Haute Event: Daniel Boulud Opens DB Brasserie at the Venetian

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Photos: Bill Milne
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Chef Daniel Boulud’s DB Brasserie officially opens today inside The Venetian® Las Vegas. The restaurant, which Boulud calls his ‘ideal brasserie’, is an updated version of French brasserie, with a contemporary twist and international appeal.  The opening marks one of the most anticipated culinary events of the year – Boulud’s return to the Las Vegas Strip.

“Like me, ‘the brasserie’ was born in France but has traveled the world,” says Boulud. “I wanted to create a menu with my favorite French dishes, charcuterie, shellfish—all the ‘brasserie staples’—and international flavors from my travels that are a bit exotic and transporting.”

Created in collaboration with Executive Chef David Middleton, the menu features Boulud’s version of Escargots Spätzle, Burgundy snail fricassée, chicken ‘oysters’, mushrooms, parsley coulis and hazelnut, Poissons Fumés, Balik smoked salmon, smoked sable rillettes, potato dauphine, salmon roe, preserved cucumber, dill, Crispy Duck Confit, swiss chard, turnip, trumpet royale mushrooms, onion rings, and of course Steak Frites ‘From the Grill.’ The classics fit seamlessly with newly-created dishes showcasing international flavors, found in dishes like Hamachi Cru, eggplant-cumin aigre doux, finger lime, harissa, shallots and Tunisian Lamb, roasted chop, merguez sausage, couscous, lemon braised spinach and chickpeas, red pepper tagine. Burger-lovers will delight in three of Boulud’s gourmet burgers: The Yankee, The Frenchie, and The Piggie, adapted from Boulud’s New York City-based restaurant, DBGB. Elegant desserts including “Le Président,” a chocolate-hazelnut mousse tart with coffee Chantilly and crunchy feuilletine and a Calisson-Strawberry ‘Sundae’  of melon sorbet, strawberries, and orange blossom-almond sablés provide the essential sweet finish.

DB Brasserie boasts a wine list of approximately 300 international selections, curated by Boulud’s group Wine Director Daniel Johnnes and DB Brasserie Sommelier Devin Zendel. The list pays special tribute to the glories of American Wine, which are presented in three categories: PIONEERS ‘the first to prove the quality of American terroir’; NEW FRONTIER ‘young wineries inspired by their old-world counterparts’; and CLASSICS ‘next generation American winemaking, classics in their own right’. Keeping with the tradition of Daniel Boulud’s restaurants, the list also features the best French producers from the storied regions of the Rhone Valley, Burgundy, Bordeaux, Alsace, the Loire Valley and the great Southern regions of Provence, the Languedoc and Roussillon. The list’s old world wines –French and ‘LeVoyage’ – are organized by region in the traditional fashion. DB Brasserie also features a full cocktail list, with creations ranging from classic (Le Boulevardier, Bulleit Rye, Aperol, Carpano Antica Formula) to floral (The Peruvian Love, Barsol Pisco, Cointreau, Lime, Cranberry, Lavender Soda) to bubbly (Ménage À Trois, a tasting of three Champagne cocktails).

The spacious restaurant seats 280 diners, including two private dining rooms, as well as a casual bar and lounge. Designed by Jeffrey Beers International (JBI), the group took inspiration from classic brasseries in France to create a welcoming and convivial atmosphere. The exterior façade of DB Brasserie has been clad in travertine limestone panels, a reference to the public buildings that house some of France’s classic brasseries from past centuries. The restaurant’s centerpiece is an expansive faux-skylight reminiscent of those in classic Beaux-Arts train stations and restaurants. The design elements extend throughout the bar and lounge, as well as the private dining areas.

Located at the start of Restaurant Row, just off the casino floor, DB Brasserie is accessible from both The Venetian and The Palazzo, with easy access from The Palazzo parking garage. DB Brasserie is open seven days a week for dinner from 5 p.m. until 11 p.m., bar until 12 p.m. The restaurant will soon operate from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Reservations can be made by calling 702-430-1235.

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