Thursday, July 17, 2008

Bouchon at the Venetian, Las Vegas

Croque Madame

All of the junk food in this town aside, one thing that has been popping up a lot in Las Vegas in recent years has been the number of fine dining establishments. We took this opportunity to hit up Bouchon (3355 Las Vegas Boulevard South, 414-6200), an outpost of the French Laundry's Thomas Keller, and unrelated to Les Bouchons in Singapore. While one would naturally find a number of fancy dishes available at a place like this, I went for something simpler: a ham and cheese sandwich, largely because I was so inspired by that lovely BLT that he created for Spanglish.

Lo and behold, in croque-madame fashion, it had an egg sunny side up on it. It pretty much tasted like it looked, full of quality ingredients and rich in taste. In some ways, it got to be a bit too rich and filling, but regardless, I can see why this guy is so hailed in the industry. He can take something so simple and present it as something so wonderful, all while staying very rustic and humble. We were quite happy with this place.

5 comments:

Tabitha said...

Mmm. We went to Bouchon when we were in Vegas in January. It was amazing and just hungered my desire to go the French Laundry...

Matt said...

I've heard the french fries there are the best ever. What did you think?

bma said...

You know, I was really hoping that they would be out of this world too, but I didn't necessarily find that to be the case. I mean, they certainly weren't bad, but I still got more "emotional bang" out of Hot Doug's in Chicago.

gwen said...

good god. how is it you know thomas keller created that blt in spanglish? i always drool at that scene with the oozing egg yolk and i had to google to know for sure that was what you were refering to. thomas keller and a movie sandwich! geez!

Anonymous said...

i just went to Bouchon after your recommendation and yelp's high review... everything there was delicious, esp the Crouquett madam.. out of this world!!! :D