French Dining Tour of Vegas

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 French Dining Tour of Vegas


Bonjour!

Not exactly sure how this “dining tour” idea came about. Maybe it had something to do with refreshments at the pool in the shadow of  the Eiffel Tower? Anyway, fellow bons vivants (my brother, sister-in-law, and our dear friend Susan from New Jersey) adore Vegas and its impressive collection of world-renowned Chefs. When we plan our trips to Vegas “where shall we dine?” is the first order of business.

Thanks to my brother’s edict that we try new restaurants each visit, on last Fall’s trip we hit the mother lode. We re-discovered Las Vegas’ first celebrity chef, the charming André Rochat. It may have been we were so blown-away by our experience that we convinced Don we absolutely had to go back to André’s, tout de suite. However it evolved, the first “French Dining Tour of Vegas” was born – a trip where we would eat at exclusively French restaurants, or those with French Chefs, and of course we would stay at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino.

pool at paris las vegas

French Dining Tour of Vegas Itinerary

Arrival Day

Late Night Snack
Michel Richard’s CENTRAL @ Caesar’s

Day 1

Breakfast
MON AMI GABI @ Paris

Lunch
POOLSIDE below the Eiffel Tower

Cocktails
EIFFEL TOWER RESTAURANT BAR @ Paris

Dinner
ANDRE’S @ Monte Carlo

Day 2

Brunch
FRANCOIS PAYARD PATISSERIE & BISTRO @ Caesar’s

Afternoon Wine & Cheese
PETROSSIAN BAR @ Bellagio

Dinner
L’ATELIER DE JOEL ROBUCHON @ MGM Grand

Departure Day

Breakfast/Lunch
MON AMI GABI @ Paris

French Dining Tour of Vegas in Pictures

view of bellagio from patio at mon ami gabi
breakfast @ mon ami gabi
francois payard
payard open kitchen
payard's chicken cocktail panini
brunch @ francois payard
bellagio conservatory & botanic gardens
vélos
pont sur le ruisseau
grenouille
petrossian bar
wine & cheese @ petrossian bar
l'atelier de joël robuchon
beef & foie gras burgers
raspberry surprise, white chocolate, yuzu ice cream
mon ami gabi
'les vaucopins' chablis premier cru
frisée, kale & warm bacon salad with poached egg
sea scallops gratinées
mussels marinière

Blackjack Switch

In addition to the Dining Tour, we also had great fun playing a rather new variant of Blackjack, called Blackjack Switch. In this game the player must play two hands, with equal bets. When the cards are dealt, the player can then ask the dealer to switch the second card dealt to each hand. The hand signal for this move is to point the index and middle fingers, then flip them over, indicating a “switch.” How many times have you wished you could switch your cards? Now it isn’t cheating anymore!

Of course, the House will keep its percentage, so a Blackjack only pays even money, and a dealer hand of 22 results in a push. Blackjack Switch has a winning strategy slightly different from the Basic Strategy, especially when it comes to double down and splitting. There are also instances when a player might not hit or stick in the usual manner, due to the dealer push on a 22. Switch strategies can be found online. If played correctly the house odds are similar to those of regular 21, where a player has the opportunity for payback at approximately 99.5%. We found this new game to be exciting, challenging and fast-paced, and we seemed to play longer than usual on the same amount of cash. Have you played?

au revoir las vegas

We’re thinking our next “Tour” might be the Italian Dining Tour of Vegas. Perhaps stay at The Venetian. Any input for restaurants? Osteria del Circo is on my list…

*My previous review of André’s Modern French Cuisine is posted here.
*The fabulous multi-course meal at L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon is now posted here.

9 thoughts on “French Dining Tour of Vegas”

  1. I’ve never been to Vegas but it’s on my bucket list. So over the top, it’s a Disneyland for adults! And from what I can see, you can eat very, very well.

  2. Try to hit Bartolotta; it’s pricey but will seem *very* reasonable after L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon.
    Otto seems to be having a bit of an off period based on some recent reviews, but B&B was excellent when we visited in March.
    Il Fornaio in NY-NY, with careful menu choices is good and not expensive (by LV standards).
    Nove in the Palms has a great view and very good modern style food.

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