From my very unscientific survey, it seems a simple cup of coffee goes for about $5 on the Vegas strip, the same price charged for a pedestrian bagel or croissant.
So I was surprised that a relative bargain could be found at Bouchon Bakery’s counter in The Venetian, of all places.
First, to find it: walk through the Venetian’s casino floor past the food court to the escalators. You still won’t see Bouchon. Go behind the escalators and that’s where it’s hidden! The lineup moves quickly and staff are excellent. Try not to leave with one of each scrumptious-looking item from the display case. We grabbed some ham and cheese croissants (US$7.50) for brunch — so buttery, so flaky, so perfect. The apple croissant (US$3.75) was almost like a full crumble dessert, while we all preferred the more subtle sweetness of the almond croissant.
There’s a full range of coffees, with a regular small size at $3.
There is no seating at the Bouchon bakery, so we went back to the food court where there were plenty of tables.
My sister splurged on some macarons (6 for US$15) — which proved why Thomas Keller’s brand is held in such high regard.
His version of the French sweet is huge — about the size of a hockey puck! — compared to the bite-sized macarons in most other stores. And they’re toothsome in the very essence of the word: classic crunch as you bite through the top into that sweet filling and through the rest of the melt-in-your-mouth confection.
(Flavours below: chocolate, vanilla, pistachio, peanut butter and jelly, and raspberry)
Bouchon Bakery, The Venetian, 3355 S Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas. Open daily 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.