Walking into Michael Mina's Bardot Brasserie feels like walking into a Parisian café. The restaurant's low lighting, tile flooring, dark woods and brass accents have a distinctively French feel.
But it's the food that will really make you feel like you're in the City of Light. Mina has taken traditional French brasserie favorites and put his twist on them. The result is some of the most authentic and tasty Parisian food in Las Vegas.
It's definitely worth ordering a few hors d'oeuvres and sharing with your friends to start. Fans of escargot will be blown away by Bardot's version. Each escargot is individually wrapped in a delicate puff pastry.
Other options include a creamy foie gras parfait with a ruby port gelée on top, hearth-fired bone marrow with a Burgandy onion jam, and chickpea frites with a roasted eggplant dip.
One of our favorites is a French take on wings. The duck à l'orange features wood grilled wings with a sauce Maltaise, which is like a Hollandaise but has a light orange citrusy flavor that perfectly complements the meat.
It can be tough to choose between entrees, but we have a few suggestions. The Parisian gnocchi is perfectly prepared and served with wild mushrooms, goat cheese and roasted garlic.
The sautéed skate wing (a mild white fish) is served with a wood-roasted cauliflower puree, caper brown butter and lemon with a side of kale that would make any kale haters change their minds.
Other options include a roasted chicken that is tender and flavorful with a delicious side of mushroom, leek and brioche bread pudding.
If you're on a date (and we definitely suggest you take a date here if you want to score some points), order one of the plates for two like lobster Thermidor or a lamb crown roast.
The French know how to do dessert so be sure to try the giant chocolate macaron, crème caramel and apple tarte tatin.
If you're one of those people who's maybe not so into escargot, at least come here for a drink. The 360-degree bar at Bardot is a stunning centerpiece of the restaurant with beautiful brass shelving. Libations include fine French wines and Champagnes, imported and unique craft beers, vintage cognacs dating back to the 1800s and Las Vegas' largest collection of Chartreuse (a liqueur aged with 130 herbs, plants and flowers).
We love the sophisticated Parisian-inspired cocktails like the Voltaire, made with cider, Grey Goose L'orange vodka, housemade ginger syrup and baked apple bitters. And Storming the Bastille sounds pretty amazing too, with Bastille whisky, Maurin sweet vermouth and Bitterman coffee bitters.