Mar 2012

Fountains Brunch at Jasmine – Las Vegas (Bellagio)

Bellagio Fountains Brunch at Jasmine  - Las Vegas

Along with playing slots and attending a show, dining at a sumptuous buffet rounds out my list of Vegas must-dos. Every Sunday morning, Jasmine at Bellagio is transformed from a Chinese restaurant into a wonderland of brunchy delights complete with live cooking stations, a raw bar, and chocolate fountains.

Saturday nights in Sin City can be a bit of a blur, even for good kids like The Astronomer and me, so the Fountains Brunch was just the thing to replenish our minds and bodies before hitting the road home.

Bellagio Fountains Brunch at Jasmine  - Las Vegas

The setting here is as tranquil as can be. The room is filled with plenty of natural light and faces the famous fountains that never seem to get old.

Bellagio Fountains Brunch at Jasmine  - Las Vegas

Elegant touches throughout the room, like this elaborate charger plate, made the girly girl in me smile.

Bellagio Fountains Brunch at Jasmine  - Las Vegas

Both The Astronomer and I started with selections from the shellfish bar and cold appetizers station. After the decadent weekend that we had, a light start was the best way to go.

He chose a jumbo poached shrimp, citrus-ginger and sake cured salmon, lobster profiterole with citrus cream, blackberry yogurt parfait with granola, and fresh fruit. The plump and supple shrimp was his favorite bite on the plate.

Bellagio Fountains Brunch at Jasmine  - Las Vegas

My selections had a few items that were similar to The Astronomer’s, like the fresh fruit, cured salmon, and lobster profiterole, as well as a few extras.

The fresh-shucked oysters with mignonette were not-to-be missed, as were the dainty spoons with white asparagus panna cotta and Kobe beef carpaccio. My other favorites included the caviar-topped mini buckwheat waffle and duck terrine. The salmon and tuna nigiri were passable but mostly forgettable.

Bellagio Fountains Brunch at Jasmine  - Las Vegas

Midway through our first plates, a duo of Peking duck-stuffed buns arrived at the table. The specimens were meatier than expected and lacquered with hoisin sauce and garnished with scallions.

Bellagio Fountains Brunch at Jasmine  - Las Vegas

Another wonderful touch unique to the Fountains Brunch experience is the three-tiered baked goods tower that is served tableside. This morning’s selection included butter, jams, croissants, muffins, danishes, and compressed melon skewers.

Bellagio Fountains Brunch at Jasmine  - Las Vegas

Plate number two for The Astronomer included an Ahi tuna medallion served atop a lotus chip, shrimp and green bean salad, Dungeness crab cake, chicken apple sausage, and a slab of dry-aged prime rib. Each dish was well-prepared and seasoned just right.

Bellagio Fountains Brunch at Jasmine  - Las Vegas

On my second trip to the buffet, I chose a variety of cold appetizers (oysters, caviar, sushi), a few dim sum offerings (crystal prawn and spinach dumpling and sui mai), and a thick slab of bacon from the carving station.

The dim sum items weren’t as stellar as I had hoped, but everything else exceeded my expectations, especially the smokey bacon.

Bellagio Fountains Brunch at Jasmine  - Las Vegas

The Astronomer’s final plate included “Wu Xu–style” braised short ribs, sui mai pork dumplings, and pan–fried Asian chicken buns. I couldn’t resist stealing a bite of the caramelized short ribs, which were wonderfully sweet and tender.

Bellagio Fountains Brunch at Jasmine  - Las Vegas

Before veering officially into dessert territory, I dug into a slice of blueberry–stuffed white chocolate brioche French toast, which I ladled generously with vanilla-laced Vermont maple syrup. It was totally indulgent and absolutely delicious.

Bellagio Fountains Brunch at Jasmine  - Las Vegas

There’s a room dedicated solely to desserts adjacent to the hot cereal station. From ice cream to cakes to fondue, this space has it all. I carefully chose a passion fruit parfait, a raspberry parfait (for The Astronomer), a gold-leafed banana cake, a white chocolate bonbon, a hunk of nougat, marshmallows, and pate de fruits. The cocoa marshmallows dusted with coarse sugar made my day.

Fountains Brunch at Jasmine offered us one last hurrah before facing reality. What a way to go…

Jasmine at Bellagio
3600 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Phone: 702-693-8865

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12 thoughts on “Fountains Brunch at Jasmine – Las Vegas (Bellagio)

  1. Wow, that all looks delicious! By the way, do you think you could start posting larger photos to Flickr (but keep the same size here on your blog)? Maybe double as in: 2048×1360? They would work better as wallpapers then 🙂 Thanks again for another wonderful review.

  2. Chad – Buffet wallpaper? I am flattered 😉 Due to copyright issues, none of my photos are available in a larger size on Flickr. However, if you email me directly, I’d be happy to send some buffet wallpaper your way.

  3. damn i’m enamored with the plates!! and those peking duck stuffed buns…makes me wanna eat right now even though i’m full from non-peking duck things (like cold dominos pizza. word).

  4. What a wide spread! Those plates are really nice too. I’ll keep a lookout for this next time I get to visit Las Vegas. It’s a big step up from the usual buffet, even Bellagio’s.

  5. Ooh, nice. This definitely seems like the kind of buffet I’m looking for in Vegas. I will definitely check it out next time.

  6. Your buffet plates are so neat and photogenic…NOT what my crazy, jam-packed plates look like 🙂

  7. Your photos are wonderful. We are taking our first trip to Vegas next month, and have a reservation for the Jasmine brunch. I especially like the small portions, which would make it easier to try a greater variety of the offerings available.

    Could you possibly provide a little info on beverages, as I understand none are included. I can’t seem to find any information on this, i.e. Champagne, mimosas, coffee, juice pricing?

    Thank you.

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