Thursday, July 25, 2013 | 10:09 p.m.
Editor’s Note: While Robin Leach takes his traditional summer vacation under the Tuscan sun in Italy, many of our Strip personalities have stepped forward in his absence to pen their own words of wisdom. We continue today with David Myers, owner and chef of Comme Ca at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
During my years of traveling throughout France, I fell in love not only with the country but also with the cooking. What started in Los Angeles as my love affair with French brasserie cuisine quickly evolved into the experience my team and I have created at Comme Ça at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
With thoughtful, delectable dishes and fine handcrafted cocktails, we think the summer months are the perfect time to embrace the romantic French cuisine and ambiance here at Comme Ça.
If you are looking to impress your significant other with a date night to remember, then I encourage you to join us at Comme Ça. In addition to our regular dinner menus, we serve brunch every Friday through Sunday.
If you want that extra bit of wow factor, request to be seated on our patio, which has some of the best views of the Strip. (Our patio also is a great spot to catch sounds of the Cosmopolitan’s summer concert series at nearby Boulevard Pool.)
Our handcrafted Prohibition-era cocktails from our 18A menu are great options to escape Las Vegas’ triple-digit temperatures. With guidance from my friend, New York City bartender Sam Ross, our talented bar team at Comme Ça creates new cocktails daily. Some of my favorites are our tequila-based Don Guillermo or seasonal gin cocktails, such as the Mr. Q Rickey, which features a refreshing mix of gin, simple syrup and cucumber soda. If those aren’t your thing, ask for head bartender Alex Penalosa and he’ll mix up something special just for you.
Also new to our summer menu is what executive chef Brian Howard calls “the world’s best oysters,” Island Creek Oysters from Massachusetts. We are one of only a handful of restaurants on the West Coast to carry these gems. They’re a great option on our daily Happy Hour menu, which features half off all oysters, 18A cocktails and select menu items.
Our main menu, which features several seasonal offerings, also is sure to impress. Chef Brian recently added Parisian Gnocchi, which is served with braised lamb neck, fava beans, goat cheese and mint — it’s a must try. Unlike the traditional Italian potato-based style, our gnocchi are flour-based, offering a taste that is light and flavorful.
For meat lovers, try our braised pork shank. We fully embrace locally sourced ingredients by purchasing pigs from a nearby farm in Pahrump, and with this dish we serve Vadouvan-scented chickpeas and a delightful carrot remoulade.
As the plates are cleared and the night winds down, we know you’ll be left with a sense of satisfaction. An opulent, sophisticated and incredibly romantic evening with the lights of the Strip in the background makes Comme Ça one of the best date nightspots in the city.
I hope to see you soon.
Check out our other guest columns today from Marc Donovan and Robert Britton Lyons of “Million Dollar Quartet” at Harrah’s and on Friday from Life is Beautiful festival founder Rehan Choudhry.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas dares to be different. From the hotel’s red reservations desks to fine art found throughout the resort, The Cosmopolitan’s signature style is helping to pave its own path on the Las Vegas Strip.
Upon entering the resort, you’re greeted by pillars of video boards playing video art by Digital Kitchen and David Rockwell Studio exclusively produced for The Cosmopolitan. Just beyond that, you’ll find all your favorite casino games on the resort’s 100,000-square-foot casino floor.
The Cosmopolitan’s rooms standout as the resort’s most unique feature. About 2,220 of The Cosmopolitan’s 2,995 rooms have 6-foot deep terraces that span the length of the room, a first at a modern Strip hotel. Other in-room amenities include soaking tubs, kitchenettes and quirky accessories like artsy coffee table books.
The dining experience at The Cosmopolitan isn’t something you’ll find at other Strip resorts, either. All of The Cosmopolitan’s 13 restaurateurs are new to the Las Vegas market. You’ll find American steakhouse fare in a modern setting at STK, top-notch sushi at Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill and the freshest fish flown in from the Mediterranean daily at Estiatorio Milos.
Whether the sun is up or down, Marquee Nightclub & Dayclub is the place to find the party at The Cosmopolitan. The venue is a dayclub/nightclub, complete with a pool and cabanas outside and three different rooms with three different vibes inside.
If nightclubs aren’t your thing, you can grab a drink at one of The Cosmopolitan’s five other bars, like The Chandelier, which is encased in 2 million dripping crystals.