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