegas by this Master Chef launched in the last two years.
Despite being a culinary genius and award winning chef (many times over) – these are not fancy black tie events, they are fun, friendly and welcoming eateries serving popular food cooked to its absolute best.
This huge 290 seat restaurant located at the heart of Ceasars Palace Las Vegas is billed as being “the most authentic English pub experience”…..which it is – (just with Las Vegas prices).
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It’s a shame that Ramsay doesn’t get to celebrate his talent in these restaurant, but it’s business – 10 people can afford $300 per head, 3 million can afford $30. Ramsay is no fool! This town can be brutal and kick you out in a heartbeat if you fail – there’s no sign of that at Ramsay’s growing empire.
Chef Jeremy Berlin has been selected as executive chef of the novel concept and oversees the kitchen operations. He’s one of Ramsay’s top team Executive Sous Chef who are slowly taking over the world.
The room is a mix of restaurant, sports bar with some American diner style seating. It certainly doesn’t look like an English pub and the menu far exceeds ‘pub’ style food. Who cares – it’s Gordon Ramsay!
Gordon is the master self publicist and through shows like ‘Kitchen Nightmares’ and ‘Hell’s Kitchen’, he’s built up an international brand and phenomenally successful business.
The ‘Pub & Grill’ could not be given a higher profile by Caesars being located opposite Colosseum at Caesars Palace home to Rod Stewart, Elton, Shania and Celine Dion with 4100 people passing every night.
They’re literally cueing down the hall to get it. A 60 minute wait last night during my visit. (Thank Christ I don’t have to queue).
The pub includes 36 beers served on tap in addition to another 63 bottled beers. With an eye towards dishes that pair well with beer, the pub menu includes English ale onion soup, shepherds pie, fish and chips and delicious burgers.
So, to the food….
To begin I couldn’t resist the Scotch Egg – always one of my favourites! It was perfectly cooked and came complete with a beautifully soft egg yolk – very easy to get wrong and rarely as well cooked.
I had to try the Caesar Salad (we were in his Casino after all). Gordon regularly rants about ‘the perfect Caesar’ and as usual he knows exactly what he’s talking about! Perfectly crisp salad, just the right amount of dressing and the chicken was moist and well cooked. Bingo!
Finally for appetisers the chicken lollipops – they went down very well at the table and were a massive hit, but be warned, for me WAY too hot! Spicier than a Vegas after hours Strip club………
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For the entrees it was simple – Gordon’s Beef Burger & Chicken Sandwich.
In summary they were the best they could be. Moist perfectly cooked meat on a delicious bun. Simple right?
The fries were beautifully crisp and perfectly presented…..
My only possible criticism about Gordon Ramsay Bar & Grill is the price.
All of the above with drinks totally $150 with tip. For some this is a step too far for what is effectively fine-dining fast food.
$27 dollars for fish & chips is certainly not “authentic British pub food” – however, in Ramsay’s defence this is Vegas and he’s opposite the worlds most successful theatre attracting the worlds biggest and best Stars. Good for him.
He’s built it and they’ve come! So rare to achieve in Las Vegas and only to be applauded.
If you’re not satisfied with Ramsay at Caesars you can try Gordon other restaurants at Paris Hotel & Casino as well as Planet Hollywood all offering a slightly different concept, but traditional American fayre with a Ramsay twist.
Review by Alex Belfield for Celebrity Radio recorded 15th May 2014.