Here’s a quick tease of what you’ll find from our restaurant tour of Vegas!
They say that if you sit long enough at the Avenue des Champs-Élysées in France, you’ll see everyone you know.
It’s Vegas counterpart, the patio of the Mon Ami Gabi in The Paris, offers the same unhurried pace, similar beauty (thanks to the Bellagio Fountains directly across the street), and—in our case—everyone we knew in Vegas. It’s where we gathered for our lengthy planning session while going over the details of our Las Vegas Raves & Faves tour. So, with thanks to the patient wait staff who never complained while the tables next to us turned over, and over again, here’s what we found in the midst of our planning.
Let’s just say it felt like an oasis. Yes, in the midst of the Vegas bustle you walk into the Mon Ami Gai and immediately lose the noise of the casino, and are treated to a spacious retreat where they cater to you in style.
We arrived at the intersection of breakfast and lunch so charmingly called brunch. Just reading the menu was fun, with items such as porcini mushroom soup with cognac and sage, liver mousse with warm country bread croque monsieur, and more. The Specialty of the Maison is the steak frites done any number of ways: classique with maitre d’ hotel butter, au poivre with a brandy peppercorn sauce, Roquefort with a bleu cheese sauce, béarnaise, and Dijon.
We started with a warm brie cheese with black pepper honey and hazelnuts which was melt-in-your-mouth great. The toast points were lightly toasted and buttery. The brie included roasted garlic cloves and each bite broke down into about six simple ingredients of pure bliss.
A couple of our group took our server’s recommendation and went with the au poivre, and weren’t disappointed. It was steak pounded thin and cooked just right—not overdone as a thin steak can so easily be. The signature hand-cut frites were crispy and too delicate to be called French fries.
Others at the table tried the Jumbo Lump Crab Cake with celery root remoulade and a gribiche sauce (similar to tarter sauce), the Leek and Butternut Squash Quiche, and—since they were reputed to have good ones—a hamburger. The Crab Cake was fresh and flavorful, the Quiche was ‘like air,’ and the burger was reminiscent of all the right words, such as thick, juicy, satisfying.
We were going to pass on dessert until our server (I said he was good, didn’t I?) told us that the Bananas Foster Crepe came ‘complete with five spoons.’ And there was plenty for those spoons to go in multiple times and come up full!
Prices range from the $6 soup to the $40 steak, and Mon Ami Gabi welcomed families and casual attire—it is, after all, Vegas.
This has been another advance look at some of our stops on our restaurant tour of Vegas. If you liked this, you’ll love the full Raves & Faves pieces that will debut soon, complete with video, great photography, and back-of-the-house stories. Stay tuned—we’re here all week, folks!
Special thanks to our Twitter followers who gave us recommendations for Mon Ami Gabi!
@FondOfFood MMMMM! The Pomme Frites are the best! Mon Ami Gabby is my favorite restaurant in LV! Try the Escargot!
jhaldiman I second Mon Ami Gabi recommendation from Stefaniya! Awesome restaurant at Paris!
@mikethebig1 there’s a mon ami gabi here. Why go to vegas for what you can get in chicago? Still good, though!
@Stefaniya Mon Ami Gabi at Paris Las Vegas is fantastic.