Complimentary Rose Champagne
Salted Brioche, Baguette, White Chocolate-Coffee Bread, Salted Bordier Butter, Bordier Butter
Maryland Blue Crab, Russian Osetra Caviar, Apple, Ocean Water Smoke
Lobster & Avocado Salad, Haricots Verts, Grapefruit, Black Truffle Vinaigrette
Roasted Brittany Langoustine, Leeks Fondue, Caviar Lemon Beurre Blanc, Nasturtium
Sauteed Foie Gras, Wild Strawberry Fragoli Compote, Meyer Lemon, Feuilletine
Fava Beans and Spring Onion Risotto, Mint, Crispy Shallots
Organic Farm Egg, Sauce Vin Jaune, Parmesan Emulsion, Potato Mousseline, Porcini Mushroom, Asparagus
Citrus Braised Veal Cheek, Celery Apple Puree, Sorrel, Sugar Snap Peas, Banyuls Mignonette
Roasted Organic Jidori Chicken, Rigatoni Farcie Gratin, Morels, Sauce Vin Jaune, Asparagus
Hokkaido Scallops, Soft Polenta, Saskatchewan Chanterelles, Sweet Corn Emulsion
Blood Orange Sorbet, Buttermilk Cone
Double Espresso, Ice
Rhubarb and Strawberry Parfait, Honeycomb, Crème Diplomat
Soufflé au Chocolat, Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
Grand Marnier Soufflé, Crème Anglaise
Classic Vacherin, Meringue, Mango, Coconut Sorbet, Exotic Fruit, Tropical Sauce
Pistachio Macaron, Chocolate Macaron, Passion Fruit Macaron, Caramel Macaron, Vanilla Macaron, Raspberry Macaron, Blackberry Pate de Fruit, Pear Guimauve
Hazelnut Milk Chocolate Truffle, Powdered Sugar Dusted White Chocolate Truffle
Although Las Vegas did not lack for dining events during Uncorked weekend it was in celebration of one special woman that guests sat down at Le Cirque, and in their ever-impressive way General Manager Ivo Angelov, Chef Alan Mardonovich and the rest made it memorable.
Now in its twenty-first year of business, much of the Forbes 5-star front of house present from the start, it was just prior to 6:00pm that diners were greeted at Le Cirque’s hostess stand, a seat gazing out on Bellagio’s famous fountains found set with personalized menus and a Champagne toast arriving quickly, compliments of management.
Described as a “jewel box” by many, and on the night before Mother’s Day at capacity from open to close, it was while enjoying housemade Bread and imported Butter from Bordier that guests received course one, Le Crabe still magnificent as it was in its 2015 debut with Caviar breaking brisk and buttery atop hand-picked Crustacean sweetened by Apple Gelee.
Continuing with a timeless plate, Sirio Maccioni’s Lobster & Avocado Salad celebrating 35 years and dynamic as ever with seasonal Citrus countered by Black Truffle Vinaigrette, it was in addition to this that Langoustines and Duck Liver comprised round two, the former snappy and sweet atop Lemon Beurre Blanc dotted by Caviar while the latter presented something rich and luxurious with the sort of delicacy rarely seen outside the Michelin Guide’s top ranks.
Continuing seasonally with vibrant green Risotto, each Grain of Rice consistent and creamy in carrying the very essence of Spring, it was here that an off-menu addition arrived in the form of a 63-Degree Egg as “Breakfast,” the textural juxtaposition to Mushrooms and Asparagus pleasant while fermented flavors from Sauce Vin Jaune and aged Parmesan built depth around the edges.
Never missing a beat across three leisurely hours, other tables turning over more quickly en route to “O,” it was as the final savories that three plates arrived, fork-soft Veal Cheeks smartly complimented by bright vegetation and Banyuls Vinegar while Japanese Scallops and roasted Chicken were each upgraded beyond ubiquity by seasonal Mushrooms, the Morels particularly beautiful as a classic accoutrement to Poulet au Vin Jaune.
Cleansing the palate with Blood Orange Sorbet, just one bite then gone, it was while Birthday Cake was sliced that two Soufflés were presented, flaming Grand Marnier quickly extinguished by thick Cream and exquisite as ever while a seasonal Parfait with Strawberry and Rhubarb is also light and lovely with smoothness occasionally punctuated by Honeycomb.
FIVE STARS: Now toqued by Alan Mardonovich for over a year, and continuing to push forward in terms of flavors and elegance, Le Cirque remains one of Las Vegas’ very best Restaurants just as it has been for two decades.
RECOMMENDED: White Chocolate-Coffee Bread, Roasted Brittany Langoustine, Sauteed Foie Gras, Fava Beans and Spring Onion Risotto, Roasted Organic Jidori Chicken, Soufflé au Chocolat, Grand Marnier Soufflé.
AVOID: N/A – though admittedly the Passionfruit Macaron was eaten by others.
TIP: Although Walk-ins are accommodated as best possible Le Cirque’s small size and dedicated clientele make reservations strongly recommended, particularly when Alba Truffle season rolls around in late-September and October.
WHAT THE STARS MEAN: 5 World Class, 4 Excellent, 3 Good, 2 Fair, 1 Poor.