Bellagio’s Petrossian Bar, located just off the lobby and facing the gaming floor, has always been a prime spot for people watching, with a front-row view of Dale Chihuly’s hand-blown glass flower sculpture Fiori di Como. It’s among the city’s most elegant lobby bars, with live piano music (on a one-of-a-kind Steinway) and a highly curated menu—from high-end spirits to high tea—that’s as sophisticated as its velvet and gold-accented environs.
The recently debuted caviar and cocktail menu provides yet another example of why Petrossian Bar is an essential Strip stop. Start with the Worldly Old Fashioned (two for $50, four for $75), a showstopper of a cocktail presented in a glass globe and prepared tableside, with Yamazaki 12-year Japanese whisky, WhistlePig 10-year whiskey, Craigelliache 13-year scotch, Demerara syrup and Angostura bitters. You won’t find a more beautiful cocktail presentation anywhere … until you order the Poof! ($28), a conical glass of smoke that reveals a surprise pairing: Bulliet Rye Whiskey, Copper & King Apple Brandy and Carpano Antica Sweet Vermouth, served with duck confit croquettes.
The caviar portion of the menu is pure decadence, offering perfect bites of briny goddess. (The bar has to live up to its namesake, Petrossian Caviar, after all.) The caviar tacos ($19) are housed in a thin and crispy shell with hamachi, lemon, chives and olive oil, topped with Daurenki caviar, while the caviar pie ($18) is a wedge of crème fraîche and brown butter filling on a flaky, savory crust, garnished with green apples, lemons and flowers.
And is there anything more indulgent than caviar for dessert? Petrossian’s dark chocolate caviar ($55) is a sweet delight of dark chocolate molecular gastronomy “pearls” accompanied with Meyer lemon gelee, fresh citrus supremes, rosé champagne sorbet and vanilla chantilly. Create your own caviar service with the hazelnut praline cookies that come the spread. It’s a treat you won’t soon forget.
PETROSSIAN BAR Bellagio, 702-693-7111. Monday-Friday, Sunday, 10 a.m.-midnight; Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 a.m.
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