My wife and daughter talked me into going to the Selena Gomez concert last night. As a trade off they agreed to try one of the Restaurant Week offerings at the Mandalay Bay. After some discussion we selected RM Seafood. This was our first visit to the restaurant.
Both my wife and I opted for the RW special ($50.11 of which $5 was designated for the Three Square charity) while our daughter elected to have the Free Range Chicken from the regular menus ($28). My wife started with the crab cake and Jicima Salad with Chipotle Aioli, selected the Branzino (bass) with summer vegetable ragu and romesco sauce for her entree, ending with the Chocolate Hazelnut Bar. The crab cake was very good, but didn't have many of the advertised "lumps" but was composed primarily of crab meat with very little filler. The Jicima salad was very good as well. The Branzino was expertly prepared and the summer vegetables were outstanding. Wife and daughter both raved over the Hazelnut Bar for dessert. I had the Melon/Endive salad, the Roasted Shrimp and arugula/blood orange with roasted fennel and ended with the Key Lime Pie with a Cilantro reduction. The Endive salad was excellent with a toasted hazelnut vinaigrette complimented by some candied walnut pieces. The melon accompanying it was perfectly ripe and very flavorful. The shrimp were prepared perfectly, but the accompanying glaze was a bit sweet for my taste (though my wife loved it); the arugula blood orange salad was both interesting and very flavorful. The Key Lime Pie had a great contrast of sweet/tart; just like you want!
The Pan Roasted Free Range Chicken was also very well prepared and was my favorite entree of the evening. It was also by far the largest serving; which is probably why I got to try some! The Carrot Coriander Puree, Wheatberries, and Summer Squash accompanying the chicken were excellent.
Odds and ends: The restaurant was not crowded when we arrived for our 5:30 reservations at 5:20'ish, but we were asked to wait and sure enough they seated us promptly at 5:30. This seemed bit odd to us as a family walking up without a reservation was seated immediately. They were seated at an adjacent table, so location wasn't the issue. The decor was modern and the bar in plain view from the dining room. Service was solid and timing of courses was very nicely done. There was some "flair" bartending going on which elicited several cheers from the patrons in the bar which seemed to annoy several other folks dining around us.
Overall we were pleased with our meal. Serving sizes were on the modest size with the exception of the Roasted Chicken, but ample for a pre-concert meal. Price point on the menu was in keeping with other Strip restaurants - high. All things considered, we would go back to RM Seafood, but only if we were going to be in Mandalay Bay anyway.
3930 Las Vegas Blvd S 134-200A, Las Vegas, NV
Rick Moonen's RM Seafood
Mandalay Place 3930 Las Vegas Blvd. South S, Las Vegas, NV 89119