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visiting..mandalay bay.

domesticgodess Mar 24, 2008 10:32 AM

once again, its time for the "birthday visit" to vegas.
Last year we had an incredible dining experience at nobu.
We also had great meals at the burger restaurant at the mandalay
bay as well as bobby flays restaurant mesa.
We didnt make it to lotus of siam..(bad hangover)...so its on our
list this year.
Im seeking two other restaurants...no buffets (been there, done that),
no french food, no steakhouses.
Thanks so much...

  1. l
    lilly1114 Mar 24, 2008 10:44 AM

    Seafood at Aqua Knox in the Venetian was great. Kerry Simon's place in the Hard Rock is also quite good.

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    1. re: lilly1114
      kjs Mar 24, 2008 11:58 AM

      simon's place in hard rock closed several months ago - he's opening a place at the palm's ( not sure when it will open ) and he had a place in luxor ( cathouse ) ...i was going to hit american bistro in luxor this week but i just read where the executive chef and others just left so i figured ...pass on that !!
      let's see - no french, no steak ....eating LOS ...thai...hmmm...i guess italian is an option - B&B at venetian, did you see my review of Charlie at the palazzo ( seafood ) might be worth a try ... nob hill at mgm, for american you got table 10 ( emeril ) at palazzo ( i did a review on that a month ago ) ...not bad...since you're willing to go off the strip, how about todd's in henderson or rosemary's or vitner grill on the westside ?

      happy eating !

      1. re: lilly1114
        The Old Man Mar 24, 2008 03:04 PM

        Any comments on Sensi? Very good ratings on Tripadvisor, but a little mixed here.

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        John Lowrey Mar 24, 2008 01:59 PM

        Nob Hill at MGM Grand is a great choice. I thnk it is the most underrated vegas resto. Lots of good menu chocies (including the famous Lobster Pot Pie which my wife swoons over). Get one of the booths by the bar--it is nicer than the regular part of the resto. I am going on April 11th and having the tasting menu ($125 per) and I will report back. The menu is on their website. It is also a fairly short walk from Manadalay Bay.

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        1. re: John Lowrey
          Friend of Bill Mar 24, 2008 02:07 PM

          As long as you are at Mandalay Bay, I would go to RM Seafood, on the MB side of Mandalay Place. Upstairs is more elaborate than the casual downstairs cafe, but both are excellent (and downstairs they have fried Ipswich clams, with bellies, pretty rare in these parts). Another MB recommendation is Aureole. Finally, the Verandah at the Four Seasons next door is an excellent choice (for any meal).

          1. re: Friend of Bill
            domesticgodess Mar 24, 2008 02:37 PM

            thanks chowhonds for all those recommendations.
            Nob Hill sounds amazing...especially the yummy-sounding lobster pie.Thanks also for the tip about where to sit.
            We had a drink last year at RM...didnt check out the downstairs casual restaurant. Indeed, fried ipswich clams sound enticing.

          2. re: John Lowrey
            The Old Man Mar 24, 2008 03:06 PM

            From John Lowrey: "It is also a fairly short walk from Manadalay Bay."

            Define, "short walk."

            1. re: The Old Man
              Debbie W Mar 24, 2008 04:11 PM

              Maybe as compared to walking to, let's say, the Venetian! But everything looks LOTS closer in Vegas than it is. However there is a free tram that runs between the Excalibur and Luxor and Mandalay Bay, and certainly it's a short walk from the Excalibur over to MGM.

              1. re: Debbie W
                John Lowrey Mar 25, 2008 09:30 AM

                You are right Debbie and The Old Man--I have walked it and "easy" wasa poor chice of words on my part. I should have said "walkable".

                1. re: John Lowrey
                  The Old Man Mar 25, 2008 01:13 PM

                  Especially if you're dressing up for dinner. That said many people in the restaurants and shows look like they just came from mowing the lawn!

                  1. re: The Old Man
                    Friend of Bill Mar 25, 2008 02:13 PM

                    There could (should?) be an entire thread about just that - how people dress so poorly here when they are going to nice places.

            2. re: John Lowrey
              azbirdiemaker Mar 25, 2008 03:29 PM

              I think Nob Hill is underrated as well. I really enjoy that place. Yes, the lobster pot pie is fantastic - I had one about a month ago at Michael Mina @ the Bellagio. Out of this world!

              The chicken tettrazini is phenomenal as well. I haven't been in a while but I could've swore that I read where the CT is only available on a tasting menu now. Shame. That's good eatin'.

              1. re: azbirdiemaker
                domesticgodess Mar 30, 2008 05:54 PM

                reservations have been made for nobhill and lotus of siam...two more restaurants to reserve. Most likely...rm seafood (for that clam sandwich that was recommended) and ????...

                1. re: domesticgodess
                  hellpaso Apr 5, 2008 02:25 PM

                  you're gonna love nob hill! the banana tatin is to die for!!

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              woofer Apr 5, 2008 03:30 PM

              nobhill, seablue & fiamma @ mgm
              fix @ belaggio

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