Unlike chicken, duck isn’t an everyday kind of poultry. Duck isn’t the meat wrapped in cellophane that gets sold for $4.97 at a grocery store. It’s a dish reserved for special occasions. It’s the kind of entree that isn’t found at every restaurant but is a welcome addition to any menu. Duck tastes best when one is dressed up and sitting at a nice restaurant. In other words, duck tastes best in Las Vegas.
From an upscale Chinese restaurant with views of the Bellagio Fountains to a healthy French restaurant on the westside, here are five places in Las Vegas to order duck this weekend.
Duck and waffles for brunch
Once a week, Andre’s Bistro & Bar presents a sumptuous spin on chicken and waffles. The restaurant’s Sunday menu includes duck a l’orange accompanied by a crispy waffle with foie gras. The citrus-glazed dish makes an appearance on both the brunch and the dinner menu.
Andre’s Bistro & Bar, 6115 S. Fort Apache Road; 702-798-7151
Located inside Aria, Bardot Brasserie offers a creative spin on the usual wings appetizer with its duck wings a l’orange. The tender wings are wood-roasted and feature blood orange glaze and maltaise sauce for a double dose of citrus. The menu also includes pan-roasted Hudson Valley duck breast with raspberry ratatouille and fried eggplant as an entree, as well as the Hunter’s waffle topped with duck confit, root vegetable hash, poached egg, and a maltaise sauce made of blood orange juices and Hollandaise for brunch.
Bardot Brasserie, Aria, 3730 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; 702-230-2742
Duck with a view of the Bellagio Fountains
With a view of the Bellagio Fountains, Jasmine offers fine dining Chinese cuisine with a focus on Cantonese, Hunan, and Sichuan dishes. Diners love the restaurant’s Imperial Peking duck, which can be served table side with hoisin sauce and crepes as a first course or wok-tossed with jicama in butter lettuce cups as a second course.
Jasmine, Bellagio, 3600 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; 866-259-7111
Duck plus dim sum
Ping Pang Pong is primarily known for its dim sum — and for good reason. From hargaw to braised chicken feet, the award-winning restaurant at Gold Coast features an authentic array of dim sum. That being said, Ping Pang Pong also serves some memorable duck selections including Cantonese barbecue roast duck, braised duck, and sausage duck confit rice.
Ping Pang Pong, Gold Coast, 4000 W. Flamingo Road; 702-367-7111
Duck at a French restaurant on the westside
Since 2016, Eatt Gourmet Bistro has been serving healthy, French fare prepared with seasonal ingredients. The bright, inviting restaurant offers tasting menus, daily specials, and aesthetically — and gastronomically — pleasing entrees including duck braised in orange juice accompanied by blood orange segments, duck fat, and peanut crisps.
Eatt Gourmet Bistro, 7856 W. Sahara Ave.; 702-608-5233
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