World Pastry Champion Jean-Philippe Maury delivers a light, casual dining atmosphere that serves up soups, salads and sweets with Jean Philippe Pâtisserie, located in the Spa Tower at Bellagio. Maury, who is also executive pastry chef at the Bellagio, offers sweets like chocolates filled with sensational chocolates including dark chocolate truffles coated in cocoa powder and hazelnut-filled chocolate hearts. Chocolates like these can be displayed in decorative boxes, which Maury designs himself.
Maury is a chocolate purist, which means that at Jean Philippe Pâtisserie, a minimum of 65 percent chocolate mass is used. The maximum can span all the way to 97 percent for a rich dark chocolate flavor.
At Jean Philippe Pâtisserie, items are made on site with over 80 bakers in the kitchen below the storefront. Everything is made fresh, nothing is made with preservatives. Therefore, the chocolate has a shelf life of about two weeks and should be stored at room temperature. Pastries probably won't last too long anyway, but should be consumed the same day for peak freshness.
The highlight of Jean Philippe Pâtisserie's décor is the floor-to-ceiling 27-foot chocolate fountain, with nearly two tons of dark, milk and white melted chocolate. The glass-enclosed chocolate fountain is a great sight for the kids and adults alike.
A variety of souvenirs are available to take home, including chocolates, candies, and pastries.
Jean Philippe Pâtisserie serves fresh salads like a cobb salad or crab salad - fresh crab, papaya, mango, tomatoes, cabbage and romaine lettuce served with a citrus vinaigrette. The Pâtisserie also serves paninis like spiced tomato chicken. A unique item served is the sweet and savory crępes. Sweet crępes are served with a traditional sweet dough and are filled with decadent items like nutella, bananas foster and exotic pineapple, mango and passion fruit mix.
An assortment of gelatos and sorbets are available, as well as an assortment of beautifully decorated pastries. Petit fours and full cakes are available for parties and special events. They also offer specialty coffees and hot cocoa.
Stop by any time of year and see the beautifully crafted chocolate sculptures that act as the centerpiece to the Pâtisserie. The sculptures change seasonally and are ornate works of edible art.
-- By Nikki Neu