Jun 2, 2010

Buffet of Buffets: Le Village Buffet

Part Three of Four - Le Village Buffet - Paris.
Le Village Buffet at Paris is a regional French buffet and features mostly regional French cuisines with the occasional oddities.

Out of the four buffets sampled, I like the atmosphere of Le Village Buffet; it's a bit of an extension of the Paris casino and shops. As the name suggests, the interior looks reminiscent of a village complete with a sky-painted ceiling.

The buffet itself is divided into sections by name (Provence, Normandy, Brittany, Burgundy and Alsace), with each section aping the architecture of its named region and serving the regional cuisine of each place.

Le Village Buffet is a favorite of many for brunch or breakfast. We initially in planned on getting there in time for breakfast, but didn't sleep much during the night and struggled to catch some Zs that morning. So Paris for lunch it was!
Getting there at lunch meant no made-to-order omelets, but they did have made-to-order crepes. Unfortunately, the selection of fillings were limited to three fruit toppings. I asked it they had banana but they didn't. I wondered if I could have just grabbed a banana from the salad bar, cut it up, and had them put it in for me.  I ended up just getting a strawberry crepe.
There was plenty of bread for everyone.  The ones I chose to try were somewhat ordinary.
Here we have some rice, some sort of pork loaf and what I guessed to be sauerkraut, potatoes. and Purity wrap.  I didn't try any of them.  The pork loaf looked interesting but not interesting enough.
I did try the potatoes au gratin (I like potatoes!) it tasted fine.
One of the best dishes I tried at Le Village Buffet was the Cassoulet, a slow cooked bean stew with pork bits.
Yup. Prime Rib. Just okay though. I couldn't find the horseradish! I supposed I could have just asked but then what kind of guy would I be?
Yes, even Paris with its focus on French regional cuisine finds room for sushi.  I guess buffet-goers really like sushi.
They had a nice selection of vegetables, but they were not as flavorful as the Spice Market Buffet at Planet Hollywood. Still, if you like cooked vegetables in various preparations, Le Village might be your best bet.  They also have a bread and cheese area, you know, because it's very French.
The sirloin was delicious and straight off the grill. Later on they also brought some bacon out even though breakfast had passed. There was also a number of sausages but I didn't care for the one's I sampled.
I think crab legs might be a dinner- and brunch-only item.  There was plenty of shrimp and lemons though.
Mmm... you can't go wrong with flan... well, unless you hate flan, but I love flan...
Most of the buffets have a pretty good selection of desserts and Le Village was no different.  Like the Rio, Planet Hollywood, and Sizzlers (I used to go there as a kid), they also had ice cream.

To sum it up:
Good for: French cuisine and mostly French cuisine.  Breakfast and brunch.  Cassoulet and grilled sirloin.  The feeling of eating outdoors without the hot Nevada sun.
But: Mostly French cuisine.  No omelets or eggs of any kind for lunch!

Hours & Prices
Breakfast: 7am - 11am; Daily - $15.99
Lunch: 11:00am - 3:30pm; Monday - Friday - $17.99
Champagne Brunch: 11:00am - 3:30pm; Saturday & Sunday - $24.99
Dinner: 3:30pm - 10pm; Nightly - $24.99