Our last night in Vegas came far too quickly. We still had so much to do and so much to see that we all wished we could have at least one more day. The one thing we all agreed was that we were all getting sick of pizza and burgers so we wanted to end our night eating together like adults where we couldn’t hear the dinging and chiming of the slot machines. While I definitely enjoyed eating pizza in Paris at 10pm after drinking too much it was definitely time to have a meal my body needed. I swear Vegas doesn’t offer much in respect to vegetables.
We cleaned ourselves up and headed down to the lobby where Mon Ami Gabi French bistro sits. The restaurant is supposed to resemble French style dining with a cozy atmosphere specializing in Steak Frites (no not vegetables). If it’s nice out they have a patio on the strip that has an amazing view of The Bellagio fountains. Since it was still very warm out we were lucky enough to be able to sit at one of the patio tables.
As soon as we sat down we were brought a loaf of bread with a small plate of slices beats and apple. I was very thankful to see my first vegetable that wasn’t stuffed in a burger. The bread seemed fresh and warm; they just don’t serve it with a knife so we tore our way through it instead. The beat relish (we’ll call it) was served cold and had a nice but not overpowering sweetness to it. The guys seem to think beats taste like dirt; I prefer to say they have an earthiness to them.
J also ordered a plate of Oysters. They were very fresh tasting and were the smaller/sweeter variety, although we weren’t told the exact type. This was also the first raw oyster one of our friends had as well. I was a little scared she wouldn’t like them, due to the texture but she also really enjoyed them. Sorry to her boyfriend who will now have a slightly more expensive bill when they go out dining.
For my main, I ordered the Steak Roquefort, which was a steak and blue cheese sauce served with frites. I asked to substitute my frites for the market vegetables which happed to be baby summer squash. The steak itself was pounded thin and there was a rather large portion of the blue cheese sauce on top. The steak was cooked well and the sauce was also tasty. I really enjoyed it, but it wasn’t any better than anything I could get at home. In fact I prefer our thicker steaks to this thin one. The baby squash were fried in a buttery style sauce and I really enjoyed those. One of our friends also ordered this meal and he was also thought the same.
J ordered Steak Bordelaise, which was the same style steak topped with caramelized onions and a red wine sauce. J was a little less than in impressed with his meal. The steak was fine but the onions on top seemed more like boiled onions. I am wondering if they boiled them in the wine sauce and then quickly sautéed them. The wine sauce was also very subtle; almost to the point the wine was unrecognizable. The frites are cut thinly into ribbons and are nice and crisp but still with a soft potato center. When J was done his meal, I scooped up a bunch of the frites and soaked them in my steak juice. Very yummy.
Another one our friends ordered the Roasted Chicken. She enjoyed the chicken but again said it wasn’t anything amazing or anything she couldn’t get back at home. She also had the same frites which she enjoyed but the ketchup she requested never arrived. Perhaps they don’t have ketchup in French bistros?
None of us had any room for dessert and with the casino calling our name we ended our dinner there. The meals weren’t overly amazing but they also weren’t costly either so in the end I was still happy. The best part was being outside and watching the fountains at Bellagio. I hear their breakfast is amazing.