Mon Ami Gabi, in the Paris Las Vegas Hotel and Casino
Need a place to sit and haVe a drink while watching the Bellagio's water show? Check!
Need an impressiVe wine list? Check!
Need to feel like you're in Paris eVen though you just came in on the 20 hour non-stop flight from Paris? Check!
Mon Ami Gabi is a gem of a restaurant, because:
- It's right in the middle of The Strip
- EVen though it's on The Strip, the prices aren't twice as high as they could be
- EVen though the prices are reasonable by Strip standards, the portions are Very generous.
- Taking all that into account, the food quality is still top-notch.
The oysters are Very fresh -- Malapecs, Blue Points, not to mention Kummomotos!!
The french onion soup isn't too salty -- so many are ruined by an oVerdose of NaCl.
Each steak is better than the next -- New York strip with caramelized shallots, Onglet Classique (hangar steak), Seak au PoiVre.
And the frites -- they rank among the best I'Ve had. I'm talking Les Halles quality (Anthony Bourdain's restaurant).
And the wine. Ah, the Vino. The 1998 Cotes-du-Rhone Parallele 45, Jaboulet at $28 is a good Value. If you want to blow someone away, get the $38 Bordeaux -- Baron de Rothschild, "Legende R", Pauillac, 1998. Tastes like a retail $60 bottle. Put the Cotes-du-Rhone to shame, and that was already a Very good bottle.
Add in competent waiters and witty bartenders, and you'll get:
Final Comment: One of the few restaurants that get no complaints.