Tuesday, February 16, 2010

A Gourmet Brunch @ Bouchon, Las Vegas

Thomas Keller, I think I love you.  Bouchon Bistro is located inside The Venetian Hotel and is voted the BEST breakfast in Las Vegas.  Hands-down, it was!  Breakfast can be so mediocre, Michelin star winner and celebrity chef - Thomas Keller really takes things to the next level.  My only regret was not making reservations for dinner that same night.  Breakfast is served daily until 10:30 AM, with an oyster bar menu during the day and dinner service commencing at 5 PM.  The coffee is rich, thick and to die-for.  I could drink it black, it was so good.
Hubby ordered The Oeufs au Gratin ($18) which came with a big thick slice of homemade toast, so buttery and crunchy it was probably the best bread I had ever eaten.  The eggs were baked in dish with a creamy roux, melted cheese and pieces of shrimp.

My Breakfast Jardinere came with a slippery side of buttery sauteed spinach and soft cloves of garlic.  As well as the Tropical Fruit Salad pictured at the start of the post.
My breakfast came with everything you see here, including homemade strawberry jam for my toast, eggs any style, a pastry, coffee and juice ($22).  It was worth every penny, kept me fuelled until the late afternoon and probably better then an overpriced room service breakfast in Vegas. The Lyonnaise Potatoes were also included and were crispy and well-seasoned.
The dining room is very relaxing and a great way to escape the hustle of Las Vegas.  Sunlight filters in perfectly from the pool and courtyard into the restaurant.  The restaurant is a pain to find, but don't give up!  It required us entering the self-parking lot, going up a separate elevator and onto the 9th floor of The Venetian.  The service was friendly and not stuffy at all, don't be intimidated.  Our food came quickly and our coffee was easily refilled without asking.
The Beautiful Bar
When in Vegas, you are absolutely not allowed to miss a visit to Bouchon.  A quiet relaxing breakfast is a great way to recover from a long night of partying.  It's also great for those on a budget, as a way to experience Keller's work.  If you can, do make it for dinner - they don't just give out those Michelin stars to anyone.  Keller has three stars each for his two other restaurants, Per Se in New York City and The French Laundry in Napa Valley.

3355 Las Vegas Blvd.
(702) 414-6200

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