Gourmet Dining in a Casual Setting in the Burbs Without the Strip Price Tag
Andre Rochat is renowned for being Las Vegas’ first celebrity chef and one of the first classically trained French chefs to bring true gourmet dining to our city, opening his groundbreaking eponymous restaurant in 1980 in Downtown Las Vegas. Sadly, his Andre’s fine dining venues on the Strip and Alize at the top of the Palms (closing after NYE) are becoming recent memories, but fortunately for us, his legacy lives on in the burbs, at Andre’s Bistro & Bar.
Open since January, 2017 and located in an unassuming strip-mall at Ft. Apache and Patrick, the Bistro is founded by Andre Rochat and is a joint venture by Managing Partners Joseph Marsco, Mark Purdy and John Wood. The eminent Chef is now retired, but visits often and is a big part of the menu. Mark Purdy oversees the kitchen and comes with plenty of experience to make him a good fit. The Nantucket native began his career 29 years ago washing dishes and as he puts it, attended the school of hard knocks, working virtually every job in a restaurant. His resume includes 10 years with Charlie Palmer at Aureole in NYC, opening the Aureole at Mandalay Bay and at Palmer’s Dry Creek Kitchen in Sonoma; and at Chef Andre’s Mistral at the former LV Hilton and more recently at Alize before coming over to open the Bistro.
The décor includes more than a few hints to Chef Andre’s illustrious past, with the lampshades and sign from Andre’s at the Monte Carlo in the private dining room and a handful of his favorite menus from years past decorating the walls. Other accoutrements include a polished concrete floor, earth tones of burnt orange and taupe, hanging globe lights and large windows allowing for an abundance of natural light.
The menu has a bit of everything, all done to a very high standard, but without the kind of prices you’d find on the Strip; and any second bottle of wine is always priced 50% off and several full portion menu items and drinks are available throughout the restaurant at a discounted price during the daily happy hour from 3-6 p.m.
Not-to-miss items are the French onion soup with gruyere cheese ($10, $7 during happy hour); melt-in-your-mouth seared foie gras with fuji apple ($24); artisanal sausages with spicy lamb, pork-garlic, duck and smoked bacon ($20, $15 during happy hour); moules frites—Cape Cod mussels with tomato concasse and duck fat fries ($24, $15 during happy hour); and daily specials such as the beef bourguignon (beef tenderloin braised in red wine with bacon, mushrooms and pearl onions) that I enjoyed. For a more casual and extremely reasonably priced option, the burgers, served with duck fat or sweet potato fries, are ground in-house and come in choices of Thai chicken, lamb, salmon and beef ($12-14 and all four are $7 during happy hour).
Capably manning the bar is Lead Bartender Cameron Hagg, who serves 50 wines, a dozen whiskeys and classic and signature cocktails, like the Violet Beauregarde with vodka, elderflower liqueur, Crème Violette, Cocchi Americano and lemon juice.
For the ultimate finale you will need to plan ahead and order with your entrée, as the Andre’s classic soufflé, which comes in options of chocolate or Grand Marnier, requires extra time to reach perfection.
While we are disappointed the Strip renditions of Andre’s are no more, we are indebted to the team of Marsco, Purdy and Wood for keeping the legendary chef’s legacy alive, and at a price that most should be able to handle. Andre’s Bistro & Bar is open from 3 p.m. and from 10 a.m. on weekends.