Friday, March 16, 2012

Bouchon Bistro Las Vegas

I had plans to visit a few places for lunch off the main strip, but all the taxi rides were getting expensive, so we decided to stay on the strip for lunch. Since I had to make a visit to Bouchon Bakery inside The Venetian to pick up Thomas Keller’s macarons and other baked goods, we decided to check out Bouchon Bistro.

The lobster watched me as we waited for a table

There was a slight wait time when we arrived, but we were able to munch on complimentary almond tea cakes while we waited. Not a bad deal at all.

After we ordered, we were give some crusty pan d’epi (wheat stalk bread). I was surprised that the bread is placed directly onto the table (which is lined with white paper, with linen underneath). The bread was accompanied with some Bouchon jams.

I loved the bread. Crusty bread is my favorite kind. I liked it so much I bought some home from the bakery section. FH only likes soft breads though since he didn’t like this at all.

Beignets du jour (house made special doughnuts with Bouchon Bakery jam)

You can choose jelly filled beignets or plain ones. I chose plain ones because I’m not a huge jelly fan.

This plate of fluffy beignets lightly rolled in sugar were the softest beignets I’ve ever eaten. Each one was pillowy soft, and melted in my mouth.  I want to dine at Bouchon Bistro again just for the beignets. They were accompanied with Nutella and jam. Heavenly.

Croque Madame (Toasted ham & cheese on brioche with a fried egg & mornay sauce. Served with pommes frites)

The sandwich was big, the runny egg a definitely plus. The fries were thin and crispy. Surprisingly they tasted like McDonald’s fries when you actually are lucky enough to get a fresh batch. I feel like I’ve committed a huge offense by comparing Bouchon fries to McDonald’s, but I swear that’s what they tasted like.

Bouchon French Toast (Bread pudding style with warm layers of brioche, custard & apples. Served with maple syrup)

I’m sad to say this was a complete fail for me.  The french toast was way too sweet for my liking, and the custard made the brioche quite soggy. I only ate a few bites before giving up.

Other than the French toast, we enjoyed our leisurely brunch here. The atmosphere was relaxing, the service was attentive.  I’ll have to visit the one in Los Angeles sometime soon. You can view Bouchon’s menus here.

Of course since we were here, we decided to walk around The Venetian.

Lunar Year decorations appeared to still be around too:

Random spot with a turtle so I had to take a picture:

Bouchon Bakery where I loaded up on macarons, cookies and cupcakes.

We passed by this gelato place that offers a crazy number of gelato flavors. Must try it out next time.

Bouchon Bistro
The Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino
3355 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Phone (702) 414-6200 Fax
http://www.venetian.com/Las-Vegas-Restaurants/Fine-Dining/Bouchon/

 

14 Responses to “Bouchon Bistro Las Vegas”

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    caninecologne — March 16, 2012 @ 1:24 pm

    ooh, gorgeous photos of the decorations (the pom pom things in the trees). O_0

    I like the lobster and turtle shots too. :) Hee hee

    “The Lobster was watching you…”

    • Kirbie replied: — March 16th, 2012 @ 1:41 pm

      I loved the decorations of that walkpath! Hehee, I know the lobster was already cooked but I swear he was staring at me the whole time. ;-)

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    Gastronomer — March 16, 2012 @ 3:37 pm

    I’ve always wanted to have brunch at Bouchon Vegas. I will be sure to skip the French toast when I do ;-)

    • Kirbie replied: — March 16th, 2012 @ 3:39 pm

      It’s sort of hidden. Took us forever to find it because it’s in this tower far away from all the other food spots. Once in there though, I didn’t feel like I was in Vegas. The view from the window reminded me of the view from the Beverly Hills one.

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    Eat. Travel. Eat! — March 16, 2012 @ 11:48 pm

    Wow, those Chinese New Year decorations at Palazzo are really nice! I’ve only been able to see the winter decorations, these are really a step up.

    BTW If I’m not mistaken those pom pom/balloons on the trees are at Wynn and not Venetian. :D

    • Kirbie replied: — March 17th, 2012 @ 9:13 pm

      Uh oh. You may be right. We passed by the Wynn on the way to the Venetian. I thought it was from The Venetian, but now I’m thinking you are correct.

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    Oceanside Chiropractor — March 17, 2012 @ 2:34 am

    Is there a Bouchon Bistro oustide Vegas? That Croque Madam looks scrumptious! Love how the egg is runny without making the bread soggy at all. This is a very hunger-conceiving post! (If there is such a word at all lol!)

    • Kirbie replied: — March 17th, 2012 @ 9:15 pm

      I believe there’s a couple. I know there is one in Beverly Hills.

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    twofoodiesonejourney — March 17, 2012 @ 7:30 am

    Keller mentioned often enough that they use commercially available fries for consistency at Bouchon and so they are using the same or a similar vendor as fast food joints like McD.

    • Kirbie replied: — March 17th, 2012 @ 9:16 pm

      Ah, interesting. Thanks for letting me know. Though I’m a little disappointed that they do that.

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    twofoodiesonejourney — March 17, 2012 @ 7:34 am

    BTW, you should go to the Bouchon Bakery in Yountville – much better selection and quality than in LV or LA ( both places are rather disappointing) and the gelato place has a huge selection but a really lousy quality

    • Kirbie replied: — March 17th, 2012 @ 9:16 pm

      When I visit the French Laundry, I’ll be paying a visit to Bouchon Bakery in Yountville for sure.

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    NerdsWithFood — March 18, 2012 @ 7:36 pm

    I’m going to Vegas for my bachelorette party and we’re planning on staying at the Venetian. How long was your wait for a table? Were you able to make a reservation? I’d like to do something fun and fancy with my bridesmaids and thought Bouchon would be fun for brunch. Do you have a suggestion that might be better?

    • Kirbie replied: — March 19th, 2012 @ 9:31 am

      Bouchon unfortunately does not take reservations for brunch. So for a bachelorette party it probably wouldn’t be a good idea. Also I feel like there are better venues for something fun and fancy for a bachelorette brunch. Unfortunately, I actually haven’t been to Vegas much in the last few years so I don’t really know what to recommend. Good luck finding a place. Sorry I cant be of more help!

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