é by José Andrés
3708 S Las Vegas Blvd
Behind a closed door in the back of Jaleo, the lively paella restaurant in the stylish Cosmopolitan hotel, hides the eight seat counter that is é by José Andrés. Run by a world renown chef and featured in Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown Las Vegas episode, é by José Andrés is a temple of molecular gastronomy, served course by course by course over a three hour span.
The reservation process is on the untraditional side. No OpenTable or phone numbers needed, instead reservations open up at the stroke of midnight on a 90 day rolling window by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The restaurant responds with a required paper form to fill out and return to confirm the seating. Once confirmed, a few weeks down the road the infamous Golden Ticket arrives in the mail.
They recommend that you arrive a few minutes early as the staff reviews the beverage options, which includes three levels of wine pairings as well as by the glass and bottle offerings.
When the entire group arrives and drink orders have been place, the party is whisked away to the back corner where é by José Andrés sits.
Guests are greeted with an herbal towel, served in a ceramic reproduction of José’s extended hand.
After getting settled into the dining area, the kitchen staff introduces themselves (most of the plating is done in front of your eyes) and the food onslaught beings. Due to the volume of courses and photos, I will withhold from getting too detailed about each course and just let the pictures do the talking.
Iced edible sangria served in a halved wine bottled.
Branch of the Desert
Potato Glass with Anchovy Butter
Savory Donut with Foie Gras Filling
Couch and Pillow (Peanut Praline Dusted with Plum)
Beet Gazpacho Soup Sandwich
Spanish Pizza; Topped with Truffles
The crust was hardened cheese.
Clam in Olive Oil with “Air”
Cheese and Nuts (Hazelnut Caviar)
Sparkling Wine Sangria Shot
Apple and mint in the center, a chilling explosion when the skin is ruptured.
Salt Cod Skin with Truffles
Iberico Chickpeas with Truffles
Squid with Rosemary Air
Fluke Loin with Squid Ink
Australian Wagyu with Truffle Gnocchi
Aged Goat Milk Cheese with Liquid Nitrogen Frozen Berries
Cotton Candy Empanada filled with Foie Gras
Elderflower Toffee with Almond Milk
Rum and Coffee
Ferrero Roche Wrapped in Gold
José’s Gin and Tonic
é by José Andrés was a highly entertaining and deeply satisfying dining experience that over delivered my expectations. é by José Andrés should be on any food traveler’s short list on Las Vegas destinations.