Thomas Keller’s Bouchon

by Kristina Sloggett

in BIRTHDAY, restaurants

Thomas Keller once said he opened Bouchon so he would have
“a place to eat after cooking at French Laundry all day”.

Our last night in Vegas, we had reservations at Bouchon.

We arrived early and had a cocktail in the beautiful bar.

Seated at our table, we began with a glass of wine while reading the menu.

Wine and pistachios.

and warm fresh bread.

We both chose specials that were not on the menu. I asked if Joseph, our fabulous server, if he would write them down for me. He took my menu. Brought it back with the specials written in, and signed. 😀

My choice was Maine Scallops, Abalone Mushrooms, Salsify with Lobster Royale and Black Pepper Gastrique.

This was perfect. Amazing. A bite of the scallop with the Lobster Royale… oh my.

Jason chose the Pan Seared Top Sirloin with Glazed Broccolini, Yukon Gold Rosti, Crispy Onion Rings and Sauce Béarnaise.

This was delicious – and I love that Jason loved the broccolini! 😀

We must have chosen a good wine, as well. The sommelier came to our table to talk about our Coudoulet de Beaucastel Cote du Rhone 2007. It was fabulous, and paired well with our choices, Jason’s especially.

We saved room for this:

Can you see the way I took the photo… guess what we ordered…

An espresso for each. Sorry, Billy, no pre-dessert cocktail this time! 😉

Dessert was Mousse au Chocolat Noir.

Words cannot describe. It was rich. It was chocolatey. It was fabulously delicious. Perfect.

Our entire experience was. Thank You, Joseph, for being so helpful and accommodating.
You helped to make our experience a perfect one.

I cannot wait to return!

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{ 41 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Heather (Where's the Beach) October 18, 2010 at 4:33 am

Isn’t it great when you’re not only at a fantastic restaurant but you also have an awesome waiter. They can really make or break the experience sometimes.


2 spabettie October 18, 2010 at 9:05 am

YES !! both Josephs (our server from Bouchon AND the night before at B & B were Joseph…) were fantastic – above and beyond accommodating!


3 couchpotatoathlete October 18, 2010 at 5:08 am

I love excellent service (and great food too!).

What a cute little pot for the chocolate. I would have ordered that dessert just for the container!


4 spabettie October 18, 2010 at 9:04 am

I know – such great presentation, of everything! and our server Joseph was GREAT !


5 hbobier October 18, 2010 at 5:24 am

I’m not entirely sure what “Mousse au Chocolat Noir” is, but I know I want it in my belly. Sounds like a great last night in Vegas!!


6 spabettie October 18, 2010 at 9:02 am

that mousse was AMAZING.


7 Anna October 18, 2010 at 5:32 am

I would DIE to eat at a Thomas Keller restaurant!! Amazing!


8 spabettie October 18, 2010 at 9:01 am

I have wanted to … FOREVER. I now want to visit French Laundry even more!! SO amazing!


9 EmbraceYourSkin October 18, 2010 at 6:23 am

You guys ate at the coolest restaurants in Vegas! That alone makes me want to go :)


10 spabettie October 18, 2010 at 9:00 am

I excitedly made these reservations IMMEDIATELY after booking our travel dates… 😀


11 Nicci October 18, 2010 at 7:50 am

I love seafood and eveything looks delicious. I really want to plan a trip, next year to Vegas!


12 spabettie October 18, 2010 at 8:59 am

you should definitely add Bouchon AND B & B Ristorante to your plans… absolutely perfect – I cannot WAIT to return !!


13 Jill October 18, 2010 at 8:10 am

Why do we have to live on the other side of the country from each other? We have so much in common! Fine dining and GOOD food? Yes, please.
Drool-worthy photos!


14 spabettie October 18, 2010 at 8:56 am

😀 I know! perhaps someday we will enjoy an outing like this one :)


15 Dorry October 18, 2010 at 8:11 am

LOL – love the Billy shout out. He’ll forgive you…this once, anyway. :) So long as we all have a cocktail before dessert whenever we do get the chance to dine together. :)

Sounds like an absolutely perfect meal and wonderful way to end your great trip to Vegas.


