Marche Bacchus – French Bistro Cafe (This is part 2, part 1 ran on 11/12. The original, lent to us by the author Rick Fraga, appeared originally on his website: http://www.gatewaytowine.com/marche-bacchus-a-divine-place-to-dine)
As we stepped towards the dining area we were warmly greeted and guided to our table, which was next to the Lake, looking out towards a beautiful full moon and a nicely lit shoreline. It was definitely a great night for an outdoor dinner. In just a few short minutes we met our server Stephen, who was friendly, knowledgeable and well prepared to provide us great hospitality. In no time, we were comfortable with conversing with Stephen and explained to him we had been referred to Marche Bacchus for dinner by a regular customer I had met. He knew the couple by name and was not surprised that he had given the recommendation. As we familiarized ourselves with our server and the menu, I explained that it was suggested by our benefactor that we allow the server or Chef to choose our dinner courses and pair wine with them. He smiled and asked if there was anything we saw on the menu we did not want to try, we did find a few items that did not entice Louis and I, but beyond that we were up for anything. With that Stephen gathered up the menus, just in time to introduce the owners of Marche Bacchus, Steve and Rhonda, as they had just walked up to our table. We had introductions and a wonderful visit with them as Stephen headed to the kitchen to plot our culinary course.
In short order we were having a large, well stocked Charcuterie plate laid before us, including cured meats, pate and more. This was served along with fresh bread and Dijon mustard, being famished we dug in. We were enjoying the wine, the Charcuterie and the ambience, when out came the next course, Lobster Ravioli. What made it even more special was that it was delivered by the chef working the kitchen that evening, Eric Sutter. As our luck would have it, we had the opportunity to chat with Eric about the food, his experience in cooking and just food and wine in general. Another great visit, just adding to the experience at Marche Bacchus. We were just recovering from the delicious presentation of the ravioli, when Stephen returned tray in hand. He delivered Filet Mignon, Short Ribs, polenta, a souffle and then returned with a bottle of 2007 Bressler Cabernet Sauvignon, from the Napa Valley. Our response was simply…………….WOW!
It took a minute to catch our breath, after seeing and smelling the wonderful meal placed before Louis and I. But, in short order, Louis and I set to the task at hand, sampling the meal that had been laid before us. It took very little tasting of the dishes to realize that we had really begin to experience what the Bistro Cafe at Marche Bacchus was all about. Delicious food, richly well paired wine and a great atmosphere in which to enjoy a meal, good company and a beautiful night. Add to this so great conversation with our server, Stephen and another visit by Jeff and Rhonda Wyatt, we had found why the person who had referred me here was so enamored with this location. We were finally getting to the last of the food on our plates and the bottom of the amazing Bressler Cab, when who should arrive again……………..Stephen. Only this time he came bearing, a flourless chocolate cake, bread pudding accompanied by the most amazing cinnamon rum sauce, and presented with a Vintage 1994 Pocas Porto to sip along with the desserts. Louis and I looked at each other, laughed a bit as we had just discussed being so full we could not eat another bite. But, decided to man up and meet the challenge of this sensual combination of flavors combined with a young, but delicious vintage Portuguese Port. All I can say is what a treat.
What more could we have asked for, other than the check, but not before loosening our belts and considering a short nap. We had just survived a feast fit for a rich King. The only service we did not receive was a forklift to move us out to the rental car to get back to the Golden Nugget. The food was spectacular, the service was as good as I have ever experienced, the pairing with the wine was spot on. The whole package at Marche Bacchus was undeniably top notch. Jeff and Rhonda Wyatt, along with the staff are doing it right and making a visit to their establishment something special. Yes, we did get a referral and some special treatment. Yes, we did enjoy more food than the average two people might order, but we wanted to experience the best they had and the folks at Marche Bacchus stepped up and definitely hit a home run. I will add that if you are on a budget, you can dine here and be comfortable, but to drink and dine as we did, it was not for the faint of checkbook.
Marche Bacchus in a Nutshell
We were overwhelmed with everything, enjoyed it all and found that you can go to Las Vegas, play and escape the strip. Simply by taking a 15 minute drive to Summerlin and stepping into a special place that will take you on a Divine culinary and wine experience. Seek out Marche Bacchus and treat yourself to amazing.
Throughout the evening Louis and I discussed the location, the view, the wines and the service, only to realize we could find no fault in anything we found Marche Bacchus.
Michael Perlis here. I just wanted to finish up by thanking Rick for allowing us to run his review. I encourage our readers to check out his site, and hopefully we’ll hear more from him.