Vegas Eats: Thomas Keller's Bouchon at the Venetian

French food ain't high on my list of favorite cuisines, but this joint is something else.

Posted by Miss Monkay

Visiting Vegas means several things to me, but one thing that always falls high on my list is food. I try to make it a point to check out at least one new restaurant during each visit, but sometimes that does not happen. I am a creature of habit and find that if there is something that I like, I tend to not risk a bad meal.

During our most recent visit to this little city in the desert, we stayed at the Venetian which is home to Thomas Keller's Bouchon, a fact that is hard to miss. Signs promoting the bistro are displayed everywhere, including our room. When it came time to decide where to have our Sunday morning breakfast I presented the choice to Chuckmonster : Check out of our room and run over to the Wynn for some pancakes that we know will be excellent or check out late and give that fancy-pants Frenchy place, Bouchon a go. We decided to take the road less travelled this time around and boy, oh boy am I glad we did. Thomas Keller, thank you for a fantastic meal.

What:
Bouchon

Where:
The Venetian

Chef:
Thomas Keller

Reservation/Wait:
30 minutes before checkout on a Sunday morning, we decide to pop in with no reservation for what was touted as the 'best breakfast in Vegas.' We figured that we could use the early Daylight Savings time change as a perfect excuse to check out late. As we were staying in the tower where Bouchon was housed we managed to make it from our room and to the hostess within 5 minutes. Given a choice, we opted for outdoor dining and were seated immediately.

Bread:
Lovely baguettes brought to the table after we ordered with fresh butter and strawberry jam.

Appetizers:
A croissant and a pain au chocolat. Both incredibly light, flakey and buttery. The chocolate used was beautifully rich and creamy, not overly anything at all. Perfect!



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Comments & Discussion


quelle jolie croque madame. je convoite. chuckmonster's plate looks yumms but in comparsion, does not seem quite le badass.

I told you so, Miss Monkay!!

Indeed you did!!! Good taste, you!

You know you made me hungry!!!!!

we stayed at the venetian easter weekend, and the croque madame really was as good as the review and the picture. i mean stellar.
pain au chocolate, cheese danish, (don't forget the basket of madeleines and muffins all the way at the front), waffles (with a side of white sausage) were also on the table. and maybe an omellete somewhere. who knows anymore.
i think the fries are almost pointless on the croque madame's plate, outside of being something for others to pick at. i've had nearly everything on that table elsewhere, but i've never had a waffle or cheese danish quite like the ones at bouchon. for me i really felt like they'd managed to clearly define what such foods should taste like (and from all of my research it appears my madeleine experience was enough to make proust proud).
i will be back. my standard "diner" breakfast of the corned beef hash was on the menu and it pained me to not be able to try it. anyone able to post so i can live vicariously?

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