Sunday, 1 September 2013

Jean-Philippe Pâtisserie - Bellagio - Las Vegas

People always say that we should "save the best for last". I agree wholeheartedly, thus I saved Jean-Philippe Pâtisserie for my last Las Vegas blog post.

Jean-Philippe Pâtisserie is a European-style pastry shop, located inside the Bellagio, just steps away from the Bellagio Conservatory (see blog post here). The mastermind behind Jean-Philippe Pâtisserie is Chef Jean Philippe Maury, an award winning French pastry chef who grew up in the South of France. Did I mention that he is the Executive Pastry Chef at the AAA Five Diamond Bellagio? I thought I should slip the "AAA Five Diamond" part in front of "Bellagio" to emphasize my point. ;) Am I the only one who thinks this is impressive?

Jean-Philippe Pâtisserie has two locations on the Las Vegas Strip, one inside the Bellagio and one inside Aria Hotel. I have been to both locations, but only purchased desserts from the one located in Bellagio. All the pastries are made daily at his kitchen inside Aria, and delivered to the Bellagio.

Walking into Jean-Philippe Pâtisserie is breath taking, the interior decor is nothing short of gorgeous. What first catches your eyes is the life-size mannequin on a pedestal, wearing a dress fashioned out of chocolate, then your eyes wanders scans the interior of the pastry shop, where you'll see shelves full of chocolates and confections, even a wedding cake or two, then you look towards the entrance, where you will see a multi-tier chocolate fountain, supposedly the largest chocolate fountain in the world. Lastly, you enter the pastry shop, look towards the display cases located in the centre of the pastry shop... where you will find pastries and a large variety of desserts, beautifully crafted, and you know it is time to let your inner glutton out.

I will let the pictures do the talking... see for yourself.

Jean-Philippe Pâtisserie interior





Jean-Philippe Pâtisserie's chocolate fountain 





They have a variety of pastries such as danishes, croissants and muffins. I regret not trying croissants. I really should have! They also have sandwiches and salads, if you are looking for a quick and cheap lunch.

Pastries


Quiches, sandwiches & salads


Desserts is stressed spelled backwards ;)






I tried three dessert items: Raspberry Tart, Nutella Napoleon and Opera. The Nutella Napoleon consists of caramelized chocolate puff pastry, topped with chocolate creme brulee and chocolate mousse. The Opera is made of almond coffee butter cream and chocolate ganache. Lastly, the Raspberry Tart...  starts out with almond shortbread tart at the bottom, topped with pistachio cream, raspberry cream and stunning fresh raspberries. All three of these desserts were incredibly delicious and rich. The taste absolutely lives up to their appearance, if not exceeding it.

Raspberry Tart & Nutella Napoleon


I will come back to Jean-Philippe Pâtisserie in a heartbeat. It should be a must-visit on everyone's list! And please, please, don't be one of those tourists that snaps a thousand pictures without buying anything (there were lots of them). There is nothing wrong with photo-taking, I am all for it. But at the end of the day, food is to be eaten, tasted, and enjoyed... That is where memory is made. Food is meant to be eaten... even incredibly beautiful food.

This is my last post on my Las Vegas trip. I'm going back to blogging about good old Toronto... until I take another trip that is. Stay with me! ;)


Until next time,

A



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