We’ve been hitting The Las Vegas Culinary Jackpot, big time! A week ago I shared what is now our absolute favorite spot for Brunch in Vegas – Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill @ Caesar’s. Among many other items, the Yucatan Style Grouper with Blue Crab Succotash Sauce is brilliant. Our epicurean bonanza did not stop at Mesa Grill, though.
Thanks to my brother’s edict that we try new restaurants, on this trip we hit the mother lode. To our immense delight, we re-discovered Las Vegas’ first celebrity chef, the charming André Rochat. It was with fond memories of escargots and duck à l’orange enjoyed at André’s in Downtown Vegas decades ago that we made our dinner reservations.
“In the 1980s, it was a whole different city. We were the only freestanding gourmet restaurant in town. We were very busy, very busy, sometimes with a line at the door,” said Rochat, who was raised in a small town outside Lyon, France. (Read more about our favorite Las Vegas legend here).
André’s @ Monte Carlo reflects the original old-world Downtown Vegas charm and combines it with new-world breathtaking aqua décor and warm, personalized service plus the Chef’s years of talent and hospitality. We were so blown-away by our experience we are certain that foodies coming to Vegas to meet the hottest new Chefs will be even more impressed to meet the town’s hottest old Chef!
Our Short List of Recent Vegas Favorites
Breakfast – Mon Ami Gabi @ Paris
“al fresco on the Strip, open at 7 am, enjoy breakfast with plenty of coffee then go play blackjack”
Dealer – Paul from Thailand @ Paris
“he’s the best and we’re all 21 winners”
Brunch – Mesa Grill @ Caesar’s
Lunch – Mon Ami Gabi @ Paris
“mussels mariniére and french baguette for sopping up the sauce”
Bar – Michel Richard’s Central @ Caesar’s
“great beers, sip champagne by-the-glass, people-watching”
Pasta – Sirio’s @ Aria
tagliatelle pasta with fresh shaved first of the season white truffles
“get the large order $89 and share, it’s worth every
Dinner – André’s @ Monte Carlo
“our highest recommendation, bar none”
MON AMI GABI @ PARIS
Mon Ami Gabi is that charming French bistro that offers al fresco dining on the Strip.
Dry Rosé from the Rhone. Syrah 70%, Grenache noir 30%. The wine’s color is an intense peony pink. Raspberry aromas. Lively and well-balanced, with just a tad more body than some other popular rosés. Nice long fruity finish. Drinking pink wine in the sun on the Strip, it doesn’t get much better…
Always impressed with the level of service at Mon Ami Gabi.
Crisp, Knowledgeable, Friendly, Professional, Engaging.
We see many of the same waiters year after year.
ANDRÉ’S @ MONTE CARLO
andré’s ipad wine list
award-winning wine list that boasts more than 1,500 selections
pan-seared duck foie gras
caramelized apple, five-spice crème anglaise, port wine reduction
Complex and layered, with black cherry, berry, and earthy minerality, it has concentration and depth without being heavy. There’s wonderful structure and texture, with soft, supple tannins. An all-around delightful Oregon Pinot Noir. It’s deep flavors yet lighter body paired beautifully with many of André’s refined dishes.
Chef Rochat gives his personal stamp of approval to each plate before it leaves the kitchen. In this photo he is exiting the kitchen to come over to our table. It was a pleasure and an honor to meet the Chef. Thank you Chef, for a most extraordinary experience!
BRADLEY OGDEN @ CAESAR’S PALACE
bar and wine room
The bright and colorful pantry display at the far end of the dining room attracts diners to watch the the preparation of cold items, including the yellowtail tartare (above). The pantry features Italian olive oil and vinegars, charcuteries, cheese, mixed antipasto salads and iced seafood.
tagliatelle con il primo tartufo bianco
be sure to share
Castellare Chianti Classico Riserva 2007
A terrific expression of Chianti, pairing very well with many of Sirio’s main courses. Aromas of cherries and plums. Bright red in color. Fresh and fruity with bright red cherry, red currant and pomegranate flavors. A hint of oak. A long silky finish and hints of candied orange peel and flowers. Excellent value.
MICHEL RICHARD’S CENTRAL @ CAESAR’S PALACE
Central’s two-sided bar opens to the Caesar’s Palace lobby. From the choice of color, to the grand design, to the translucent bar, this is an energizing place to have a drink. Our bartender was excited to tell us about Richard’s eclectic draught-beer selections.
Over-sized mirrors give the already huge space, seating up to 300, an expansive feel. We can’t speak for the food, but we were definitely impressed with the ambiance, bar service, and variety of choices of beer, sparking, and wine by the glass. Take a break from gaming or browsing the Forum Shops at Central’s Bar.
Bonjour Las Vegas!
Se Réveiller! Sometime between 7 and 8 AM.
frisée & bacon salad, soft-poached egg, croutons
Bonjour. Bonne chance. Bon appétit!
With the utmost gratitude and love to my fellow bons vivants – my brother and sister-in-law. Thank you. Looking forward to our January trip, preliminarily dubbed “The Las Vegas French Tour,” where we will dine at only at Vegas’ French restaurants. You can bet we will be back at André’s, tout de suite.
Dear Readers – We would love to hear about your favorite Vegas restaurants and chefs. And Don, Kristy, and I would especially appreciate your recommendation for our upcoming Las Vegas French Tour.