Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Bistro, Las Vegas, Nevada

July 4, 2013

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Thomas Keller’s

Bouchon Bistro
3355 Las Vegas Boulevard
Las Vegas, NV 89109

Written and Photographed by Grace Cheung

Food: Service: Maybe I don’t come to Vegas enough (something I intend to change in the future), but Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Bistro (@BouchonLV) was one of the most difficult restaurants for us to find during our whole Vegas trip. Located in the recesses of The Venetian Hotel, we had to hunt this place down. To be honest, we needed every arrow to guide us towards our destination. And hoo-ray, we found it!

Specials Board Right Right Out Front

Good thing too because we were hungry! Looking back, we are glad we decided to visit only one buffet this trip, which was that the Wicked Spoon. For the sake of our stomachs we decided to choose quality over quantity. That’s how we ended up at Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Bistro in The Venetian Hotel.

Fresh Warm bread at Bouchon

There is a Daily Specials menu featuring some amazing things for our Brunch, the Lobster and Crab Benedict sounds pretty good, doesn’t it? I’m not a fan of omelets, but I could make an exception for one filled with prosciutto!

No reservations are allowed only for dinner, not for brunch or lunch. Friends have warned me about the long waits, mentioning up to an hour! Thankfully, we arrived at Bouchon early and the wait was “only” 20 minutes. They did have little Mini Muffins on hand to feed those who need a bit of nourishment t help fix their hangovers. They were fluffy, buttery and a cute little bite. The almond sliver topping gave the “little bite” a nice contrasting texture.

Bouchon's Mini Muffins

Once seated, our waiter brought us Warm Bread, along with some fresh butter and jam. The bread was the perfect warmth, and I loved how they serve the little buns while still connected, and all blanketed in a towel to keep them warm.

Now some people would think coffee is the best accompaniment for brunch, but when in Vegas, a cocktail must be the beverage of choice. For me it was a French Margarita. This little breath of fresh air consists of Grey Goose, Sauza Hornitos tequila, cranberry & lime juice (for the vitamins), with a bit of fresh sour, all served on the rocks, complete with a salted rim.

As part of the Breakfast Américaine, we start off with a lovely Chocolate Croissant, again served warm. The flakiness of this is unlike anything I have ever experienced. The pastry itself is nice and light with a creamy chocolate center, but there is no way to eat this cleanly… the flakiness is just too messy, but oh, so worth it!

Bouchon Steak and Eggs - Top Shelf

The next part of the Breakfast Américaine is a plate of two eggs any style (we went for poached) served with bacon, AND country sausage with some toasted brioche. Yes, you don’t have to choose between bacon and sausage here, you get both! The eggs are prepared a perfect sunny side up, and perched atop a slice of their brioche toast, with another slice on the side. The toast is a perfect foil for the runny egg yolk. The sausage was a bit fatty, but we had asked for the bacon to be crispy and it was precisely as we ordered it.

Now this is Beautiful Brunch

Bouchon offers many culinary surprises, like Steak and Eggs as an unlisted special for brunch today (see picture above). Oh yes please! Touted as an 8 oz. sirloin, we really think it was bigger that. I loved how they grilled the sides instead of just the top and bottom as usual. The brioche was good, and better than the potatoes! I wish the eggs were a bit hotter, but I didn’t request it. For $26 in Las Vegas, this was well worth it.

We recommend Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Bistro! Tell em Grace Cheung and sent you!

Grace Cheung has always had a fork in one hand, and a pen in the other as she eats her way through Vancouver’s restaurant scene with a discerning bite. She spends her day scouring the best eateries and racking up frequent dining points. In between meals, she works as a marketer for a financial firm and also has her own company, providing social media services to local restaurants and entertainment venues. Must haves: Blackberry, iPad, and a nice Barolo. Monitor the feasting at or in real-time on Twitter @gracecheung604.

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