Gluten Free Restaurant, Bellagio Fountains Las Vegas
Prime Steakhouse is a beautiful lakeside restaurant with prime positioning overlooking Las Vegas’ most iconic Bellagio fountains. The restaurant is located in Bellagio Hotel and Casino on the strip, although Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten has many other restaurants both inside and outside of the United States.
This was my first time dining here and I was pleasantly surprised to find that the restaurant was nothing like I’d imagined. I envisaged it to be quite dark with a traditional steakhouse vibe. Instead it was light, decadent and airy, and had a wonderful atmosphere. I guess you could say that this ‘best of French’ restaurant was the joie de vivre. Which pairs wonderfully well with Chef Jean-Georges’ motto.
I think the role of a chef, is not just to cook, but to create cravings.
As we were shown to our seats I noticed that the restaurant was deceptively large. With a handsomely designed dining room by Michael DeSantis, dressed in deep chocolate brown and delicate Tiffany blue. The draped curtains adding a little more privacy to the tables. Anil, our waiter for the evening, was extremely attentive and the staff as a whole were very knowledgeable, particularly when it came to gluten.
The menu was large and I wanted to find out exactly what was gluten free, I figured that a lot of things sounded ‘gluteny’ so I would be rather limited in my choices. Oh how wrong I could be! Although a lot of the food (the starters in particular) included gluten, they were more than happy to substitute ingredients here and there to ensure that the food would be gluten free (and tasty).
The most impressive part was when I asked whether or not the chips were gluten free, to be informed that they were gluten free but they were cooked in the same oil as gluten containing items. This is the first time this has ever happened to me. Amazing, I know! I’m not sure about you, but from my previous experience I’ve found that most wait staff aren’t aware of this cross-contamination issue and have to check with the chef. But this was not the case at Prime Steakhouse.
I opted for the roasted sea scallops to start (divine) and the rib eye steak with béarnaise sauce, mashed potato and spinach for my main. The steak was beautifully cooked and extremely tasty, even the Portobello mushroom was amazing (I’m not sure what they had done to it but this by far was the tastiest mushroom I’ve ever had). And for dessert? How could I order anything other than the strawberries and cream, which came directly from a strawberry farm in Hampshire, UK.
Any complaints? Absolutely not, but if I wanted to be really pernickety I would say that the gluten free bread wasn’t the best that I’ve ever tasted. But then again, who goes to a restaurant to eat gluten free bread anyway? Overall, I’d definitely recommend this restaurant.
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