Bouchon, featured among the Strip’s top fine dining establishments, matches gourmet fare with elegant French ambiance, and brunch here can start the day harmoniously. Celebrity Chef Thomas Keller puts on this production in the Venezia Tower, a walk and elevator ride away from the casino floor. The quaint layout boasts a vibrant color scheme with lavish furniture and artistic glass displays to make this secluded restaurant feel like home. Sunshine flows through floor-to-ceiling windows and an outdoor patio borders Venezia’s private pool, where some guests simply towel up and pop in for a bite to eat. Friendly service paces the meal as quickly or casually as you wish, allowing you to soak in the European escape.
Your first indulgence is the absolute highlight of the experience: the pastry selection. You cannot make a bad decision among these delectable offerings, but the seasonal specials just blow it away. The raspberry croissant presses a fluffy, buttery Bouchon creation, covers it with sweet raspberry puree, and coats it with baked coffee cake crumbles. Heaven. The bacon and cheese scone: much the same. Make everything that much better with a choice of Bouchon’s fresh-cut meats, an assortment of spiced European delicacies. And take this time to enjoy your first of many signature champagne cocktails.
Entrees boast class but surprisingly don’t match up with those of other elite Strip brunches [this will surely meet some foodies with great conflict]. The Moules au Safran et à la Moutarde, or Saffron-Steamed Mussels, do hold magical taste, slightly similar to a specialty found on the Venetian’s restaurant row, and come with delicious truffle fries. The Steak Frites however, feature a standard shoulder-cut steak that tastes, well, too standard for its price. Missing the mark as well is the ‘Breakfast Américaine,’ which delivers little more than your typical eggs and less-than-impressive sausage.
One of the chef’s favorites, a fun step away from true French, is the Chicken & Waffles. Those seeking a hearty meal should steer away from this light French variation, but grilled chicken and a savory bacon-chive waffle achieves its goal in distinct flavor with fresh style. Tahitian vanilla bean butter and sauce chasseur [savory brown sauce made with mushrooms and white wine reduction] complete this dish well. For dessert, expect to conclude this cultural experience with treats you will not find too often in the States. The Profiteroles [gourmet cream puffs] and Île Flottante [rich meringue] are just a few of these carefully crated, elegantly presented sweet finishes.
Location: 3355 S. Las Vegas Blvd. Las Vegas, NV, 89109. Venetian, Central Strip. Take the elevators [next to parking garage elevators to the Venezia Tower.
Price and Value: Pastries from $3-4, entrees from $15-34. A great way to indulge in an iconic restaurant without breaking the bank.
To Start: All Pastries, especially seasonal croissants and scones
Entrees: Moules au Safran et à la Moutarde [Steamed Mussels]
Sides: Truffle fries
Desserts: Profiteroles, Île Flottante
Call (702) 414-6200 for reservations.
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