Las Vegas Edition: A Taste of France

February 26, 2011

Mon Ami Gabi From The Strip
On our last night in Las Vegas, the BF and I decided to have dinner at a Lettuce Entertain You staple, Mon Ami Gabi, located inside of Paris Las Vegas. Although there are several locations in Chicago, we thought it would be nice to dine here in Vegas, as neither one of us had dined there before and I never have a bad meal at a Lettuce restaurant.

The Las Vegas location offers al fresco seating right on the strip, with direct views of the Bellagio fountains. Unfortunately for us, it was too cold and windy that night for outdoor seating. We were seated in the crowded dining room and left to browse the extensive wine list. I chose a glass of the house Pinoit Noir and the BF tried the house Merlot.

We were pretty hungry so we decided on two appetizers. I figured since this was a french restaurant, I had to try the escargots de bourgogne. For those of you that don't know, those are snails. They were served in a traditional plate with six snails oven roasted in garlic-herb butter. If you ask me, everything tastes better in garlic-herb butter. I generously dipped the fresh French bread on the table in the leftover butter so I didn't waste a single drop! This was an excellent choice!

Escargots de Bourgogne
 The BF went with a more conservative, yet, authentic choice, French onion soup. This version featured melted gruyere cheese baked on top. The portion was huge for a starter and was very tasty. I thought it could have been a tad less salty, but the gooeyness of the cheese mixed with the simple broth won me over.

Onion Soup Au Gratin
Next up was the main course. Since Mon Ami Gabi is a French steakhouse, and I don't often have red meat, I chose the hanger steak cooked in a merlot sauce with, you guessed it, butter! The steak is typically served with their thin steak frites, but I chose steamed green beans to compliment my dish. I ordered my steak medium, (warm, pink center), but it was a tad on the rare side. However, I was so in love with the wine sauce and the tenderness of the meat, that I gobbled it all up.

Hanger Steak
The BF went with the classic roast chicken and frites. This was a half chicken slowly roasted with bacon and mushrooms and served with pearl onions and a side of hand cut frites. The BF was pleased with this dish, as was I. I sampled a chunk of the delicious white meat which was perfectly seasoned and not a bit too dry. Definitely a good choice for the non-steak diner.

Roast Chicken and Frites

Since it was our last evening in Sin City, we had to get dessert to celebrate our lovely trip. We narrowed the dessert menu down to three, but ultimately went with our server's suggestion: the Profiterole Trio. This dessert featured three puff pastries filled with chocolate, vanilla and strawberry ice cream and was generously topped with hot double chocolate fudge sauce. True perfection!

Profiterole Trio

 Overall, our final dinner in Las Vegas was romantic and delicious! We were pleasantly surprised with the quality and portions for the price, especially by Las Vegas standards. Mon Ami Gabi gets 4 stars for its energetic ambiance, "french-friendly" fare, and on-point service. Mon Ami Gabi is yet another Lettuce Entertain You restaurant that did not disappoint!

Paris Resort & Casino
3655 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, NV 89109

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