For some, Easter means church, egg hunts, a bunny, and decadent chocolates. For others, it signifies the opening of brunch season, that meal when you gather the family or friends for that delectable combination of breakfast and lunch.
In Las Vegas, brunch always goes over the top with more food than you can imagine. Some brunches definitely stand out from the pack, offering more than a buffet or some combination of an omelet and waffle station. These are the ones we gravitate toward when we want a brunch with a twist.
Here are the Haute Five Easter brunches that you must move to the top of your to-do list.
Buffet with a Twist
When Easter calls for a variety a tastes and flavors, head over to the Four Seasons Las Vegas and the brunch buffet at Verandah. This gem nestled next to the pool on the luxury property satisfies every taste with light fare such as berries, cheeses and breads and heartier dishes from eggs Florentine to roasted potatoes. On Easter, look for a hot and cold food station, seafood station, antipasto station, a children’s buffet and a decadent dessert bar. Create your own doughnut concoction at the warm doughnut machine adorned with your choice of glazes and toppings.
If the buffet doesn’t appeal to you, order off the à la carte menu. Try the citrus ricotta pancakes with cranberry compote, huevos rancheros with black beans and chorizo or a health-conscious dish such as low-carb omelets, Atlantic salmon and tofu dishes.
Easter brunch costs $68 per person with sparkling wine, $30 for children 4 to 12 years and is served from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For reservations, call 702.632.5000.
Payard Patisserie & Bistro at Caesars Palace is known for French delicacies and bistro fare. For Easter, chef Gregory Gourreau has created a menu inspired by Chef Francois Payard’s immaculate creations. Look for appetizers such as a foie-gras napoleon with a rhubarb and raspberry chutney or a warm lobster salad in an argan oil emulsion. On the entree front, try the steak au poivre with mashed potatoes or the Dover sole in a beurre noisette and lemon marmalade. Just make sure you save room for the pastry cart with its petit-fours and melting Easter egg chocolate.
This special Easter menu goes for $29 per person. For reservations, call 702.731.7110.
One of Las Vegas’ hottest new restaurants sits on the third floor of Mandarin Oriental at CityCenter. The Pan-Asian MOzen Bistro plans to serve dim sum along with Kobe short ribs, slow-roasted pork belly, Thai crab salad, Indian potato Samosa, fresh shucked oysters and an assortment of sushi bar items created by chef Shawn Armstrong for Easter brunch.
You can dine from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The $62 brunch includes dim sum. For reservations, call 1.888.881.9367.
Las Vegas doesn’t have many options for lakefront dining. After all, it is in the Mojave Desert. But on the slopes of Lake Jacqueline in The Lakes neighborhood sits Marché Bacchus French Bistro & Wine Market. Aside from the cornucopia of wines you can find for sale and consumption by the bottle here, Easter takes on a special menu. Chef Jean Paul Labadie created a four-course menu for $49 served from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Start with a wild mushroom and leek tart with grilled lobster and mixed baby greens or wilted baby spinach in a malt vinegar dressing. Move on to the homemade pork and fennel sausage with parmesan cheese grits, the house smoked Scottish salmon with fettucini or seared scallops on a pickled vegetable and baby arugula salad. Then choose from pan-roasted halibut with sauteed zucchini or slow-roasted Colorado leg of lamb with drunken goat cheese. Top off your meal with bananas foster bread pudding or flourless chocolate cake with raspberry cream.
Marché Bacchus, located at 2620 Regatta Dr., is accepting reservations at 702.804.8008.
Make Easter brunch a relaxing occasion with the Cookin’ with Jazz Brunch at The Country Club at Wynn Las Vegas. It starts with your choice of a bloody Mary, Champagne or Kentucky tea cocktail and just gets better from there.
In addition to the usuals found on every other Sunday—such as a shellfish station, assorted breads and salumi, ceviches and breakfast parfaits—look for a roasted leg of lamb on the carving station, chocolate egg sculptures and fun Easter-themed desserts for both children and adults. We can’t even list all the options on this menu, but know that there are eggs Versailles with smoked salmon, brioche, caviar and hollandaise sauce; shrimp and grits; free-range beef hot dogs; beef tenderloin; brown-sugar brined pork chops; and sides ranging from fire-roasted corn succotash to Southern grits.
The brunch lasts from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. You can make reservations at 702.770.3463. Adults pay $59 and receive one complimentary cocktail and children under 12 pay $24.