Bardot Brasserie is the newest edition to the restaurant line up at ARIA Resort & Casino. A French/Parisian concept by Chef Michael Mina, Bardot Brasserie pays homage to the brasserie culture of Paris in the 1920s.The restaurant in itself is beautiful. The dark woods and brass features work very well together and stand out within the ARIA Resort & Casino. The restaurant gives off a very elegant yet inviting vibe that immediately captivates you.
I’ve had the opportunity to dine at Bardot for dinner when they first opened and now I have been invited again to try their brunch. Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday from 10:00am – 2:30pm. Given that I usually work weekends, this was a nice treat for myself. 🙂
As soon as you walk into the restaurant during brunch hours you are greeted with a beautiful bread display. Nothing gets you more mentally prepared for a French experience than seeing roses and a variety of breads in a beautiful foyer. Just looking at the display made me simultaneously feel very classy and make my mouth water. An impressive accomplishment for only being in a restaurant for 2 minutes.
The menu has a fairly wide selection of items to choose, regardless if you are in the mood for savory or sweet. There is something for every palate. Fortunately, I was dining with a group of people so we were able to order many items from the menu and share. For our appetizers we had: TARTE FLAMBÉE $14: caramelized onions, cave aged gruyère, bacon lardons, PRIME STEAK TARTARE $25: sauce verte, organic egg, gaufrette potatoes, FOIE GRAS PARFAIT $15: ruby port gelée, grilled country bread, ESCARGOTS BARDOT $17: warm hazelnuts, chartreuse butter, puff pastry, and FRENCH TOAST $12 brioche french toast, vanilla mascarpone, candy almond, orgeat syrup.
My favorite appetizers were the Steak Tartare and the escargot. Both were so delicious I could eat them as a meal in themselves. The steak tartare had excellent flavor that was complimented by the choice of chips served with the dish. The escargot, served in a pastry puff were bite sized snacks that aimed to please both those familiar with escargot as well as the new comers to the dish.
Our main courses for brunch was also a decent sample of the menu. We had a chance to try the following: LE STEAKBURGER $19: prime rib patty, comté cheese, garlic aïoli, watercress, bordelaise onions & hand-cut fries, BARDOT STEAK FRITES $32: 8oz flat iron, au poivre, french fries, CROQUE MADAME $18: pain de mie, paris ham, gruyère fondue, organic egg, MAINE LOBSTER CROISSANT BENEDICT $29.
I would have to say that my favorite of the brunch items I tried had to be the Maine Lobster Croissant Benedict. It had the right amount of lobster and the serving size was just right. I think if it was any larger, it would have been too much. The quality of the plate was excellent and it’s definitely something I would go back for. Well worth the cost!
However, my favorite item from Bardot, hands down, brunch or dinner, day or night, has to be their Chocolate Macaron. Served table side with a chocolate sauce, this macaron is the size of a soft ball and is unbelievably rich and decadent. It can easily be shared with a party of 2 or more and everyone at the table will feel like they have eaten their share of calories for a week. (But it is worth it!) If you go to Bardot for nothing else but this macaron, I would never fault you.
If you are going to splurge on a fancy weekend brunch in Las Vegas, might as well be a French experience. Especially a French restaurant by Michael Mina. This will not be my last meal at Bardot Brasserie.