The last 11 hours was all about Bouchon.
In Las Vegas, there is Bouchon Bistro and Bouchon Bakery, both in the Venetian.
Being part of the Thomas Keller empire which includes the famous French Laundry in Yountville and Per Se in New York, Bouchon Bistro is the casual dining option, with shops in New York, Las Vegas, Yountville and Beverley Hills.
We woke up early and hiked to Bouchon Bistro which is secretly tucked away on the 4th floor of the Venetian, away from the casino and away from the busy lobby.
The stunning red sign showed us of our arrival; with very high ceiling, the space was almost cavernous with decor reminiscing real Parisian bistros.
I had the classic Croque Madame and DH had Les Oeufs: 2 eggs, potato croquettes, toasted brioche with sausages.
My Croque Madame was humongous!
I was really surprised by how big the portion was, and our next table mates agreed with us as I overheard them “wowed” when my dish arrived.
The simple sandwich had layers of subtle textural differences that was absolutely enjoyable: ham was delicious with a the bouncy meat texture, then, a layer of slight stringy chewy cheese, followed by an even softer yet chewy brioche.
The runny egg gave a lovely creaminess and egg flavor to the sandwich and the gravy was a savory compliment, with tasty and crispy fries.
The star of DH’s Les Ouefs was the potato croquette: very crisp outside and completely soft and pillowy inside, the croquette literally melted in the mouth.
To my bewilderment, there was a fragrant lemony flavor in the filling, coexisting with herb and fatty, smoky meat flavors.
DH and I shared a mocha, and the coffee was toasty nice.
Before we left, we ordered Bouchon Bakery’s famous almond chocolate croissant and blueberry muffin to go for our lunch on the plane.
The almond chocolate croissant was dense with generous amount of dark chocolate and runny almond paste.
Toasted almonds on top were soft and just super delicious.
The blueberry muffin was super fresh with lots and lots of blueberries and beautiful eggy flavor, unexpected but unobjectionable firmer texture, it was very good.
The Bouchon Bakery at the Venetian was quite tiny, with pastries, cookies, coffee and macarons.
Bouchon was a fantastic way to end our Hobbits journey to Las Vegas.