Morels French Steakhouse & Bistro
Dinner Rolls, Olive Tapenade, Salted Butter
Mentirosa – Tanteo Jalapeno Tequila, Chambord, Pineapple Simple Syrup, Lime Juice, Salted Rim
Amuse Bouche – Peaches, Burrata, Mint, Vincotto
Shrimp Ceviche – White Mexican Shrimp, Red Onions, Avocado, Vine Ripe Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Cilantro, Fresh Lime Juice, Housemade Tortilla Chips
Classic Cheese Fondue for two – Emmental Cheese, Gruyere Cheese, sliced Baguette
Roasted Tomato Soup – Crispy Cheese, Cheddar Crouton
Brussels Sprouts – Pancetta, Balsamic Reduction
Housemade Onion Rings – Housemade Beer Batter
Almost Famous Mac & Cheese
Potatoes Dauphinois – Roasted Garlic, Cream, Sea Salt
Rigatoni Bolognese – Housemade Rigatoni, Ground Veal, Ground Sausage, Ground Pork, Ground Beef, Carrots, Celery, Tomato Cream Sauce, Fresh Sheep’s Milk Ricotta Cheese
Bone-in Pork Milanese – Italian Breadcrumbs, Arugula, Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes, Shaved Parmesan, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Grilled Lemon
18-Hour Braised Short Rib – Yukon Potato Puree, Caramelized Pearl Onions, Baby Carrots, Diced Slab Bacon
Classic Profiteroles – Toasted Almond Ice Cream, Chocolate Drizzle, Whipped Cream, Candied Almonds
Strawberry Macaron Ice Cream Sandwiches – Toasted Almond Ice Cream, Whipped Cream, Strawberries
Strawberry Crepe – Hot Chocolate Sauce, Bananas, Whipped Cream
Warm Apple Tart – Vanilla Ice Cream, Caramel Drizzle, Whipped Cream
Macaron Quartet – Mocha Macaron, Coconut Macaron, Strawberry Macaron, Pistachio Macaron, Whipped Cream
Morels Chocolate Tart – Chocolate Sauce, Whipped Cream, Candied Almonds, Strawberries
Made-to-Order Chocolate Mousse – Chocolate Truffle Cookie, Blackberries, Blueberries, Strawberries, Whipped Cream
Cinnamon Frozen Yogurt
Having twice visited Morels French Steakhouse & Bistro for Brunch, once long-prior to calling Las Vegas home, it was as a party of four that dinner was finally sat down to on Saturday, the Bar area hopping for a special Wine event while the grand dining room sat approximately half –full with a wide range of patrons.
Toqued by Chef JL Carrera and now the brand’s flagship after deciding to opt-out of their lease at Hollywood’s Grove, a recent menu overhaul adding some lighter choices to old favorites including plenty of Beef and Cheese, it was with reservations confirmed that guests were led to a rounded table at room’s center, the wait-staff all well-dressed and professional as Water was filled while diners weighed the options.
Known best for their Fromagerie and Strip-facing patio, the weather unfortunately a touch too cold for the latter this evening, it was after a Cocktail order was placed that Bread arrived with Butter and Olive Puree, an Amuse Bouche quick to follow featuring Peaches and fresh Burrata drizzled in Vincotto.
Low-lit and modest in volume, nicely padded seats beneath high ceilings giving the space a “Big” Steakhouse feel while risqué paintings add a certain charm, it was no more than fifteen minutes before space was cleared in anticipation of three Appetizers, a Martini glass of Ceviche pairing nicely to the Tequila-based Mentirosa while Tomato Soup with a touch of smoke and hidden Cheese ball was big enough to share, as was Morel’s Classic Cheese Fondue that was ordered “for two” at $10 per person but large enough to serve four or more.
Mindful to not overdo it with melted Cheese, the fact that sliced Bread ran out with at least another quarter-cup remaining probably a blessing in disguise, it was with serviceware re-set that a brief wait preceded the arrival of entrees and sides, the whole table soon filled and most diners starting off their plates with sides including roasted Sprouts with salty Pork and Balsamic, extra cheesy Noodles dubbed “Macaroni” but not really and multi-layered Potatoes Dauphinois that would not have been out of place in a formal French Restaurant.
Not particularly sold on Onion Rings’ $9 price tag, a cost of nearly two-dollars each unjustified by size or quality in compared to the national chains, it was thankfully Meat and Pasta that performed far better, the Short Rib presented sort of like Pot Roast and delicious save for a few spots overwhelmed by Bacon while handmade Rigatoni held up to meaty Bolognese and gooey puddles of Ricotta Cheese.
Unwilling to let any of the thinly pounded Pork go home in a doggy-bag, the bold flavor and crisp texture befitting an impressive presentation, it was only when seven Desserts arrived that the mistake was realized…though finding a bit of extra stomach space became easily justified by textbook Choux sandwiching Toasted Almond Ice Cream doused in thick Chocolate as well as housemade Macarons from which Coconut and Mocha were standouts.
Far from impressed by the Strawberry Crepe, an unannounced addition of Bananas doing no favors to the overly thick Pancake, it was fortunate that an Apple Crostada cooked crisp with Sugar stepped-up as did the yin-and-yang of Chocolate offered by airy Mousse and a dense Tart, the fact that Smoked Ricotta Ice Cream was sold out another bummer but made up for nicely by Cinnamon Frozen Yogurt that tastes a lot like Horchata.
FOUR STARS: Easily overlooked on a property boasting three Steakhouses and a French Bistro boasting Thomas Keller’s name Morels French Steakhouse & Bistro still has a lot of things going for it besides the Strip view, and with Chef Carrera now focusing on some lighter options the “something for everybody” space offers a lot of reasons to visit any time of day and with any sort of group.
RECOMMENDED: Classic Cheese Fondue, Potatoes Dauphinois, Almost Famous Mac & Cheese, Rigatoni Bolognese, Bone-in Pork Milanese, Classic Profiteroles, Macaron Quartet, Made-to-Order Chocolate Mousse
AVOID: Strawberry Crepe, Onion Rings.
TIP: Open 8am daily and keep your eyes on https://www.palazzo.com/restaurants/morels-steakhouse-bistro.html for future “Meet the Wine Maker” events.
WHAT THE STARS MEAN: 5 World Class, 4 Excellent, 3 Good, 2 Fair, 1 Poor.