16 spabettie October 18, 2010 at 8:55 am

of course we will. I’m looking forward to it !!


17 Tina October 18, 2010 at 8:26 am

I seriously want to go to Vegas for the food alone. Looks amazing!


18 spabettie October 18, 2010 at 8:54 am

that is really what we did this time… visit restaurants, spa, and walk. no gambling At All. It was glorious. 😀


19 Mary (A Merry Life) October 18, 2010 at 12:55 pm

Looks lovely! That scallop dish is making my mouth water.


20 suki October 18, 2010 at 1:19 pm

Ah, this is the dinner you were commenting about! :) Have you read this article about French Laundry?! AMAZING.

I’m still looking forward to the day that I visit Ad Hoc, their less fancy restaurant in Yountville. :)


21 spabettie October 18, 2010 at 2:24 pm

thank you for this article ! I just read it, How Wonderful ! …makes me want to go even more… and to Ad Hoc as well. we almost bought the Ad Hoc cookbook, but it is HUGE and we never check luggage… it is on our list now that we are home 😀

I love the “shake out” at the end of the shift…


22 It All Changes October 18, 2010 at 3:16 pm

Oh my! Food looks amazing and a signed menu from the chef. So fabulous.


23 simplyshaka October 18, 2010 at 4:30 pm

Looks like an amazing place, I must visit when I go back to visit!


24 Jessica@tastyandtrim October 18, 2010 at 5:53 pm

All of the food looks amazing! I’d love to have me some of that chocolate mousse – YUM :)


25 lindsay October 18, 2010 at 5:54 pm

when you return, can I come? haha. I would love to try those scallops. Or just about anything considering the pictures you’ve posted are exquisite!


26 spabettie October 19, 2010 at 8:23 am

yes… that would be FUN !


thanks… I felt kinda weird taking photos with my big camera… but I asked ahead of time and they said yes :)


27 eatmovewrite October 18, 2010 at 8:56 pm

Great service makes a meal even better. I know Bouchon. I actually organized an event there once for the company I used to work for. The whole atmosphere is… decadent. I know that’s a weird word for a place, but it’s true!


28 spabettie October 19, 2010 at 7:02 am

so NOT a weird word!! I totally understand what you mean… they ARE decadent. 😀


29 Scotty October 5, 2011 at 2:14 pm

looks great. I have always wanted to go, glad you had a nice time!


30 Alice G October 8, 2011 at 3:51 am

we visited Bouchon in Vegas last year and enjoyed ourselves. I really like to read your restaurant reviews!


31 Ree October 24, 2011 at 8:24 pm

lucky!! always wanted to go there. #bucketlist


32 Chris November 15, 2011 at 4:22 pm

nice review. I love to dine there when I can, the Napa location is beautiful.


33 Patty Mercade November 24, 2011 at 2:08 pm

our favorite place to eat, in Vegas AND in Napa. haven’t tried the others, but will soon! thanks for allowing us to relive our own tasty memories!


34 spabettie November 28, 2011 at 10:38 am

hi Patty,

we have always enjoyed Bouchon… Vegas was our first!


35 Jack November 24, 2011 at 10:32 pm

wonderful share, makes me want to dine at a Keller establishment all the more!


36 Candi November 27, 2011 at 11:22 pm

our favorite place to dine, also! always delicious, great atmosphere.


37 spabettie November 28, 2011 at 8:18 pm

always a great atmosphere! Jason and I inevitably end up in conversation with our neighbors, which is always fun, especially there!


38 Mike December 15, 2011 at 10:26 pm

we travel from Germany time to time, and always try to get to a TK establishment for a change of pace. very well done, love your write-up!


39 Arti December 29, 2011 at 5:47 am

we went for the first time over the holidays and it was wonderful! thanks for this great review, happy new year!


40 spabettie December 29, 2011 at 1:04 pm

ah, I have been wanting to go back lately! going at the holidays would be really nice…


41 Kila June 1, 2012 at 6:37 am

my first time was last night, later this week (on vaca) we are trying adhoc also. loverly dinner tonight, very crowded and food good!


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