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3600 Las Vegas Blvd. S. (Flamingo Rd.) Send to Phone
Spanish-born chef Julian Serrano steadfastly masterminds this marriage of art and food.
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Picasso Restaurant Review

: At this temple of gastronomy (and veritable Picasso museum), Julian Serrano and his solid team deliver a culinary extravaganza. Maître d' Ryland Worrell has worked with Serrano since the days of Masa's in San Francisco. Setting the stage in the dining room are prized original paintings and elegantly dressed tables pushed comfortably apart. Select tables also offer views of the Bellagio's fountains, topping off the exquisite, romantic setting. Since Picasso spent much of his life in the South of France and Spain, those are the influences Spanish-born Serrano follows. What's on the plate is straightforward, but presentations are dramatic, rich in vivid and contrasting colors, as well as delicious. Diners have a choice of menus: the three-course pre-theatre (available at 5:30 p.m. for $75), the five-course vegetarian ($125), the four-course prix-fixe ($115, wine pairing is an additional $58) or the five-course dégustation ($125, wine pairing is an additional $68). Surrender to such delicacies as poached oysters, osetra caviar and sauce vermouth; foie gras au torchon with fig and sultana raisin chutney; and sautéed filet of New Zealand tai snapper, court-bouillon sauce and fresh herbs. Pastry chef Matthew Fleisher ends the meal with desserts like warm chocolate fondant with coconut gelato and macaroons. Even though Las Vegas is crowded with top fine-dining restaurants, we have an affinity for Picasso. The main reason is that, in contrast to most of Vegas' other imports which are associated with a famous chef, here the culinary star himself does the cooking. Master sommelier Robert Smith juggles a wine collection of more than 1,900 bottles, ranging up to $35,000 for a 1983 Romanée Conti.

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