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BOUCHON

Las Vegas

The Venetian,
3355 Las Vegas Blvd South,
Las vegas,
Tel: +1 7024146200
Fax: +1 7024146220

Thomas Keller made his name with his Napa Valley restaurant French Laundry, considered by many to be the best restaurant in the United States. His New york restaurant Per Se is likewise sweeping award after award on the east coast now too. Bouchon at the Venetian is a version of his Napa Valley bistro, a somewhat watered down, simplified version of the French laundry and Per Se, but be warned simplified for Keller is astrophysics for most others. Though it may not be Keller himself, someone is certainly keeping a close eye on this kitchen, and that someone has learned their lessons well. Ever wondered why people get worked up over raw oysters? The sweet and supremely fresh (kept in water until the moment they are served to you) Snow Creek oysters will enlighten you as they seem to melt on contact with your tongue. Fifty dollars seems like a lot for pâté, but here a complex multiday preparation produces a buttery whip that is so rich, it's an appropriate -- and highly recommended -- appetizer for four. Don't miss the bacon and poached-egg frisee salad, or the cleanly seared salmon over poached leeks, prepared to such perfection it doesn't need the accompanying sauce. Gnocchi is earthy and assertive, a peasant version of an Italian favorite, while beef bourguignon is exactly as you expect it to be, in the divine perfection sense. Leg of lamb has all chewy bits excised before cooking, leaving it a garlic-permeated bit of tenderness. This is a superlative Vegas restaurant, and while it may be hard to reconcile the prices with the apparent simplicity of the food, recall that it takes serious skill to make even the most humble of dishes correctly, as your palate will reassure you.

www.frenchlaundry.com
Cuisine: French
Ambience: Urbane Fine Dining
Special: Celebrity Chef

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