Big jackpots, all-night clubs, and flashy shows aren’t the only draw at the luxury casinos. From Las Vegas to Monaco or San Juan, master chefs have opened and operated restaurants in casinos around the world.
The Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas
With dishes like Asian duck tacos, chef José Andrés creates new Las Vegas spot – China Poblano. Andrés also serves traditional Spanish tapas and paella that is cooked over a large wood-burning grill at Jaleo (also in the hotel). The hotel have several great restaurants such as Scott Conant’s Scarpetta, Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill, and David Myers’s Comme Ça.
Bellagio, Las Vegas
There are real Picassos hanging throughout the Picasso restaurant, overlooking the widely-known Bellagio fountain. Master chef Julian Serrano takes inspiration from the Spanish and French regions where the legendary painter once lived for dishes such as pan-seared scallops with potato mousse line. The hotel-casino is also home to chef-restaurateur Michael Mina’s eponymous seafood.
Under the direction of master chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, the kitchen at Café Martinique offers delicious updates of retro dishes such as lobster thermidor and coq au vin. It is also impressive with the wine list of 31 Champagnes. Café Martinique even made a cameo in the James Bond film Thunderball in the 1960s.
Monte Carlo Resort, Monaco
Monte Carlo Resort is a huge resort including two deluxe hotels, five casinos, two palaces, and more than 30 bars and restaurants. Inside the stunning Hôtel de Paris is the superstar chef’s flagship restaurant Le Louis XV-Alain Ducasse, which serves Mediterranean-influenced dishes such as marjoram-studded sea bass and baby lamb roasted in a fireplace with Espelette pepper.
Condado Plaza Hotel & Hotel, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Wilo Benet, a famous Puerto Rican chef, describes his cooking as a global mix cuisine, combining traditional Puerto Rican ingredients with Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Italian, French, Spanish, and Arab influences. Recently, he moved his flagship restaurant, Pikayo, from a museum to inside the Condado Plaza Hotel & Hotel.