Napoleon-era Paris Red Light District meets Downtown Las Vegas at F. Pigalle. This new Vegas fondue restaurant is bringing some new pizzazz to downtown.
As soon as you walk in the door, F. Pigalle feels like what you would imagine Paris’s Red Light district to be. The walls have graffiti and street art on them and the lights are dimmed and red. A stripper pole is near the entrance. The tables are close together and you can interact with the people next to you if you want. It’s a super cool, laid back vibe.
But the patio area out back is a real gem. The string lights hang over the outdoor bar, high-top tables, and deck style seating area with huge throw pillows. It would be a great place to hang out into the wee hours of the night enjoying an adult beverage, or even a great place to host an event. If we hadn’t been tired, we would have spent some serious time imbibing on the patio.
F. Pigalle serves unlimited wine out of baby bottles to accompany your meal. The premise: During Napoleanic times, there was a tax on wine glasses, so people would find other conduits for their wine. Hence, the baby bottles. F. Pigalle clips the tops off and serves you all the wine you can drink in glass baby bottles. And it’s not crappy wine either. It actually tastes quite good!
Additionally, the restaurant has a full cocktail menu. This “little” number was well over a foot tall. Can you guess what it’s called? Yep, the Puss in Boots. Of course. The drink is light and refreshing and is almost like a spiked strawberry lemonade. The waitress said no one would judge if I didn’t finish it…so you know I finished it. LOL.
Now what you have all been waiting for. A review of the fondue. We tried the whole gamut and it was all absolutely scrumptious. Here’s the breakdown:
Course 1: Cheese and Fries. If you know me, you know how much I love cheese. But I also love delicious French fries. So for our first course we ordered the cheese fondue and a side of fries. When I say side of fries, I really mean basket. The serving was huge and we nibbled on the fries throughout the meal. They were perfectly seasoned (with a Japanese seasoning of all things), and the aoli that came with them was absolute perfection. We even dipped them in the cheese fondue.
The cheese fondue was purely decadent. It consisted of imported Swiss and gruyere cheese and white wine. When I say it was decadent, I mean it. It was super rich and addicting. We sopped it up with bread, sausage, and roasted potatoes (and fries). It was so good, I almost ate to much of it to finish the meal.
Course 2: Shrimp and Veggies. The second course was a cook-your-own-entrée style course. We elected to have the shrimp, which were served raw. They were well seasoned and we cooked them in a broth made of clam juice, tomato, garlic, and some wonderful herbs and spices. The shrimp was fantastic! The seasoning on the shrimp paired perfectly with the broth. On the side were served roasted potatoes and tricolor carrots, and… I never thought I would say this about carrots… they were one of the highlights of the meal! We actually got an extra serving.
Course 3: Chocolate. You can’t go to a fondue restaurant and not have the chocolate fondue. So even though we were absolutely stuffed, we found energy and room to indulge in the semi-dark chocolate mix.
It was absolutely decadent. We were served the chocolate with pound cake, rice crispy treats, bananas, and strawberries, and we were in heaven. The chocolate was perfectly creamy and flavorful.
Overall we were extremely pleased with our meal. Everything tasted absolutely great, and the fondue juxtaposed with the red-light ambiance made for a perfect evening. It was a perfect restaurant for a couple’s night or a girls’ night out.
F. Pigalle Service
Lastly, the service at F. Pigalle was truly top notch. There were always servers around, and they were super attentive. It didn’t matter if it wasn’t your server; there were servers helping every table as they needed it. The food was perfectly paced out and the bottles of wine were promptly refilled.
F. Pigalle is definitely a place I would recommend. It’s a great place to go to get off of the Strip and delve into Downtown Las Vegas. And that patio is definitely somewhere I would come back and hang out at again. Grade A.
This meal was sponsored by F. Pigalle. But being the foodie that I am, you can be sure that all opinions reflected in this post are my own.