Step into a Parisian café complete with crêpe station, chocolate shop and pastries that will make your mouth water and you've found Payard Pâtisserie and Bistro in Caesars Palace. The beautifully crafted woodwork, crystal chandeliers and bistro-style tables that line the entry way to Payard add to the restaurant's Parisian café charm.
While at Payard, sip on cappuccino and munch on a hand-crafted sweet or savory crêpe in the café section that spills out into the hotel corridor or segue into the dining room where a full menu is available.
The dining room features menu items like brioche French toast with fresh berries and whipped cream for breakfast. Indulge in something sweet like Payard chocolate waffles with Nutella and bananas or try something more healthful like broccoli and cheese quiche. There are also omelet choices with a selection of fillings including ham, fresh vegetables, mushrooms and cheeses.
A full continental breakfast is also offered from 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and includes beverages, assorted pastries, bagels, cereals and lighter fare like granola with low fat yogurt and fresh berries.
For lunch, a selection of hot soups and crisp salads like tuna niçoise and a shrimp salad with grapefruit and avocado are offered. Savor sandwiches like the croque monsieur or croque madame (a croque monsieur with an egg on top) served with béchamel and a mixed green salad. Other sandwiches include a prosciutto and ricotta cheese panini and a juicy beef hamburger.
For dessert, the s'mores crepe is a redefined campfire favorite. Otherwise, the dessert menu consists of signature Payard pastries like a rich banana tart, raspberry-rhubarb napoleon and the pont neuf, a chocolate mousse and brownie with chocolate sauce and hazelnut.
Payard's dining room interior is impeccably decorated with no detail overlooked. Artful wall sconces line the walls and teardrop lighting installations hang from the ceilings. Tables are set carefully and placed with yellow and navy blue-striped napkins, a nice alternative to average linens. In addition to tables with chairs and a circular bar-style seating arrangement that overlooks a chef at work, Payard also has plush, over-sized soft white booths to cozy up in, great for a romantic night out. Soft up-lighting radiates from behind the booths adding to Payard's aesthetically sophisticated décor.
Both Payard's dining room and café offer unique dining that doesn't scream Parisian, just softly whispers it to you as you indulge in that first bite of crêpe and savor the aromatic fusion of fresh pressed espresso and chocolate - lots of chocolate.
Attached to the café section, Payard has a full chocolate shop with delicately flavored chocolates, rich truffles and boxes available for take home. Try a melt-in-your-mouth hazelnut chocolate, a palate-pleasing pistachio chocolate soft in taste and rich in texture or an indulgent liqueur-filled chocolate.
-- By Nikki Neu