"Bonjour, mon ami. Lardons, si vous plait"
Located conveniently by the hotel elevators at the Paris Las Vegas hotel, Le Cafe Ile St. Louis offers French American cuisine, specializing in breakfast/brunch. A cute facade makes diners feel they are in city of lights, with dining inside or "al fresco", which in this case means overlooking the casino floor. I chose to sit "al fresco" both times I dined here, as it gave ample opportunity to people watch, both those gambling & those walking by, and to enjoy the filtered casino air. I assumed seating inside would be rather stuffy.
As previously mentioned, I dined at Le Cafe Ile St. Louis on two occasions, for dinner then for breakfast the next day. Here's the 411-
Dinner - There was very little wait & was quickly led to a table. While waiting for my order to arrive, crusty bread & butter were placed on our table-
By crusty, I mean crusty. The outer layer of bread was as crusty as my tidy whities after my first wet dream. Yes, that crusty! Inside, though, was airy & soft. The butter was crack to me. I asked for another helping of it, as I was liberally dousing each piece of bread w/ butter. I even helped myself to spoonfuls applied directly to mouth, w/o the interference of bread.
Calamari - Fried squid w/ crispy onions, fennel, lemon & a dijon mustard vinaigrette $12-
This was delicious. Generous portions, fried crisp & light with a captivating vinaigrette. I asked for more of said vinaigrette because I was bathing each piece of calamari and/or onion with it.
Burger and foie gras - Angus beef, pate de foie gras, caramelized apples, balsamic gastrique on a brioche bun w/ pomme frites $18-
Tres bien! What sold it for me was the foie gras, a food item that was recently banned for sale in California. It's like meat butter. I delighted in the medium-rare goodness-
The pomme frites (french fries) were, sadly, soggy & limp. I guess they spent too much time w/ the Paris go-go dancer the previous night ;p She sure knew how to twerk it, so I don't blame the fries for being limp LOL
Creme brulee $8 -
Ahhh, the crispy sugar shell forming a roof over the thick creme underneath. This was magnifique! I savored each & every bite, delighting in the burnt flavoring of the sugary shell.
Breakfast - There was about a 5 min wait, so it wasn't long before being seated "al fresco". Complimentary toasted bread of choice was provided. I chose sourdough & extra of that fantastic butter.
Corned beef hash w/ two poached eggs $15 -
Hearty, rich, stick to your ribs good! I relished each & every bite, as the runny egg yolks slithered down the hash, making for a delectable meal. Quality portions, worth the $15.
Cafe latte $5 - This could French kiss my derriere. Weak coffee in a small cup. I thought the Europeans were known for how strong they like their coffee. This was more like Folgers. The Gevalia I brew at home is leaps & bounds better than this drivel.
Service was good, as extra butter was brought out & drinks were refilled. Seating is plentiful throughout, w/ my recommendation of dining "al fresco".
I enjoyed my 2 dining experiences here at Le Cafe Ile St. Louis. It's Vegas, so the prices can be a little high for what you get, but I mostly enjoyed the food I had the pleasure of eating here. Plus, the convenience of having the restaurant located right outside the hotel elevators make stopping here a breeze.