Thursday, February 4, 2010

Betting on Michelin Stars: Daniel Boulud, One More Time

Hidden inside the fabulous and glamorous Wynn Las Vegas casino resort is a very special French Brasserie... A brasserie that we only have a limited amount of time to visit before it closes its doors for good. Come with me and check out why Daniel Boulud is a "Vegas must eat" from now until April.

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Step into Wynn. Take Parasol Down to The Lake of Dreams. Turn right, and you'll see it. This is the place.

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I had to go here on Monday, and I had to take my father with me. I was on a mission to make a believer out of him. He was skeptical at first, as he's not really one for "fussified, dressed up French food". However, I think I was finally successful this week!

He really enjoyed everything from the salad to the Sonoma Chicken with winter veggies to the passion fruit sorbet. In fact, he declared this to be his new favorite Las Vegas restaurant!

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Meanwhile, I loved the cheese plate. These very special cheeses were paired beautifully with fruit jellies and breads.

And the DB Flatbread? Drop dead delicious! The caramelized onions and the chevre were paired together so delectably here! (Yes, the vegetarian options are a bit limited here... But the ones available are so delicious you'll stop being angry upon taking the first bite!)

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Oh, and how could I ever forget that chocolate souffle? I felt like I died and ascended to Chocoholic Heaven, if only for a few minutes! The strong chocolate flavor of the souffle was so enticing, and the texture was really just right. The parsnip creme anglaise was just the perfect topping here.

Oh yes, and one more thing. The Lake of Dreams does a fun video show every 30 minutes nightly. Do take a look and sing along with the singing frog or wonder how those dancing balls are choreographed so perfectly. Is it hokey? Admittingly, yes... But come on, it's Vegas! Have a little fun with it.

And have fun at Daniel Boulud while you can. Again, this place will be gone for good come April. Take at least one more time to realize why even the harshest Michelin critics were won over by this simple yet elegant cuisine.

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