A recent dinner at RM Seafood at Mandalay Bay was nothing short of memorable. The handsome and comfortable two story restaurant is located in Mandalay Place connecting the Luxor to Mandalay Bay. Each level of the restaurant features a totally different menu, both offer fascinating dining choices. We dined on the lower level and were offered a raw bar and sushi menu as well as the standard menu.
We started with the oyster sampler featuring six varieties of Atlantic and Pacific oysters that was Nirvana for oyster lovers. The jumbo lump crab cake appetizer served with a chipotle mayo and an addicting jicama salad was another winner. The rather high corkage charge ($35) discouraged us from bringing our favorite bottle but the substantial wine list has something for everyone and the citrusy Riesling we selected was perfect with both main courses, one a cioppino (a San Francisco style mixed seafood stew) served over calamari ring-shaped pasta ($35) and the other a luscious crab meat, cream and morel mushroom combo ($25) served topped with a Meyer lemon foam over cavatelli. Both dishes were hits. We loved our shared side dish of mac and cheese with BBQ pork ($12). Service was impeccable, even on a busy evening with a full house and a line outside the door. Our server was well informed, efficient and charming.
Chef Moonen was in the house on the evening we dined at RM Seafood and graciously sat with us while we waited for our appetizers. He’s profoundly passionate about his craft and very serious about spreading the word about sustainable fish & seafood sources but his energetic sense of humor and take on the world of the restaurant business are simply charming. Chef Moonen is very serious about seafood. It’s not enough that the fish and seafood served at RM Seafood prepared beautifully, it must also come from sustainable sources using eco-friendly fishing and farming methods. His current cookbook, “Fish Without a Doubt” touches on this philosophy. It’s a substantial and handsome cookbook that deserves a place in any serious cookbook collection.
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino
3930 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, NV 89119-1010