3799 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, NV 89109
702 891 7318
Tucked away in a little corner of MGM grand is craftsteak, Tom Colicchio’s steak restaurant. For those not big on US reality television, Tom Colicchio is the head judge on Bravo TV’s Top Chef, a competition where some of the nation’s best up and rising chefs compete for the title of Top Chef. We’ve enjoyed the food at his casual sandwich takeaway, ‘wichcraft, when we were in NYC, and were very excited to dine at his more atas steakhouse in Las Vegas, so our reservations for dinner were made literally the day they opened (think it was a month in advance). Being such huge fans of the show, there was absolutely no chance we were going to miss out on a dinner at his restaurant.
Service is excellent at Craftsteak. The moment you sit down you’re presented with a plate of steaming hot buns with some butter, and they’re truly some of the most delicate bread rolls we’ve ever had. Knowing that we were in for a really huge meal, we had to consciously remind ourselves not to overeat on those buns, and save some space in our tiny little Asian tummies (yeah right,) for our meat feast.
We went easy on the appetizers and ordered just a portion of lobster bisque to share. Our server offered to have it divided into 2 separate bowls so we didn’t have to fight across the table for it, which was really nice of him. The bisque was awesome. It smacked you across the face with flavour, and had wonderful chunks of lobster. It was a far more refined soup than clam chowder, but still without holding back on the flavour. Great start to the meal.
The next thing that happened was just bizarre. A photographer woman came around the restaurant to every table, and offered to take photos of the diners. She basically made us do the strangest poses ever for her while she took our photos. We had to put our arms over each other in the most awkward places, and if the session had gone on a little while more she would honestly have begun to ask us to climb on top of each other and sit on the table or something like that. It was very, very strange. No table was spared from her crazy requests, and it genuinely felt like a scene from Just for Laughs. Our photos must have turned out really badly, as she didn’t come back to ask us to buy them. Hopefully they’ve been destroyed, never to see the light of day ever again.
After that baffling intermission, dinner service resumed. Our Porterhouse was brought to us, together with our sides of grilled mushrooms, sautéed spinach and Yukon gold puree. It was a lot more food than we had imagined it would be, and we wasted no time digging in. The sides were all extremely well prepared. Our favourite side dish was definitely the Yukon gold puree. Yukon gold potatoes are extremely well suited for such a preparation, and they were honestly the best potato puree we’ve ever had. It wasn’t too creamy or buttery, yet still managed to be smooth and luscious with the most amazing consistency. This is one of the things we still dream about regularly. This was totally worth its weight in gold.
The steak was also incredible. The seasoning was far more subdued in this porterhouse as compared to the other porterhouse that we had, at Hawksmoor in London, and we liked that this version showcased the meat beautifully. With this steak you get to taste the flavours and textures of the 2 different cuts of meat. On top of that, with this type of preparation in Craftsteak, you get to enjoy your steak without the distraction of too much seasoning or salt. In fact, unlike most restaurants we’ve been to in Europe, or USA, salt and pepper is absent from the table. They’re so proud of the way they prepare their food at Craftsteak that they know that you have no need to add more salt or pepper to your dish. Indeed, even though the seasoning isn’t aggressive, the wonderful natural flavours of the meat are enough to give you that party in your mouth.
There’s a very good reason why Tom Colicchio is the head judge of Top Chef – his food is well and truly in a class of its own. We loved his casual sandwich joint in NYC, and here in Las Vegas he has once again impressed us with his upscale, glamourous steakhouse. There are probably a million places to eat at in Las Vegas, but this is one place you should definitely head to. If you’ve had a really good day at the tables, you can do as the guy next to us did, and order their most expensive type of meat, some black angus steak thingy, or you can do as we did and get a porterhouse, which is large enough for 3 to share. Either way, you will most definitely enjoy the service and the food at Craftsteak as we did. Now, we so desperately want that Yukon gold puree recipe!!!