In a town full of faux French bistros, it can be difficult to figure out how they differ from one another. They all serve roasted chicken and steak frites; they all have quiche and charcuterie boards as starters. While Mon Ami Gabi might not have the caliber of chef behind it like Bouchon or Bardot, what it lacks in celebrity-affiliation, it makes up for in location. Occupying prime real estate center-Strip at Paris, under the shadow of the Eiffel Tower, with patio seating and a perfect view of the Fountains of Bellagio, it offers what is quite possibly the best perch for people watching in the city. So what does it matter that the frisee salad with poached egg, the buttery escargot, and the delicate crepes aren’t groundbreaking or original? They’re all done exceptionally well and they charge lower prices than the other Strip bistros. Take note that at dinner the prices do go up a dollar or two, but remember that you’re paying for bigger portions, as well as the view.
- Grace Bascos