French cuisine is only the beginning at Paris
Standards and expectations are naturally high at a casino-hotel named after one of the culinary capitals of the world. Paris Las Vegas boasts some of the best higher-end dining on the Strip, from the heralded brunch menus of its street-level eateries to the gourmet masterpieces created at a restaurant built into the upper altitude of the property’s scale replica of the Eiffel Tower. A stay at Paris provides the possibility of a gastronomic tour, with five major dining stops along the way.
Both Mon Ami Gabi and Hexx Kitchen + Bar offer brunch and outdoor patio seating with unparalleled sight lines of the Bellagio’s fountain shows across the street. Mon Ami Gabi has long been considered a go-to brunch spot on the Strip, with standard-setting Bloody Marys and a rolling cart boasting more than 80 French wines served by the bottle or glass. Executive chef Vincent Pouessel creates fresh takes on classic fare, with signature dishes such as escargot de Bourgogne, mussels marinière and bone-in filet (with truffle béarnaise sauce).
Hexx specializes in American cuisine, with farm-fresh brunch items served on the patio or in its large indoor dining room. Steaks are the highlight of the menu, including cuts of wagyu beef provided by pro golfer/rancher Greg Norman. And Alexxa’s Bar provides small plates with discounted sangria during happy hour.
Futuristic design near the entrance of Gordon Ramsay Steak gives way to a bi-level dining area with mirrored walls reflecting the neon chandelier that represents Ramsay’s hand attending to a pork belly, and a Union Jack on the ceiling. The menu reflects Ramsay’s uncompromising attitude on food. This is the place to try a 40-ounce triple-seared Japanese A5 or his famed beef Wellington, which can be experienced as part of a Hell’s Kitchen tasting menu. Leave room for Ramsay’s famous sticky toffee pudding.
There are no substitutions allowed to items on Martorano’s home-style Italian menu, but diners can choose from classics on the prix fixe menu such as chicken marsala, chicken parmigiana, penne Parmesan cream and spaghetti D.O.C. Eggplant stacked and Steve Martorano’s world famous meatball should be ordered for the table. Prepare for a party atmosphere after 8 p.m., when a DJ starts spinning old-school R&B, disco, slow jams and classic rock.
The Eiffel Tower Restaurant provides one of the pre-eminent vistas of the Strip from high altitude, and the romantic environment is the scene of a marriage proposal just about every night, according to maître d’ Andrea Farrell. The elevator doors open to chef J. Joho’s immaculate kitchen, where his staff expertly prepares specialties such as foie gras torchon, roast rack of lamb and Rossini-style filet mignon with truffle sauce. There are 1,200 wine selections to choose from, with the most valuable varietal topping out at five figures.
Then there’s the view. “I personally think this is the best way to do Vegas,” says Farrell. “You see all the action of the Strip from up here, where it’s so calm. You’re part of it, but above it, too.”