Las Vegas, NV – Palio Cafe (Bellagio)

Restaurant: Palio Cafe
Cuisine: Breakfast/Brunch/Cafe/Sandwiches/Bakery/Desserts
Last visited: January 26, 2011
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada (Bellagio)
Address: 3600 Las Vegas Blvd S
Price Range: $10 or less, $10-20

1: Poor 2: OK 3: Good 4: Very good 5: Excellent 6: Tres Excellent!!

Food: 4 (based on items I tried)
Service: n/a (pay at cashier)
Ambiance: 3.5
Overall: 3
Additional comments:

  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • French style cafe
  • Coffee/pastries/sandwiches
  • Quick eats
  • Freshly baked goods
  • Healthy options
  • Desserts
  • Award winning pastry shop
  • Casual
  • Pay at cashier service
  • Pricey cafe
  • Sun- Thurs. 6am – 6pm
  • Fri & Sat. 6am – 10pm

**Recommendations: n/a… well maybe the salmon quiche.

It was my last meal in Vegas and it had to be something quick so we decided to head down to the Palio Cafe since it was in the convenience of the hotel we were staying at. There’s no other reason I would really make an effort to come here, and it’s not really a “foodie” stop, but I already had my dent of great restaurants this trip, such as Nove Italiano, Bouchon and even casual joints such as Munchbar and The Original Fulton Fish Frye. On the other hand Palio Cafe is an award winning pastry shop, and that’s when the foodie in me got excited!

The Pailo Cafe is a busy spot for breakfast, brunch and lunch. It’s quick and casual but certainly not affordable. I mean I kind of knew that going in, but still… thank goodness the exchange rate was good. 😉 It was early on in the day and surprisingly they has already started selling out of popular menu items. That’s when I started to get excited that I had maybe found a delicious French bakery.

It’s a casual display case of prepackaged food, but it is made in house and it is fresh, so they make small batches of it at a time. It’s kind of weird because I remember the prices as much as I do the flavour of the food. They were both memorable for very different reasons. It was actually a very good bakery, but just poor value and very “typical Vegas”. I don’t know how it takes me a place like this to realize that Vegas is expensive… nonetheless I don’t really have much to add… for once *chuckle*.

On the table:

Turkey & Grape Croissant – 3.5/6

  • $9.95
  • Yes, let’s all look at bullet point #1… $10 for a croissant sandwich… oh Vegas I love to hate you.
  • Was it worth $10? Of course not. But was it good? I must say it was.
  • It was a very flaky, crunchy and buttery croissant and it was pretty generously filled with turkey and grape salad.
  • The turkey salad wasn’t anything special in particular, but it wasn’t bad either.
  • It was very simple with some mayo and celery and it could have used many more grapes, but it was still good and the meat wasn’t dry to my surprise.

  • See! Look! Now doesn’t that look absolutely delicious? And it was.
  • The highlight was definitely in the croissant, although trying it in a sandwich doesn’t showcase the croissant. It gets put in another context.
  • It’s a French-American style croissant and the outside was crunchy with a fluffy, soft and incredibly buttery inside.
  • The puffy membranes were almost stretchy and a bit doughy and moist but not under baked, and it tasted as good as that picture looks.
  • It was a great ratio of croissant to filling and I liked the savouriness of the turkey, sweet juicy bursts of grapes, buttery soft croissant with a crunchy exterior, and some fresh sprouts for an added freshness.
  • Some added almonds would have been great, but that might have made it a $15 croissant sandwich, it which case I can do without the almonds.

**Salmon Quiche – 4.5/6

  • $8
  • I saw more value in this quiche than the sandwich.
  • The quiche was actually made out of egg whites, but it didn’t take away from the richness, texture or flavour. It actually seemed like they added cream cheese in the egg whites and it had this light creaminess that was addicting. It wasn’t eggy in flavour, but still flavourful.
  • The salmon seemed cured or preserved and it actually reminded me of the delicious Rillettes Aux Deux Saumons from Bouchon we had on the previous night.

  • So I guess the value was kind of there because it was packed with tons of delicious, moist and flaky pieces of compacted and compressed salty cured salmon.
  • It was very fluffy, light and moist with a thin buttery and tender pie crust.
  • It wasn’t overly cheesy but there was cream cheese interwoven throughout the salmon filling. It could have used some onions and dill, but I think I’m getting fancy again.
  • As much as it was an “egg white quiche” it was still quite rich and quite substantial for brunch… well, most people’s idea of brunch.
  • I actually really enjoyed this and I would pay $8 for it again.

Kouign Amann – 5/6

  • $3.95
  • Amann? Or Amen? Well hey! Now that price doesn’t look too bad for such a giant baked good!
  • It’s one of their most popular baked goods so I was actually looking forward to trying it.
  • I’ve never tried a Kouign Amann, but it’s pretty much a dessert like pastry cake and bun in one.
  • It’s an ancient butter cake and I have a feeling this one was a very good one.
  • I don’t have anything to compare to really, but I don’t deny the goodness that was delivered despite its authenticity to the real deal.

  • It was almost like a soft croissant meets a sugar doughnut and a sweet fluffy cake all in one.
  • It had a very crunchy caramelized crust with an intense coating of sugary crystals that added another dimension of crunch.
  • The inside was paper thin sheets of fluffy, soft, stretchy and moist butter cake dough and in between these sheets were thin layers of crispy crystallized sugar. It was actually quite unique and I did enjoy it.
  • I know it looks really sweet, and I know my description will make it sound really sweet, but it was not.
  • It is buttery and rich, but not a greasy cake, although it’s probably incredibly fattening. But hey, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas… including the calories!

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8 Comments

  • Lia says:

    I adore Vegas, I’m totally going to check out that Croissant the next time I show up. It looks AMAZING.

  • Bow says:

    The Bellagio has expensive prices. Did you know the blown glass on the ceiling in the lobby was originally purchased(1995) for $25 million ? I was down there playing poker then…rooms started at $500 per night(yet the players got rooms for $50. !). The croissant looks good…I wish they made a salmon mille feuille(3 layers of puff pastry with 2 layers of pastry creme, sometimes called a Napoleon) instead of a quiche; it’s much lighter.

  • Tom House says:

    Beautifully composed and photographed piece Mijune…

  • Mijune says:

    @Lia – yay! Well if you’re mentally prepared then the cost will be okay 🙂

    @Bow – Really?!?! crazy!! Ok and what?!? Salmon Mille Feuille? I know what a Mille Feuille is, but I’ve never heard of a savoury one! I’m dying to try one now! Where did you try it? that sounds amazing!

    @Tom House – aw thanks Tom!! So happy you’re still reading!

  • Bow says:

    Had the mille feuille in Vancouver, in a now defunct restaurant. Also had an amazing salmon spanikopita(round instead of a triangle) in another place. Hmm ? I eat there, soon afterwards the restaurants go belly up…a pattern here ?

  • Mijune says:

    @Bow – awww too bad!! I hate that! Well next time you have something you think is really worth mentioning please let me know and I’ll try it out, blog about it, and hopefully it will get some traffic and NOT go belly up 🙂 Team work!

  • Dave says:

    What’s the word on Capital Grille?

  • Mijune says:

    @Dave – Hi Dave! I sent you and the PR an e-mail a couple weeks ago. Did you receive it? The boys are still at work, but it will be coming! Thanks for you patience!

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