Some things should never change and on my latest trip to Vegas, we made sure they didn’t. Per usual, my family went to Mon Ami Gabi. No matter how short our stay, we always make sure to indulge in endless mimosas while people watching at the Paris Hotel.
The Shut-Up-and-Give-it-to-Me-Quick Version:
Good food with entertaining location (people watching is ideal).
Mon – Thurs, Sun 7 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Fri – Sat 7 a.m. – 12 a.m.
The I-Like-to-be-Wrapped-Up-in-All-the-Details Version:
Although this last trip brought freezing temperatures in Vegas (I may be biased, I’m from California), we still managed to sit outside (with heaters surrounding us of course). There is something about the fresh air and people watching that makes this more than just a restaurant. My family and I have been going to Mon Ami Gabi for years and have always only sat outside or in the room that opens up to the patio (if you ask me I think the rest of the restaurant is poorly lit and a little too tight). Once you get closer to the patio the space opens up with a rustic feel and floor-to-ceiling windows. Located inside the Paris hotel (duh, it is a French restaurant), Mon Ami Gabi gets a lot of foot traffic and loyal regulars. We don’t ever make reservations, but beware if you go during peak times there will be a wait. If you aren’t picky with seating, you will most likely get seated quicker.
The one downside is that service varies a lot! This past time our waitress was terrible. She was borderline rude, inattentive and a bit slow. Maybe she’s just a true Parisian (I’m kidding – but it was too easy and I couldn’t help myself). Normally it’s not an issue or anything that would turn me off from returning.
What I ate:
- Chicken liver mousse pate ($11.95)
- Warm brie cheese ($12.95)
- Croque Monsieur ($12.95)
Let’s start before the ordering even begins. For breakfast/brunch, Mon Ami Gabi serves bread, butter and jam at the beginning of your meal. So if you go for lunch just ask for it because it shouldn’t be missed. A warm baguette with soft butter and berry jam, there’s nothing better to start off your meal.
For appetizers we ordered the chicken liver mousse pate and the warm brie cheese. The chicken liver mousse is served with slightly toasted brioche, onions and pickles with a side of red wine mustard. Each part of the dish complements one another really well, so make sure to try it all together. This is a go-to for my dad and I, the flavor is a bit strong and different so for those who are less adventurous, I probably wouldn’t make this the first thing you try. However if you like chicken liver, you won’t be disappointed.
The brie was great! It is served with croutons, hazelnuts and black pepper honey. It was warm, gooey deliciousness! The croutons are crispy without being too hard, the nuts add a crunch and the sweetness of the honey brings everything together. I really enjoyed this dish.
I love croque monsieurs and I have ordered it at Mon Ami Gabi plenty of times, so this time was no different. It is served with ham, Gruyere cheese and Mornay sauce. While it is usually the right combination of flavors, I thought that it was a bit heavy on the Mornay sauce, but nonetheless tasty. It is cheesy and filling! It also comes with french fries, which are crispy, thin and delicious!