Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Bouchon, Las Vegas

Bouchon, Las Vegas
On our first morning in Las Vegas we decided to head for the Venetian for a toot at the gondolas and hunt down one of the best breakfasts the Strip has to offer. Bouchon is a bistro owned by Thomas Keller; the culinary wizard behind The French Laundry in Yountville and is situated in the hotel part of the Venetian, away from the crowds in the Mall.

Bouchon, Las VegasYou cannot make a reservation for breakfast, and we had heard that there is sometimes a long queue for a table. With this in mind we went at about 9am (by which time it was already 28 C outside) in the hope we wouldn't have to wait too long. There was no queue at all! Apparently 9am is early... We were greeted by a friendly waitress and taken into the main seating area via a stunning tiled walk way. Everything is beautifully finished, and definitely feels more European than American. We had the choice of sitting outside (on the air conditioned balcony) or inside. We remained inside just because it was so nice.

The menu is extensive, ranging from a full English type breakfast to the more continental choices. Everything is home made including the pastries, butter and preserves.

Our waiter was fantastic. He was really chatty (and seemed to know an awful lot about Manchester) but was not intrusive. He asked us about our plans so we told him of the excitement brewing about visiting The French Laundry later in the week.

We chose the Breakfast Américaine and Bouchon French Toast. This didn't sound like a lot of food when we ordered it, nor did it appear a breakfast behemoth like those at Dottie's. However, it was unbelievably filling!

Our menu choices:

  • Breakfast Américaine: two eggs any style served with bacon, country sausage & toasted brioche & a pecan sticky bun.
  • Bouchon French Toast: bread pudding style with warm layers of brioche, custard & apples served with maple syrup.
  • Fresh orange juice, breakfast tea & Bouchon blend coffee.

Bouchon, Las Vegas
Bouchon, Las Vegas
Bouchon, Las Vegas
Bouchon, Las Vegas
Wow. This breakfast was epic. Everything in sight was rich and packed with flavour. The bacon was maple smoked, anything bread based was actually brioche, the apples were stewed in cinnamon, the massive pecan bun was covered in sugar syrup and even the jams were full of fruit. Coffee, tea and orange juice were all refilled regularly too.

This was one of my favourite breakfasts ever. Go to Bouchon if you want relaxed dining with a flash of finesse. They also serve brunch, lunch and dinner. Well worth a trip if you're on the Strip...

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  1. This post has made me so hungry! Everything looks really tasty. I went to Las Vegas a couple of years ago but sadly missed this place!

    1. Oh it was sooo good! It's pretty well hidden...


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