JackpotCity’s Top-10 Casino Restaurants
The world’s top casino resorts are also home to many of the world’s finest restaurants and celebrity chefs. JackpotCity online casino presents its Top-10 Casino Restaurants from around the world.
Casino Restaurants Around the World
The great casino resorts of the world have been vying to attract casino-goers with an ever-increasing number of original and luxurious services on site. In Macau and Las Vegas, the great casino capitals, you’ll find a mind-blowing variety of entertainment and fine dining options. Most of the big casinos in Macau and Las Vegas will have multiple options including bar food, deli-style dining and cafés to the finest haute cuisine. In 2019, Macau boasted 19 Michelin-star restaurants. Las Vegas no longer receives Michelin inspectors at the present time, but when it did in 2008–2009, ten of its restaurants were awarded Michelin stars – and they’re still proud to tell you about it. Not every restaurant on the JackpotCity list is a Michelin-star restaurant, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth a visit. Simon Wilson, NZ food critic, has written an interesting article investigating how the Michelin-star obsession may sometimes limit culinary creativity, you’ll find it here. That’s certainly, food for thought! In the meantime, here is our list of ten amazing places to eat.
Jade Dragon, Macau
Macau recently surpassed Las Vegas as the world’s largest gambling capital and it now has some of the world’s most luxurious restaurants to match. The Jade Dragon tops this list of casino restaurants with three Michelin stars. The restaurant is located in the heart of the City of Dreams resort on the Cotai Strip. This is the height of fine dining in Macau with eleven private dining rooms and exquisite Chinese artworks on every wall. The interiors have a contemporary feel and are richly decorated in ebony, crystal, gold, silver and jade. The Michelin inspectors were particularly impressed by the lychee wood-barbecued meat for its fine ingredients, perfect presentation and harmony of flavours. The restaurant also offers a dim sum menu and seasonal healing soup, which must be a very popular choice in 2020!
Waku Ghin, Singapore
The Waku Ghin restaurant in Singapore has held on to its two Michelin stars since 2017. Chef Tetsuya Wakada discovered a love of cooking at the age of 22 when he moved to Sydney. His food is renowned for mixing French culinary techniques with Japanese presentation. The restaurant in Singapore is located at the Marina Bay Sands and offers Japanese-European dishes made using only the freshest ingredients. The restaurant has 25 seats within an 8,000 square foot space, which makes it a very privileged dining spot indeed. This area is divided into four smaller sections, each with its own personal chef. One of the highlights at Waku Ghin is the Tasmanian grass-fed beef with wasabi mustard. Next on the list is the restaurant’s incredible collection of sakes and the selection of cocktails, which are said to be bordering on art. Chef Tetsuya is the first person from outside Japan to be appointed as a Sake Ambassador, which is a tremendous honour in Japan.
Restaurant Guy Savoy, Las Vegas
This restaurant in Las Vegas replicates Savoy’s Paris flagship restaurant and looks out over a copy of the Eiffel Tower at Caesar’s Palace in the Nevada desert. It is famous for being the only place outside Paris where you can dine on the famous Savoy artichoke and black truffle soup. For dessert you can enjoy the legendary Fondant au Chocolat or a Grapefruit Terrine. Restaurant Guy Savoy is located in the Augustus Tower close to the Qua Spar and the wedding chapels. This is one of the casino restaurants that was awarded two Michelin stars when the inspectors last visited. The Savoy in Las Vegas also boasts a Caviar Room where you can enjoy the famous Colours of Caviar dish; and a Bubbles Lounge, which is famous for its expensive cognacs. There’s also the very special Krug Chef’s Table tasting menu for 2–6 people at US$650 a head. This table provides guests with an intimate view of the kitchen while you eat ten courses matched with a glass of Krug’s prestige Cuvee Champagne. An interesting fact about Chef Guy Savoy is that he will not allow any flowers in his restaurants or allow his employees to wear perfume. He believes it will disrupt the aromas of the cuisine.
Rockpool Bar & Grill, Melbourne
The Crown Casino in Melbourne is the largest casino in the southern hemisphere. It also boasts some wonderful dining options right on site, including Neil Perry’s award-winning restaurant, the Rockpool Bar & Grill, which is known for its specialty of dry-aged beef. The restaurant takes its inspiration from the great steakhouses of North America and has an open kitchen with a wood fire grill. If you don’t eat red meat, there’s also an entire room dedicated to fish and seafood. The quality and origin of the ingredients is a point of pride at the Rockpool and you’ll only find beef that’s sourced from humane Australian cattle farms certified not to use growth hormones or antibiotic feed supplements. The signature dishes are Wood Fire Grilled Lamb Cutlets and Chops, Mac and Cheese (so you feel right at home), House Chopped Salad and Grilled King Prawns. For dessert you can enjoy the great classics of the Southern Hemisphere with a Rockpool twist: Chocolate Lamingtons and Passionfruit Pavlova.
