Mg Patisserie & Café by Michael Gillet, Las Vegas NV
Mg Patisserie & Café by Michael Gillet
Leek Parmesan Viennoiserie
Spinach Feta Viennoiserie
Cherry and Greek Yogurt Viennoiserie
Pain aux Raisins
Pain au Chocolat
Pistachio Opera Cake
Matcha Mango Roll Cake
Located at 6365 South Rainbow Boulevard, inside the former Peridot Sweets’ adjacent Starbucks, Mg Patisserie & Café features the talents of Pastry Chef and Owner Michael Gillet, a former Michelin Star recipient with nearly three decades of experience.
Established in June of 2019, a mostly turnkey transition from Tiffany Jones’ well-liked bakeshop, it was in short-order that a line of Cupcakes, Cookies and Muffins transitioned to Viennoiserie and Dessert, prices from $4-8 a veritable bargain considering Chef Gillet’s pedigree and the largely one-man production of nearly two dozen varieties each day.
Currently take-out only amidst COVID-19 restrictions, hours from 10am until 2pm daily seeing the Burgundy-born owner function as Chef, secretary and server, it was via e-mail that a large order was arranged 24-hours early, the decision to chill several Pastries and serve them with re-warming instructions certainly not ideal but more a matter of necessity.
Appearing cozy from the outside, and professing the use of “organic and sustainable Ingredients whenever possible” it was after a five minute drive from store to office that twenty-five items were unboxed and photographed, a significant amount of careful sharing allowing employees a chance to sample items both sweet and savory.
Not benefitted by an oven inside a medical center, and thus making do with a microwave or simply allowing items to achieve room temperature, first bites included two Vegetarian-friendly Danishes, cooked Leeks with Parmesan outperforming Spinach Feta though golden Dough surrounding each unfortunately suffered a bit of sog thanks to storage and temperature change.
Accounting for allergies and restrictions, including Vegan Croissants and Gluten-free Focaccia in recent weeks, it was without such encumbrances that a Nutella Croissant showed well-developed structure and plenty of rise, the “Original” Croissant visually less-so but described as “pretty good” by those who partook.
A “dream” per Gillet, his path from a town of eighty to Sin City making stops in New York at Le Cirque, Chicago at The Peninsula and LA where he worked with Jose Andres inside SLS, it is following stints at Caesars as well as Red Rock that Mg Patisserie’s Desserts embrace diversity, the Rice Pudding gussied up by Puffed Rice, Caramel and Cream while a springy Matcha Mango Roll looks and tastes like something one might see at a sweets parlor in Chinatown.
Jumping back to Viennoiserie, the lamination of Michael’s Cherry and Greek Yogurt parcel holding up better than the savory Danishes, suffice it to say that Pain aux Raisins is a classic in every sense of the word while Cinnamon Rolls weigh less than a quarter of those at Cinnabon without lacking any of the flavor thanks to a significant degree of leavening.
Finishing with two more Desserts, including a Pistachio Opera sweetened by Milk Chocolate and balancing a delicate Macaron, there may be no more delicate Cheesecake in town than Chef Gillet’s, a crustless specimen little different in consistency from those served in Europe that finds a touch of a Sugar and Cinnamon from the crumbles on top.
THREE AND A HALF STARS: A graduate of CFA Marzy Pastry School in France, Michael Gillet spent nearly two decades preparing elegant Desserts at some of America’s top hotels before striking out on his own in 2019, the results of time with Caesars, Red Rock, The Peninsula and Ritz-Carlton evident in items such as airy Cheesecake, decadent Rice Pudding and innovative Cherry-Greek Yogurt Viennoiserie.
RECOMMENDED: Cherry and Greek Yogurt Viennoiserie, Pain aux Raisins, Rice Pudding, Cheesecake.
AVOID: Spinach Feta Viennoiserie and Original Croissant were both compromised by rewarming.
TIP: Currently take-out and curbside pick-up only, 10:00am until 2:00pm daily. Follow @mgpatisserieandcafe for specials.
WHAT THE STARS MEAN: 5 World Class, 4 Excellent, 3 Good, 2 Fair, 1 Poor.