News for the Hospitality Executive
Donald Trump's Namesake Restaurant, DJT, Opens at Trump
& Tower Las Vegas, Directed by Trump's Personal Chef, Joseph Isidori
LAS VEGAS, May 19, 2008 - Trump International Hotel & Tower Las Vegas, the city's newest landmark, today announced the opening of its signature fine-dining restaurant, DJT, bearing the initials of Donald J. Trump, who recently launched Trump Hotel Collection, with Las Vegas the newest location for the luxury brand. Located just inside the hotel's spectacular grand lobby, DJT's superbly crafted menu of Modern American cuisine and chic, intimate setting ensure a sensual, sophisticated and unforgettable dining experience.
DJT showcases the culinary talents of Executive Chef Joseph Isidori,
former corporate executive chef for Trump Golf Management and executive
chef at the Trump-owned Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Fla. Isidori has
also served as Mr. Trump's personal chef, as well as chef for the Trump
"I have known Chef Joe for many years, and he has impressed my family and me with his talent, creativity and innovation year after year," said Trump. "Naturally, I would only choose the best of the best for my signature restaurant. Chef Joe is a star."
Isidori brings modern twists on traditional dishes. Signature dishes for dinner include Chilled Sweet Pea Soup with fromage blanc, and fruit and vegetable jewels ($15); Miso-Yaki Tasmanian Sea Trout with steel-head roe, grapefruit and yuzu emulsion ($35); Sous Vide Halibut with morels, crawfish, veal sweetbreads, spring pea and harissa ($49); and Roasted California Squab with Chinese black beans, tangerine and ginger ($22).
The dinner menu also includes some of Trump's personal favorites, like Mr. Trump's Butter Lettuce Salad with classic wedge flavors ($16), Mr. Trump's Butter-Whipped Potato Puree ($11), and Mr. Trump's Ice Cream Sundae ($16).
Indulgent options roll in throughout the dining experience via the Champagne cart, caviar cart, cognac cart with absinthe, and dessert cart with petits fours.
For those eager to sample a variety of dishes at DJT, Isidori has created "The Deal," an exquisite, eight-course tasting menu designed to be paired with select wines ($200 with wine pairings; $125 without). "The Deal" varies nightly to include new menu items and special chef creations.
DJT's signature morning dish is Ivanka Trump's Caviar Breakfast, an egg-white omelet with Osetra caviar, chopped egg yolk, sweet red onion, chive and whipped creme fraiche, with buckwheat blini-toast points and house spiced hash browns ($175). Other breakfast specialties include Eggs "Beni" -- Maine lobster, baby spinach, Black Forest ham, English muffin, Bearnaise sauce and house spiced hash browns ($24) -- and Banana French Toast with cinnamon, raisin, vanilla bean, maple syrup, whipped cream, Vermont butter and fresh fruit ($15).
Head Sommelier Michael Shearin oversees a comprehensive list, highlighting boutique and small-producer wines, in addition to 27 types of sake, 52 types of beer and 25 uncommon sodas. High Champagne, a decadent DJT innovation, offers a choice of five Champagnes by the glass, accompanied by a light menu.
The Design of DJT
DJT's long, sleek lines are characteristic of the 1930s, with a rich palette ranging from deep aubergine, lavender and violet to ivory, soft gray and black. At the center of the restaurant glows a gold resin column, its base wrapped with six circular banquettes. Along the walls, soft gray suede upholstery crowns mirrored columns, while the floor features an inlaid geometric pattern of hand-selected marble. The dining chairs are a vintage design with black-and-ivory peacock feather-print fabric at the back with a seat of ivory leather.
Private banquettes around the perimeter of the main dining room have a cozy, cocoon feel with deep plum fabric walls and plush velvet curtains that can close for a truly intimate dining experience. A custom crystal chandelier hangs over each table, suspended from a mirrored ceiling panel.
The private dining room, with its starburst marquetry table and violet
suede walls, sequesters up to 10 diners behind grand velvet curtains.
DJT was designed by Dean Singer and Jodi Barnett of Santa Monica, Calif.-based Design 360 Unlimited; they also designed the hotel lobby.
About Trump Hotel Collection
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