When my girlfriends and I were planning the Vegas trip, all I requested was “can we visit that dessert place at Aria?” Sure enough, my wish was granted. I made sure it was in the itinerary that we check out one of the Jean Philippe Patisseries – Aria or Bellagio. One of my girlfriends and I went to the one at Aria. [Warning: Mouth-watering pictures in effect]
Oh my god. It was like heaven when we got to the store.
There is a retail section for packaged candies, and a cafe section where you could sit down and eat. I just couldn’t take my eyes off everything.
At least we knew we were there for cakes/desserts, so that eliminated the entire baked goods/deli section – which, looked very attractive as well.
Overall, I’m very impressed by the presentation of the food. It just makes you drool as you stare at them. Check out that smoked salmon salad sphere in the picture below. Isn’t that beautiful?
As for the cake/dessert display, gee there were a good 25 or so options to choose from. It was a tough decision because they all looked so yummy.
At the end, between the two of us, we ordered three things to share. And yes, we skipped lunch for this.
To start, we ordered a Sweet Trio to whet our appetite, which were three cute, petite-size desserts that were “plated” on a solid piece of milk chocolate. First of all, the Rose Macaron was very nice. Instead of a thick serving of butter cream, the two cookies were sandwiched with fresh raspberries. The tartness of the raspberries cut through the sweetness of the cookies, and the cookies themselves were fragrant with the infusion of rose petals. A perfect bite to start our “meal”.
I absolutely adored the little cup and spoon presentation of the Creme Brulee. The custard was creamy and smooth, and the sauce was actually honey based – but it’s just a bit too sweet for my liking. The Peanut Lollipop was pretty good with crushed nuts and wafers, but again, a bit too sweet, and it was messy to share. My advice is to keep it to yourself!
Next, we had the Triple Chocolate Cupcake. It has a dome top, which is different from the traditional piped icing top. Underneath the dome was chocolate mousse, then some chocolate crunch, followed by chocolate cake. You need to dig deep in order to get your “perfect bite”. On the outside there’s also a chocolate ring to keep everything intact. It was rich, decadent, yet not too too heavy that you would want to stop after a few bites. In fact, I kept going back to it for more. Perfect for any chocolate fan!
To finish, we shared an Exotic Crepe, which was made to order, right in front of our eyes.
The thin crepe included a few tropical flavours: mango pieces in a passion fruit sauce, as well as a scoop of coconut sorbet. Mango and passion fruit are probably two of my favourite fruit flavours, so I really enjoyed the sauce. Because the crepe was fresh and warm, the coconut sorbet started to melt a little bit and was also blended into the sauce and added some coconut bits to it. I probably would’ve like a few more chunks of mango pieces and slightly more sauce, but overall it was really good.
After three dessert items, we were stuffed. For that we actually had to delay our dinner because we just couldn’t fit anymore in our tummy. But it was well worth it. In fact, the price point is comparable to what we pay in Vancouver. Each dessert item is priced between $5 and $7-ish, with the exception of the Sweet Trio which costs $9.90 – but that’s really good value considering we’re in Vegas.
We truly enjoyed the three items we ordered and I would probably go back to try some more if I had stayed in Vegas longer. We also bought some packaged candies to bring home with. The Vanilla Meringues were divine and I wish I bought more.
Jean Philippe Patisserie at Aria
3730 Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas