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Bite Now: soufflé perfection at Eiffel Tower

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The soufflé at Eiffel Tower Restaurant is flawless, a sweet cloud of perfection.

Baking is a magical combination of art and science. That's the only way to explain how anyone could turn butter, cream, eggs and sugar into the heavenly creation that is the soufflé. If it comes out just right, a soufflé is more of an experience than a dessert, the same way that dining at the Strip's iconic Eiffel Tower Restaurant is more experience than mere meal.

Eiffel Tower Restaurant remains one of the most romantic destinations on the Strip.

ETR is probably the best place in Las Vegas to indulge in soufflé perfection, too, as the shareable treat is inherently romantic. It doesn't get much better than watching Bellagio's fountains perform while dipping your spoon into a sweet, melty cloud of joy. But this restaurant—one of those all-tourist joints where the food is way better than it has to be—gets extra points for its varied flavors. On my recent visit, there were six options, including standards like chocolate and Grand Marnier and other rich treasures like caramel and banana.

Really, you gotta go pistachio—just sweet enough, not too rich to push you over the edge after a robust meal, and perfectly suited to the fluffy, custard-ish lightness that defines what we love about this dish. It's an uncommon flavor, but one of the most popular choices here. Amazing views, dancing fountains, people proposing ... there are plenty of distractions at ETR, but this is a bite you won't forget.

Eiffel Tower Restaurant Paris, 702-948-6937. Lunch: Monday-Friday, 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Brunch: Saturday& Sunday, 1 a.m.-4 p.m. Dinner: Sunday-Thursday, 5-10:30 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 5-11 p.m.

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