It’s not every day that you get to dine in extravagance within the realm of a celebrity chef. Not too shabby if I do say so myself. Such was the case not too long ago when we spent a three-day wild weekend in Atlantic City, NJ.
The only thing that could have made this event even better is if Gordon Ramsay himself came over and cursed us out. Mr Hell’s Kitchen himself could not have made this extra special top-secret tasting event more exceptional, but having a seating as guests of the event organizers themselves sitting at their table sharing a fabulous off-the-hook dinner was pretty mega-star in itself! Yeah, we special!
Located where the old Mia restaurant was in Caesars AC the new Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill is a breath of fresh air, and a must needed boost to the tired scene that was here. Loved the design and layout of the place. Think British pub type dark woods and flair. Big bar and plenty of seating all around. Wonderful decor and ambiance. We were escorted by a hostess to a private dining room where we were greeted, and about 20-25 or so other hand selected participants joined us. Little did we know what we were about to experience, but the culinary delight that followed blew away all expectations! We thought this was going to be a tasting, but in fact turned out to be a full sit down four course dinner! Including drinks, cocktails, beer, wine! OMG! Just being invited to this made traveling down early on a Friday to Atlantic City so even more worth it. We were in shock and awe as the full cocktail offerings and special dinner menu was placed before us.
The menu of food items were terrific. Started off with the Scotch Egg. I can’t remember ever eating one, but after this any other will be ruined for me. It was delicious! I will always compare any other to this crazy thing which I devoured fully and with no shame.
Next up was a Wedge Caesar Salad which was pretty tasty in itself, even if it was kind of basic. I like salad, then add in cheese and roasted garlic dressing and I’m a happy camper.
Main entrée for me was the Beef Wellington which I absolutely destroyed. Good Lawd this was so ridiculously delicious and filling. Meat coma! Perfectly prepared beef, wrapped in a pastry shell, on top of a bed of mashed potatoes, peas, and sauce. I was in Heaven! Can I have another? Like, right now? (see pic at the top and drool)
I had just enough room left for dessert. No way was I gonna pass up Sticky Toffee Chocolate Pudding. Warm chocolate cake, sea salt caramel, and vanilla ice cream. Get in my belly! Perfect way to finish off this British meal extravaganza! I almost felt like passing out after this, or going back to my room to take a nap, but we still had two more parties to attend this evening. Must press on……
Oh, and those Ramsay Gin & Tonics were outstanding! His version of this cocktail is a must, and packs a punch after a few. I lost count. Too good, and helped wash everything down with joyful relish. Oh, and I can’t forget the after meal snifter of Sambuca with three coffee beans in it. The three coffee beans are supposed to represent health, happiness and prosperity. A fitting end to a superb dining experience.
Even better was learning that the winner of Hell’s Kitchen Season 13 LaTasha McCutchen herself was the chef this night and cooked all of our meals. Whoa! Star power here folks. She did an outstanding job and showed why she won.
Just a wonderful and ridiculously awesome event. We were humbled to be invited to this. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you to Yelp and crew!!! Also, a big thanks to Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill along with their staff for the great food and service. Next time when we are in AC we’ll definitely hit up Gordon’s place again. Nice job all around!