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Mon Ami Gabi

By R. H. Duke

Sip fine French wine and savor crepes, quiches, steak frites and salad Nicoise, pommes dauphinoise, bouillabaisse, or fruits de mer on a street level patio while viewing the sights against a beautiful lake backdrop. No! This is not the bank of the Seine River in France but rather Mon Ami Gabi at Paris Resort, Las Vegas on the fabulous “Strip”. La joie de vivre - celebrate the joy of life at this classic Parisian bistro, the creation of multiple award-winning Chef/Owner Gabino Sotelino, a Chicago’s Lettuce Entertain You Enterprise. Other locations include Chicago, Oak Brook, IL, and Bethesda, MD.

Casual dining in stunning 1700 Baroque décor includes photos of Parisian scenes, velvet draperies, dark mahogany woodwork, entryways of stained glass, and plush red velvet draperies. Private rooms are also available for parties of 16 to 200. Dine on the popular Terrace, an exceptional outdoor “sidewalk” dining experience, with unobstructed views of “Strip” action and dancing waters of Lake Bellagio. Arrive early for first available seating, as reservations are not accepted for the Terrace. However, dining in the adjacent indoor Pavilion, featuring a casual bar, offers the same spectacular views.

The cuisine is simple, yet outstanding, French comfort food featuring favorites as Bouillabaisse, steak frittes - prepared in various way, and pomme frites - crispy wide strands of fried potatoes. Classics as onglet (flavorful hangar steak), and house specialties as crepes and quiches are also served in authentic versions. Plats saisonniers (seasonal specialties) include paillard (grilled) of chicken breast, roast duck, and navarin (stew) of lamb. Exceptional plats du jour (daily specials) are also available. All meals are served with warm whole loaves of crusty French baguettes presented in paper bags, whipped butter, and special accompaniments, such as slightly sweetened julienne of carrots. And don’t miss the outstanding dessert crepes.

French bistro-style dining in a strikingly casual ambiance with attentive service and fine French wine can be enjoyed at Mon Ami Gabi - translated as “My Friend Gabi”. General Manager James Powers, Chefs Claude Gaty and James Simmons, server Claude Saieta, along with Supervisor Perry Fuselier have provided us with an outstanding dining experience. Merci mon amis. Located at the Paris Resort, Mon Ami Gabi serves lunch daily, and dinner nightly. Reservations suggested. Phone (702) 944-GABI.

Website: http://www.monamigabilasvegas.com (online reservations available)

R.H. Duke is a former restaurateur and a Las Vegas restaurant critic who says “Fine Dining is one of Life’s Greatest Pleasures!”

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