Lenotre in the Paris Hotel and Casino is the best patisserie in Las Vegas. Nothing else is even close.
Some might argue for Jean-Philippe Maury’s creations in the Bellagio, but we’ve always found them too touristy and unimaginative. Others may prefer Francois Payard’s in Caesars — and there’s no denying the lusciousness of his creams, chocolates, cakes and mille-feuille — but the selection is limited.
The only other real competition comes from the Wynn’s boulanger Boris Villat and head patissier Frederic Robert, but they don’t even have a shop. (Their breads and pastries are stunning, but you have to hunt and peck among the Wynn’s eateries to find their creations.) Shame, shame, shame on you Wynn Hotel!
Lenotre was the first (nine years ago now….whew!) and still the best when it comes to variety and patisserie perfection. The eclairs and Napoleons taste straight off the Champs Elysee, and we’ve never had a clinker from the baba au rhum, fruit tarts, or mousses either. There always seems to be a fine, artistic hand behind many of these offerings, and because of Lenotre’s surfeit of superb, sugary, sapid salaciousness, you can come here often (not easy for locals since the Paris Hotel is a pain to get into and out of) and never get bored with what’s on hand.
FYI: According to Google, Gaston Lenotre, France’s premier pastissier (born 1920), is still alive and in retirement in the Loire Valley in France. He was the first pastry chef to create an empire of his patisseries throughout Paris, and first brought his confections to America back in the 1983 when he opened the Chefs de France restaurant in Epcot in Orlando, Florida with Roger Verge and Paul Bocuse.
In the Paris Hotel and Casino
3655 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109