CHARLIE PALMER’S AUREOLE AT MANDALAY BAY TRANSFORMS INTO A MODERN TASTING TABLE EXPERIENCE
Chef Charlie Palmer and Mandalay Bay announced today. Chef Palmer renews his commitment to preparing quality, local ingredients in a bold, American style and upholds Aureole’s longstanding position as one of the greatest wine restaurants in the world. The transformed space offers three distinct dining experiences: an intimate bar and lounge area; an approachable main dining room; and the fine dining Fountain Terrace, all highlighted with warm hues and wine-inspired design elements. Aureole has reopened on the casino level where it has stood since 1999.
“The new Aureole offers a modern dining experience that stays true to the core elements that have made it a beloved Las Vegas staple,” said Chef Charlie Palmer. “The menu takes a ‘less is more approach’ in which quality ingredients are used in exciting preparation methods that don’t overcomplicate the dish presentation or flavor profile.”
The new menu concept focuses around food’s three natural foundations: Surf, Root, and Ranch boasting eight dishes in each category. Selections are organized in ascending order from lighter to robust fare, with a strong emphasis on sharing. The menu was developed in partnership with new Executive Chef Johnny Church and is available throughout the restaurant with a special prix-fixe option available upon request in the Fountain Terrace. Menu highlights include:
- ROOT | Raclette Fondue, a selection of raw, seasonal vegetables topped with warm cheese fondue
- RANCH | Turkey, Ham, and Swiss Meatballs, petite meatballs made with gruyère cheese and covered with creamy peppercorn sauce and sliced Jamón Ibérico
- RANCH | Beef and Octopus Carpaccio, a refreshing appetizer served with zesty gremolata and brioche
- SURF | California Crab Roll, shredded crab meat rolled in fresh avocado sushi-style and sprinkled with puffed rice for a bit of crunch
- DESSERT | Cold-Pressed Coffee Panna Cotta, creamy panna cotta cooked with house-made cold pressed coffee and served with huckleberries, brown butter and lavender ice cream.
Wine is an integral component of Aureole’s legacy as recognized through the restaurant’s 3,000-selection list that’s been lauded with Wine Spectator’s Grand Award every year since 2000. Mandalay Bay Director of Wine Harley Carbery oversees the list and consistently updates it to keep selections new and exciting for guests. In addition, he has crafted a rotating, by-the-glass list of 48 wines that features two suggested pairings for each of the 24 dishes on the restaurant’s menu. This unique menu format provides the option to try multiple wines throughout the dinner experience and takes the guesswork out of creating the ideal pairing. A wine table located adjacent to the host stand now displays the full inventory of the evening’s by-the-glass offerings. The wine team pours and tags each glass denoting the producer, variety and vintage before they are presented tableside.
Wines from Aureole’s prized list continue to be retrieved by Aureole’s signature wine angels, now donning new silver uniforms. The updated attire makes the flying angels easy to view from anywhere in the restaurant.
A fusion of classic and contemporary design elements adds warmth and approachability to each of the dining experiences within the 9,000-square-foot Aureole. Upholstered wall panels, a wood beam ceiling and soft lighting create an intimate feel within the bar and lounge area, while the main dining room emits a modern ambiance with bold splashes of purple, orange, and gold, offset by the earthy tones of a live olive tree. The iconic, 10,000-bottle, 50-ft. wine tower remains the focal point of the room and is accentuated by chrome wall sculptures with colorful backlit olive-shaped spheres. A custom grapevine-inspired carpet complements wood tabletops and cognac leather seating featured in the space. Fountain Terrace, Aureole’s more upscale dining room, offers a more subtle color palette accentuated by a gold leaf ceiling and tables dressed in formal white tablecloths. Floor-to-ceiling windows line Fountain Terrace and doors open to the restaurant’s outdoor area, creating an open and airy atmosphere. While each dining space has its own distinctive experience, the three rooms blend together seamlessly through Aureole’s new, cohesive design aesthetic.
Aureole’s Hours of Operation are as follows:
Main Dining Room:
Monday –Saturday, 5:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Monday- Saturday, 5 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
ABOUT CHARLIE PALMER GROUP
The Charlie Palmer Group grew out of Aureole, American cuisine pioneer Charlie Palmer’s landmark restaurant, originally located in a historic townhouse on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Today, Palmer’s flagship Aureole is strategically located at the Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park. Other coast-to-coast locations encompass an expanding collection of award-winning restaurants—many in equally significant historical locations—innovative wine shops, and luxurious boutique hotels, each designed with distinctive personalities to provide unique experiences. These properties include: Aureole, Charlie Palmer Steak, Upper Story by Charlie Palmer, Charlie Palmer at The Knick, and Crimson & Rye (New York), Aureole at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Charlie Palmer Steak at The Four Seasons Hotel (Las Vegas), Charlie Palmer Steak (Washington, DC), Charlie Palmer Steak (Reno, Nevada), Dry Creek Kitchen at Hotel Healdsburg & Hotel Healdsburg (Sonoma County, California), Harvest Table and Harvest Inn by Charlie Palmer (St. Helena, CA), Burritt Room + Tavern and Mystic Hotel by Charlie Palmer (San Francisco, CA). Learn more at www.charliepalmer.com.
ABOUT MANDALAY BAY
Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino is set on 120 lush acres featuring Mandalay Bay Beach, a tropical pool paradise with real sand. The Mandalay Bay Events Center, award-winning restaurants, exhilarating entertainment, unique shopping, Shark Reef Aquarium and the recently expanded 2-million-square-foot Mandalay Bay Convention Center combine to make Mandalay Bay a distinctive Las Vegas resort destination. In September 2014, Delano Las Vegas, a luxury all-suite hotel, opened adjacent to Mandalay Bay. Mandalay Bay is an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM). For more information and reservations, visit Mandalay Bay Guaranteed Best Ratesmandalaybay.com, call toll free at (877) 632-7800 or find us on Facebook and Twitter.
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