Le Train Bleu, Monaco
The Train Bleu at the famous Casino de Monte-Carlo has the allure of a luxurious railway carriage. The name is inspired by the Calais-Mediterranée Express night train, which used to transport the rich and famous from Calais to the French Riviera from 1886–2003. The restaurant, run by Chef Saez-Manzanares, serves fine Italian cuisine and is located inside the magnificent 19th-century casino building. Here, guests can enjoy exquisite Italian dishes in a Belle Epoque atmosphere. The restaurant is open to diners until the casino closes and offers players a relaxing break from the tables. Try their Scottish salmon smoked with oak wood, celery remoulade with green apple and blinis followed by Rossini-style scallops, crispy polenta and parsnips. Then finish your meal with some gelato and sorbets made by the restaurant’s own gelato maker.
Robuchon au Dome, Macau
Chef Joel Robuchon has several incredible restaurants, but the Robuchon in Macau has the most impressive location. It sits at the top of the gorgeous Grand Lisboa hotel inside a splendid gold metal and glass dome. A dramatic chandelier, a cascade of crystal and light, hangs over the restaurant and was made using over 131,500 pieces of Swarovski crystal. The restaurant is run by executive Chef Julien Tongourien and holds three Michelin stars. You’ll need to win a jackpot before booking your table. Then go ahead and order the sea bass in tomato broth at US$680 a plate. Alternatively, you might want to try the gourmet menu priced at US$788, which includes a starter, soup, fish, meat and cheese or dessert plus coffee. At this price, please don’t leave the table until you’ve finished your plates. The wine list is the most extensive in Asia with over 17,000 different wines! I already have trouble choosing when there are only ten…
Capriccio, Atlantic City
Lauded by dining critics and guests for years, Capriccio in Atlantic City was awarded the USA Today 10BEST.com Readers’ Choice award in 2020 for best casino restaurant. In the baroque Italian dining room, you can enjoy classic Italian dishes like eggplant parmigiana and spaghetti and meatballs. This is Italian home cooking taken to the next level and served with fabulous wines. The dining room offers a splendid view of Atlantic City and has a comfortable outdoor dining space that overlooks the famous boardwalk. A great choice for a romantic dinner with a view of the ocean. But unless you plan on recreating the scene from Lady and the Tramp, please refrain from ordering the spaghetti and meatballs.
Picasso, Las Vegas
The multi award-winning restaurant Picasso, at the Bellagio, offers guests the best view of the Fountains of Bellagio in Las Vegas. It’s also run by Chef Julian Serrano and has a menu that blends French and Spanish influences. The restaurant boasts that it offers fine dining surrounded by authentic Picasso masterpieces (paintings and ceramic works) and has been awarded two Michelin stars. It is considered to be one of the finest restaurants in the United States. One of the most popular dishes at Picasso is the quail. Julian Serrano says on the restaurant’s website that he has seen guests eat four courses of quail… even quail for dessert! Admittedly, given the size of the bird, you may need to order four. The signature dishes at Picasso are the Warm Quail Salad and Roasted Milk-Fed Veal Chop. The restaurant also has an impressive selection of European wines with more than 1,500 to choose from.
The Sugar Club, Auckland
No list of casino restaurants would be complete without one of our own. The Sugar Club sits at the top of the Sky Tower offering guests the highest harbour view in the Auckland CBD in an ambiance straight out of the 1930s. We think it must be the only casino restaurant in the world to offer Golden Kumara Gnocchi and Duck Cured in Piha Kelp. You can also choose between two tasting menus on offer, one of which is perfectly tailored to any vegetarian or vegan friends and comes accompanied by the finest local wines. If any of this has got your tastebuds tingling, it’s good to know that this restaurant is located on home turf and is much more affordably priced than the Robuchon au Dome in Macau. You can even book a private dining room for a special event with up to 12 guests. The menu changes seasonally so don’t be surprised if the dishes we have mentioned have changed to suit the seasonal produce. You may also enjoy trying one of the Native Cocktails on the menu, which is described as being a “liquid portrayal of New Zealand”.
Clare Smyth at Crown Casino early 2021, Sydney
Although not officially open yet, the arrival of world-renowned chef Clare Smyth at the Crown Casino (still being built) is exciting news for foodies and casino-goers alike. Smyth worked in the three Michelin-star “Restaurant Gordon Ramsay”, before opening her own restaurant in 2017. Since then her own restaurant has been awarded two Michelin stars and she is top of the Michelin UK & Ireland’s list of chefs you should be following on Instagram. One look at her plates and you’ll understand why: her presentation is fine art. Her London restaurant was also the first to enter The Good Food Guide with a perfect score of 10 out of 10. The new restaurant will be located in the stunning new Crown Casino Sydney, which is currently in the final stages of construction on the waterfront. Smyth’s fare uses seasonal, sustainable and locally sourced produce and you can expect the presentation to be no less than exquisite.
All this talk about food is making me hungry. We hope you enjoyed JackpotCity’s Top-10 Casino Restaurants from around the world. Don’t forget to check back for more news from the best online casino in New Zealand soon! If you’d like to continue this celebration of food and casino games why not play some of our food-themed games, like Win Sum Dim Sum or Banana Drop.