Thursday, March 11, 2010

Eating Through Las Vegas 2010: Bouchon Bistro

Rating of Bouchon Bistro: Love, love, love it!

I don't gamble, but that doesn't stop me from hitching a ride with my husband to Las Vegas every year. He comes to exhibit at the Global Shop tradeshow, and the kids, grandparents and I come to have fun.

There are tons of exquisite eateries here. If you're a foodie and have never been to Vegas, I highly recommend it.

My must-go restaurant is Bouchon Bistro in the Venetian. Owned by Thomas Keller of French Laundry and per se fame, Bouchon offers French bistro fare in the most elegant yet down-to-earth of environments. Dark paneled-wood and mosaic floors juxtapose against shiny brass globe lamps, Carrera marbletop counters and white linens. Everything is bathed in a diffuse natural light that pours in from grand windows overlooking a green garden.

This place makes my soul sing.

This morning, my daughter Christina ordered a croissant, flaky as flaky can be and with a crisp outer shell and buttery, tender interior.

My daughter Lizzy ordered a baguette, which came with nutella, jam, and homemade butter.

Both girls got the tropical fruit salad, a medley of toasted-coconut topped banana slices, finely diced melon, and blackberries. It just goes to show you that ordinary fruit served in a white porcelain bowl with little handles tastes grand.

I went to town and ordered the oefs au grautin with bacon lardons, button mushrooms, and oven-roasted tomatoes. Enveloped in a mornay sauce and browned under the broiler, this dish is decadent and as rich as the high rollers in the casino downstairs.

My mother-in-law ordered the French toast, and to our surprise, it came stacked with apples and caramel, reminiscent more of bread pudding than the eggy, grilled sliced of bread we’re used to. One bite of this soft, velvety bread custard had us converted.

Since we were there, we just had to order Bouchon’s pommes frittes, which Anthony Bourdain said were better than his pommes frites at Halles. Look how prettily they are served:

On the second day – yes, why wouldn’t we? – Grandma and I ordered the waffles, crisp and airy delights with banana slices, walnuts, and Tahitian vanilla-scented maple syrup.

Grandpa ordered the omelette with bacon and potatoes. Of course, the omelette was perfectly cooked with no browning on the outside and puffed. Lizzy got the pastry special, an apple croissant, which was ½ a croissant with an apple crumble topping. Wow! I don’t have pictures of these, but trust me, they are just as mouth-watering as the rest of the dishes seen here.

Can you guess where we will go to breakfast tomorrow?


Ju (The Little Teochew) said...

Enjoy yourselves in Vegas, Ninette! I love that place. Miss the days when I would follow my hubby to COMDEX. The food you had looks so good!

Ravenous Couple said...

This looks great but somehow we ended up at buffets most of the time!

La Table De Nana said...

The presentations alone and the dishes are worth the visit.I would be smiling to much to get the food to stay in my mouth.

Ellie (Almost Bourdain) said...

I have never been to Vegas but looking at the pictures, it's a food heaven! Enjoy your holiday!

Trissa said...

The aefs au gratin look fantastic - can I get this in NYC when I am there??

Debi (Table Talk) said...

I am not a gambler either. Eater? Yes! Looks like you have followed the right trail to fine dining in Vegas!

~~louise~~ said...

It's never a gamble going to the Venetian to dine. It's my very best favorite place. Although, I seem to have missed that French Toast. Looks like I may just have to go back. Everything looks perfect! Can you bring me back a doggy bag, please. I figured I'd take a gamble:)

Thanks for sharing, Ninette. Have a wonderful foodie adventure:)

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Justin said...

i'm so jealous, but you know, it's really only a foodie paradise in vegas if you've got a big budget. sounds like you're having fun though.

Sippity Sup said...

We finally got a Bouchon in LA! I have been trying to get in for weeks. This strengthens my resolve to get on that list. GREG

Krissy @ The Food Addicts said...

i've always been scared to walk into a Thomas Keller restaurant. even though i stayed at the Venetian last year and had to walk by this restaurant everytime i went to my room, I still didn't consider going inside. now that you mentioned how much you LOVED it, i think i'll reconsider next time i'm in vegas!

Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) said...

This made my mouth water. I love the chocolate crossiants at Bouchon but next time I'm ordering what you ordered! Delish!!

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