Chef Daniel Boulud celebrated the Grand Opening of his new restaurant, db Brasserie inside The Venetian Las Vegas, Thursday, May 8 with a ribbon cutting event and special VIP party. Along with Chef Boulud and Daniel Middleton, notable Master Chefs in attendance were Thomas Keller, Jean-Georges Vongerichte, Nobu Matsuhisa, Paul Bartolotta, Francois Payard and Sam “Sammy D” Demarco, host of Travel Channel’s “Chow Masters, as well as Chairman and CEO of Las Vegas Sands Corporation Sheldon Adelson and his wife, Dr. Miriam Adelson.
Vice President of Food & Beverage for The Venetian and The Palazzo Sebastien Silvestri, Chef David Middleton of db Brasserie, Chef Daniel Boulud, Chairman and CEO of Las Vegas Sands Corporation Sheldon Adelson, Dr. Miriam Adelson, db Brasserie General Manager Chris Eagle (back) and President and COO of Las Vegas Sands Corporation Michael Levin
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn
Following the ribbon cutting ceremony, guests enjoyed complimentary champagne, cocktails, and a selection of items from the db Brasserie menu including signature dishes such as Hamachi cru (eggplant-cumin aigre doux, finger lime, harissa, shallots), grilled swordfish, escargot spaetzle, Tunisian Lamb (roasted chop, merguez sausage, couscous, lemon braised spinach and chickpeas, with red pepper tagine) and spiced lamb flatbread. Delectable desserts included almond and strawberry tartelettes, mini versions of the pistachio-cherry sundae and warm madeleines.
Buddy “The Cake Boss” Valastro, whose Buddy V’s Ristorante and Carlo’s Bakery is located on the Venetian property, arrived in true Vegas style, accompanied by a showgirl on each arm before presenting Daniel with a special welcome “back” to Las Vegas cake.
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.
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. Jeffrey Beers International, whose design element extend throughout the venue, 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.
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 operates from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
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