ELV, being on the far side of fifty, doesn’t know exactly what the term “keeping it real” means.
Does it mean staying true to oneself? To your roots? To your metier?
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!