Sushi rolls that kick Nobu’s ass. murgh mukhani (chicken curry) and a mustard chicken tikka that make you drop your fork. Vegetable pakoras shaming most Indians in our humble burg…and a lasagna Bolognese that could teach Mario Batali a thing or two…yeah, that’s what’s available every day in an empty dining room at lunch at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel.
Oh, and lest we forget, a gorgeous room, top flight table settings, and impeccable service complete the experience.
The food, and the view are both so stunning here, we can’t, for the life of us, figure out why it’s always empty. Or if not “empty,” at least no more than 20% full.
Is it the cost? Well, that probably has something to do with it, but that superior spicy tuna roll is only $12, and the smoked turkey club will set you back sixteen buckaroonies — not unreasonable for the quality of the ingredients or the setting. The lamb Biryani may be $33, but it’s enough for two with leftovers, ditto the ramen noodle bowl $26, or the chirashi (mixed) sushi bowl ($38).
As for that lasagna, both uber-media dude John Daly and ELV were spellbound. Rich with fresh noodles, a true Bolognese ragu, and just the right about of cheesiness, it was a revelation, and probably the best version of this dish we’ve had since Stephen Kalt was at the stoves at Wynn’s lost and lamented Corsa Cucina.
Shawn Armstrong is now Executive Chef of the hotel, and there’s nothing he and his kitchen crew haven’t done to put the best three meal a day food forward for locals and visitors alike. A big outfit like Mandarin Hotel Group probably doesn’t care that this place goes under-appreciated. After all, it’s there primarily as an amenity for the guests. But it makes ELV sad to see such effort and excellence go unrecognized.
Hence, the reason for this post.
You are welcome.
Our lunch for two with a $75 bottle of Riesling came to $200.
In the Mandarin Oriental Hotel
3752 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, NV 89109