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Has anyone tried the country Club jazz brunch at the wynn? I can't decide between the champagne brunch or the jazz brunch. Any advice?

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  1. It's been about a year, but I wasn't impressed with the jazz brunch at the Country Club at all, and surprisingly little of it was New Orleans-inspired, as the marketing suggested. It's a lovelyl place to sit around and the atmosphere is quiet and the golf course view soothing.

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    1. re: Dave Feldman

      Dave -
      What about the Jazz brunch didn't you care for?? Food/ value ratio?? Quality of food ??
      Just wondering, as we were planning to go on an upcoming trip as well.

      1. re: lorishea87

        Here is something that may or may not help, so take it for what it is worth. A little over a month ago, the Country Club also instituted a "New Orleans Tasting Menu", and we were intrigued to give it a try, since we really enjoyed Carlos Guia's cooking when he came out here to open Commander's Palace at what was then the Alladin (now Planet Hollywood). We have really missed that place, but a combination of having to deal with Katrina on the home front, and an inability to negotiate a good lease with the PH folks, have likely taken them away for good, and it is a particular type of cuisine that has been sadly lacking in Las Vegas (it has now been 20 years since "A Family Affair" closed, a truly special place that has never really been replaced, and Emeril's restaurants have compromised a bit towards blandness because of the tourist crowd). So we gave it a go last week, and were pleased - the gumbo had a deep flavor, if a bit "wet", and a mushroom bread pudding that had a sublime texture (the mouth-feel of a souffle) was a particular hit, with terrific beignets to top it off.

        Does the addition of these items to the dinner menu mean that the brunch could become a bit more authentic? Can't answer that one, because we have yet to try the brunch. But the hope would certainly be that perhaps Guia is being given a little more freedom now that he has been in this kitchen for a while.

        1. re: lorishea87

          QAW mentions several of the reasons I wasn't impressed with the food. The gumbo last summer was bland and only faint file flavor. We liked the fact that breakfast entrees could be made to order and served by waiters, but the dishes weren't distinctive. It felt like a hotel brunch and not a restaurant breakfast, if that makes any sense. I'm not as wild about Bouchon for brunch as others here, but a year ago, the Country Club was several notches below it. As QAW indicates, maybe things have turned around, and I hope it has, as the service and atmosphere was excellent. It would be great if someone who has been there more recently than us could chime in.

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          Bouchon
          3355 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

          1. re: Dave Feldman

            For me, Bouchon is my favorite breakfast / brunch spot still in Vegas. I also think it depends what you are wanting. If you are just a bacon & eggs kinda person, it may feel overpriced and not worh it for that -- I mean, how much can you do with bacon and eggs.. I also wasn't a big fan of the Steak Frites (onion flavor overpowered steak) or the hash (felt the corn beef chunks were too large) What I truly love about Bouchon is the coffee, bread, beignets, and the other normally boring breakfast items such as yogurt and oatmeal. They take it to another level, with candied orange peel in the oatmeal and vanilla bean specks throughout the yogurt with homemade granola. I've yet to try the Chicken and Waffles or the Croque Madame, which seem to get big raves, but they are both on my list to try this visit.

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            Bouchon
            3355 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

            1. re: lorishea87

              Thanks for the tips, I thought Bouchon was mostly for sweet bakery items. So they do have savory b-fest items too?

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              Bouchon
              3355 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

              1. re: vivers

                Bouchon has a full brunch menu, including fish entrees that most folks would associate with dinner. You can find all the menus here: http://www.venetian.com/Pages.aspx?id...

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                Bouchon
                3355 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

                1. re: vivers

                  "I thought Bouchon was mostly for sweet bakery items. So they do have savory b-fest items too?"

                  Here's a really good write-up on Bouchon's breakfast options from ChowHound Larry G ... http://home.comcast.net/~lasvegasvaca...

                  On our trip to Vegas last month I had the French toast (excellent but sweet) and omlette (good but not special) on successive mornings and my wife had the blood sausage w/ eggs (excellent) and a simple fruit dish (excellent). Also excellent fresh orange juice.

                  We were staying at the Encore (Wynn) but thought the breakfast options at Bouchon were worth crossing the street for ...

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                  Bouchon
                  3355 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

                  1. re: willyum

                    thanks for the advice. I will be staying at Encore too and was trying to look for b-fast places close by.

                2. re: lorishea87

                  If you want to find out how much you can do with bacon and eggs, get the Breakfast Americaine at Bouchon. It's the Platonic ideal of breakfast, what every Denny's Grand Slam dreams to be.

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                  Bouchon
                  3355 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

                  1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester

                    I still laugh at anyone who tries to glorify breakfast. We eat the same things today that the settlers did on the Oregon Trail. If Keller is making magic with bacon and eggs, then he must've been born in a manger.

                    The Country Club Jazz Brunch is an excellently refined way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Skip Bouchon -- it's Morels on PEDS and Mon Ami Gabi on 'roids. Bouchon is "something." The Jazz Brunch is "something else."

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                    Bouchon
                    3355 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

                    Mon Ami Gabi
                    3655 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

                    1. re: grimaldi

                      I highly doubt the settlers enjoyed the strawberry croissant that came with the breakfast, or the French toast bread pudding that my dining companion enjoyed. And oh, that croissant, I could write for days about that alone...

                      I used to share your view. Bouchon changed that. It wasn't magic, just raising the bar, people striving for perfection and darn near nailing it.

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                      Bouchon
                      3355 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

                      1. re: grimaldi

                        have you tried the wynn brunch buffet? would you do that or Jazz brunch if you could only do one

                    2. re: lorishea87

                      Chicken and Waffles is such a simple name for what it truly is. Pan roasted chicken with a chasseur sauce, waffle with bacon and chives inside, served with vanilla bean butter and maple syrup. I would eat that everyday if possible.

                      I didn't like the Croque Madame compared to the Chicken and Waffles. I found it overwhelming and just too much to eat.

                      1. re: lorishea87

                        The chicken and waffles and croque are both divine - but the doughnuts with nutella are a must.

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