>> Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Is that really a 27-foot tall chocolate fountain?
On the first floor of the Bellagio inside Jean-Philippe Pâtisserie you'll find the world's largest chocolate fountain. This crazy, fully functional fountain pushes through 2100 lbs of chocolate at a rate of 120 quarts a minute. We sort of stumbled upon this place for lunch one day, and what wonderful, serendipitous treat it became!
Who is Jean-Phillipe? Jean-Philippe Maury is the Executive Pastry Chef for the Bellagio. He oversees a team of seventy people who produce over 15,000 pastries a day for all the restaurants and shops inside the Bellagio. He has won numerous awards, including Best Pastry Chef in France in 1997.
Jean-Philippe's lifelong dream? "Open a French patisserie in the United States with an opulence never before seen."
I have to say, he may just have reached that goal.
Of course, the chocolate fountain alone already makes this patisserie way more opulent than most. On top of that, however, they also make exquisitely detailed pastries, beautiful whimsical cakes, and a wonderful assortment of homemade candies and chocolates. You can even buy "bottled" chocolate from the chocolate fountain.
It's a perfect place for lunch (sandwiches, salads, even crepes!), breakfast (tons of freshly baked pastries!), or dessert (decadently gorgeous cakes and pastries).
Nutella and Banana Crepe
Most desserts were around $6 each, which isn't bad considering the amount of effort required to make each of these delicate pieces of art!
I loved the whimsical cake that looks like it's toppling over.
It was tough just choosing three pastries!
These are all cakes, believe it or not! A Grand Vin de Chateau LaTour wine in a box!
Toy Story! Check out Buzz Lightyear at the top of the cake.
Belle, Cogsworth, Chip, and Mrs. Potts!
As you can tell, this place is super fun to visit, even if you don't buy anything. You should definitely go just to check out the awesome fountain and the amazing cakes. If you are hungry, the food is quite good and very reasonably priced, especially for a place right inside the Bellagio.
This post is part of a larger Las Vegas series. Posts in this series:
Beijing Noodle No. 9
Joel Robuchon (The Mansion)
Enoteca San Marco
3600 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV 89109