Sunday brunch takes a creative turn at La Cave, where classic Americana dining with a gourmet touch meets Oriental dim sum style service, all amidst one of the best patios you can conceive of on a warm summer day. Think about the complexity of that last sentence and you’ve got a good idea of how intricate the menu is, delivering bottomless options and opportunity. Merge these distinct culinary creations with a drink menu that puts traditional champagne brunch to shame, plus a modest price point (for the Wynn, at least) and this destination makes a spectacular cap to your weekend.
The restaurant’s small plates menu is perfectly suited for this bottomless brunch concept, appealing to hearty appetites looking for serious value while upholding ‘all-you-can-eat’ with the elegance of a high caliber establishment. Amiable servers come around ‘butler style,’ making conversation at each table and serving the specialty on their tray. The small plates motif holds true with delectable presentation, integrating miniature cast-iron pots, tall ceramic bowls and modern plates to add panache to distinct taste.
You’re not going to find an item on the list of two dozen not worth trying. La Cave makes sure to cover the basics with simple scrambled eggs, bacon and sausage. Then things start to get interesting. Blueberry compote pancakes, loaded tater tots with cheese, bacon and country gravy, and perfectly cut fruit cups add novelty to your typical favorites.
The server carrying the braised short rib hash is the most popular guy on the deck. Melt-in-your-mouth beef in a sauce with just the right zest, sliced fingerling potatoes and a fresh egg highlight the menu. Ham and quail egg pizza adds another eye-opener to the mix, a burst of new and different flavor as soon as it hits the palate. And brunch here is not complete without the mushroom grits, rich and creamy with a touch of truffle oil for a fancy touch to southern comfort.
An extra Jefferson gets you bottomless sparkling wine, mimosas, bloody Marys, mojitos and caipirinhas. You’re not going to get too many other places that deliver that extensive of an upscale drink menu for that price. And rest assured your server will not let your glass go empty…it only counts as one drink if it keeps filling up, right?
The only thing missing here is sweet. The crowd is pulling for pastries and the like to round out an otherwise exquisite selection, but in the meantime it is a sin to leave this place anywhere close to hungry.
La Cave is open from 12 p.m.-11 p.m. Monday-Thursday and noon-midnight Friday-Sunday. Bottomless brunch is ~$48/person with endless drinks $20. For reservations or more information call (702) 770-7375 or visit La Cave online.