Aria, 3730 S. Las Vegas Blvd. 89109
Tourists always ask me where they should go eat and I am usually no help because I rarely eat on The Strip. I did, however, eat at Michael Mina’s Bardot Brasserie (inside Aria) for another job and it was one of the best and most memorable meals I’ve ever had.
I’ve eaten and worked at a few exquisite restaurants in town, but there is something about Parisian cuisine that has always intimidated me. It’s classy and refined. Me? Not so much?. But when I am given the chance to get out of my sweatpants and try something new, I’m in! If you want to eat a nice, but somewhat pricey, dinner on The Strip, I highly recommend Bardot Brasserie.
The atmosphere at Bardot is sexy and sophisticated. The bar right as you enter is beautifully designed and has a gorgeous display of all their liquor, beers, cognac (they have one of the largest cognac selections in Las Vegas), and all the new and old world wine they have to offer. When I visited, it was for a media event so my guest and I were not given a menu when we were seated. We instead had the option to put our trust in the hands of the chefs and Michael Mina himself – Yes, he was actually there! It was a very smart decision on our part. Our meal consisted of six courses, with wine or champagne paired with each course.
Here are the courses I sampled:
Chilled seafood tower with fresh crab, shrimp, and oysters. It was served with a baguette with salted butter.
Prime Steak Tartare and Foie Gras Parfait served with grilled country bread.
Petit Onion Soup Gratinee with a Perigold truffle, braised oxtail, and a soft poached egg. It was topped with melted Gruyere and Emmental cheese
Parisian Gnocchi with goat cheese and wild mushroom, and Chickpea Frites with a roasted eggplant dip.
The main course was Heritage Chicken Roti and buttered green beans, and a Mushroom & Brioche pudding; it was paired with Salade Bardot and Macaroni gratinee.
Dessert (yes, there was room for dessert) was the Chocolate Macaron and a Lemon Meringue tart with fresh raspberries.
This meal was simply amazing! The food was perfectly seasoned, the presentation of the food was gorgeous, and the service was impeccable. The staff was well-educated about the food and watching them serve the tables and interact was like watching a well-choreographed performance. They truly put on a show! When Michael Mina greeted our table, he stated that those intimated by French food should not be. That they should think of it as, “High-end comfort food”.
The highlight of our meal was the Steak Tartare, Foie Gras, the Onion soup, and the Chocolate Macaron. These were all dishes I have never tried before and they were superb. The Steak tartare was perfectly seasoned and the flavors of the raw beef, garlic, and the egg on top were truly amazing. The Foie Gras was such a treat to experience. It was light, buttery, and smooth with a mousse texture and rich flavor. The Onion soup was so good that it is worth driving to Aria just to order alone. Although the version with oxtail and a poached egg can run you $25, it is more than worth the money. The soup is hearty and flavorful and the melted French cheeses on top are sensational.
I could go on and on about the Chocolate Macaron they served. It is large enough to share, but it is good enough where you won’t want to. It’s filled with dark chocolate ganache, it’s drizzled with chocolate sauce, and is topped with sea salt caramel that all blends together to create the perfect dessert.
With great food, great drinks, and great service, Michael Mina has a hit on his hands with Bardot Brasserie!
If you’re ever in town, check it out and let me know what you think. Bardot also has an excellent brunch and Happy Hour. For more info, visit the website.
(All photos are my own)