Seafood, Notable ChefWe had tried Michael Mina’s RN74 while in San Francisco and really enjoyed the experience. Thinking since every NYC Chef has replicated his restaurant in Vegas, I decided to go with a West Coast chef who’s created a new and unique venue in Vegas. I opted to go with what the MGM called ‘Specialty Dining’ as opposed to ‘Fine Dining’, as I was on my company’s dime and didn’t want to overspend. Needless to say, it’s Vegas. My meal, although quite good, was overpriced. Perhaps eating alone contributed to the lack of enjoyment.
The decor was dramatic, as is the decor in EVERY Vegas restaurant! It had vaulted ceilings, glowing blue walls and giant shaded lamps suspended in air.
Michael Mina is known for his California-style simple and fresh cuisine as well as his ‘trio’ presentations. The bread and dip for the table was outstanding. It was a trio of dips, the first being a feta, sour cream and olive tapenade combination (my FAVORITE), the second was a roasted red pepper dip and the third, a spicy hummus. This surprised me just a bit, but my waiter explained that the menu changed in January to a Mediterranean twist. Interesting, I thought Seablue was all about fresh fish. But OK, the dips were truly phenomenal.
Apologies for the horrific food photos! It was just SO DARK everywhere.
I opted to skip an appetizer to save company money and just went with a piece of fish and ala carte vegetable with one glass of wine…for $79 with tip!
Jet Fresh Alaskan Halibut grilled over Apricot & Mesquite Firewood served with Cippolini Onion & Romanesco Sauce $36
Broccollini with Machego & Cream Sauce $11
Au Bon Climat Chardonnay Mina Cuvee, Santa Barbara $15
I must say the fish was perfectly prepared, but I am not sure I understand Halibut with Romanesco Sauce? And the Broccollini was pretty good, but what can I say? I was underwhelmed, but glad I ate a relatively healthy meal! I was in and out in less than 1 hour. I do want to add that the service was impeccable. My waiter was very conversational and did everything to make me feel comfortable while dining alone. He spent time explaining each dish in detail, which was important to me!
3799 Las Vegas Blvd South – MGM Grand Hotel