Worlds away from the dark paneling, cigar smoke and overtly masculine environs of the typical Las Vegas meaterie is Primrose, a verdant indoor/outdoor garden-inspired three-meal restaurant comprising a comfortable and sophisticated bar and lounge, petite drawing room, expansive dining room and climate-controlled outdoor terrace and garden.
Photos by Patrick Michael Chin
While vegetables at Primrose are raised to high art (i.e., that ratatouille …), meat, poultry and fish are still very much on offer, as is evidenced by dishes such as the filet mignon frites, French onion cheeseburger and a pitch-perfect, juicy rotisserie chicken. Four varieties of grilled cheese sandwiches aim to please: Croque Monsieur, Croque Madame, l’American and, of course, a Monte Cristo. And the weekend brunch, served 10 a.m.–5 p.m., covers all the requisite culinary bases. Just expect that any vegetables, when present, will never, ever be merely an afterthought.
Whereas the kitchen is a culinary team effort, the bar is exclusively the domain of Herbs & Rye alumna Emily Yett. Tensions naturally release when seated at the warmly lit bar for a Smoked Bijou, presented in a swirling glass jewel box. Cocktails such as the unusual house Dirty Martini—infused with Kalamata olives, pickling spices, fino sherry and rosemary—all lean in the general direction of the Mediterranean and the French Riviera, and capitalize on fresh ingredients as well as top-shelf brands to draw together kitchen and bar. Comme c’est harmonieux!
LOCATION: In Monte Carlo (soon to be Park MGM)
HOURS OF OPERATION: 7 a.m.–10 p.m. Mon–Thu, Sun; 7 a.m.–midnight Fri–Sat.