Las Vegas -1/15/12

Mon Ami Gabi Caesar Palace

Day 1- Dining at Mon Ami Gabi

When we need to inject a little excitement and spark into our daily life, we hop on a plane direction Las Vegas!

Known as sin city, paradise for gamblers but beside gambling there are also so many things to see and do.  It is really fun just to walk around and tour the new luxurious hotels that pop up like mushrooms along the strip as long as you wear comfortable shoe!

There are plenty of shows for both adults and kids to see but the thing I enjoy the most about Las Vegas is shopping!   I usually stop by the Fashion Show Mall, the largest mall you will find on the Strip, they have a lot of upscale and top designers stores there so I check out the latest trend.   But when it is time to buy and find bargain we stop by Las Vegas Premium outlet (about 5 to 10 minutes from the strip).  The savings are amazing, there are great deals and it we always end up buying a lot!  I also like Primm outlet which is a bout 45 minutes from the strip but it is worth the drive there. 

Beside shopping, I also enjoy going out to dinner in Las Vegas!  15 years ago dinning in Las Vegas meant buffet style, there are no famous chefs, and no fancy restaurants inside the Casinos but that was about to change when Wolfgang Puck got the ball rolling about 15 years ago when he opened Spago at The Forum Shops at Caesars in 1992.  Spago became so successful that a long parade of chefs from throughout the world has followed suit.   Today, visitors can dine at restaurants from chefs based in Paris (Guy Savoy and Joël Robuchon), New York (Mario Batali, Bobby Flay), San Francisco (Michael Mina, Hubert Keller), Napa (Thomas Keller), Chicago (Jean Joho, and soon Charlie Trotter) and many more..

Today we are dining at Mon Ami gabi!

 

Mon Ami Gabi is traditional French Bistro located inside of Paris Hotel so it is very convenient for us since we are staying at the hotel.  The place is always busy so I made reservation a week in advance.   I just found out that Mon Ami Gabi was voted “Best Restaurant” in Southern Nevada by readers of Nevada magazine in 2011 so it is even more crowded.

 

Door to the entrance on the restaurant.

 

Even though I made reservation we still have to wait about 15 minutes before we were seated.

Hanh and I posing in front of the entrance while waiting to be seated.

Hoa and I we came her quite often because they have decent steaks and Kevin always wants a good steak.

Here we are seated and Hanh and I we are checking out the menu.

Me, Hanh, Huy, and Hoa

Carotte rapées (grated carrots) compliment of the restaurant served with butter and warm bread.

The bread at Mon Ami Gabi is to die for!  It is so good!

For appetizers Hoa ordered a house made PÂTÉ de campagne with

cornichons, whole grain mustard, and warm country bread.

 

Oven roasted ESCARGOTS DE BOURGOGNE with garlic herb butter is pretty good.  The best part is when the escargots are all eaten, take a generous piece of bread and dip it in the container to soak up all of the flavorful herb butter.

MUSSELS MARINIÈRE with white wine & herbs.

The mussels were plumps and the sauce was tasty!  I love it.

 

Hoa and I we shared the BONE-IN RIBEYE - 22 oz with peppercorn sauce.

The French fries here are crunchy and delicious!

 

Close look at the rib-eye.  I am so glad I shared with Hoa, the portion was huge!

Hanh selected the FILET MIGNON AU POIVRE. 

The Filet Mignon was tender and the peppercorn sauce was delicious!

Huy ordered  a STEAK AU POIVRE with brandy peppercorn sauce.

How good was it?  Well, let say that there was nothing left by the time on the plat afterwards.

 We also ordered a few glass of red wine to wash down out steaks!

 

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