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May 19, 2010 10:15 AM

Review: Daniel Boulud Brasserie - Las Vegas

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After watching episodes of "After Hours with Daniel" on Hulu, I have gained even more respect for this renowned chef. Although Daniel Boulud Brasserie isn't his flagship restaurant and not as creative as the dishes he would normally serve, I figured this is as close as I would get for now.

The restaurant was participating in the "Taste of Wynn" and offering a prix fixe dinner for $49.

Duck Terrine with red onion marmalade
The duck terrine was served with an assortment of pickled vegetables and bread on the side. I liked the fun yet simple plating on the dish that allowed me to try out different combination of vegetables and either mustard or the red onion marmalade.

Parsnip Soup with black walnut spiced bread
Since the wifey got the terrine, I thought it would be a good opportunity to try out the parsnip soup with black walnut spiced bread. The soup was smooth with a subdued but present parsnip flavor. I thought the black walnut spiced bread was a nice addition to the dish.

Can't comment on these much. I didn't get to try them out. Our dining companions thought it was OK and a different interpretation of escargots.

DB Burger - 9oz sirloin stuffed with braised short ribs, foie gras, and black truffle - 32
Some of our friends joined us on this meal and instead of ordering the prix fixe menu one of them decided to try out the DB Burger. My friends were generous enough to offer a bite of the DB Burger, but the bite I had didn't have any foie gras or black truffle or at least enough to taste it. He commented that he wasn't all that impressed with the DB Burger either.

Sea Scallops - beurre noisette, caper, raisin, cauliflower
The presentation was nice with a row of scallops alternating with cauliflower, pearl onions and tomatoes. The sauce lightly flavored the scallops, and the other components on the dish nicely added a fresh taste to the dish. But overall, the flavors were a bit too mild and didn't wow me as much as other scallop dishes I've tried.

Steak frites - 8 oz sirloin onion compote french fries watercress salad
Simple, straightforward and delicious. Here we have a a classic brasserie dish - the steak frites. The steak was cooked perfectly to a specified medium rare. I appreciated the addition of the onion marmalade and the watercress salad to add to extra flavor and variety to this simple dish. The frites were fantastic as well, perfectly fried.

Chocolate Hazelnut Fondant
The chocolate hazelnut fondant was smooth as a fondant should be. The chocolate and hazelnut flavors had just the right amount of flavor and to balance each other out. The scoop of ice cream and the crisp nicely added extra texture and flavor to the already rich dessert.

Warm Apple Tatin with maple ice cream
This reminded me of a sophisticated gourmet apple pie. The apples were caramelized in butter and sugar. I think I would rather have a warm, simple comforting apple pie than this gourmet version. It was a bit tricky to try to get all the components of the dessert in a perfect bite.

We ended our meal with some complimentary mignardises from the restaurant. Nice little touch.

Service was excellent during out meal. There was an incident where a fork almost fell off of the table, and the waiter with ninja-like instincts magically caught the fork midair. Daniel Boulud Brasserie serves simple brasserie food. Don't expect to be wowed by creativity; this is simple brasserie food that is done very well. I heard the restaurant will be closing in towards the end of May. I'll be sad to see this restaurant go.

Daniel Boulud Brasserie
3131 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

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  1. I found the DB burger to be a massive disappointment. It didn't have the kind of "beefiness" I was hoping for, considering the short rib. I love foie gras but for me it distracted both in flavor and texture. Also the aspect ratio was wrong for a burger, especially one served cut in half. The burger is too tall for its diameter. When you pick it up and take a bit of it, it wants to slide apart away from you. This problem is massively compounded by cutting it in half. The toppings were fine but I think they shouldn't have tried to reinvent the wheel. The DB burger misses the mark. I also had the Lobster Bisque. It had a good flavor was terribly watery, no body at all. The chocolate desert was delicious and service was perfect. I also really enjoyed the ambience, watching the colors change over the pond was pleasant.

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    1. re: rednyellow

      rednyellow - I agree with you about the burger. For $32 and the ingredients in the burger, I was expecting something spectacular. Disappointment for me as well. I enjoyed the ambiance and the color changing water too. What I did think was strange was the periodic shows. Just seemed really odd to me. IMHO not very sophisticated a classy for such a beautiful hotel.

      1. re: TNT Adventures

        EXACTLY!! It was very weird right in the middle of diner but I guess That's part of the "Vegas experience"

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      1. Slightly off topic but isn't Daniel Boulud Brasserie supposed to close soon? I remember reading that last 2009.

        Daniel Boulud Brasserie
        3131 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

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        1. re: gerbera

          Last I heard they are closing the end of June or first week of July. However, it was previously announced they were closing at the end of April. So if you are interested in going you might want to give them a call. (702) 770-3310

          1. re: Philber

            Just read on Eater LA, that Daniel Boulud Brasserie will be officially closing its doors July 5th. According to the article Chef David Walzog who is the chef at SW Steakhouse will be opening a new concept.

            Daniel Boulud Brasserie
            3131 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

            SW Steakhouse
            3131 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109