So my wife and I dropped our 17-month old daughter at Grandma's house in Northern California and headed to Vegas where we had a suite reserved at Mandarin Oriental. There was lots of anticipation for the first babyless time we've had since prior to our daughter's birth. Not too many Vegas trips in the recent past. To complicate things, this foodie/gourmand (not sure) who previously enjoyed venues like CUT, Alex and Aureole was returning to Vegas after becoming a vegan last year. Our plan was to make our rounds through the new Wynn vegan offerings. Since I lack the ability to dine out 3-meals a day without repercussions like uhockey my plan was to enjoy mellow breakfasts and lunches at Mozen to save my appetite for dinners. I had 3 breakfasts and 3 lunches at Mozen (2 lunches were in-suite which uses the same kitchen as Mozen). I got to know this place pretty well.
Lunch #1 (in-suite)
No vegan options on Mozen/in-suite menu. No worries. I'm used to that. I ask if the chef can make a stir-fry with whatever veges are fresh with some jasmine rice sans butter (no brown rice offered) and was told yes. Food arrives with great, fresh and varied veges but no rice. I borrow some of my wife's rice and call down for some more. Rice arrives and I spoon some over my delicious veges only to find out that this batch was buttered. This rendered my dish inedible to this vegan. They were quite gracious about replacing everything but overall not a great start.
I am a boring breakfast person. At home I make a mixture of a ten-grain cereal with some rolled oats with hand-sliced banana, fresh berries, chopped walnuts and a tough of molasses. It's close to breakfast perfection, so I don't have unrealistic expectations when I'm forced to eat breakfast at restaurants. Ordered oatmeal with fresh berries, nuts and brown sugar. Oatmeal comes lukewarm, sent back, came back fine. Enjoyable enough. Service as expected for restaurant in 5-star hotel.
Lunch #2 (en suite)
Ordered same as Lunch #1 and arrived as ordered without issue. They added some Japanese eggplant which really enhanced this dish. Quite enjoyable!
Repeat of breakfast #1 despite some of the same staff being present. One would think that a place like this would have flagged in the computer system what had occurred 24-hours prior. My wife had the croque madame which she thought was good but hardly "life-changing" like previously advertised on this site.
Lunch #3 (at restaurant with wife and friend)
Ordered the grilled vege wrap which was downright fantastic. Fresh, meticulously cut veges with vinegerette dressing wrapped in a perfectly warm and pillowly spinach tortilla. This was one of the best restaurant lunch items I've had in some time. My wife ordered the turkey club which she was really was enjoying until noticing that the paper that separates the cheese slices was still on the cheese. The servers were understandably appalled and comped the dish. Yet one more thing that shouldn't happen at any restaurant, let alone one in a high-end hotel. My friend seemed to enjoy his Kobe burger but really didn't comment much.
Breakfast #3 (the ugly)
Hate to say it, but oatmeal cold again. Staff gracious. Whatever.
I had real high hopes for Mozen which were expectantly exceeded but mostly painfully unfulfilled. The staff was quite personable and mostly professional although this should be expected in a place like this. I'll admit that I'm not the easiest customer around, but Mozen's shortfalls left me quite disappointed.
Dinners at Wynn generally greatly exceeded expectations. If the Chowhound community cares to hear reviews of the Wynn vegan offerings then I'd be happy to write them up. If not, I'll have to look for more vegan-friendly spaces on the internet.
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