Dear Food Diary:
French pastry Chef Jean Philippe brought his A game to Las Vegas. His beautiful pastries, chocolates, cakes and the best ham & cheese croissant I’ve ever had. To top it off, he also built the World’s Biggest Chocolate Fountain (Guinness World Record). The ultimate unadulterated indulgence. Grand in every way. It’s Sin City after all.
In our short 30hr stop, we let our sweet tooth go wild twice. Once at the Bellagio, where the chocolate fountain is housed and an afternoon break at the Aria, where the chocolate dragon is proudly shown.
Their Ham & Cheese Croissant, one of the best I’ve ever had. The cheese is a layer of divine crust but also oozing out from the center. This isn’t for the faint of heart. It was outrageously buttery and cheesy. Calories well spent though. Sooo good. StalkerBoy and I still drool when we talk about it.
There are some seats inside the shop, where the air is filled with butter and chocolate. While inhaling the aroma, a tv screen shows the making of all these treats. I was completely mesmerized for a good 30 minutes. If not, around the corner, there are couches by the window, overlooking the Bellagio pool, great for people watching while you enjoy your pastries.
After all this, we needed to take a long walk.
Once again, I had the tough job of choosing between all of these:
(just take a moment for these beauties, no words needed here)
The Trio helped me decide, since it was like trying 4 in one (the base is all chocolate). Peanut butter and chocolate lollipop. Rose and raspberry macaroon. Creme brulee.
I liked the creme brulee best here. It was creamy with that sugar crust on top. The peanut butter lollipop was good but a bit heavy for me. Macaroon wise, I prefer regular ones, though the rose pedal flavors were very intense in a good way. The chocolate base was very good of course, though i wished it was dark chocolate instead.
Strawberry Tart was fantastic. It was so light, flaky and buttery. Not too sweet, with just a hint of tartness from the fresh strawberries. There was a champagne like gelee and a bit of vanilla cream/custard. Topped with some pistachio sprinkles. This was the perfect treat for me. A bite that took me right back to Paris…
This is a “must” visit if you’re in Vegas. Even if you aren’t a big pastry person, the chocolate fountain is a pretty sweet sight. Plus, that Ham & Cheese Croissant is to die for. Indulging like this makes me tres happy!
Jean Philippe Patiserrie Bellagio
3600 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV 89109
3730 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV 89109