Girls’ Lunch at Payard

For months I’ve been hearing from my friend Michelle about how great Payard at Caesars Palace is so I was looking forward to my opportunity to try it for myself during a girls’ lunch this past week.  Three of planned on meeting for a noonish lunch providing for a great midday break from our respective jobs and school.  Michelle and I carpooled out to Caesars and met up with our girlfriend who works on the Strip.

Payard is tucked away behind the casino a short distance from the parking garage and Forum Shops across the way from Rao’s (a nice Italian restaurant I’ve been wanting to check out).  It’s a quaint little restaurant that’s not too big and not too small.  When we arrived, I was quite hungry and was happy to enjoy some fresh bread and butter as I perused the menu.

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In addition to their normal menu, they were also offering a Prix fixe lunch menu for $21.  It included an appetizer, an entree, and a dessert.  I opted for one of the regular menu items but my girlfriends each went with the Prix fixe menu (and I was able to enjoy a bite here and there).  $21 is a great value for the items offered on this menu.

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To start, they tried both options on the appetizer menu.  One of them ordered the Shrimp Romesco which was sautéed shrimp with garlic chili flakes in olive oil and Romesco sauce.

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My other friend ordered the Tomato Mozzarella Salad.  They both felt that their appetizers were great starts to the rest of the meal.

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For their entrees, they each went with the Chilean Sea Bass which was pan seared and served with ratatouille and over roasted tomato herb vinaigrette.  This pleased both palates.

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I ordered a traditional french lunch – Croque Madame.  This is a grilled ham and cheese sandwich topped with a sunny-side up egg.  It came with a side salad and roasted tomato  This dish alone was more than enough for me – quite filling and flavorful.

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The fixed price menus both also came with dessert.  I definitely enjoyed bites of each of these :-) First there was a Banana Tart which was a banana and vanilla rum pastry cream on a sweet tart dough (with a chocolate on top).

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The other dish was the Vienne which was flaky sable with dark chocolate mousse, orange marmalade, and a soft caramel center. Heavenly!

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Payard lived up to the hype that Michelle had given it all these months.  I will definitely be bringing the Husband back here and I imagine that Michelle and I will be back frequently for brunches and desserts.  I can’t wait!




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