The Vegas outpost of Fleur de Lys is no more. Fleur by Hubert Keller has replaced it.
the gorgeous fresh rose wall decoration. This new iteration is much more conducive to affordable group dining.
Fleur served as our pre-theater meal before we saw The Lion King.
A special of the day -- tarte flambe ($11).
Tuna tacos, serrano, cilantro, avocado cream ($11).
So simple yet so cool and cute. Nice nibbles.
"In the shower" mac 'n' cheese, lobster, brunoise vegetable ($14).
Any Top Chef Masters fan will recall Chef Keller's impressive dorm challenge win for making pasta in the shower. If that dish was anything like this creamy crock of goodness, he deserved that win. Magnificent mac.
Brick dough-wrapped prawns, tropical fruit, curry ($17).
Salt cod fritters, jamon Serrano, romesco ($8).
Maple-glazed pork rib smoked to order ($12).
This dish was presented under a smoke-filled glass. When our server lifted the cover, it all billowed out and showered us with the smell of char. Tasty enough. Worth ordering just for the show.
Skirt steak, chimichurri, roasted fingerling, crème fraiche ($15).
Damn good piece of meat and the cutest tiny potato ever. Solid but not earth-shattering.
A special of the day -- modified Peking duck with date sauce ($13).
Asian fusion or Western takes on Asian food usually disappoint me. I didn't object quickly enough when Mr. Monkey ordered this special. Lucky for both of us, it was one of the best things we ate during the meal. The duck was so tender and flavorful, and the date sauce was incredible notwithstanding its baby poo-like appearance.
Coconut soup, tapioca, coconut-passion fruit sorbet, freeze-dried fruit ($7).
Cheesecake lollipops -- white chocolate, kumquat-gingerbread, strawberry coulis ($7).
This dinner was comped, as were our tickets to The Lion King. Hakuna matata!