Alizé! Alizé! Alizé! Where shall I begin? If you want an incredible view of Las Vegas, the opportunity to sip cognac from the 1700s, or have one of the most delicious meals you have ever tasted, all you have to do is hop in an elevator and head up to the 56th story of the Palms Resort Casino and you will find gourmet French cuisine at Chef André Rochat’s restaurant, Alizé! Before I go into any more detail about how spectacular this dining establishment is, I really suggest making reservations in advance to ensure that there will not be a long wait or any issues with getting a table. I used OpenTable and everything went very smoothly.
My friend and I decided to have a late dinner around 9:30pm on our last day in Las Vegas back in November of 2011 and it was the perfect ending to a great vacation. As soon as we arrived at the Palms, we made our way through the casino and over to Alizé and were immediately greeted by the hostess with a warm, friendly smile. After we confirmed our reservation, the hostess escorted us over to and in the elevator and sent us up, up, and away to our destination!
After making our ascent to the top of the hotel, the elevator doors opened and we stepped into Alizé and the atmosphere was stunning! The view of the Las Vegas Strip and the surrounding areas were just breathtaking and I was sold on the place instantly. Near the entrance of the restaurant you will run into a world-class collection of various wines, cognacs, and other liquors. I remember my buddy saying to me, “Hey, check out this wine it dates back to the 1940s!” and I was pretty impressed. I then replied, “Hey man, that is nothing! This cognac is from the 1700s!!!” and suddenly the 1900s seemed like “No Big Deal” in comparison. The bottom line is that if you are a connoisseur of fine liquors, you will marvel at the immense collection that is showcased and it was by far the best one that I had ever seen in my entire life!
After making our way past the alcohol display, we were greeted by the host and were given a table right against the windows which was exactly what I was hoping for before arriving at the restaurant. After gazing at the sights around us for a few minutes and being the typical tourist that I am snapping photos with both my camera and phone in case I happen to lose one, it was finally time to commence our dining experience.
We were pleasantly greeted by our waiter and our first order of business was taking a look at the wine list. My friend was given an iPad that held the coveted information and I patiently awaited my turn to browse through the items on this technologically advanced list. Our waiter must have seen how anxious I was to use the iPad and decided to bring me one as well so I was quite pleased with the customer service. It was a great first impression and things only seemed to get better as the night went on!
After selecting our wines, we went back to the archaic menu style for our dinner selection and took a few moments to decide on what we were going to order. I chose the Filet Mignon which was top-notch and I honestly do not remember what my friend tried but I know he loved it! Before our meals came out, the waiter brought us some Ceviche “compliments of the chef” and I thought that was a nice little bonus. Whether it be bread or one million dollars, I always feel like royalty when a waiter says “compliments of the chef” so I was extra happy at this point.
After taking our time to savor each and every morsel in front of us, we finished our dinners but made sure that we saved a little room for dessert because a night at Alizé would not be complete without it! The dessert was stupendous and I cannot stress enough how perfect the presentation of the food was and the wait staff paid great attention to detail. My expectations of the place were exceeded and I highly recommend Alizé to anyone that enjoys fine dining and excellent service. I cannot wait to go back and try something new off of the menu and possibly one of the exotic liquors from the case!
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