Two weekends ago in Vegas I had the privilege of eating two terrific meals. We followed the leater to B&B for our first dinner, and it was terrific. The pre-dinner scotch started things off strong, followed by terrific service and a great table. I didn’t take pictures so I’ll just note that the beef cheek ravioli and the grilled octopus were the best. A lot of the food was actually too salty. The Mint Love Letters got mixed reviews for being too overwhelmingly minty- closer to mouthwash than mouthwatering.
Moving on to the extravaganza that was dinner number two. Stripsteak is Michael Mina’s Mandalay Bay steak house. It’s pure Vegas decadence, with trendy decor and flawless service… to give it perspective, Miss America, Miss Vegas and Miss Universe were seated next to us.
To continue the theme of indulgence, instead of bread, paprika and truffle-seasoned duck fat french fries with a variety of dipping sauce were brought out to start. Before we could even finish the fries four huge ice-filled bowls overflowing with crab, lobster, clams, oysters and shrimp were set before us. A trio of sauces accompanied these as well.
Appetizers included Tuna Sashimi (Albacore, Bigeye, Bluefin Toro), American Kobe Beef Carpaccio w/ Thai Tomato Salad, Foie Gras Skewers with Scallops, Mango and Habanero Chutney.
The night before we passed on Batali’s steak (Grilled Ribeye for Two with Roasted Potatoes and Aceto Manodori) knowing we’d have terrific steak from Mina. We had no idea what we were in for with rib eye caps of both American and Japanese kobe. The top of the rib eye is surrounded by fat. When trimmed, the meat in the middle is called the cap.
Richness abounded in the sides of Truffled Mac n’ Cheese, Creamed Spinach with bacon, Sauteed Rapini, and Blue Cheese Potato Au Gratin.
Endless wine and one of the most outrageous bills I’ve ever seen made it a dinner to remember.