Be sure to check out the Bouchon Cookbook
Bouchon is a French bistro that is part of the Thomas Keller French Laundry empire. They have locations in Yountville and Las Vegas. The decor sets the mood, with colors, paintings that set the stage for a French meal. Clearly most of the people here are touring the Wine country.
The restaurant is not large and has a busy, loud vibe. The place looks like it was transported from France.
They have the Bouchon bakery next door, which sells some of the best french bread around.
Great bread and butter
Soupe a la Oignon ($9.75) or french onion soup was a very good classic Hors-D’oeuver. It was steaming hot and had a strong onion flavor. The cheese on top was crusty and tasty.
Quiche du jour ($13.50) was a spinach and provolene quiche. Extremely high quality and nothing like the quiches you buy locally or shudder- get frozen. Top notch ingredients and very smooth.
Steak Frites ($33.50) or pan seared prime flatiron with maitre d’hotel butter and French fries is the quintessential bistro entree. The steak did not look visually appealing, but was excellent. It was cooked to a perfect medium rare and was super tender. The fries were plentiful and awesome. Some of the best around. Crispy and not greasy.
Assiette de Charcuterie ($14.50) with picked vegetables, Dijon mustard, petite baguette was had several kinds of delicious thinly sliced meats as well as accompanying items. A nice appetizer to put you in the french mood.
Salmon Special ($33) had a huge portion of Poached Salmon on top of kale and potatoes. Very good salmon even though the preparation was more different than we’ve been accustomed to. The pea shoot greens and potatoes seemed out of place on this unbalanced dish. A case of weekend special to clear out stuff?
Mojito ($11) was pricey and just average. Not enough sugar. Wine was a better bet.
The service at Bouchon was friendly and functional but not as available as we would like, probably because the place was so busy. Wine prices were high with glasses running $12. The glass of St Clement was a good call by the waiter. Cocktails also were expensive at $11+. The food was excellent and was accentuated by the atmosphere. This is a perfect place for the laid back atmosphere of the wine country.
Diners on a budget could get by with a lower cost sandwich ($17.95) or Croque ($16.95).
Bouchon at The Venetian
3355 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Bouchon Beverly Hills
225 N Canon Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210