Chef Andre Rochat

Elaine and Scott Harris

Chef Andre Rochat Returns to His Roots at Las Vegas’ Andre’s Bistro & Bar

Staff Writer
Once a fixture on the Strip, the chef has taken his French-American cuisine to the ’burbs

Chef Andre Rochat has forged a noteworthy culinary legacy in Las Vegas over a career spanning more than 30 years — from his iconic namesake venue downtown to the stunning Alize at the Palms and his recently closed Andre’s at the Monte Carlo hotel. Rochat has now journeyed back to his roots by engaging locals at his newest namesake, Andre’s Bistro & Bar, located in the former home of DW Bistro in the southwest area of Las Vegas.

The restaurant combines classic French bistro and American tavern fare and represents the chef’s attempt to have everyone enjoy his cuisine in a more affordable and relaxed neighborhood setting. “We want our patrons to eat, drink, and talk to each other, not just eat and rush out. In Europe, we take time to socialize, spending a few hours with friends and family, and we want people to do that here,” explained Rochat. He is continuing to serve superb cuisine in the suburbs, and at age 73, he shows no signs of slowing his pace or cutting corners. Everything at the new restaurant is made in house and sourced as locally as possible.

Open for lunch, dinner, and brunch, Andre’s Bistro & Bar is the perfect place to meet with friends, family, and associates. Rochat intended to create a place where the familiar Cheers feeling overtakes guests the moment they walk through the front door. There is plenty of open seating, and Andre’s hallmark roosters grace the walls along with whimsical drawings rendered by the chef’s niece, Isabelle Michaud. In all, the space has a convivial and relaxed atmosphere that has been achieved with flair and thoughtfulness.

The happy hour menu is designed to put a grin on the face of any budget-conscious diner. We’re partial to the $7 burgers, like the lamb version accented with tangy tzatziki and feta and a generous side of fries; or the signature beef burger with Swiss cheese, red onion marmalade, and truffle mayo.

The main menu showcases the chef’s tried-and-true French dishes such as the lovely trout amandine with green beans and beurre noisette, or the moules frites with a generous helping of PEI mussels surrounded by tomato concasse, garlic, and parsley accompanied by a side of seasoned French fries. Another option is the duck fat fries for a deeper crunchy textured frites. The seared foie gras, another true classic French dish, intermingles rich duck liver with apple and almond crumble, crème anglaise, and pork reduction.

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Desserts are always a pleasurable experience, as highlighted in decadent apple tarte tatin or the memorable Grand Marnier soufflé. The wine list, hand-crafted cocktails, and beer menu offer ample selections for everyone in your dining party.

After more than 30 years honing his hospitality and culinary crafts downtown and on the Strip, chef Andre Rochat continues his legacy with a neighborhood restaurant, maintaining his reputation as a bastion of stellar service and impeccable food.

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