Vegas Breakfast - Bouchon, The Verandah. Paragraph breaks included!!!
In my opinion, one of weakest dining links in Las Vegas is breakfast. And I will limit this statement to the strip. Sure there are the old stand bys and every imaginable type of buffet and coffee shop but as far as pure breakfast, there are few excellent options.
In the past I have read all sorts of positive posts about Bouchon and figured it was about time that I high-tailed it over to the Venetian to try it. I was very impressed walking into the this very cavernous space. I did not go at night and breakfast crowds are habitually quiet but I can imagine this place being fairly loud as the day wears on due to the ceramic tiled floor. We started with a carafe of OJ, coffee along with the daily special of beignets. These beignets came out warm w/sort of a cinnamon sugar sprinkling. As I picked them up I was taken by the weight of these "beignets" and upon biting into them I understood why. There were more like a crème filled doughnut than they were to a beignet but that is splitting hairs...they were delicious.
For breakfast I had a baked egg casserole (sorry I cannot remember the name) and my buddies had the Bouchon French Toast and the sausage egg breakfast. My casserole came w/2 baked eggs in a smallish square cast iron skillet. The eggs were on top of some julienne ham and mushrooms and topped with a Mornay sauce. It was a decent dish but nothing that would make me come back. That also goes for the eggs and sausage, which were exactly that, a plate adorned w/scrambled eggs and one huge sausage. Again, good, but not memorable. The French Toast is more akin to a Pain Pardue. The brioche accompanied with the custard along with fresh strawberries and real maple syrup were a treat. Some here complain that this dish is too sweet. I wholeheartedly disagree. This is one of those breakfast treats that will forever and always been burned into memory. And finally, the special quiche of the day sounded so enticing that we ordered one for the middle of the table...and then another. OMG, this quiche could not have been better. It was a Roquefort and sautéed leek quiche that was so light and decadent at the same time were all blown away. Again, It could not be better. All in all we found Bouchon to be delicious...but not delicious enough to knock our perennial favorite for its perch.
The Verandah at the Four Seasons again makes it as our top breakfast destination. Yes it is expensive, but NO MORE so than Bouchon (that is taking cab fare out of the equation. We were staying at the Bellagio so a cab to is imperative. Walking home to work off excess is recommended!) The atmosphere of eating outside on the Verandah is second to none. Quiet, tranquil yet not stuffy. And their coffee is AWESOME. There were 3 of us and we had 2 Huevos Rancheros (if it is not on the menu ask for it. They are happy to make.) and 1 eggs Benedict. Eggs Benny can be a deal breaker as far as I am concerned. If a place cannot make a good Eggs Benny then there is no reason to return, IMO. These are always perfect with an absolutely delicious hollandaise that does not suffer from alot of the same pitfalls as all the others do (separation, over cooking and coagulating, along with improperly cooked eggs). These are the Eggs Benedict you only dream you could make. And now on to the piece de resistance. I have babbled on and on here about the Huevos Rancheros before and forgive me for doing again. This dish is the perfect Vegas breakfast and you should not leave town (especially if you have partaken to the night before a little too heavily!) without trying these. They are the perfect combination of sauce, beans, tortillas, eggs and cheese (the guacamole on the side is nothing special). Along the side of the dish is a chorizo sausage cut lengthwise and lightly grilled. Some may accuse this dish as being not authentic and "gringo-ized", I say call me Gringo!
Thanks for posting this. We always eat a lot of our breakfasts in Bouchon because we normally stay in the Venetian. We love going there, always have had great meals there, dinner included. We also enjoy others in Venetian such as Pinot Brasserie (which a lot of people don't realize serve breakfast, and if peace and quiet matters, you'll usually find it there with great food as well, we found a sublime french toast there too) and we do like Tintoretto upstairs in the "Square" for a less expensive but louder option.
However, I really appreciate you mentioning the Verandah. We would not normally consider leaving the premises for a breakfast, however, your description leaves me no choice for our next trip. Since we always rent a car, I guess it wouldn't be such a hardship to take a ride over there. Finding a good Huevos Ranchero in LV in an elegant and peaceful setting sounds wonderful. Can't wait to try someplace else next time.