Month Visited: 10/07
- Good Meal
Wow, I stumbled on this little jewel of a restaurant a few minutes off the Strip on Flamingo, just past Decatur going west. I thought it was just going to be another local's kind-of-a-drag joint. Boy was I surprised!
The food is really outstanding - where to start - try the escargots, YES, they taste like you're back in France. I was so disappointed By Bonjour Bistro - all talk over there wrong butter on escargots, no Persil-and they didn't care that I didn't eat all the escargots, what an insult. To me, and to them.
Ok - I recommend the carrot soup - Yummy! For main dish we had Bistro Steak, Lamb shank and Rack of Lambs. I tasted a little of everyone's. I swear this is as good food as you get at Alex's in the Wynn. Without all the fuss and pomp and did I mention Price! I think Josette's is fairly priced. Especially when you consider she gave us a bottle of wine. It wasn't bad and we bought a couple more.
Josette came and spoke with us. She is quite a character. Quite a lively character! She knows everyone and introduced us to people next to us and we eventually all ending up sitting together and drinking champagne. Matter of fact, I don't think Josette charged us for the champagne… I am saving the best for last though...
It was a Saturday. So this gorgeous creature came up on stage (Josette’s has a beautiful little stage, reminiscent of the 1800's) - this performer came up on stage and it was evident instantly that she owned the room and was going to give us a very special treat. She was wearing a black sparkly costume – this was not just some Las Vegas singer – This Was Talent – she had a real show, costumes and a theme. Her name was Kiki Kalor – her theme was to take us around the world in under an hour. Put on your hats, pack your bags, here we go! Kiki started out with a bang and circled the room playing castanets to fiery slightly funny Spanish music – just a bit though. Before she jumped back on stage – it seemed like the music was changing all the time, now a comically Spanish themed song seemed to be playing while she put on a Clown Outfit – this stunning creature was putting a clown outfit over her fantastic costume to begin the show! How unexpected! How confident! Kiki then proceeded to sing Granada in perfect pitch like a great opera singer only she is moving from table to table using props in her outfit like horn, comb, disappearing flower to make everyone laugh and feel at ease. Mostly the rest of show was a dream like blur – Kiki had us putting on hats and dancing, putting on masks and dancing with each other – while she is singing the whole time, never never singing out of tune (which seems to be the standard mode in Vegas). It went on and was great fun, in extremely good taste. At some point a Chocolate Mousse appeared in front of me – again, it was authentic French, not heavy, no whip cream, just lovely. Suddenly Kiki was stripping off all her costumes and this thin, divine creature had been wearing another costume under all this – and Now she was doing American songs and taking us around America – Come To The Cabaret, Hello Dolly for New Orleans I think, Hey Big Spender for well Vegas, Minnie the Moocher for Chicago. Finally it was the end and she gave all the women a boa and brought them on stage and we danced and kicked just like professional rocketts under her sweet guidance. Her last song had to be about the Big Apple – great stuff. Every guy in the room was pretty wide eyed. I think the photos are up on www.JosettesBistro.com – a very major website for a restaurant, very deep. The show then went around the room as we held onto each other in that old Congo line style to a Jewish song – Hava something that was just a perfect way to end this unexpectedly good night. We went out one door and into another!
Kiki is not like any act I have seen. Clint Holmes, Danny Gans, that dreadful Lance Burton, they are all predictable and actually I didn’t think fun. Kiki is fun, original and a very warm-hearted person. God bless her! I wish Vegas had more talent like her, and more restaurants like Josette’s Bistro. Make sure you try our Saturday night, whether you live in Vegas and think you’ve seen it all, or you are visiting and don’t want another cattle-call experience. You won’t be disappointed.
Would Eat Here Again:
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