HEXX Kitchen + Bar
Magick Dragon – Kinky Pink, Bacardi Dragonberry, Skyy passion Fruit, Blood Orange Puree
Fresh Fruit Plate – Strawberries, Pineapple, Blueberries, Honeydew, Papaya, Dragon Fruit, Apple, Bananas, Kiwi, Blackberries, Banana Nut Muffins, Coconut Whipped Cream
Twisted Sticky Bun – Toasted Pecans, Caramel, Cream Cheese Frosting, Brown Sugar
Carrot Cake Pancakes – Spiced Batter, Carrots, Walnuts, Cream Cheese Frosting, Syrup
Hexx Benedict – Poached Eggs, Scalloped Potatoes, Canadian Bacon. Asparagus, Hollandaise
Breakfast Croissant – Aged Cheddar, Black Forest Ham, Crispy Parmesan Potatoes
Chilaquiles – Chicken, Roasted Salsa, Tortilla Chips, Over-easy Eggs, Avocado, Sour Cream, Asadero
Crispy Broccolini – Citrus Reduction, Chili
Pumpkin Brulee – Baked Chocolate Ganache, Pumpkin Custard, Pumpkin Seed Brittle
Cake and Shake – Vanilla Cake, Cream Cheese Mousse, White Chocolate Glaze, Licor 43 Chocolate Milkshake
Tiramisu – Almond Cake, Espresso Crumbs, Dark Chocolate Sponge Cake, Mascarpone Cream, Coffee Syrup, Amaretto Pour-Over
S’mores Semifreddo – Vanilla Marshmallow Semifreddo, Graham Cracker, Toasted Meringue, Chocolate Sauce, Cocoa Tuile
Strawberry Shortcake Birthday Cake – by Executive Pastry Chef @cakegirl702
Taking advantage of two visitors and a pair of holiday weekends to revisit several of 2017’s best meals it was as a party of five that Brunch was enjoyed at HEXX Kitchen + Bar inside Paris Las Vegas, the city’s best 24/7 Restaurant now a three-year tradition at Christmas and this year doubling as a 21st Birthday celebration for one guest at the table.
Always a Restaurant testing the limitations of its space and clientele, the appointment of Due Forni’s Carlos Buscaglia to top Toque earlier this year ushering in the complete overhaul of a Dinner menu that now holds its own against any Restaurant of its ilk while surpassing many ‘fine dining’ spaces in terms of creativity, it was just past 11:00am on Sunday morning that hostesses led patrons to a lengthy indoor banquet reserved earlier that week, a pleasant young woman stopping by within moments to take drink orders of Coffee for most, plus one Potion for the guest of honor.
Once again featuring shockingly efficient service for a place that does so much volume, Mr. Stotland keeping a watchful eye over the expansive space and coordination of servers with bussers seamlessly filling drinks and clearing plates without ever feeling late or intrusive, it was in three courses that Brunch was consumed beginning with HEXX’s famous Fruit Plate, the collection this time highlighted by Papaya and Pineapple best dipped in Coconut Whip while the Dragon Fruit was far sweeter than usual, both on the plate and as incorporated into the “Magick Dragon” that billowed smoke upon service with a flavor not dissimilar to the Red Icee’s served at the movie theater.
Investing in both old and new favorites throughout a two-hour meal, the portions seemingly larger than past visits as relates to both sweets and savories, it was with many focused on the fluffy Brioche Sticky Bun that regulars reveled in the return of Chef Matt Piekarski’s Carrot Cake Pancakes, the item now back on the Brunch Menu every bit as good as memory serves with lightly spiced Batter fluffy and moist beneath a mound of Cream Cheese Frosting.
Sharing all plates family-style, the carbohydrate-heavy first course taking its toll on lighter appetites despite several plates to follow, it was to wide eyes that servers next delivered HEXX’s Benny replacing English Muffins with cheesy Potatoes alongside a stacked Breakfast Croissant and Chilaquiles with a lot of spice and several still-crisp Tortilla Chips, plus an oversized order of the typically Dinner-only fried Broccolini.
Admittedly a lot of Food, the Parmesan Potatoes particularly dangerous when accounting for portion and likelihood of going back for seconds, it was after a brief respite with one guest already waving the white flag that four all-new Desserts were delivered, Pastry Chef Mirada proving a worthy successor to Carol Garcia with thick Pumpkin Brulee that eats like Pot de Crème with a caramelized top plus a boozy Shake served next creamy confetti Cheesecake and equally rich Marshmallow Semifreddo beneath crumbled Graham Crackers and Fudge made from HEXX’s bean-to-bar Chocolate.
Not quite finished yet, a tableside Tiramisu still in-process as the last drops of Amaretto trickled through Coffee Beans to Almond Cake below, it was by way of advanced order that Brunch finished with a custom White Cake filled with Strawberries and Cream, @cakegirl702 living up to her name in terms of both design and taste even though most were too full to enjoy it until later.
FIVE STARS: At this point a proper ‘tradition’ with no plans to divert course for many years to follow it is places like HEXX Kitchen + Bar that truly make Las Vegas stand out as a holiday travel destination, their service every bit as welcoming as any other day of the week and the menu full of crowd-pleasing favorites for almost any age, race and city/county of origin.
RECOMMENDED: Fruit Plate, Carrot Cake Pancakes, Crispy Broccolini, Chilaquiles, Pumpkin Brulee, S’mores Semifreddo.
AVOID: As sweet and fun as they seem those Potions pack a punch and are definitely not designed for lightweights.
TIP: Beginning 12/31/17 HEXX’s former retail space will be rebranded as Alexxa’s Bar featuring an all-new collection of Tapas, Desserts and Drinks.
WHAT THE STARS MEAN: 5 World Class, 4 Excellent, 3 Good, 2 Fair, 1 Poor.