British celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay has officially invaded Las Vegas with the opening of his two latest concepts, Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill at Caesars Palace and Gordon Ramsay BurGR at Planet Hollywood.
The two new restaurants, which opened within a week of each other in December, join Ramsay’s first Vegas venture, Gordon Ramsay Steak at Paris Las Vegas.
Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill serves traditional pub food and British favorites and is basically two restaurants in one. The pub section of the restaurant features a lively bar atmosphere with plenty of TV screens to catch all of the latest sports action. There are 24 beers on tap, plus another 63 bottled beers to choose from.
The pub menu is served nightly from 3 p.m. – close and features pub food that pairs well with the brews. The menu includes snacks like Scotch eggs, pork duck rillettes and pub spot – a British version of a slider – as well as main courses of shepherd’s pie and the classic Yorkshire Ale batter fish and chips.
A wall made from 175 kegs separates rooms in Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill, while artwork pays tribute to English landmarks like the Tower of London, St. Paul’s and Big Ben. The centerpiece is a striking bar showcasing beer taps in front of a backdrop inspired by traditional British red telephone booths.
The grill section of the restaurant features a more relaxed setting and the menu is served nightly from 5 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Start your dinner with the warm salty pretzels, which are baked with bacon inside and served with a cheese spread made with a touch of horseradish. Other appetizers include a shrimp salad, lamb riblettes and soups. The English ale onion soup is topped with a Welsh rarebit crouton and is an amazing twist on traditional French onion soup.
Main dishes include a variety of seafood options. Don’t miss the sauteed Scottish salmon, served with bacon-braised cabbage, forest mushrooms, lemon cream and garlic chips. The braised pork belly roll is another menu standout, served with English pea puree, cipollini onion, baby carrots and mustard sauce.
Be sure to save room for dessert. British favorites like sticky toffee pudding and spotted dog are on the menu. Other options include a scrumptious butterscotch pot de creme and a peanut butter and jelly cobbler made with blackberry and peanut-oat crumble.
Be sure to check out the staff uniforms, which are inspired by the English punk scene and are designed by Allison Leach, who has designed for “Glee” and “Mad Men.” The standout is the hostess uniform, which is made from a newsprint material covered with fictitious articles.
The Pub & Grill is open at Caesars Palace Sunday – Thursday, 11 a.m. – midnight; Friday – Saturday, 11 a.m. – 2 a.m. Lunch is served from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. and dinner is served from 3 p.m. – close.
Gordon Ramsay BurGR at Planet Hollywood is Ramsay’s first burger restaurant and it takes traditional comfort food to a whole new level.
Appetizers include Ramsay’s take on things like chicken wings. The “Fury Wings” are four spicy blue cheese wings and four honey-wasabi wings. An order of jalapeno poppers is served with a cheddar bacon ranch dressing in individual shot glasses. Beware – one of the peppers in the order is an extra spicy surprise with the seeds still in it – you won’t know which one it is until you bite into it.
Burgers are, of course, the star of the menu here and they are intensely flavorful, cooked over an open flame fueled by hard woods. The burgers are made with cuts of short rib, brisket and chuck and basted in Devonshire butter, which adds to rich taste. Burgers are served on milk-based brioche buns, made fresh daily and topped with sesame seeds.
There are several options available including the Euro Burger, topped with truffle aioli, goat cheese, arugula and oven roasted tomato. The Chanterelle burger features chanterelle mushrooms, arugula and figgy onion jam. If spice is your thing, try the Hell’s Kitchen Burger, made with asadero cheese, roasted jalapenos, avocado and roasted tomato.
For those who don’t eat meat, a vegetarian Earth Burger is available, made with grilled Portobello mushroom, fontina cheese, arugula and roasted tomato.
There are three types of fries to accompany the burgers – regular, served with chipotle ketchup and curry ketchup; truffle Parmesan, served with truffle aioli; and sweet potato fries, topped with vanilla powdered sugar and served with a honey jalapeno mayo.
The menu also features all-natural beef Devil Dawgs, Ramsay’s take on foot-long hot dogs.
Desserts are definitely worth saving room for. There are five different shake options, but these are not traditional shakes – they are all topped with rich pudding and a cookie. Try Shake # 5 – a coffee shake with chocolate hazelnut pudding and a praline cookie.
For a smaller dessert option, the sticky toffee pudding push-up pops are a great way to indulge your sweet tooth. Each order comes with two and they are just like the ice cream push pops you remember from childhood, but with some very grown-up flavors. The pop is made with salted peanut ice cream and layers of sticky toffee pudding cake. It’s just the right portion size and a perfect way to end the meal.
BurGR is open Sunday – Thursday, 11 a.m. – midnight and Friday – Saturday, 11 a.m. – 2 a.m.