MOZEN Indian (Dots Not Feathers) Food

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We’re not saying MOzen’s Indian (dots not feathers) food is good, but every time Shawn Armstrong comes out of the kitchen to accept our accolades, we half expect him to be wearing a pagri and chanting his mantra.

No, this Indian food isn’t good….it’s real good. Maybe the best vindaloo we’ve ever had. Rich, deeply flavored and possessing a deep, residual heat the soothes rather than sears the back of your palate. The reason it’s so good, is because Houston-native Armstrong spent eleven years cooking various Southeast Asian cuisines in hotels throughout the region. ELV only wishes more native-Indian and Indian-American cooks shared his passion for this food.

Armstrong’s butter chicken (murgh mukhani)  — first seared in the tandoori — is a bit more gringo-friendly, but flavorful like you don’t get in many, generic Indian joints that use cheap groceries and churn out perfunctory versions of this standard.

Singapore stingray isn’t exactly from the sub-continent, but a spicy and fresh (almost Mexican) take on a food hawker standard from the land that was once described as “Disneyland with the death penalty.”

Both of these came with nutty and perfumed basmati rice that had us dropping our fork in appreciation.

By the way, the very non-Indian lettuce wedge with blue cheese dressing and house-cured bacon is pretty darn good too.

As were the desserts and the service.

About the only thing not to like about MOzen is the somewhat sterile, generic, beige decor. But the staff is so warm and friendly, and the grub so tasty, that pretty soon you look right past this minor flaw and concentrate on your plate…with an occasional glance down on the hoi polloi streaming into Crystals Mall.

As you do so, you’ll no doubt congratulate yourself for having the good taste to dine in Las Vegas’ best three-meal-a-day dining room.

And when you get the bill — with its 20% off for locals — you’ll feel great about the bargain you just got as well.

Great enough, in fact, to make a Hindu out of you.

The above meal with 2 $13 bottles of Pellegrino (whew!), came to $141.00 minus a $28 discount plus a $29 tip. In other words — $150.00 — for a mountain of food that ELV chowed down upon for two more days.


In the Mandarin Oriental Hotel

3752 Las Vegas Blvd. South

Las Vegas, NV 89158


6 thoughts on “MOZEN Indian (Dots Not Feathers) Food

  1. Dear John,

    Thanks for your wonderful complements on the Indian food. They are so generously given that I would be ashamed to take credit for the Indian fair. The praise must be handed to my Indian Chef Baskar, whom is a master at his craft and for one I am extremely happy to have on our team.Until the next indulgence…

    With Culinary Regards,
    Shawn Armstrong
    Executive Chef
    Mandarin Oriental

  2. It’s one of the best restaurants in town – and I’d argue the best “hotel restaurant” in the entire city. I like what Silkroad does too, but MOzen tops it and is open for dinner. The other dishes there, outside of Indian, are also outstanding. The pork belly appetizer, thai beef salad, bento box and lamb chop are all delicious. Add a 20% discount for locals, off already reasonable prices, and MOzen is one definitely not to miss.

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