Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Morels French Steakhouse & Bistro at The Palazzo Review

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Morels French Steakhouse & Bistro is the sister restaurant to swanky Morels at The Grove in Los Angeles. Sal Casola and Chipper Pastron opened the Las Vegas location at The Palazzo in 2008. Morels Las Vegas lives up to their reputation as well. Morels has a sophistacted atmosphere you'd find in a 4-star steakhouse, yet has a touch of playfulness displayed in their sensual artwork. 

Upon entry, is a long hall where midway you'll be warmly greeted by the hostess. Through the doorway, you will come into the lounge and bar area. There is a patio area straight ahead which overlooks the Las Vegas Strip. Dining there could be a very special outdoor treat as you dine amongst the city lights. The bar is art deco and on the end cap you will find a fresh seafood station. Just to the right is the restaurant, but your eyes stop you in your tracks, as you make your way to your table you'll notice a station full of cheese! So many cheeses all labeled and you'll think, this is a French restaurant!!

Cheese Case
Also on the station, you will find an old fashioned hand cranked meat slicer where the chacuterie is prepared. Check out this cheese board!!! 
Fromage Board
My husband and I ate here on a date night. Upon being sat, you will be handed a fromage/charcuterie menu alongside their wine list and regular menu. It didn't take but a few moments in our comfy plush chairs before we were greeted by our waiter. As the assistant poured the water into the glasses, our waiter explained the specials and took our drink orders. Morels owners have their own vineyard in Napa. Their wine selection, Vanishing Point, is key on their menu and what my husband ordered.

The thing that appealed to me the most was that the menu wasn't just full of French steakhouse fare. There was dishes like poke to housemade orechiette. I enjoyed the out of the box feeling much like the twist on their decor.

Dungeness Crab Meat Cocktail
We started the appetizer course with a Dungeness Crab Meat Cocktail. Piled in a round cylander shape, mixed with housemade mayo, celery and fresh tarragon accompanied by grilled crostinis. This was light and sweet. I loved that the mayo didn't take over the dish and you could taste the fresheness of the crab. While, we enjoyed our appetizer, I couldn't help but envy the table over's appetizer. They ordered the Grand Plateau de Mer, consisting of 1 Lobster, 8 Shrimp, 12 Oysters, Octopus Ceviche, ½ Dungeness Crab. Yep, ordering that next time! There is a smaller version as well if you are a smaller party.
Caesar Salad Prepared Tableside
Next up, we were treated to the most amazing caesar salad prepared tableside. There aren't too many restaurants where you can find this old school classic prepared by your waiter tableside any more. This was a perfect addition to the steakhouse nod. Your waiter is able to customize the dressing to your liking and ours was perfect! Not overdressed at all...
Caesar Salad
My husband ordered the 20oz. Bone-in Rib Eye Steak. The steak was deliciously cooked to perfection. If you are looking for a great steak, this one does not disappoint. It has a nice char and is seasoned well. As with most entrees, the sides are ordered separately. Per recommendation from our waiter we ordered the brussel sprouts and mashed potatoes. The brussel sprouts was so delicious. I am a brussel sprout fan first and foremost, but I typically enjoy them steamed. These were roasted and simply amazing. The mashed potatoes were no slouch either, made with organic grey sea salt, whole butter and milk. Cannot go wrong there! But, it didn't end...served on the table was a tray of salts; smoked, pink and himalayan. My husband became enamored with the smoked salt. You have to try it, if you haven't yet.
Bone-in Rib Eye Steak

As for me, I ordered the Pan Seared Scottish Salmon. It was tender and flaky. The mushrooms were earthy and gave a great balance to the dish. You'd expect that at a place named, Morels...

Pan Seared Scottish Salmon
Classic French pastry profiteroles ended the night. The candied bits of almonds were a great add-on accompanied by a chocolate sauce. A great way to end a fabulous meal!

Whether you are looking for a date night, yummy French cuisine, breakfast, casual lunch or Sunday brunch; Morels at The Palazzo, 3325 S. Las Vegas Blvd., is a great choice for you.
You can visit their full list of menus here.

Check out this video of the hand crank meat slicer:

Discolure: We ate here on a review. My opinions are my own and honest.

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