Although the new Trump Towers do offer luxurious condo and hotel accommodations; what they do not offer is a casino or a smoking-area anywhere inside the hotel. However, along with world-class accommodations comes world-class dining venues and as you may know, it is unlikely that Donald Trump would put his name on any dining venture that wasn’t completely above and beyond any one’s expectations. DJT, the new restaurant at Trump Las Vegas has success written all over; I mean the restaurant is already named after one of the most successful men in America. With a perfect location, name, and menu—How can you go wrong?
Don’t expect a casual dining experience at DJT, Donald likes his restaurants elegant and this one is executed perfectly with attention to even the smallest detail. The doormen wear white gloves as they hold the door for you, take your coat (if for some un-godly reason you are wearing one), and great you with the warmest of smiles as they show you to your previously reserved seats (the dining room is reservations only). The idea behind the dining room is a 1930’s feel. Warm purple and grey tones create a classy and calming atmosphere that isn’t modern or chic but traditional and dazzling instead. Crystal chandeliers hang above private booths separated by curtains for a dramatic touch that only Trump can really get right. Trump has even called upon his own personal family chef to create the menu for his signature spot. Chef Joseph Isidori serves modern American Cuisine with a variety of regional influences. Some might think this a bold move for the supposedly best restaurant in the hotel, considering many on the Strip opt for the fancy French variety as their crown jewel. Like many upscale restaurants, you won’t find any surprising meats or seafood options: just the usual suspects shipped in fresh from their native regions and dressed up in inventive ways. Chef Isidori focuses on the season and makes sure that tastes are light in the summer and a bit heavier in the winter (the true mark of a great restaurant) keeping items ever changing and flowing while keeping customers coming back for more.
DJT also breaks boundaries with his somewhat bold soda and beer pairings. Why should only the wine take the spotlight? Tastes should mingle no matter what your beverage preference may be, right? Not bad, Mr. Trump! Although menu items change seasonally some summer options include Tasmanian sea trout with steel-head roe and grapefruit for a tropical experience. Other unique dishes like the California squab with Chinese black beans. Since the chef has cooked for the Trump family for many years, he knows what Donald Trump likes and has added some of his personal favorites to the menu like “Mr. Trump’s butter lettuce salad” and “Mr. Trump’s Whipped Potato Puree."
Although the restaurant does not bill itself as French, there are several carts rolling around that would suggest otherwise. Champagne, caviar, cognac, and dessert carts make the experience fun and interactive. You will also notice an expertly crafted wine list compiled by sommelier Michael Shearin with many small-producer wines that will excite the palate without carrying a heavy price tag. You may also choose from an inventive list of 27 sakes from all over the world, and even a soda list compiled of some lesser-known varieties. With all these variables in play, it seems “the Donald” has a winner with DJT.