Renoir and Picasso??? What is your choice?
First thought, that comes to my mind when the word Renoir is mentioned is Pierre-Auguste Renoir, better known as Auguste Renoir the French artist who was one of the leaders of the Impressionist Style painting movement. My favorite Painting by him is the “Moulin del la Galette (1876) the other one I love is “The Umbrellas” when you see this painting instantly you know the artist is Renoir if you follow impressionist painters.
Pablo Picasso, was a Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker and the list goes on and on. The only common denominator is that he was an artist and spent most of his adult life in France. Now my favorite master piece by Picasso comes from his early years. “The Blue Nude” which he painted in 1902. Interestingly this period (1902-1904) is considered Picasso’s Blue Period.
Now in all fairness if I had to pair two artists, then Renoir & Claude Monet would be my choice, because they are of the same Impressionistic Period. So why on earth did I pair these two instead you might ask? (I will get to it soon please let me digress)
Most of you know that not only do I love art, books, wine but fine dining as well.
Over the years, I have often written, how in my opinion the best chefs of the world have converged on Las Vegas and they brought their A game to this city. The best and most expensive Restaurants are now in Las Vegas. Everyone thinks it is all about gambling in Sin-City. I admit that is a part of it, Diane and I prefer to go for the culinary experience.
Long story short, we had a family gathering in Las Vegas in the early 2000’s so Diane and I decide while we were there might as well visit one of the best culinary experiences of the time. I had a choice between Renoir or Picasso. I chose Renoir at the Mirage. Since at the time it received Mobil’s five-star rating one of only 14 restaurants in the United States to be awarded this honor at the time. Super Chef Alex Strata also had numerous AAA’s Five Diamond awards, including a James Beard award and the list goes on and on. So, the choice was easy Renoir it was.
It was an incredible culinary experience. The Restaurant was in the middle of the gambling floor, but it was totally soundproofed. Once you entered the Restaurant, you had no idea that there were Slot Machines clanking their coins and making the gambler favorite sounds: Bells Ringing. This restaurant was so insulated that Diane and I whispered not to disturb any of the other diners. On the walls were original Renoir paintings, it felt like you were in Steve Wynn’s home that had a private dining room (the paintings were on loan from Steve Wynn). To me the experience was not only a culinary but a visual treat. Imagine, classic French flavors and techniques mixed with bold Italian flavors with original Renoirs hanging on the walls.
I convinced Diane we should have the tasting menu, in order that, we could have the ultimate “flavor” experience. The tasting menu was an eight-course meal bursting with flavors of France and Italy through the hands of super Chef Alex Strata. The portions were properly planned, by the time we finished we were totally satisfied and did not feel that we needed another bite of something. After every course, new plates and new utensils were brought. If we happened to make a mess a new table cloth magically was replaced seamlessly.
In my lifetime, I have eaten in some wonderful restaurants all over the Globe, Germany, France, Austria, England & Hungary to name a few. This was the ultimate experience I ever had. Almost two decades later I still talk about it and compare service and tastes to this experience. I can still recall the sautéed foie gras with aged balsamic reduction. Ironically, I made one right decision and one wrong decision. I chose the right restaurant, because shortly after our visit. They closed and the Super Chef went to another one ow Steve Wynn’s Casinos with little fanfare. The decision I should have made is to do the Wine Pairing with the meals. Oh well, we all learn by our mistakes, or at least we hope.
So, fast forward to our trip this time to Las Vegas, I have become wiser over the years and lucky for us Picasso was still around at the Bellagio. Hence it was a no brainer to choose this restaurant to stop in and spend a wonderful culinary treat. Let me ask you, would you not want to eat surrounded by original Picassos? Uber Chef Julia Serrano’s French cooking mixed with Spanish influence was just the right masterpiece I mean meal to have. Having learned from my mistake at Renoir, I chose the tasting menu with the Wine Pairing. Well interestingly enough, they had two wine pairings the “out of this world” and the “standard” one. I opted for the “standard “and I am pleased to report it was not a mistake this time.
The Tasting Menu was a culinary masterpiece and it was a meal of my dreams. Comparing the two Chefs, the two staffs it is virtually a tossup which one wins. When we left, we received a gift on the way out. Very memorable and meaningful.
Renoir was more intimate but Picasso was more casual for an astonishing meal and the views were more spectacular. Either way I am lucky to have had both experiences and had I not chose the order of picking the first restaurant I would not have the opportunity to even talk about comparing such great culinary destination places.
As far as I am concerned these two Restaurants provided us with an ultra-luxurious culinary experience. Now if you are looking for a Beverly Hills Realtor who will provide with an ultra-luxury experience in your buying or selling of properties in Beverly Hills and vicinity. Please reach out to me directly!
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