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Weekend Brunch at Bardot Brasserie – Las Vegas (Aria Resort and Casino)

Bardot Brasserie - Las Vegas (Aria Resort and Casino)

Sitting down to a boozy brunch with The Astronomer was one of the highlights of our weekend in Vegas. We’ve never been much into gambling, clubbing, or lounging by the pool. Dining and imbibing—that’s #HowWeVegas.

After properly sleeping in for the first time in ages, The Astronomer and I rolled out of bed and headed to Bardot Brasserie for brunch. 

Bardot Brasserie - Las Vegas (Aria Resort and Casino)

Located in the former site of American Fish, Bardot is the Chef Michael Mina’s latest restaurant at Aria Resort & Casino. To create the brasserie’s menu, Chef Mina and Executive Chef Joshua Smith drew inspiration from travels to Paris. The menu offers classic French fare executed with a thoroughly modern hand.

Bardot Brasserie - Las Vegas (Aria Resort and Casino)

To start, fruity and bubbly concoctions—a peach bellini for him and a blood orange mimosa for her.
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L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon – Las Vegas (MGM Grand)

L'Atelier De Joël Robuchon - Las Vegas

I was in the mood to be spoiled while in Las Vegas, so dinner at L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon was an absolute must. We’ve dined here twice prior (here and here) and the hospitality is always exceptional.

Hardly famished due to our sizable Shake Shack lunch, The Astronomer and I both selected the “create your own menu” option for $98, which included an amuse bouche, three menu items, and dessert.

L'Atelier De Joël Robuchon - Las Vegas

Dinner began with three varieties of bread—mini baguettes, crusty rolls, and flaky croissant-like rolls—and plenty of salted butter. 

L'Atelier De Joël Robuchon - Las Vegas

Next to arrive was the amuse bouche: a foie gras parfait with port wine and Parmesan foam. Even though we’ve been served this same starter twice, it never seems to get old, foam included. 

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Zuni Café – San Francisco

Zuni Café - San Francisco

After dining at two super-hip restaurants back-to-back while in San Francisco (see: State Bird Provisions and Al’s Place), a low-key lunch at beloved institution Zuni Café was just my speed before catching a flight back to Los Angeles.

Zuni Café - San Francisco

I’ve been hearing about Chef and Owner Judy Rogers‘ legendary roast chicken ever since I started reading and writing about food, and my colleagues were kind enough to satisfy my longtime culinary curiosity on our final afternoon in the city.

Zuni Café - San Francisco

Opened in 1979, Zuni Café serves an ever-changing seasonal menu inspired by traditional Italian and French recipes. As one of the pioneers of California cuisine, it’s not surprising that nearly all of the produce, meat, and fish served here is farmed or harvested in a sustainable manner.

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Trois Familia – Los Angeles (Silver Lake)

Trois Familia - Los Angeles

The Astronomer and I ducked into Trois Familia for brunch on a Friday morning back in January when we had an engagement in the neighborhood. This was hands down the hippest restaurant that we’d dined in together in quite some time—knit caps and tight jeans errywhere. We fit right in (wink, wink).

Trois Familia - Los Angeles

The third restaurant collaboration between chefs Ludo Lefebvre, Jon Shook, and Vinny Dotolo (previously: Trois Mec and Petit Trois), Trois Familia serves French-Mexican brunch from 10 AM to 3 PM seven days a week. We ordered a bit of this and a bit of that from the breakfast and lunch menus, and made sure to save room for dessert.

Trois Familia - Los Angeles

First up was the Beet Tartar Tostada ($8.95). Truth be told, we ordered this thinking it was beef tartar. Even though it was kind of a bummer to receive beets instead of beef, I couldn’t stay mad for long because this tostada was delightful with its bright lime zest and swirls of avocado milk.

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