March 2, 2008
Last night we were invited to dine with my brother and sister-in-law at Thomas Keller's Bouchon in the Venetian. They know the pastry chef and have boasted about the great food and dessert that they serve. Now thinking about it I think I actually invited us to go along with them so we could see and taste what it was all about. I have to say it was one of the best restaurant experiences either of us have had. Besides the food we chose being delightfully flavorful and delicious we were surprised (at least Spencer and I), with an amazing lentil soup and herring dish all complements of the chef. Then to end on a sweet note we were served dessert after dessert of some of the most delectable foods, ten in all, complements of their pastry chef friend. But that's not all...their friend then took us on the grand tour of the kitchen. One of a food network junkie's wildest dreams! It was nothing like Hell's kitchen. They were so organized. I just wanted to stay as a fly on the wall and watch all the orders being prepared for the rest of the night. I have been fine dining in Las Vegas yet have always felt like I left not satisfied and never wanted to tout about any of them. This was definitely satisfying and worth sharing. The atmosphere is relaxed bistro so you don't feel like the room is stuffy and choking you from your meal. If ever you are in Las Vegas and looking for a great fine dining experience the Bouchon is a place to venture.